Howard the Duck was one of the biggest financial flops of the 1980s. It did so poorly that the two heads of the studio allegedly got into a fistfight over who greenlit it. But what does that have to do with Marvel? Let us explain.

Before there was an entire money-making studio dedicated to pumping out movies and TV shows based on the vast and ever-expanding catalog of Marvel Comics characters- we were seeing the likes of Sam Raimi making the Sony Spider-Man trilogy and Johnathan Hensleigh delivering an exciting take on The Punisher. Even before that, we had the iconic Blade movies and some solid X-Men fare- all movies we’ve covered in previous show episodes… Or have we?

See, it’s easy to do a Marvel series that praises the Raimi trilogy and roasts the goofiness of the Tim Story Fantastic Four films- but, today is going to be one hell of a throwback for any Marvel fan who grew up in the 1980’s. Before the dawn of mutants and the day-walking vampire hunters, there was a much different Marvel hero blasting their way into the zeitgeist and giving us what many consider to be the true beginning of Marvel Cinema… I guess, not including the 70’s Japanese Spider-Man film or the small-screen Captain America joint

So, let’s wind the clocks back to 1986 and revisit the first theatrically released film based on a Marvel character. It’s a story about belonging, fulfilling your purpose against all odds, and a women’s biker gang called Satan’s Sluts. But I’m getting ahead of myself. I guess I’ll just start by saying… In the beginning, there was Howard the Duck!

 George Lucas once made a Marvel movie, but the resulting film, Howard the Duck, was a box office nightmare for all involved.  Read More