After three years of standalone Marvel films, Avengers: Age of Ultron releases in theaters this summer. And then in 2016, comic book fans will finally get to see the Dark Knight and Man of Steel together on the big screen in Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. That big event will be followed by the premiere of X-Men: Apocalypse, the last movie in the new X-Men trilogy from Fox.
Yet while everyone is talking about all of these major box office franchises, George Lucas has a very different superhero in mind for Marvel's next project. The renowned director believes the film studio secretly has plans to remake Howard the Duck.
Today at the Tribeca Film Festival, Lucas sat down with Stephen Colbert to talk movies, the industry and, yes, Star Wars. However, it was his time as executive producer on the 1986 movie Howard the Duck that got a lot of the focus.
It's been almost 30 years since actor Ed Gale put on a duck suit to play the lead part, and technology has definitely changed filmmaking for both better and worse in that time. So according to Lucas, there's no better time than now to do the movie the right way - with CGI. As he told the audience:
I have a feeling that Marvel is gonna redo it because of the technology we have today.
Many fans have already wondered if that was the case when the character recently showed up in the end credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy. Yet director James Gunn revealed during press for the movie that the scene was only meant to be a funny addition by one of the film's editors, Fred Raskin. Still, Lucas thinks there's more to the story because: "When you have a digital duck, you can do anything."
Of course, just because Marvel can reboot Howard the Duck doesn't mean they'd want to or should. Lucas also talked about the connection between art and technology during his panel, saying, "The thing about art is that it’s based on technology." But this line of thinking disregards the fact that art is really about creativity. Technology is merely a tool to assist a filmmaker and shouldn't be a means to an end.
Besides, Marvel already has a full slate of films set up for the next four years, with Phase 3 leading us all the way through 2019. Yet if the studio were to decide at a later point to incorporate Howard the Duck into their plans, one would hope they'd create a movie with an actual story, rather than simply using the character as a gimmick like in the previous film.
But what do you think, Screen Rant readers? Would you like to see a Howard the Duck movie? Let us know in the comments.