Disney+ and Marvel Studios released Werewolf by Night as a special presentation, meaning it exists within, but is not beholden to, the broader MCU. This was a good move on the part of the studio, as it allows the special to be its own entity without having to worry about advancing other storylines.
Werewolf by Night also proves that Marvel is using Disney+ to experiment with some pretty wild ideas. It horrifies what WandaVision has done for sitcoms, and like this show, pays homage to the genre’s decades-old history. “Werewolf by Night” is reminiscent of monster movies from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s – especially the films that stand for Universal Pictures. With a black-and-white visual style, dramatic cutouts, and practical old-school effects, it’s a refreshing change from the colorful, pixelated CGI adventures that most modern comic book adaptations are.
Inspired by the comic books featuring the eponymous howling mad monster, Werewolf By Night is set on a dark and gloomy night and follows a group of hunters pursuing Man-Thing in the grounds of a lavish mansion. What they don’t know, however, is that another monster is lurking beneath them and it doesn’t take long for things to get dicey. In this world, however, humans are arguably more monstrous than the lycanthropes and humanoid swamp creatures forced to live in the shadows.
At 53 minutes long, Werewolf by Night is a no-brainer that doesn’t beat its welcome – but by the time the credits roll, you might want to see a lot more of these characters in the MCU. Is asking for a Legion of Monsters movie next too much to ask?