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Disney Reportedly Ditching MCU Shows For More ‘Specials’ Like Werewolf by Night, Fans Blame She-Hulk

Werewolf by night

With the introduction of Werewolf by Night, so many changes are currently happening within the mainstream Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is now imperative to notice how the shifts contribute to the world-building of the franchise going forward. This not only affects the future of the MCU but also its stories and characters, most of who are connected to the lingering traces of the building blocks of the universe’s origins. With characters like Ironheart, Ms. Marvel, Kate Bishop, and Cassie Lang now becoming the face of the next generation, what else does Marvel have planned for its devoted fan base?

Werewolf by Night
Werewolf by Night

Also read: Fans Are Calling Werewolf by Night the Best MCU TV Films Yet

Disney x Marvel Collaboration to Feature More ‘Specials’

In an effort unprecedented in the history of the most successful CBM franchise, Marvel Studios is now looking to diversify its reaches into special presentations, instead of feature films and series. Until Phase 3, the MCU primarily stuck to movies to do the talking as far as their main narrative went. Series like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did nothing to further the plot or contribute to the events of the mainstream universe.

Werewolf by Night is all set to introduce monsters in the MCU
Werewolf by Night is all set to introduce monsters in the MCU

Also read: Werewolf by Night Officially Changes Genre to Horror From Comedy, Fans Say Not to Fall For the Trap

After the latest collaborative efforts between Disney and Marvel, the latter stepped into the world of streaming in a full-fledged capacity. Since the 2009 acquisition of Marvel Entertainment, this has been the first time that Disney has been so visibly and actively involved in the production of MCU projects. After the relative success garnered upon the release of Phase 4 shows like The Falcon and the Winter SoldierWandaVisionHawkeye, and Loki, Disney now looks to incorporate newer strategies so as to avoid stagnation in the aftermath of Phase 4.

These new strategies include broadening the horizon into shorts (I am Groot) and special presentations, like Werewolf by Night and Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special. The two projects are scheduled to be holiday releases with the first slated to release during Halloween and the latter at Christmas.

Gael García Bernal
Gael García Bernal in Werewolf by Night

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How Will Werewolf by Night Contribute to the MCU?

Even though it has never been tried and tested before, the exceptional teaser that delivers a peek into the upcoming presentation, Werewolf by Night has convinced fans about the brilliance held within the show. The directorial debut of legendary music composer, Michael Giacchino, Werewolf by Night travels back half a century in the history of cinema and invokes the essence of horror shows from back in the day. The interplay of shadows and sound to invoke fear and terror among the audience proves a brilliant concept for Marvel and this will only popularize the radical and revolutionary steps that the franchise has been taking in recent years.

Werewolf by Night invokes the cinematography of the 60s era horror flicks
Werewolf by Night invokes the cinematography of the 60s-era horror flicks

Also read: “They’re going to pop up again”: Werewolf by Night Producer Confirms Monsters Have Been in MCU Since Centuries, Promises Their Return in Future MCU Phases

Marvel chief, Kevin Feige has further stated that even though Werewolf by Night is a standalone project, its implications within the MCU are vast and wide-reaching. The special is the stepping stone to MCU’s future which is innately traveling toward a world populated by the supernatural.

“We wanted to explore entirely new characters and entirely new sides of the MCU with this unusual, fun, and frightening spin on the supernatural… We are introducing a world that will become quite important to the future of the MCU.”

With such bright and vivid responses to the leap that Marvel made with Werewolf by Night, the probabilities now indicate that future projects that are in in development will face the decision of becoming specials instead of shows. Given how the MCU didn’t shy away from swerving the format of Armor Wars so late into production, the possibility of seeing more specials coming this way wouldn’t be a surprise moving forward.

Werewolf by Night premieres on October 7, 2022.

Source: The Cosmic Circus

Written by Diya Majumdar

At 25, Diya Majumdar is inching closer to getting to the bottom of every film and television's history in existence. Having graduated with honors in literature from Miranda House, DU, her passion and profession both include dissecting the world of cinema, with almost 500 published articles on Fandomwire. She is a liberally opinionated person with an overbearing love for Monet, Edvard Munch, and Van Gogh and boasts of being an avid painter of all their troubled works. If she’s not writing or painting, Diya can often be found in tattoo parlors across Delhi or on rooftops at 3 am listening to music.