Lea Thompson is meeting with Marvel Studios to pitch a reboot of Howard the Duck. Prior to the Marvel Cinematic Universe taking shape in 2008, the decades before were full of other Marvel-related films. Fox gave the X-Men and Fantastic Four a chance as Sony profited off of Spider-Man. Other studios also took attempts at bringing Marvel characters to the big screen, including the surprising choice by Universal and Lucasfilm to give Howard the Duck his own movie.
Howard the Duck was a critical and financial flop and made the character a bit of a laughing stock. Under the guidance of James Gunn, the MCU has actually given the character two short-lived but well-received appearances in the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. While not a substantial character, he is confirmed to have survived Infinity War. But, if one of the original film's stars has her way, he'll get a reboot once again.
Lea Thompson played Beverly Switzler in the 1986 movie and was asked about Howard's resurgence in the MCU and whether or not she'll make an appearance, during an interview with Inquisitr. Making an appearance isn't what the Back to the Future star has in mind though. She revealed that she's going to meet with Marvel soon to discuss a reboot.
Thompson: 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.
Thompson: In like three weeks. I want to direct the ‘Howard the Duck’ remake [laughs]. Why not dream big, right?
Thompson: I’m into it.
A solo movie for Howard the Duck would be a big step for the character to take, and a surprising direction for Marvel to go in all honesty. They've got a ton of other major characters they can still introduce and Howard may best be served as a side character played for comedic effect. It isn't clear if this is a project Marvel is interested in taking either, so this may just be a case of a general meeting where Thompson will pitch the idea to them. If it's a good take then maybe it could happen, possibly even on the Disney streaming service.
While a Howard the Duck reboot may be a bit of a long shot, this pitch meeting could still be very beneficial for Thompson. Even though she's best known for her work in front of the camera, she's recently been working more and more as a director. She's directed multiple episodes of Switched at Birth and The Goldbergs, and is also venturing into the realm of film with The Year of Spectacular Men.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige wants more women to direct MCU movies as the studio moves into Phase 4 and beyond, so maybe Thompson will be one of them. Marvel Studios may not ultimately have much interest in rebooting a wacky character like Howard the Duck, but Thompson could impress them enough to move the conversation towards properties that Marvel is actually developing, to see if any would be a good fit. And if not, then perhaps Thompson will manage to snag a role in an upcoming MCU film instead.
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