Marvel Studios is apparently bringing Werewolf by Night into the MCU through a Disney+ Halloween special. According to The Wrap, Werewolf by Night will be making an entrance into the MCU on Disney+’s Halloween special, while there is no announcement on to which version of the character will make it onto our screens, the studio is trying to a Latino male in his 30s for the role and will supposedly start the production in early 2022.
The first character of Werewolf by Night was Jack Russell, who was introduced in Marvel Spotlight #2 in 1972. It was created by Gerry Conway and Mike Ploog from an idea by Roy Thomas. The comic book series recieved the blessing from Stan Lee and the first issue’s plot was defined by Roy and Jean Thomas. Russell comes from a long line of families who were cursed with lycanthropy, but he still manages to remain fully aware of most of his transformations from human to werewolf and he also learns to control his immense power to fight the bad guys.
The second character of Werewolf by Night was Jake Gomez, who was introduced in last year’s Werewolf by Night (Vol. 3)#1. The new version of the character was created by Taboo, Benjamin Jackendoff, and Scot Eaton. The first version of the character was white, while this character is a young man of Hopi descent. Therefore, Marvel’s casting description doesn’t fit either character.
Marvel will probably make the special about Jack Russell and change his ethnicity because Russell has a deep connection with Moon Knight who is getting his own series on Disney+ which is due to come out next year.
After Marvel expanded its stories to Disney+, they are surely embracing the weirder side of the Marvel comics, with WandaVision introducing witches, Loki confirming the existence of vampires before they show up in the upcoming Blade movie, and What If…? next episode will be bringing you, zombies. We still don’t know when the Frankenstein’s monster will be appearing on Disney+, but as we get more news we will surely update you about it.