There’s a good chance Marvel Studios will officially confirm details of their long-rumored/reported Disney Plus MCU Halloween Special during their September 10 presentation at the D23 2022 event, which was also long reported at the starring actor Gael Garcia Bernal as classic Marvel horror character Werewolf by Night.
Whether Confirmed, Werewolf By Night could join Blade and Moon Knight in the MCU’s burgeoning horror wing. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to classic Marvel Comics horror characters who might be ripe for an MCU adaptation.
With the spooky Halloween season looming, here are 10 Marvel Comics horror characters who might be perfect to join Werewolf by Night in the MCU.
The Bloodstone Family
Ulysses Bloodstone, his daughter Elsa Bloodstone, and his son Cullen Bloodstone are one of Marvel Comics’ greatest monster-hunting dynasties – something like the publisher’s answer to Van Helsing and Buffy the Vampire Slayer all in one (well that Ulysses Bloodstone actually predates Buffy by a few decades).
Ulysses Bloodstone is actually a precocious human, born millennia in the past and kept alive by the power of the so-called Bloodstone, a mysterious stone embedded in his chest that gives him the power to fight and defeat monsters of all kinds. shapes and sizes.
His children, Elsa and Cullen, are not left out either. Elsa remains a cult Marvel hero thanks to her appearances in the Nextwave: Agents of HATE comic book. Meanwhile, the somewhat lesser-known Cullen Bloodstone possesses (or is cursed) the power to become a giant monster. It sounds like the kind of weird family action the MCU loves, to us.
Devil-Slayer might not come to mind for most modern Marvel fans, but for those who grew up in the weird and wild stories of the ’70s, he’s a cult favorite. Formerly a Marine known as Eric Payne, the Devil-Slayer was imbued with psychic powers by a cabal of demon worshipers known as the Cult of the Harvester of Eyes. Horror, indeed.
Payne then joined the Defenders, fighting alongside Gargoyle (another horror character on this list). Although his heyday faded with the ’70s, Devil Slayer remained a staple of Marvel Comics with recurring if somewhat sporadic appearances as a supporting character.
He even has a connection to the Man-Thing (also on this list), through which the Nexus of All Realities Devil-Slayer connection has had visions of a multitude of worlds – meaning he could to be a perfect character to help bridge the gap between the MCU’s multiverse phase and its burgeoning horror wing.
Giant monsters have been a part of pop culture horror stories ever since King Kong, Godzilla and the Blob became hallmarks of the genre in cinema – and Marvel Comics is no different. In the late 1950s, before the start of the Marvel Universe, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby made a name for themselves as creators of sinister and thrilling sci-fi horror stories featuring giant monsters such as Fin Fang Foom, Googam Son of Goom and the Gorilla.
Over the decades some of these monsters have been acquired into the Marvel Universe, and a few years ago Marvel celebrated the concept with the creation of Kid Kaiju, a young hero with the power to communicate with Marvel monsters and to order them.
So, just to be clear, there’s a kid in the Marvel Universe whose power is that he can command Kaiju. In the era of Pacific Rim and Jurassic World, this sounds like the stuff of a blockbuster movie to us.
Yeah. Dracula. The real, literal Dracula (or at least the Marvel Comics version of the public domain character).
In the 70s, when changes to the Comics Code Authority allowed for more open representations of horror concepts in comic books, Marvel relied heavily on Dracula as the anchor of their supernatural horror wing – crossing him even with characters such as the X-Men, Moon Knight, and of course Blade the Vampire Hunter, who debuted in the long-running Tomb of Dracula title.
Maybe it might seem a little silly to bring literature’s most famous vampire into the MCU, but who better to be an adversary for someone like Blade, or perhaps a team of supernatural heroes? Dracula is such a kingpin of classic Marvel horror, there’s something about the idea of Marvel’s version of him coming to the screen.
