During Yahoo Movies' Facebook Live chat with Lea Thompson, she stands behind her role in '80s cult favorite 'Howard the Duck' — and its fans
After three decades of potshots and putdowns stemming from the much-maligned 1986 film, Howard the Duck made a big comeback following his cameo during the end credits of Marvel’s 2015 megahit Guardians of the Galaxy. With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 weeks from opening, the subject of Sir Duck from Duckworld came up with director James Gunn (who wrote and produced the new thriller The Belko Experiment) during a Facebook Live interview with Yahoo Movies, and the filmmaker hilariously echoed the sentiments of comic book fans worldwide: He really loves Howard the Duck the character, and really detests that movie Howard the Duck. “I’m a huge Howard the Duck fan,” Gunn said of the character first introduced by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik in Marvel Comics’ 1973 Adventure Into Fear No. 19.
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Following his post-credit scene of the smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy, the cult favorite duck will star in a brand new comic, due out in March.
Of all the characters in the Marvel universe, Howard the Duck may be the unlikeliest candidate for a comeback. In the clip, which is under a minute long, Guardians villain The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) is having a cocktail in his laboratory with a talking, computer-animated duck. In case there was any doubt as to that creature’s identity, text appears after the video crediting Howard the Duck creators Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik.