WARNING: Mild spoilers for Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War below
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding to include a second installment of Ant Man this weekend, but another animal-themed hero could be getting a reboot sometime in the future.
While Ant Man may be one of the more ancillary characters to get its own feature-length film, there’s been some talk about an even more removed yet still-beloved character getting some more screen time. Howard the Duck is a Marvel property that has actually been a movie before, in 1986 starring Lea Thompson.
But now that the MCU is so well-established, Thompson wants to see Howard’s role reprised as a CGI character in a modern Marvel movie. Thompson has hinted that she’d like to see a Howard the Duck reboot in the past, but in an interview with SyFi Wire she made it clear she wants to pitch the movie to Marvel with the offer to direct the film.
“I don’t know, but I’m trying to get it done,” said Thompson. “But I don’t know, we’ll see.
Thompson said she’s “trying” to put Howard into the MCU, but Howard the Duck has appeared in the MCU before. He was held in The Collector’s collection in the first Guardians of the Galaxy and even showed up in a post-credits scene.
But as Thompson notes, that CGI Howard the Duck was very different than the one that starred in the original film.
“When we made Howard the Duck there wasn’t the CGI, there wasn’t the script, there wasn’t the Marvel machine behind it,” said Thompson. “And I think they have a slight appetite for it, since they’re drawing him for Guardians of the Galaxy.”
We know now that The Collector’s, well, collection, is in ruin in both and Infinity War. But Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of The Avengers: Infinity War, specifically stated that Howard survives the events of that movie, too, which means it’s possible to slot a Howard the Duck movie into the universe pretty easily, if there’s an appetite to do so.