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Disney+ unexpectedly drops Marvel Studios’ second special release

Disney+ unexpectedly drops Marvel Studios’ second special release

Marvel Studios just released its second special presentation on Disney+ after Werewolf at night and in front The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.

With the release of Werewolf at night, the MCU debuted a brand new Disney+ umbrella known as a special presentation. These one-off offerings even come with an all-new introductory fanfare to highlight these unique releases.

Following the success of the classic black-and-white horror, Marvel Studios will soon deliver its second of these stand-alone adventures with The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. Oddly enough, this was actually the first of these specials to be announced before Werewolf at night punched in to drop first.

Marvel Studios special presentation intro
Marvel Studios

Now Marvel Studios is going all-in on this format with many more projects on the way featuring new heroes and existing favorites. And ahead of the release at the end of November of Guardians‘ Disney+ outing, the studio has delivered another special, but not quite what fans expected.

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After the release of Werewolf at nightMarvel Studios just debuted a documentary on Disney+ focusing on the man at the helm of the project, Michael Giacchino, and his early filmmaking origins with his brother, Anthony Giacchino.

Director by Night poster
Marvel Studios

Surprisingly, the documentary special was labeled on the poster and on Disney+ as a special presentation from Marvel Studios. This marks the second special release and means The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special instead becomes the third.

Despite being marketed under the campaign umbrella, Director at night doesn’t open with the special presentation or the Marvel Studios fanfare, sort of Mounted documentary episodes.

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The full synopsis for the intimate Disney+ documentary special can be read below:

Director at night tells the story of two Oscar-winning brothers and their different ways of telling stories. Michael Giacchino, renowned film composer, makes his directorial debut with “Werewolf By Night”. His brother, veteran documentary filmmaker Anthony Giacchino, recounts the experience and explores the duo’s filmmaking origins in the small New Jersey town where they grew up.”

Marvel Studios goes big on special presentations

There is currently no telling when the next “Special Presentation” will be afterwards The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special delivers all its festive action. But since Marvel Studios will have released three projects under this umbrella in just over a month, one can only imagine that the wait for another one won’t be too long.

Both Nova and Silver Surfer are reportedly on the cards for their own specials, while some upcoming series may be reduced to a one-off outing. Regardless, Marvel Studios clearly has big plans for the format as it allows it to produce content that doesn’t fit into the usual movie or series templates.

Marvel Studios seems to apply this “Special Presentation” label quite liberally to all one-off productions on Disney+. Usually that honor would go to actual MCU story content, but sometimes it can be used for documentaries like Director at night which does not exactly fall under the same bracket as Mounted episodes.

Except Spider-Man: No Way Homedue to the rights being held by Sony, every Phase 4 project so far has received one Composite documentary. This originally began as a separate episodic series on Disney+, but every new documentary since Eternals are now listed separately for unclear reasons.

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What does Director at night different from these, and therefore fits under the “Special Presentation” description, is that it does not focus on the production of its MCU namesake. Instead, this documentary explores the film career of Michael Giacchino which has led to his directorial debut.

For now, it is unclear whether Werewolf at night will also receive one Mounted episode to focus on its short footage or whether this will serve as a substitute. Since the MCU horror was actually filmed in just 12 days, perhaps there simply wasn’t enough there to warrant an entire behind-the-scenes documentary.

Werewolf at night and Director at night streaming now, exclusively on Disney+.

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