Marvel’s upcoming Werewolf by Night TV Special promises a very interesting addition to the world of MCU. The vintage style of the series and the various glimpses we were shown in the teaser assured us that MCU is going to take a different direction. Although some shots in the trailer already hinted at a bloody and violent new MCU, various fans were still skeptical. This doubt has now been officially removed by the director Michael Giacchino who confirms that this TV show will not follow the classic MCU style.
Werewolf by Night is going to be the latest TV Special and the first one of its kind. This format will mainly highlight the stories that are neither suited for movies nor TV shows.
Marvel seems ready to go R-rating
The MCU has been criticized very often for its same formula-driven storyline. The fans are bored of the same repetitive storyline and lack of mature content in their projects. It can’t be denied that MCU tried to experiment in the ongoing Phase 4 slate but undoubtedly none of them could make a mark. The greatest MCU could achieve was the horror-Esque approach taken in Multiverse of Madness.
Now it seems that Marvel is changing their mind as Werewolf by Night director Michael Giacchino praises Marvel for being supportive. According to him in an interview with Screenrant, the studio was very open to the changes he wanted to implement. From more bloody frames to hands chopped off, they agreed to every demand Giacchino made.
“They were always very supportive, and just allowed me to keep pushing forward, because so many of my comments during reviews and things would be like, “Can we put more blood on that? Can we add more?” Or even when we were making the thing, I remember a couple of days before shooting one of the scenes going, “Hey, what would happen if if she cut his hand off? How do we do that?” Everyone was always just like, “Okay, well, let’s go for it.” “
Michael Giacchino further added that he has to give more credit to the studio for having full trust in him.
“So, I have to give them a lot of credit in that regard, that they really trusted me to do those things.”
This paints a whole new picture of the studio’s face and its ideologies to what we knew to date. There had been various controversies in the past due to conflicts of interest between the creators and the studio. Now if Werewolf by Night gets successful in creating a positive reception, things might take a good turn.
How can Werewolf by Night change the future of the MCU?
After the reports of Werewolf by Night surfaced on the Internet, the hardcore MCU fans are more than excited. The project not only points to a tonal shift in MCU but also to a whole different future for characters like Daredevil and Punisher. There’s been a steady skepticism about the tone of the Daredevil: Born Again series, but now it seems that Marvel is focusing on pushing the PG-13 boundaries. It seems that MCU can actively handle the violence and bloodshed that is required for certain characters.
Besides Gael García Bernal’s titular character, the TV special is also set to bring in characters like Man-Thing, Elsa Bloodstone, and various members of the TVA who were last seen in Loki.
Werewolf by Night is going to drop on October 7, 2022, in Disney+