While Marvel’s D23 reveal wasn’t as big as many fans expected, one of the highlights of their showcase was the first trailer for Marvel’s Halloween special Werewolf By Night starring Gael Garcia Bernal. The trailer was a fascinating love letter to classic monster movies and the horror genre in general. However, alongside the released trailer is a new poster that brings a clear genre influence directly to Dracula’s Castle.
In an amazing new Jack Russell poster, Bernal can be seen with a worried look on his face as he struggles to tame his inner monster. Behind Jack, on the other hand, is his werewolf doppelganger, who takes on his shadow form. It’s a classic theme story that perfectly sums up the particular sinister hook. While the stunning trailer is inspired by the Hammer era horror of the 50s and 60s, the poster is consistent with what you would see in the classic Universal Monsters movie from the 40s. Especially “The Wolf Man” from 1941. The lighting of this poster has a very gothic feel with heavy shadows and a gray background. The trailer only gave us a glimpse of Jack’s dark side, but at least with the monster being in the movie, it looks like the classic MCU werewolf was inspired by Lon Chaney Jr.’s appearance. in the Universal masterpiece. Also, the way Jack is portrayed in the poster looks like another horror gem. Jack takes a stance as if he were going up some sort of ramp, an image that echoes the infamous scene in Nosferatu from 1922 where Count Orlok slowly climbs the stairs. As in this poster, we could only see the shadow of the iconic vampire.
Marvel dipped into horror waters earlier this year with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but Werewolf by Night looks to be the first time it delves into the genre’s dark gothic history. Marvel’s Werewolf is a character best known as the antagonist of Moon Knight, and the Werewolf by Knight series allowed Marvel Comics to tell a variety of terrifying stories that could not be done in their original superhero books. This particular clip takes a page from the source material as there is a lot of atmospheric tension in the trailer. It was black and white, which only added to the nostalgic feeling. However, it feels like a suspenseful story in the same vein as William Castle’s classic House on Haunted Hill – the only difference is the living monsters that lurk in the night. In other words, this Halloween special is a horror fan’s dream come true.
The Werewolf premieres on Disney+ on October 7th, just in time for Halloween. The series stars Bernal alongside Laura Donnelly, who plays a nocturnal vampire, and was directed by Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino. While we wait for Marvel’s next horror adventure, check out the new Gothic Werewolf by Night poster below.