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Werewolf by Night will return to Disney+ in October but in color

Marvel will re-release a color version of its 2022 television special Werewolf by Night on Disney+ this October.

Werewolf by Night is a departure from the usual Marvel Studios content.
Werewolf by Night is a departure from the usual Marvel Studios content.

October is infamous for its Halloween and horror-themed experiences, including movies and television shows. Marvel Studios has decided to throw its hat into the ring and re-release its horror special Werewolf by Night. The show, which first came out last October, will arrive on Disney+ on October 20. Even better, the re-release will be in color, unlike the original special which was in monochrome.

When it came out last year, it was well-received by critics who had nothing but good things to say about its black-and-white cinematography, performances, and directing, among others.

Its black-and-white cinematography was especially eye-catching because it gave off similar vibes to the classic Universal Monsters films that were popular in the early decades of the 20th century. Many people even went as far as touting it as the perfect Halloween show.

Because of this, we find Marvel's decision to release it in color a bit puzzling. At the same time, we're excited to see how much difference color will make to the show's experience and can't wait to see it when it arrives.

Werewolf by Night is based on a Marvel Comics character of the same name. The horror special tells the story of Jack Russell, a hypocritical monster who hunts other monstrosities for a living.

Here's the show's synopsis:

On a dark and somber night, a secret cabal of monster hunters emerge from the shadows and gather at the foreboding Bloodstone Temple following the death of their leader. In a strange and macabre memorial to the leader's life, the attendees are thrust into a mysterious and deadly competition for a powerful relic—a hunt that will ultimately bring them face to face with a dangerous monster.

The original Werewolf by Night was in black-and-white but Disney is releasing a colored version this October.
The original Werewolf by Night was in black-and-white but Disney is releasing a colored version this October.

The 53-minute-long special starred Gael Garcia Bernal, Laura Donnelly, Harriet Sansom Harris, Kirk R. Thatcher, Eugenie Bodurant, Leonardo Nam, and Daniel J. Watts, among others.

The Oscar-winning director Michael Giacchino helmed the special and also composed its score. When the color version was announced, he had the following to say, "We spent a lot of time working on this color version. We wanted to pay homage to the incredible vibrant color in horror films like the ones Hammer made."

Heather Quinn came up with the story and, together with Peter Cameron, developed the teleplay. Leeann Stonebreaker produced the film, while Kevin Feige, Stephen Broussard, Louis D'Esposito, Victoria Alonso, and Brad Winderbaum executive produced it.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is popular for its projects' colorful pictures and lighthearted themes. With its grim tone, Werewolf by Night was a big departure from the usual Marvel fair, which is perhaps why so many people took to it.

The best part is that the special, alongside Moon Knight and the upcoming vampire movie Blade, seems to represent a switch in Marvel's strategy that will see the studio develop more grim-tone content. Since fans seem to be developing superhero fatigue anyway, we think more of such shows is a great way to switch things up and keep audiences engaged and entertained.

Werewolf by Night in Color will bare its fangs on Disney+ on October 20. The original black-and-white version is on Hulu as part of that platform's Huluween setup.

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Tobi Oguntola

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Tobi is an avid reader with interest in everything entertainment. He also loves the big screen as it fuels his overactive imagination. When he is not reading a fantasy, sci-fi, or thriller novel, he is listening to music, watching TV, or surfing the internet. Tobi is on Steam as tobioguntola.
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