When George Lucas' Howard the Duck hit the silver screen in 1986, it was considered a massive failure on both the critical and commercial fronts, earning only half of its budget back at the domestic box office. It was the only time we saw the avian character in a live action form until James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2014, where Howard (Seth Green) was featured in a post-credits scene with The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) and Cosmo the Spacedog.
Even though Gunn chose to use Howard in the post-credits scene, that doesn't necessarily mean he was a fan of the Lucas film. In fact, he hated it.
"I was young and I went so excited about it," Gunn recalled, only to immediately describe his distaste for the movie. "That movie sucks!" Gunn told Yahoo Movies. "That movie's terrible!"
He didn't say if the writing or acting bothered him – rather it was rooted in how the Howard puppet ended up looking.
"I wasn't hip with the Caucasian eyelids," Gunn continued. "That upset me because they had the puppet, and it was a duck, and instead of having feathery or white eyelids, he had Caucasian eyelids and it was creepy."
There's been no further information on Howard the Duck making a bigger comeback, whether it either be in a TV show or a Howard-centric feature length film. But it's no secret that Gunn is a huge fan of the character.
"I'm a huge Howard the Duck fan," Gunn reflected. "For people who don't know, I'm a huge Marvel Comics fan, but Howard the Duck was maybe my favorite character as a kid. I went back and I collected all of those comics, I had every comic he was ever in."
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Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Slither). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (The Big Short) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (Gilmore Girls) as Kraglin. New cast members include Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, Everest), Chris Sullivan (The Knick, The Drop) and Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, The Thing).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 5, 2017.
[H/T Yahoo Movies]