Marvel Studios Reveals Which Movies Influenced Werewolf by Night

The Marvel Cinematic Universe dives deep into horror by presenting its first Halloween special, Werewolf at night. After months of rumors, it was confirmed that the upcoming Disney+ standalone feature will hit the streaming service at this year’s D23 Expo.

Werewolf at night is directed by Spider-Man: No Way Home composer Michael Giacchino, and it is led by Gael Garcia Bernal and Laura Donelly. The exact plot details of the special are still a secret, but the first trailer showcased its unique look and tone that set it apart from other MCU items.

During D23, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige teased that Werewolf at night is “scary but fun scary,” indicating that it will still have a comedic element consistent with the MCU’s branding.

Now more details about Werewolf at night have emerged after the D23 confirmation.

Werewolf By Night’s Movie Inspirations Revealed


As revealed on the official profile document of Werewolf at night from Disney, the upcoming Halloween special is confirmed to be inspired by 1930s and 1940s horror movies, with the description that it “aims to evoke a sense of fear and the macabre:”

“Inspired by horror films from the 1930s and 1940s, the chilling special aims to evoke a sense of dread and the macabre, with plenty of suspense and dread as we explore a new corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

Some classic examples from that time are: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Ravenand The Invisible Man.

Speaking with Marvel Entertainment, protagonists Gael Garcia Bernal and Laura Donnelly shared details on what to expect in the upcoming Marvel Studios special.

Bernal, who plays Jack Russell aka Werewolf by Night, revealed the audience will be “afraid, even if they think they won’t:”

“Some people will be afraid. Even if they don’t think so. Even when they fully gain weight, you know, like, ‘Ah. Not these things [scare me].’ I think they will. Yes Yes Yes.”

Donnelly, who reportedly played Elsa Bloodstone in the special, pointed out that they are “tell a real horror story” while also infusing it with a “heartily” element:

“But I also love that it also has a good heart. We tell a real horror story, but we also tell a real human, heartfelt story. And I love that.”

Will classic horror characters appear in Werewolf by Night?

Taking inspiration from classic horror movies from the 30s and 40s is a no-brainer for Werewolf at nightas these films not only introduced iconic monsters but also paved the way for modern cinema.

As can be seen from the trailer, the darkly shadowy influence of these films is evident, raising the question of whether these classic horror characters could actually make an appearance in the special.

Aside from the fact that Werewolf by Night was inspired by the monster of the same name, Marvel has a well-established history of including horror characters in its stories, such as Dracula and its own version of a swamp monster, Man-Thing.

It’s already been confirmed that Man-Thing will make an appearance in the special, and this could indicate more horror characters could follow. Dracula is a prime candidate given his connection to Blade, meaning the special could lay the groundwork for his future clash with the vampire fighter.

Whatever the case, Werewolf at night‘s arrival in the MCU is poised to be historic, and the addition of more horror characters could make it even more special.

Werewolf at night premieres on Disney+ on Friday, October 7.

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