Marvel Studios is reportedly seeking a Latino actor to cast as the lead in an upcoming live-action Halloween special for Disney+. While details are scarce at the moment, the rumor is that the stand-alone Marvel Halloween special would be based on a werewolf character from the pages of Marvel Comics — Werewolf by Night.
Marvel Studios has now aired three live-action series based in the MCU on Disney+ and is currently in mid-season with the MCU’s first animated anthology. Critics and fans alike have been full-throated supporters of Marvel’s ambitious streaming series projects, WandaVision — which featured a Halloween episode with Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) in costumes — The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Loki, and What If…?. With several more new series in various stages of production for Marvel’s Phase 4, plus possible (and confirmed) second seasons on the way, Marvel has enjoyed the storytelling power that the widely popular Disney+ streaming service has afforded the studio — particularly during the unprecedented times of a global pandemic.
With one holiday special on the books — James Gunn’s The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, due out during the 2022 Christmas season — Marvel is ramping up pre-production for its first-ever MCU Halloween special.
Marvel Cinematic Universe Halloween special coming to Disney+
First reported by TheWrap, Marvel Studios has begun a search for a Latino male, 30s, to front the planned spooky season spectacular, said to begin shooting early in 2022. Based on the description of the role, it seems likely the project will be a live-action presentation. According to the report, Marvel is actively searching for a lead, and speculation is rampant that recent rumblings about a Werewolf by Night project landing at Disney+ are congruent with the yet unnamed Halloween project. From the report:
“[Marvel Studios] is looking for a Latino male in his 30s to star in the Halloween Special, which is eyeing to begin production in early 2022. Individuals with knowledge say the character may be based on ‘Werewolf by Night,’ the name used by two seperate [Marvel Comics] characters.”
The original Werewolf by Night Marvel comic book series from the 1970s introduced a werewolf that could transform from a human to wolf monster at will, without the assistance of a full moon — while also keeping his human intelligence and judgment intact. The horror comic was notable for introducing Moon Knight, a Marvel Comics character that inspired another upcoming Disney+ project — the Moon Knight series starring Oscar Isaac, scheduled to bow in 2022.
Marvel has even more series in store for Disney+ before the year is out, with both Hawkeye starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld and Miss Marvel starring Iman Velanni on track to hit the streamer in 2021. Also in 2021, Disney+ has two new Halloween specials coming out. Muppets Haunted Mansion will comes arrives this fall, featuring Jim Henson’s classic characters in the iconic Disney attraction. A LEGO Star Wars Halloween special is also forthcoming — LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales is slated to premiere on Disney+ October 1.
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