As Marvel moves their ongoing projects away from Netflix, it looks like they'll be finding a new home at Hulu (which will, once the Disney/Fox merger goes through, be owned by the Mouse House.) In a massive new announcement today, the entertainment company and streamer revealed that they'll be launching four adult animation series, including one featuring the notoriously silly Steve Gerber and Gene Colan creation, Howard the Duck.
During Hulu's panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, they announced a new line of animated projects called "Marvel's Offenders" a tongue-in-cheek nod to the now-defunct Netflix Marvel universe. The flagship news for fans will likely be the Kevin Smith-helmed Howard the Duck, which will see the character up to his usual tricks. "Trapped in a world he never made, America’s favorite fighting fowl Howard the Duck hopes to return home with the help of his unstoppable gal pal Beverly before the evil Dr. Bong can turn him into the crispiest dish on the menu," the official description revealed.
Joining Howard will be Marvel's M.O.D.O.K “an egomaniacal Super Villain with a really big head and a really little body, struggles to maintain control of his evil organization and his demanding family. This project comes from writers Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt." A lesser known forgotten Marvel character will be appearing in Marvel’s Hit Monkey which "tells 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 in this darkly cinematic and brutally funny revenge saga. Marvel’s Hit Monkey comes from writers Josh Gordon and Will Speck."
It's not just boys, animals, and anthropomorphic giant heads that have all the fun though as the company also announced Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show, in which "two woke Super Heroes and best friends, Tigra and Dazzler, fight for recognition among powered people who make up the eight million stories in Los Angeles. Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show comes from writers Erica Rivinoja and Chelsea Handler."
It's an interesting move by Marvel and one that executive producer Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television, is clearly excited about. “A giant head. A monkey. A tiger lady and a disco queen. And the duck. Brought together because no one else could but Marvel Television on Hulu. M.O.D.O.K., Hit Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler and Howard the Duck will form a team no one asked for -- The Offenders (and wait until you see who the Team Leader is!)! We have such tremendous talent bringing amazing adult animation that's fun, fresh and fantastic. We're so excited for what's to come!"
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