Kevin Feige is cleaning house again at Marvel TV Studios (formerly Jeph Loeb’s Marvel Television) as TheHollywoodReporter has revealed that Marvel has killed Kevin Smith’s mature Howard The Duck animated series alongside the Tigra & Dazzler project as well.
Both series headed towards the streaming service Hulu.
The latter recently losing its showrunner Erica Rivinoja over creative differences.
As the transition from the Jeph Loeb-led era of Marvel Television comes to its end and Kevin Feige begins to have greater creative control over film and television projects, the comic book company has opted to end development of two of its four animated Hulu comedies. No longer moving forward are Howard the Duck and Tigra & Dazzler, the latter of which was paused in December as part of a creative overhaul. The other two shows in Marvel’s original four-show animated comedy universe set up at Hulu — MODOK and Hit Monkey — will continue on as planned.
Also, they speculate that The Offenders, the team-up series featuring all of these characters will be getting scrapped next.
Animated crossover The Offenders is also unlikely to move forward given that half the combined universe has been scrapped.
Here are the original synopsises for both Howard The Duck and Tigra & Dazzler.
In Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show, two woke Super Heroes and best friends, Tigra and Dazzler, fight for recognition among powered people who make up the eight million stories in Los Angeles.
Trapped in a world he never made, America’s favorite fighting fowl Howard the Duck hopes to return home with the help of his unstoppable gal pal Beverly before the evil Dr. Bong can turn him the crispiest dish on the menu, in Marvel’s Howard the Duck. Marvel’s Howard the Duck comes from writers Kevin Smith and Dave Willis.
Leaving only the stop motion animation series M.O.D.O.K. starring Patton Oswalt and Hit-Monkey left standing.
In Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., the megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. (Patton Oswalt) has long pursued his dream of one day conquering the world. But after years of setbacks and failures fighting the Earth’s mightiest heroes, M.O.D.O.K. has run his evil organization A.I.M. into the ground. Ousted as A.I.M.’s leader, while also dealing with his crumbling marriage and family life, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is set to confront his greatest challenge yet: a midlife crisis!
Marvel’s Hit Monkey tells the tale of a wronged Japanese snow monkey, mentored by the ghost of an American assassin, as he cuts a wide swath through the Tokyo underworld in this darkly cinematic and brutally funny revenge saga. “Marvel’s Hit Monkey” comes from writers Josh Gordon and Will Speck.
Marvel TV Studios had recently announced the voice cast of M.O.D.O.K. as the group joining Patton would consist of Aimee Garcia, Melissa Fumero, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ben Schwartz, Beck Bennett, Jon Daly and Sam Richardson.
We previously revealed that M.O.D.O.K. will be handled by Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the same studio behind Adult Swim’s popular Robot Chicken.
Given that the Hulu shows were announced/developed before Kevin Feige took over as the head of the television division there had been a possibility he could have cancelled the projects just as he did with Ghost Rider, Cloak & Dagger, Runaways, and others.
Howard The Duck had been previously introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe via Guardians of The Galaxy and was voiced by Seth Green. There is a chance that Howard being in the MCU might have played a role in having his mature series nixed.
I wouldn’t get too upset for Kevin Smith he has steady work as Kevin is currently working on new The Masters of The Universe cartoon series for Netflix.
Kevin also posted this optimistic tweet on his official Twitter page, hopeful that he’d find something else at Marvel in the future.
Alas, Howard remains trapped in a world he never made. Thanks to #JephLoeb, @DaveWillis2 and the Best Duckin’ Writer’s Room for all the effort. May we all @Marvel meet again one day on something else! https://t.co/e05ad0zn1M
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) January 25, 2020
SOURCE: THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER