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Howard The Duck and Hit-Monkey given TV series by Marvel

Howard The Duck

Story by Jack Foley

MARVEL Television has confirmed plans to bring of their stranger characters to television in new shows geared towards adults.

Howard the Duck is to get one series, while there will also be shows based around the villainous robotic giant head MODOK, Japanese snow-monkey assassin Hit-Monkey and the best friend duo of feline superhero Tigra and disco star Dazzler.

A number of celebrity writers are attached to the various different projects, with Clerks director Kevin Smith among them.

Comedian Chelsea Handler will write for the Tigra & Dazzler show an Patton Oswalt, who has already played brothers Eric, Billy, Sam and Thurston Koenig in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, is working on MODOK with Jordan Blum, who previously worked on the sitcom Community.

The shows will air on Hulu in the US, although a UK streaming service has not been announced yet.

Howard the Duck is arguably the most high-profile of the four shows, having recently been seen in a cameo at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 1.

He has also had his own film, in 1986, which turned into one of the biggest cinematic flops of all time. The film marked George Lucas’s first big project after the release of the original Star Wars trilogy, and starred Back to the Future‘s Lea Thompson.

But it took just over $21m (£16.3m) of its estimated $35m (£27m) budget and was dubbed a colossal flop.

In making their TV announcement, Marvel also teased that the Howard the Duck series would see Howard and Beverly fighting the evil Dr Bong.

And Smith, who is also an executive producer on the new animated series, said viewers can expect “fowl things” from the programme.

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