Last week, Marvel Entertainment and Hulu announced plans to expand their partnership with four new animated series and a standalone special. The most high profile of those series was one based on “Howard the Duck,” the famed property about an ill-tempered, anthropomorphic ‘funny’ duck.
The new take on the material is being handled by comics fanboy and “Clerks” filmmaker Kevin Smith along with “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” producer Dave Willis. The pair recently offered a comment to Marvel.com about the series and what they plan to do with their take on the property:
Smith: “The times we’re living in deserve an orator who can identify all the quacks in the system – a straight-shooter who won’t leave us holding the bill. Thanks to Marvel & Hulu, I get to do fowl things to one of my all-time favorite comic book characters in animation!
Let’s be honest: I’m not talented enough to handle any of the Avengers, but Howard is definitely in my wheelhouse! However, the real brains of our operation is a legit cartoon genius: the great Meatwad himself, Aqua Teen Hunger Force’s Dave Willis! So prepare to get Ducked hard!.”
Willis: “I’m looking forward to working with Kevin on bringing Howard to the flat screen,” added Willis. “And I know if I screw this up, I’ll never be able to show my face at Comic-Con ever again. Nerds will hunt me the rest of my days.”
The streaming service has also ordered animated series adaptations of “M.O.D.O.K.,” “Hit-Monkey” and “Tigra & Dazzler Show”. “Howard the Duck” was previously adapted to the screen with a widely derided 1986 film, while the character made a brief cameo in a post-credits stinger in “Guardians of the Galaxy”.