As Marvel’s original Netflix series begin to fade away, a new deal with Hulu brings back small-screen hope for the comic book giant’s wealth of exciting, vital characters — and, also, Howard the Duck.
Monday, during its presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour, Hulu announced an expanded partnership with Marvel Television for four new animated series based on established oddball characters from the comics: M.O.D.O.K, Hit-Monkey, Tigra, Dazzler, and, yep, Howard The Duck. In addition, these series will be accompanied by a special that would unite all five for an adventure in which, per the release, they’ll be “forced to team up in order to save the world and certain parts of the universe.”
Marvel’s Jeph Loeb will executive produce each series, but a diverse collection of creators will be working behind the scenes to bring each character to life. Here are the known details on each show, per the official release:
Many of these characters may not be familiar to casual fans, but bringing in an eclectic collection of creators like Patton Oswalt, Chelsea Handler, and Kevin Smith speaks to interest in a fresh take on this pre-established I.P. But also, in structure, this plan mirrors the Netflix/Marvel series launched in 2015, which eventually were brought together for the crossover event “The Defenders.”
Hulu is also the home of “Marvel’s Runaways,” which debuted its second season on the streaming service in December 2018. Release dates for these new animated series have yet to be announced.