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Howard the Duck was a proposed animated film based on the Marvel Comics character. It was the brainchild of George Lucas who intended to make the first Marvel theatrical film. It was eventually reinvented into the infamous live-action film.

At the time Lucas acquired the character's rights, Howard the Duck was one of Marvel's most popular character. He was a fan of Howard and publicly praised the film noir elements and absurd humor. Following the success of his second film American Graffiti, Lucas told his college classmates Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz about the comics. Katz and Lucas intended to produce the film through his company Lucasfilm with Huyck directing. Lucas even stepped down as president of Lucasfilm so he could focus on producing films like this one.

After the conclusion of the famed Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm partnered with Universal Pictures. Lucas wanted to make Howard the Duck through his company's animation division known as Pixar Animation Studios. However, Lucasfilm was contractually obligated to deliver a live-action film for Universal and the distribution company forced them to change. Universal overrode the objections of Lucas, Huyck, and Katz and made the first theatrical film based on a Marvel Comics property.

The live-action Howard the Duck film went on to become an infamous box office and critical failure. It "won" four Golden Raspberry Awards and is considered one of the worst films ever made, though it has since developed a cult following. Because of the film's failure, Lucas was forced to sell Pixar to Apple founder Steve Jobs, who eventually partnered with The Walt Disney Company to produce animated features.


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The Flint Lockwood Diatonic Super Mutating Dynamic Food Replicator, or FLDSMDFR, enters Kingpin's collider when the dimensions are forced to separate again. The Easter Egg is a reference to the earlier film by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, which included Spider-Man: The New Animated Series actor Neil Patrick Harris. (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)


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Series
1960s
The Marvel Super HeroesSpider-ManFantastic Four
1970s
Fantastic FourSpider-WomanFred and Barney Meet the Thing
1980s
Spider-ManThe Incredible HulkSpider-Man and His Amazing Friends • "Pryde of the X-Men" • Solarman
1990s
X-MenIron ManFantastic FourSpider-ManThe Incredible HulkSilver SurferSpider-Man UnlimitedThe Avengers: United They Stand
2000s
X-Men: EvolutionSpider-Man: The New Animated SeriesFantastic Four: World's Greatest HeroesThe Spectacular Spider-ManIron Man: Armored AdventuresMarvel Super Heroes: What The--?!Wolverine and the X-MenThe Super Hero Squad Show
2010s
Completed The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest HeroesMarvel Anime: Iron ManMarvel Anime: WolverineMarvel Anime: X-MenMarvel Anime: BladeUltimate Spider-ManAvengers AssembleMarvel Disk Wars: The AvengersHulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.Guardians of the GalaxyRocket & GrootEdge of VenomverseVenomverseAnt-ManMarvel Rising: InitiationMarvel Future AvengersMarvel Rising: Ultimate ComicBig Hero 6Spider-Geddon
Currently Airing Spider-ManMarvel Super Hero Adventures
2020s
Completed Marvel BattleworldLego Marvel Avengers: Climate ConundrumMech Strike: Armors Assemble
Currently Airing M.O.D.O.K.Spidey and His Amazing FriendsWhat If...?
Upcoming Hit MonkeyThe OffendersMoon Girl and Devil DinosaurThe Amazing Stan
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Dracula: Sovereign of the DamnedThe Monster of FrankensteinUltimate AvengersUltimate Avengers IIThe Invincible Iron ManDoctor Strange: The Sorcerer SupremeNext Avengers: Heroes of TomorrowHulk Vs: (Hulk vs Wolverine / Hulk vs Thor) • Planet HulkThor: Tales of AsgardIron Man: Rise of TechnovoreIron Man & Hulk: Heroes UnitedLego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum OverloadAvengers Confidential: Black Widow & PunisherIron Man & Captain America: Heroes UnitedLego Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers ReassembledMarvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight!Hulk: Where Monsters DwellLego Marvel Super Heroes – Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos ThreatLego Marvel Super Heroes - Black Panther: Trouble in WakandaMarvel Rising: Secret WarriorsMarvel Rising: Chasing GhostsMarvel Rising: Heart of IronLego Marvel Spider-Man: Vexed by VenomMarvel Rising: Battle of the BandsMarvel Rising: Operation ShuriMarvel Rising: Playing with Fire
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Big Hero 6Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Shorts
X-Men: DarktideSpellboundBait 'n' SwitchChimichangasCosmic Sleigh RideMjolnir MischiefTick Tick SmashTime to UnwindSubmarine ShowdownBig Robot, Little ProblemRooftop RockMagnet MayhemSpider-Ham: Caught in a HamThe Secret History of Venom
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Astonishing X-MenSpider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D.Black PantherIron Man: ExtremisWolverine: OriginThor & Loki: Blood BrothersInhumansUltimate Wolverine vs. HulkWolverine Versus SabretoothWolverine Versus Sabretooth: RebornWolverine Weapon X: Tomorrow Dies TodayEternalsUltimate ComicsAbsolute Carnage: Marvel Ultimate Comics
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Ant-ManIron ManTeen HulkHulk HoundHoward the DuckDaredevilFury ForceThe Black WidowHoward the DuckCaptain AmericaThorHulk: Gamma CorpsDeadpoolCaptain MarvelTigra & Dazzler


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