The social embargo for Marvel’s Werewolf by Night has lifted just over a week before the release date, with members of the media and other early access influencers now able to share their thoughts on the studio’s first-ever Halloween special. The earliest reactions praise the special black-and-white color scheme that makes it largely stand apart from the rest of live action in Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Michael Giacchino, a composer making his Marvel directorial debut on the project, is receiving much applause for Gael Garcia Bernal and Laura Donnelly’s performances as Jack Russell and Elsa Bloodstone. The visual effects work for Man-Thing is also being highly acclaimed.
Keep scrolling to see what people are saying.
Best Thing They’ve Done
The Marvel Disney+ series have had a mixed bag of quality, but #WerewolfByNight is easily the finest thing they’ve produced. Yes, even better than MoonKnight (which you all know I adore)
The Marvel Disney+ shows have been a bit all over the map quality wise, but #WerewolfByNight is easily the best thing they’ve done. Yes even better than #MoonKnight (which you all know I loved) pic.twitter.com/JYhwimtJgm
— James Viscardi (@JimViscardi) September 26, 2022
Treat I Was Hoping For
I was hoping for #WerewolfByNight to be the MCU Halloween treat, and it did not disappoint! It was a delightful ode to the classic monster movies with stunning production design, effects & stuntwork. I loved Gael García Bernal’s and Laura Donnelly’s characters’ dynamic…
#WerewolfByNight is the MCU Halloween treat I was hoping for! A delightful ode to the classic monster movies with MCU-level stuntwork, production design & effects. LOVED the dynamic between Gael García Bernal & Laura Donnelly's characters and … pic.twitter.com/6KFGTcxZE9
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) September 26, 2022
Spooky and Striking
The MCU delivered a classic Hollywood monster movie with #WerewolfByNight that will have you on the edge of your seat. Gael Garcia Bernal does an excellent job at portraying the internal battle between man and beast. I can’t help but want to see more of Jack Russell, and composer Michael Giacchino just keeps impressing me with his work.
#WerewolfByNight is a classic Hollywood monster movie you won’t want to end. SPOOKY and STRIKING, it’s one of the coolest things EVER to come out of the MCU. @GaelGarciaB is thrilling to watch suppress the beast within. More Jack Russell! What can’t @m_giacchino do at this point? pic.twitter.com/P1AB1702td
— Daniel Baptista – The Movie Podcast (@dbapz) September 26, 2022
I’m looking forward to seeing more Special Presentations from Marvel Studios, as #WerewolfByNight had me howling at the moon with its frightening visuals and compelling narrative. M_Giacchino says he’ll scare you and provide something new and bold. Disney Plus/Disney Plus CA
I’m excited for more @MarvelStudios Special Presentations because #WerewolfByNight had me howling at the moon with its horrifying visuals & gripping story. @M_Giacchino promises to scare you & give you something fresh and bold. @DisneyPlus @DisneyPlusCA pic.twitter.com/oIEFPba8pY
— Shahbaz • The Movie Podcast (@shayhbaz) September 26, 2022
I hope we see more projects in the future of the MCU that are like Werewolf By Night. It has a very straightforward story, but is also stylish and unique compared to other franchises. A cool Halloween present, for sure!
I hope we get to see a lot more projects like Werewolf By Night in the future of the MCU. It's a super simple story, but also aggressively self-contained and stylish in a way that's unique for the franchise. A very cool Halloween treat.
On Disney+ 10/7 pic.twitter.com/soXqIAJkbI
— Evil Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) September 26, 2022
WerewolfByNight is wonderfully twisted and a great homage to classic Monster movies. The outstanding work of m_giacchino was amazing!
Super violent, but with a morbid sense of humor and plenty of heart. Gael García Bernal & Laura Donnelly are welcome additions to the MCU. Man-Thing steals the show!
Super violent, with a morbid sense of humor and plenty of heart. Gael García Bernal & Laura Donnelly are welcome additions to the MCU. Man-Thing steals the show! pic.twitter.com/OintiS3TCi
— Rohan Patel (@KingPatel7) September 26, 2022
Breath of Fresh Air
#WerewolfByNight is one of the most eccentric MCU projects since GOTG. It’s not as good, but it’s gratifying to see Marvel try something original like this with its trailer having a similar tone and style.
Give me more of this! Comics are weird and that’s what I love about them. Let’s be weird together.
Werewolf by Night will be available to stream on Disney+ come October 7th. What other characters from the MCU would you like to see make an appearance in this special?
Timothy is a senior writer based in Atlanta, specializing in celebrity-related news. She is always ready to cover trending TV stories with an unbiased perspective and a pinch of gossip.