Halloween 2021 has just ended, but Marvel Studios already has huge plans in store for Halloween 2022. Earlier this year, TheWrap reported that Marvel was looking for a Latin actor to star in the upcoming Halloween special on Disney Plus. Sources told the site the role could be for the character known as Werewolf by Night. The studio was reportedly looking for an actor in their thirties and had plans to begin production in early 2022. Now, TheWrap relationships that Marvel has found its protagonist.
Marvel’s Halloween special has its own edge
According to the site’s latest report, Marvel chose Mexican actor Gael García Bernal to star in the special. Bernal has appeared in dozens of films and shows, including the Prime Video series Mozart in the jungle, M. Night Shyamalan’s Old, and the upcoming HBO miniseries Eleven station. Again, sources with knowledge of the project believe Werewolf by Night will be the center of attention.
Who is the Marvel by Night werewolf?
There are two characters in the Marvel Comics named Werewolf by Night. The first is Jack Russell, who originally appeared in Marvel Reflectors # 2 in 1972. The background is rather elaborate, but in summary, he is a descendant of a man who was bitten by a werewolf. His entire lineage was cursed with lycanthropy. Notably, Moon Knight made his first appearance in an issue of Werewolf at night. Moon Knight will have a Disney Plus show of her own next year.
Just last year, Marvel introduced a new werewolf at night. In the first issue of the new series, Marvel introduces us to Jake Gomez, who is a descendant of the Hopi Native American tribe. Like Russell, he too turns into a werewolf due to a curse on his family.
It’s likely Bernal will play one of these two characters, but we’re not sure which one.
What’s coming for Marvel?
With so many other projects in the pipeline, it will likely take some time before Marvel is ready to talk about a 2022 Halloween special. After all, Disney has recently delayed virtually every Marvel movie slated for release in the year. 2022 and 2023. Here are the latest release dates:
- Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness: May 6, 2022
- Thor: Love and thunder: July 8, 2022
- Black Panther: Wakanda forever: November 11, 2022
- Indiana Jones 5th: June 30, 2023
- Untitled Disney Live Action: N / A
- The wonders: February 17, 2023
- Ant-Man and the Vespa: Quantumania: July 28, 2023
- Untitled Marvel: N / A
- 2nd untitled Marvel: N / A
- Untitled from the 20th century: N / A
- 3rd untitled Marvel: November 3, 2023
There are also many other MCU shows and movies with no release dates, including Knight of the Moon. Considering that character’s connection with Werewolf by Night, perhaps Bernal will appear in Oscar Isaac’s show. Active production Knight of the Moon It reportedly ended last month, so there’s a chance we could see this show within the first half of next year.