Remember before the last 10 seconds of Guardians of the Galaxy when everyone thought that trying to re-make a Howard the Duck movie was a monumentally bad idea? Well, it didn’t take too long after the post-credits scene of GOTG for people to start talking about the greatness of Howard. Heck, he even has his own self-titled comic book again. Despite the renewed love for Howard the Duck, the man that voiced him in the blockbuster Marvel Studios film says that there are still no plans to make another Howard the Duck movie, even with three new mysterious release dates that were revealed yesterday.
While talking to IGN at New York Comic-Con, Seth Green was asked about when we might see Howard next, and although another cameo, or even a Marvel One-Shot is not outside the realm of possibility, don’t start holding your breath for that announcement about a feature-length Howard the Duck adventure.
Nobody has said anything to me about that. The truth is, [Guardians director James] Gunn and I are buddies from Scooby-Doo. So, the whole Howard the Duck thing, and me getting to be that was a last minute, ‘who do I know who is in town who can do this on this date before the color print delivers?’ Nobody is thinking about a Howard the Duck movie. I love that people are running with it. But you know, it’s not going to happen. The most I can imagine, and you can’t quote me, because it’s not based in fact, but the most I can imagine is that the character could cameo at some point in some other thing. Like, we saw Cosmo already. So there is going to be some kind of rocket offshoot, right? Some kind of outer galactic mayhem. You can imagine that Howard would cameo in that. But he’ll never have a standalone movie again.
Getting Green to appear in the film as the voice of Howard might have seemed like a move to get a well-known name to lay claim to the role in order to take advantage of the situation later, but according to the actor, it was just a gag between friends. “It doesn’t feel like part of that thing,” Green added. “It’s almost like a joke that I had with a buddy. But now, everyone else has gotten to hear it. It’s still no less than a joke.”
Of course, Howard the Duck probably still has more name cache for the awful 1980s movie produced by George Lucas than he does for the 10 seconds he appeared in Guardians. You may recall that the movie made $16 million at the box office in 1986 on a $37 million budget, which was real money in 1986 terms. Given the givens, it’s like someone wanting to remake Gigli. You know what they say about a fool and their money, and Disney strikes me as place not run by fools.
Will Howard re-appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Stay tuned to find out when the movie opens in the Summer of 2017.