When everyone thinks about the MCU, superheroes backed up with CGI-heavy and incredible storytelling are what often come to mind. Marvel rarely shows gore and spookiness given that most of their offerings don’t just cater to adults but children as well. But for those MCU fans who are fond of horror, new information surrounding the franchise's future with the eerie genre might just excite you.
In an interview with ComicBook, Werewolf by Night producer Stephen Broussard revealed that Marvel is expected to continue embracing the horror experience with their future projects. Broussard, who’s been with the franchise since 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, says some particularly spooky characters are well on their way, and fans should cling to that.
“Well, I will say that we’re starting to introduce some cool characters that are on the darker side, the more monster side, and the supernatural and the occult in a very organic way as you’re seeing these characters pop up. I think in very organic ways, it feels like there could be ways to continue those stories in ways that feel very fresh and new and keep our toe in that horror side of things.” he shared.
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Werewolf by Night is Marvel's first-ever Halloween special. It centers on a werewolf comic character named Jack Russell (Gael Garcia Bernal). The special also introduced the eponymous monster, Elsa Bloodstone, and Man-Thing to the MCU. Werewolf by Night gathered positive responses from fans and critics, which made the studios happy to develop more alike.
Aside from the Halloween special, the MCU also explored more creative wickedness with Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Dr. Strange 2 dived into the cinematic language of horror by providing monsters, witches, and zombies, tense chases in dark hallways, jump scares, and dark humor, making it the darkest and scariest Marvel offering up to date.
In October, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige told IGN that monsters will pop up in the MCU’s future projects and are likely to be an integral part of Marvel, not just through special participation. “We're introducing a world that will ultimately become quite important to the future of the MCU... we wanted to explore entirely new characters and entirely new sides of the MCU with this unusual, fun, and frightening spin on the supernatural,” he said.
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Werewolf By Night and Doctor Strange 2 is streaming on Disney+.