Last week Hulu announced a deal that would bring 4 new Marvel animated shows to their platform. The shows have been revealed as M.O.D.O.K., Hit Monkey, Tigra and Dazzler, and Howard the Duck.
Taking the reins of Howard the Duck is Mr Silent Bob himself, KEVIN SMITH, as key writer. Along with the assistance of Davis Willis, whom you’ll remember as the genius behind Meat Wad and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.
Kevin Smith took to social media less than an hour ago to express his excitement for the Howard the Duck project:
While this is exciting news for fans of these (mostly) B-list characters. It does raise an eyebrow on Marvel’s decision to release these projects as a joint effort through Hulu. Disney and Marvel can no longer hide behind the curtain of cancelling their Netflix series’ only to return their ownership so Disney+ will have exclusive rights. Unless this is a sign that the future of Marvel animated shows will rest solely with Hulu.
The employment of Kevin Smith as Howard the Duck’s writer is the right move. Like the character, Smith has made a career out of mixing the vulgar with the endearing. For those unfamiliar, Howard the Duck rose to a certain level of status and notoriety as the foul mouthed anthropomorphic detective (of sorts) from another dimension. His comic ran for a few years before being immortalised in Marvel’s worst movie to date. Given the notable similarities to a certain cartoon character, it was no surprise that Marvel were soon taken to court over the likeness and name. He’s also cameo’d in both Guardians of the Galaxy 1 & 2.
I’m looking forward to what comes out of this project I am hopeful that Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb has signed off on this as an adults cartoon. Loeb was one of the driving forces behind the Marvel Netflix series’ and a previous writer himself.
With Loeb working behind the scenes there’s little chance in this animated show being as bad as Tusk.
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