The vampires will soon cringe in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Blade and Morbius making their eventual debuts. But what about werewolves?
Filmmaker Kevin Smith has said the MCU will soon introduce the Marvel By Night universe’s own werewolf into the epic blockbuster movie franchise.
What happened? – In the latest episode of his geek news podcast FatMan beyond, co-hosted with writer Marc Bernardin, Clerk director and Masters of the Universe: Revelation showrunner Kevin Smith revealed that upon making his cancellation Howard the duck series at Hulu, he learned that the horror character Werewolf By Night was banned.
“For a scorching minute I was working on Howard the duck”Smith recalled on the podcast. “Jeph Loeb was like, ‘Hey man I think you’d be good for Howard the fucking Duck.’ I contacted Walter Flanagan from Cartoon men and I told him I’m going to try out all the fucking characters from the 70s. Walt was making suggestions, and Werewolf By Night was absolutely on the list. “
Smith intended to feature Werewolf By Night in the fifth episode of his show. “The idea of our story was that Howard was trapped here, and he was trying to get pages from the Darkhold, which would allow him to go back… While I introduce him, then I go to Jeph and I tell him what I wanted to do, and that’s when they said ‘You can’t use Werewolf by Night’, and I asked why. They said the theater division was using it . “
You can watch the episode of FatMan beyond in the integration below.
No hugs – In the world of comic book-inspired superhero television, it’s not uncommon for certain characters to be banned. The Arrowverse franchise is and was banned from using Batman and Wonder woman because of the DCEU, for example.
But it’s still interesting How? ‘Or’ What parent companies decide which characters can and cannot be used by creators. Smith claims that Werewolf By Night, a rather obscure character for modern audiences who represents Marvel’s foray into horror in the ’70s (after parish authority over comic book code was relaxed), will not make an appearance outside of the MCU. But Iron Man – who once ran a blockbuster movie franchise and was killed in Avengers: Endgame – was bulletproof enough to be used in Marvel MODOK
Even familiarity with a character is not a rhyme or reason that characters are used. Ms. Marvel, who makes her MCU debut in her own Disney + solo series, was the video game’s main character Marvel Avengers released last year. (Who, coincidentally, had MODOK as a villain.) Taskmaster, introduced to the MCU in Black Widow, was a minor antagonist in the 2018 Spider Man Game. Appearances in non-MCU projects usually don’t preclude their MCU appearance, so it again raises the question of why Werewolf By Night isn’t allowed to appear in anything other than an MCU project.
The moon knight is coming – For those who don’t know him, “Werewolf By Night” is literally just a werewolf, with a specific character story that started in Spotlight on wonders and later in his own comic book series, Werewolf by night.
In issue 32 of Werewolf by night, Moon Knight made his first appearance as a hunter trying to kill Werewolf By Night, which cemented a rivalry between the two characters. Moon Knight is set to have his own Disney + series starring Oscar Isaac, and fans are speculating that Ethan hawke, who is expected to play the villain of the series, will play Werewolf By Night.
the Reverse Analysis – Maybe by excluding Werewolf By Night on a comedy show like Kevin Smith’s Howard the duck was to give fans of non-comic comic book reading a good introduction to the dreaded Lycanthrope before he made them laugh in a cartoon.
Whereas Marvel clearly intends to introduce Werewolf By Night while starting work on Blade – another horror character from the 70s – and releasing the retarded Morbius with Jared Leto in 2022, that means monsters may outnumber aliens in MCU Phase 4.
Moon knight will begin streaming on Disney + in 2022.