The upcoming Marvel Studios Disney+ special Werewolf By Night will be one of the scariest and bloodiest stories in the MCU to date, but will still retain a TV-14 rating, something director Michael Giacchino didn’t expect when he first joined the project.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter on his upcoming special, Giacchino — who is also one of the more prolific composers in Hollywood today — said that the team behind the special had always thought that the event would receive a TV-MA rating, but the fact that the special is filmed in black and white might have helped them.
“We had always assumed it would be TV-MA, but I wasn’t always involved with what was happening on that end in terms of ratings and all of that,” Giacchnio said. “But I am sure you are absolutely right that the black and white did help keep us within a certain range.”
Werewolf by Night is a name that was used by two different Marvel characters. The first one, which was created by Gerry Conway, Mike Ploog, Roy Thomas, and Jeanie Thomas, 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 had been cursed with lycanthropy. The character of Gomez was created by Taboo, Benjamin Jackendoff, and Scot Eaton. Jack Russell has been confirmed to be the main character in the Disney+ special.
The upcoming Disney+ special is set to release on October 7, 2022.