According to The Wrap, Golden Globe winner Gael García Bernal has officially signed on for the leading role in Marvel Studios’ upcoming untitled MCU Halloween special, which might potentially be based on the Werewolf by Night character from the comics. Further details about its plot and characters are still being kept under wraps, but production is expected to begin in early 2022.
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Werewolf by Night is a name that was used by two different Marvel characters. The first one, which was created by Gerry Conway and Mike Ploog, was Jack Russell, who is a descendant of the Lycanthropes, shapeshifting half-human creatures who are capable of transforming at his own will, even without a full moon. Meanwhile, the second one was Jake Gomez, a Native American whose tribe has been cursed with lycanthropy.
It’s unclear whether or not either of them will be featured in the upcoming special. It’s definitely interesting to see that Marvel Studios is slowly embracing the darker and supernatural side of the comics, especially with the upcoming debuts of the Oscar Isaac-led Moon Knight series, Sam Raimi’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness film, and the Mahershala Ali-led Blade movie.
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Bernal is best known for his acclaimed performance in Amazon’s comedy-drama Mozart in the Jungle which lasted for four seasons from 2014-2018. He most recently starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller film Old. The Mexican actor will next be seen in HBO Max’s limited series Station Eleven and in Netflix’s Niki Caro-directed action film The Mother starring Jennifer Lopez.