[Video] Werewolf By Night Director Explains Why Gael Garcia Bernal Is Perfect For Marvel’s Gruesome Horror Special
Based on a character first introduced in Marvel Comics in 1972, Werewolf by Night stars Gael Garcia Bernal stars as Jack Russell, a monster hunter invited to compete with fellow “death dealers” — including The Nevers’ Laura Donnelly — for a supernatural relic called Bloodstone.
Here’s the thing: Jack is harbouring a big secret (pssst, it’s in the title.) Up’s Oscar-feted composer Michael Giacchino pulls a double shift as tunesmith and director of this Halloween-timed ‘Special Presentation’, a standalone that’s not linked to the larger, increasingly convoluted Marvel Cinematic Universe. (What a relief!) Here’s the bad news, sorta — it’s too darn brief!
Filmed like a 1930s Universal Monster Classic (replete with retro ‘cigarette burn’ cues), WBN clocks in at 52 minutes: it feels like either a pilot or the climactic act of a longer feature. It’s tasty, but not very filling, just a few notches short of being a howling good time. The mayhem is pretty gruesome, though (by MCU standards at least), even if the splatter is concealed in the shadows of the gorgeous B&W photography. Still counts, right?
In a recent Zoom interview with Giacchino — a Marvel veteran behind Doctor Strange, Spider-Man: Homecoming and its sequels, and the 2016 iteration of the Marvel Studios logo fanfare — we asked him why Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige approached him to do Werewolf by Night and what makes Gael Garcia Bernal the perfect lead for the macabre adventure.