Sleepwalker was a hit character in the early ’90s, but since then has gone relatively obscure in the Marvel Universe. But for fans who remember him, his adventures had a major impact. The Sleepwalker is just one of many extraterrestrial beings that watch over the dream world, battling nightmares and villains in the psychic realm.
Sleepwalker is a high-concept psychedelic horror fantasy in which the lines between the waking world and the dream world are blurred – something like the more superhero-centric version of Marvel’s Sandman.
And as a bonus, the MCU may have already laid the groundwork for Sleepwalker, with Loki mentioning a dream-controlling group like TVA, and the concept of “dreamwalking” entering Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Magik of the X-Men appeared in the ill-fated and little-watched New Mutants movie, but as with probably just about every Fox X-Men movie character, we’re expecting the MCU to give him a makeover. total if they bring her back. And bring her back as it should be – with a focus on her comic book history and her burgeoning place as one of Marvel Comics’ most powerful mages.
Not only does Magik have the power to teleport through the harrowing dimension of Limbo (seen in the MCU already in the Loki streaming series), but she’s also such a powerful magic user that she’s even been a candidate to succeed Doctor Strange as Sorcerer Supreme. – a title she actually held in an alternate future.
Give us a downright creepy Magik whose second nature as a demonic Darkchilde is on display, and you have a totally unique mutant for the MCU, with possible ties to Doctor Strange himself.
You may not have heard of Gargoyle, but back in the 70s and 80s he was one of Marvel’s first horror characters as a member of the Defenders and the star of his own solo powered limited series. by nightmares.
Gargoyle is actually an elderly man named Isaac Christian who made a deal with demons for power and prosperity – his wish being granted in classic Monkey’s Paw fashion when the demons transformed his body into that of the monstrous gargoyle. Although he started out as a villain fighting the Defenders, he soon joined them, searching for a way to regain his human form.
Imagine something like David Cronenberg’s The Fly, but with an old man turning into a demonic creature, yearning for his humanity – that’s the horror potential of the Gargoyle.
Nightmare is 0 to 2 in terms of the odds of making it into the MCU, with the villain long rumored for possible inclusion in both the first Doctor Strange movie and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. But Nightmare was ignored both times, leaving one of Strange’s oldest and most powerful foes in a pickle.
There’s more to Nightmare than just his rivalry with Doctor Strange, however, and he’s had run-ins with plenty of Marvel heroes, including a notable story in which he tied the knot with Kid Loki.
Nightmare is one of Marvel Comics’ Fear Lords, beings who embody the concept of terror itself. And with a name like Nightmare, you can imagine what aspect of fear falls within his remit – which means there are few other characters, heroes or villains, who have so much direct connection to the theme of “the ‘horror’ in the Marvel Universe.
Man-Thing had a very cheesy direct-to-video movie in the early 2000s, but Marvel’s classic horror character wasn’t particularly well served in terms of adaptation.
The film left out most of the Man-Thing’s comic book history as an agent of retaliation against evildoers and guardian of the Cosmic Nexus of All Realities that connects the many worlds of the Multiverse in Marvel Comics. .
With the heavy reliance on the concept of the multiverse in the current MCU, Man-Thing could be a perfect character to integrate – especially if Marvel Studios delves into his real-life comic book nature as a reluctant hero and cosmic key figure. order of the Marvel Universe with its body horror roots.
If you’re an MCU fan, you’ve no doubt heard of Mephisto before, as the evil manipulator is one of the most requested and in-demand Marvel Super Villains yet to be adapted into the MCU.
There’s not much to say about Mephisto that hasn’t been said – but we’ll repeat that not only is Mephisto an important character in Marvel Comics lore as the closest analog to the Christian Devil, but he also currently faces off against the Avengers in the lead-up to the story which is billed as the “greatest Avengers epic of all time”.
In other words, there are few Marvel horror characters as connected to the Marvel Universe as Mephisto – and the MCU horror wing just wouldn’t be the same without him.