So as I fall more and more behind as movies are being released to theaters I have decided to try and watch all of the Marvel movies from the beginning.
The first one takes us to Howard the Duck (1986). This movie was an absolute bomb in the box office, and for quite an obvious reason.
This movie focuses around an anthropomorphic talking duck who is transported from Duck World to Earth and then meets a younger singer. The majority of the movie is spend with him attempting to figure out how to get home and also rescuing his new Human girlfriend from space demons.
Now even though this movie did have its funny moments, most of the time you would feel awkward watching this movie; almost like a “geez I hope nobody walks in and sees me watching this”. There are a variety of scenes showing nude humanoid ducks and there’s even a scene where there was some borderline bestiality.
With all of the Marvel heros available by 1986 you have to ask yourself what was going through their heads when they decided their first movie should be of an obscure character that is inappropriate for children?
I have never read a Howard the Duck comic, because they never interested me (and now I doubt I ever will) however it seems as though Marvel is attempting to bring him back into the spotlight. Howard has been spotted in a post-credit scene in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie and he has a short cameo in the second GotG film. Interesting to say the least.
Now one would have to wonder firstly how Howard would be on these different planets (or how he became part of the Collectors collection), and if that means that he exists in a separate universe than that of the Avengers (even though many theories suggest that we will be seeing these universes merge in the near future).
Finally, I’m not sure if his cameos are hinting to a future reboot of his character or if it’s just a fun look back at some C list (or lower) characters, or maybe even just a look at where they’ve come from; one thing is for sure: I will not be excited for another Howard the Duck movie, if that is the case.
If you haven’t seen this movie, don’t fret. It doesn’t connect with anything else in the Marvel universe and would just be for if you were more interested in the origin of one of their forgotten characters.
We’re just all glad that Marvel movies have significantly improved since then.