Marvel’s Werewolf by Night, which debuted on Disney+ last year as a black-and-white homage to the classic Universal monster movies, is now available in color for the first time. The special presentation, directed by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino, tells the story of a group of monster hunters who gather at a castle after the death of their leader, Ulysses Bloodstone. They soon discover that one of them is a werewolf, and a deadly hunt ensues.
The color version of Werewolf by Night was released on Disney+ on October 20, 2023, just in time for Halloween. Fans who enjoyed the original version can now experience the special in a new light, literally. The color version also features some additional scenes and Easter eggs that were not included in the black-and-white version.
Michael Giacchino reveals ‘crazy and nuts’ ideas for the sequel
While Werewolf by Night was intended as a standalone special, it left the door open for a possible sequel. The special ended with a cliffhanger, as Jack Russell (Gael García Bernal), the titular werewolf, escaped from the castle with the Bloodstone, a powerful relic that can control monsters. He was pursued by Elsa Bloodstone (Lily James), the daughter of Ulysses and a formidable monster hunter herself.
In an interview with Collider, Giacchino revealed that he has some “crazy and nuts” ideas for a potential sequel, and that he is hopeful that Marvel will greenlight it. He said:
There’s always talk. But, you know, until somebody decides to spend a penny, nothing happens yet. So, hopefully. My wish is that, yes, there will be more with these characters. I would love to, and I have ideas of what I would love to do with them, and it’s all crazy and nuts, but I think that’s the only way to go about it. So, hopefully, one day.
Giacchino also hinted that his sequel ideas would involve more monsters from the Marvel comics, such as Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, and Man-Thing. He said:
I mean, there’s so many great characters in the Marvel universe that are monsters. And I would love to just dive into that world and just have fun with it. And I think there’s a lot of potential there for some really cool stories.
Werewolf by Night is part of Marvel’s horror expansion
Werewolf by Night is not the only Marvel project that explores the horror genre. The studio has been expanding its supernatural side with movies and shows such as Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Blade, Moon Knight, and Ghost Rider. These projects feature characters and elements that are inspired by horror comics and films.
Werewolf by Night is also connected to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), as it references events and characters from other movies and shows. For example, the special mentions the Sokovia Accords from Captain America: Civil War, and features an appearance by Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) from Ant-Man and WandaVision.
Werewolf by Night is a unique and entertaining addition to the MCU that showcases Marvel’s diversity and creativity. Fans who missed it last year can now watch it in color on Disney+, and hope for a sequel that will continue Jack Russell’s journey as the Werewolf by Night.