WEREWOLF BY NIGHT looks like it’s combining the classic black-and-white horror movie aesthetic with the now-classic* 1980s gory horror movie aesthetic, and I am there for it. I have no idea how Marvel’s getting away with putting it on Disney+, but that’s what parental controls are for. …Although that’s a theoretical concept in this household. Both of my kids are devotees of creepypasta, and so far it seems not to have done either any harm. October 7th!
*I truly regret having to remind you that AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON is forty-one years old. So is WOLFEN. THE THING is forty, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET is thirty-eight, THE LOST BOYS thirty-five**… that time period is as far away from us now as the 1940s and 1950s classic horror flicks were to me as a teenager. On the bright side: God damn, but the toys are awesome now. Not to mention the baseline medical care.
I liked it. MS. MARVEL is fun, in the same that THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL is fun: the people making it fundamentally like comic books, and not for what can be done with them for [INSERT PET CAUSE HERE]. The main character is endearing and the action is good, while being as nonviolent as you can when people are throwing giant balls of solidified energy around. I assume that all of this ends with Young Avengers, or something, and that’s cool.
All in all, I had a good time. Not my favorite Disney+ series (LOKI was my favorite), but definitely fun.
No, really. I was worried that Kate Bishop would be this already perfect superheroine in every possible way, Clint Barton would be this washed-up old guy who nobody remembers, and him ‘helping’ her would be the only way he could rekindle his heroism. That is… pretty much not what is happening, so far*. Instead, we’re getting a fairly demented, but so far entertaining, Christmas story. I am down for this.