Werewolf by Night stars Laura Donnelly and Gael García Bernal share their love for Marvel’s secrecy in production, as it has a great hidden benefit.
Werewolf by Night stars Laura Donnelly and Gael García Bernal express appreciation for Marvel’s secrecy in production, as it has a large benefit for creativity on set. The creature feature currently streaming in Disney+ is a “Special Presentation” from Marvel Studios that has been received positively by comic fans and horror lovers alike. Paying homage to the classic Universal monster movies of the 1930s through the 1950s, Werewolf by Night is quite a niche Marvel Comics property that may never have seen the light of day on-screen if not for director Michael Giacchino. He revealed in a previous interview that he persuaded Kevin Feige to let him make the project even though Feige’s initial Werewolf by Night pitch reaction was more bafflement than enthusiasm.
The project was the subject of much speculation ahead of its release, as Marvel Studios’ infamous spoiler protections were keeping any information tightly under wraps. The public was first tipped off about a potential MCU Werewolf by Night when Kevin Smith was barred from using the character in his planned Howard the Duck TV series, and the studio didn’t reveal a first look until just a month before the special’s release. While viewers have now seen the MCU’s take on the characters, Werewolf by Night lacked Marvel’s traditional post-credits scene, leaving them to wonder about the future of these characters in the larger franchise.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Donnelly and Bernal address the secrecy surrounding Werewolf by Night, saying that the confidentiality actually leaves a lot of room to explore roles and narratives behind closed doors. This helped them find the characters and motivations on their own, without the influence of the outside world. Donnelly explains that she was anticipating a “military operation” approach to filmmaking from Marvel, but was pleasantly surprised to find that this was not the case. Bernal elaborates on the benefits of this creative freedom:
Combined with that fact that there’s so much secrecy, I like it. I like it because there’s a thing of… there’s a lot of freedom to play around as well, because everything is behind doors. Nobody sees it, nobody knows about what goes on, about the really bad ideas or the really good ones that we never managed to do… We start to put it together, and it’s taken care of like that, it’s exciting.
Werewolf By Night’s MCU Future Is Equally Shrouded In Secrecy
With so much creative freedom being apparently encouraged on closed Marvel sets, it leaves the audience in the dark about what is to come. A Midnight Sons movie seems likely after the introduction of many of the superteam’s characters, although this closed-episode TV special has not been confirmed to lead to any future projects yet. The fact that Werewolf by Night made many supernatural creatures MCU canon, however, points to future appearances from these characters as likely being in Marvel Studios’ larger plan. Films that also deal with monsters, such as the upcoming Blade, could be a stepping stone for cameos.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is similarly a good sign for their future inclusion. The multiverse storyline being explored at least up to the finale of Marvel’s Phase 6 means that Werewolf by Night’s Man-Thing may play a major role, due to his character being the guardian of the Nexus of All Realities in previous comics canon. Although this has not yet been confirmed to be the case in the MCU, it would be a shame to introduce such a cult-favorite character without exploring his connection to other realities and dimensions, something that is being set up as a main theme in the future of the films.
Source: Entertainment Weekly