According to reports, Marvel Studios‘ Werewolf by Night Halloween special for Disney+ will begin filming in Atlanta, GA early next year. According to The Wrap, Marvel has decided on Gael Garca Bernal, a Golden Globe winner from Mexico. We haven’t been able to verify this with our sources, so take this with a grain of salt for now.
The plot for the MCU’s Halloween special was and is sort of unknown, although it’s supposed to be based on Werewolf by Night and potentially the Midnight Sons. But who is this figure, what does he do, and how does he tie to the Midnight Sons?
Werewolf by Night Casting Photo
Werewolf by Night is a Marvel Comics title that has been used by a variety of characters, including Jack Russell and Jake Gomez in this occasion. Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, and Mike Ploog developed Jack Russell, who first appeared in Marvel Spotlight #2 in 1972. Jack’s bloodline has a long history of lycanthropy, dating back to Grigori Russoff in 1795, when he contracted the affliction from Lydia, a werewolf locked up by Dracula.
The disease was passed down generation to generation, and one of his heirs, Jack Russell, discovered it relatively soon before his 18th birthday. Following his mother’s death in a car accident – while she was being hunted by a crime syndicate known as the Committee, who sent Max Grant to kill her – Jack undertook to use his condition to kill Grant, after his stepdad (and uncle) sold the family’s castle.
In April 2020, Marvel Comics resurrected the character with Werewolf by Night #1, a miniseries featuring Jake Gomez and written by Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, Benjamin Jackendoff, and Scot Eaton. Jake, or Red Wolf, is a member of the Hopi Native American tribe whose bloodline is cursed with lycanthropy in this rendition.
How The Midnight Sons Could Be coming to the MCU Via Werewolf By Night
Howard Mackie and Andy Kubert developed the Midnight Sons, a group of otherworldly superheroes. They originally appeared in Ghost Rider #28 in 1992, when Ghost Rider had a revelation of Lilith, Mother of All Demons, being reborn and posing a major threat since she intended to take over Earth with the Lilin, her satanic progeny.
The Ghost Riders are a group of paranormal characters who The Midnight Sons were established by Danny Ketch and Johnny Blaze to fight her and her army, and included the Nightstalkers (Blade, Frank Drake, and Hannibal King), Morbius, Vengeance, and the Darkhold Redeemers (Sam Buchanan, Victoria Montesi, Louise Hastings, Modred the Mystic, and Jinx), all of whom were brought together secretly by Doctor Strange, who later joined them. Werewolf by Night was a member of the Midnight Sons at one point, and in the Marvel Zombies storyline, he assisted group members Morbius, Hellstrom, Jennifer Kale, and Man-Thing in containing the zombie virus spread.
At least two possible Midnight Sons representatives will be familiar by the time the MCU’s Halloween Special is released: Doctor Strange and Morbius, with others like Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac) and Blade (Mahershala Ali) likely to appear in 2022 and 2023, presumably. It’s unclear whether Moon Knight will be published before or after the Halloween Special, but given that Werewolf by Night is being presented in a special TV show (except if he makes a brief cameo somewhere else before the Halloween Special).
He could be the one to pave the way for the formation of the Midnight Sons once Moon Knight and Blade arrive, giving the MCU a very mysterious and unconventional team of heroes in Phase 5 and conceivably beyond.
Overview of Werewolf by Night’s Powers and Abilities
- Super Strength: The strength of a werewolf is unrivaled. He can lift around 1,500 pounds in his middle form. During a full moon, his more wolf-like form is slightly more powerful, and he can lift 1 ton. His power stretches to his leg muscles, allowing him to leap nearly 18 feet into the air from a squat.
- Superhuman Stamina: During physical exercise, the Werewolf’s physique produces fewer tiredness toxins than the physiology of a normal human, giving him superhuman endurance. He can exert himself at maximum capacity for several hours before becoming fatigued.
- Superhuman Agility: The agility, balance, and physiological synchronization of a werewolf are boosted to levels that exceed even the best human athlete’s inherent physical capabilities.
- Superhuman Reflexes: The Werewolf’s reflexes are strengthened in a similar way and are nearly twice as fast as the best human athlete.
- Superhuman Speed: The Werewolf’s speed is also improved, and he can run faster than the best human athlete while remaining practically undetectable at night.
- Superhumanly Acute Senses: Werewolves have superhumanly keen senses of sight, smell, and hearing, which are identical to those of wolves. In utter darkness, he can see a portion of the infrared spectrum and hence detect the heat signatures of objects or people. He has the ability to smell other living beings within 100 feet (when upwind) and can track a scent through practically any environment. At a range of 30 feet, he can hear the sound of a heartbeat in a cave.
- Superhuman Durability: His body tissues are much harder and more immune to physical injury than those of a normal person. Jack can survive low-caliber bullets, high impact forces, falls from large heights, and exposure to extreme temperatures without harm.
- Claws and Teeth: The claws and teeth of a werewolf are exceedingly sharp and durable, allowing him to rip through a range of materials such as fabric, wood, cinderblock, and even metals.
- Regenerative Healing Factor: The Werewolf can regenerate damaged or destroyed sections of his body considerably faster and more effectively than a normal human. Bullet wounds, slashes, punctures, blunt force injuries, and severe burns heal entirely, without leaving a scar, in a short period of time. His healing power is at least ten times greater than a human’s. His healing abilities are so sophisticated that he can rebuild his own head after Deadpool blows it off.