Though it was a critical and commercial failure upon its original release in 1986, the years have been kind to Howard the Duck. The bizarre live-action film, based on the bizarre comic book character of the same name, has lived on as a cult film with a fandom strong enough to see the character's return to prominence in recent years.
Howard is a confirmed part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy, and in 2015 he started an acclaimed new ongoing series at Marvel Comics that featured, among many other things, a comics appearance by Howard's movie co-star Lea Thompson.
Now, Thompson is apparently eyeing more than a just a comic book reunion with Howard the Duck.
In a new interview with Inquisitr to promote her directorial debut The Year of Spectacular Men, Thompson was asked about Howard, and revealed that she's frequently approached by fans who think they're the only person in the world who still enjoys the film. Thompson, like so many fellow Howard fans, has seen the character's fanbase in both comics and film continue to thrive over the decades, and clearly Marvel has too.
So, does Howard have a future beyond the comics page and a movie cameo? Thompson thinks so. In fact, she's apparently bringing her ideas to Marvel sometime soon. Here's the exact exchange she had with the interviewer, Kevin Tall:
KT: Speaking of ‘Howard the Duck,’ I know you lent your lovely likeness to the comic a couple of years ago, but since he, Howard himself is breaking back into the Marvel Universe in a few cameos, are we going to see Lea Thompson going there any time soon?
LT: Oh my god, from your lips to God’s ears. I don’t know. To tell you the actual truth, I am going to Marvel to pitch ‘Howard the Duck,’ a new movie.
LT: In like three weeks. I want to direct the ‘Howard the Duck’ remake [laughs]. Why not dream big, right?
LT: I’m into it.
Thompson could, of course, be joking here, but the remarks are so specific that it seems like she's at least about to discuss something with Marvel. Whether that finds its way to the big screen, or animation, or even to a new comic is not really clear. Thompson's definitely right about the continued enthusiasm for Howard, though, and she's seen it firsthand at fan events. Perhaps Marvel's seen enough of it too.
What do you think? Will we, and should we, see another Howard the Duck movie?