Director Kevin Smith was long involved in Howard the Duck’s animated series, that project commissioned by Marvel Television and Hulu that would carry out various animated projects that would lead to an event series, “The Offenders.” MODOK has been the only one of these series that has arrived and along the way the different series were canceled, including this one by Howard the Duck.
The latest revelation that Kevin Smith has made on his podcast is that Marvel Studios has plans to use the character Werewolf by Night, and he knows it first hand because he was banned from using it in his Howard the Duck series so as not to conflict with what I wanted to do Marvel Studios with the character.
The filmmaker has talked about how when he was creating his Howard the Duck series, he wanted to include a group of characters that Marvel introduced in the ’70s and one of them was Werewolf by Night. So Jeph Loeb, who was then Marvel’s executive vice president of television, told Smith that Werewolf by Night was off limits due to film division plans:
I was working on Howard the Duck and before Dave [Willis, cocreador de Aqua Teen Hunger Force] got involved, when it was just me, Jeph Loeb said to me, ‘Hey man, I think you’d be good for Howard the fucking Duck.’ I contacted Walter Flanagan from Comic Book Men and told him I was going to try all the damn ’70s characters. Walt gave me suggestions and Werewolf By Night was absolutely on the list. In my head, when I started building my season, I was like, ‘Alright. Episode 5. Werewolf by Night ‘. The idea of our story was that Howard was trapped here and was trying to get pages from the Darkhold, which would allow him to return. There is Howard while I expose him and then I go to Jeph and tell him what I wanted to do, and that’s when They say, ‘You can’t use Werewolf by Night,’ and I ask them why. They said the movie division was using it.
This information does not really catch us misplaced, because although officially Marvel Studios has not said anything, the rumors of Werewolf’s arrival in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been sounding since 2019, and it has mainly been pointed out to his appearance in the series “Moon Knight”, Currently in the production phase and details of the plot have not yet been leaked.
Introduced in Marvel Spotlight # 2 in February 1972, Werewolf By Night (originally Jack Russell) is a man who is cursed to become a werewolf due to his family history. In the comics, he is linked to Dracula, the Darkhold, and various mythical and supernatural corners of the Marvel universe. He has also made appearances in animation projects such as “Ultimate Spider-Man” and “Hulk and the Agents of SMASH.” Recently, Marvel introduced a new version of the character, a young Native American of Hopi descent named Jake Gomez.
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