This is one of those magical stories we never thought we’d be writing, but it appears that Kevin Smith is developing a tv series for Hulu based on Marvel Comics character Howard the Duck.
During Hulu’s TCA (Television Critics Association) Winter Press Tour panel today, it was discovered by Variety that a slew of four Marvel-based series are coming to Hulu in a partnership move with Marvel Television Studios and the streaming service: Howard the Duck, M.O.D.O.K, Hit-Monkey, and Tigra and Dazzler.
We. Can’t Even.
The outlet goes on to say that Howard The Duck will be written and produced by Smith, along with a brief early description:
“Howard is stuck in a world he never made, but America’s favorite fighting fowl hopes to return home with the help of his unstoppable gal pal Beverly before the evil Dr. Bong can turn him the crispiest dish on the menu.”
Patton Oswalt will co-write and co-produce M.O.D.O.K. with Jordan Blum (Community, American Dad). Variety says about that one:
“M.O.D.O.K,” or Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing, centers around an egomaniacal supervillain with a really big head and a really little body, who struggles to maintain control of his evil organization and his demanding family.
Josh Gordon and Will Speck are writing and producing Hit-Monkey, which will tell the tale of a wronged Japanese snow monkey, mentored by the ghost of an American assassin, as he cuts a wide swath through the Tokyo underworld.
Then there’s Tigra & Dazzler, with Erica Rivinoja (Girls Trip, South Park) and Chelsea Handler writing and producing. While there’s no details about this one yet, we’d like to remind you about that time at the Oscars Luncheon that Lady Gaga was standing next to Kevin Feige. Ahem.
Seems odd that Disney, parent company of Marvel Studios and Marvel Television Studios would be looking at 4 Marvel properties for Hulu rather than their own Disney+ streaming service, which will have Marvel Cinematic Universe spinoff shows like Loki, Vision and Scarlet Witch, and the Falcon project.
This choice to put the shows on Hulu may signify the company’s intention to go for a more adult-oriented content, rather than family friendly. If/when the Disney-Fox merger goes through, the House of Mouse will bump their ownership of Hulu from the current 30% bracket all the way up to 60%. Just food for thought.
We’ll let you know as soon as we hear more about any of these projects, including possible release dates and OF COURSE, casting news.