According to The Wrap, Marvel Studios is currently planning a Halloween special for Disney+ starring actor Gael García Bernal. The project is set to begin production early next year. As is usually the case with Marvel Studios projects, details about the special are hard to come by, but reports suggest that it will focus on a character known as Werewolf by Night. In Marvel lore, two different characters have gone by this name: Jack Russell and, more recently, Jake Gomez. It is not currently known which version of the character Bernal will portray in the special.
Russell first appeared in a 1972 comic called “Marvel Spotlight” #2. In September of that same year, Werewolf by Night got his own comic book series, which successfully ran until 1977 (via Marvel). Notably, the Marvel Comics character known as Moon Knight (who is set to be played by Oscar Isaac in a 2021 Disney+ series) first appeared in a 1975 issue of “Werewolf by Night,” before going on to lead his own comic book series (via Marvel). Meanwhile, Jake Gomez, the second character to hold the Werewolf by Night moniker, made his Marvel Comics debut in October 2020.
Bernal most recently appeared on-screen in director M. Night Shyamalan’s 2021 film, “Old” (via IMDb). In 2020, The New York Times named the Golden Globe-winning performer one of the “25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century (So Far).”