Man-Wolf is the unfortunately named lycanthropic alter ego of John Jameson III. J. Jonah Jameson’s astronaut son, turned werewolf, is the latest character in Sony’s Spider-Verse roster to receive consideration for its own film. While it’s still in the earliest stages of development Sony’s Universe Of Marvel Characters, or the SUMC, has been firing on all cylinders as of late. So the chances that this film eventually sees the light of day are likely.
Man-Wolf is far from a household name, which has left many Marvel fans scratching their heads in regards to why Sony would consider a feature-length film for the character. Believe it or not, Man-Wolf could be the perfect fit for the SUMC, and we’ve compiled a list of five reasons as to why that is.
Before we get to that, in order to understand why Man-Wolf would work on the big screen, you need to understand Stargod.
Who is Stargod?
John Jameson III turns into a werewolf every night when the moon rises, ever since he began wearing a mysterious gem around his neck. The gem in question, known as the Godstone, was acquired by Jameson on his last expedition to the moon. It grafted itself onto his neck and bonded with him, not unlike the alien symbiotes from Venom.
The stone contains the essence of the Stargod, a deity from another dimension known simply as The Other Realm. He was an immensely powerful wolven humanoid, who brandished a sword, bow, arrow, and a fabulous matching set of chainmail and legwarmers. As he neared death, he created the stone and opened a portal to the Other Realm on the moon, so that someday another Stargod would rise and become the new savior of his realm.
Jameson became the Man-Wolf instead of the Stargod, because of the great distance between the Godstone and the portal to The Other Realm. When the moon rose, there was a faint connection between the two. This gave John the Stargod’s form, strength, and ferocity, but not his intelligence, wisdom, or magic. When he does make his way back to the moon, he finds himself drawn to the portal and becomes the new Stargod.
Man-Wolf’s Style Continues To Build The SUMC Brand
So to recap, an astronaut takes a rock from the moon. The rock turns him into a werewolf. When he goes back to the moon, it turns him into a god. It’s pretty out there, but that’s totally on brand for Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters.
Morbius and Venom are both characters with roots in horror, that evolve into something much more fantastic and mythic. Dr. Michael Morbius becomes a living vampire because of experiments he conducts with vampire bats and electroshock therapy. Venom is a living alien super-suit who eats brains. They really push the suspension of disbelief as far and they can and that’s what could differentiate this universe, keeping it unique and exciting. These are comic book movies that wear their insanity as a badge of honor and Man-Wolf fits the bill to a tee.