Big news dropped yesterday. While Marvel properties are winding down on Netflix, their main competitor, Hulu just scooped a bunch of them up. There will be four shows, and then a mini-series that teams them all up. Sound familiar? Here is the rundown on all of them:
Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. centers around an egomaniacal supervillain with a really big head and a really little body, who struggles to maintain control of his evil organization and his demanding family. Writers Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt will also executive produce along with Jeph Loeb.
Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt teaming up to bring a big floating head to life? Yes please. Patton Oswalt is a huge comic book fan, having appeared on Marvel’s Agents Of SHIELD, and was responsible for one of the greatest on-screen filibusters of all time:
Fans have been wanting to see MODOK on screen for a while now, and animation is the perfect medium for him. Plus with the talent behind the camera, the show is sure to be success.
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. Writers Josh Gordon and Will Speck will executive produce along with Jeph Loeb.
Josh Gordon and Will Speck are responsible for such things as Blades of Glory and Office Christmas Party. To bring those comedy chops to a Japanese snow monkey hellbent on revenge is going to be an absolute joy to watch. This might be the under-the-radar show of the bunch that turns out to be the fan favorite.
Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show is a story about two woke superheroes and best friends, Tigra and Dazzler, as they fight for recognition among powered people who make up the eight million stories in Los Angeles. Writers Erica Rivinoja and Chelsea Handler serve as executive producers along with Jeph Loeb.
Say what you will about Chelsea Handler, but she has amazing comedy timing. Erica Rivinoja has been involved with countless projects such as South Park, Girls Trip, and The Last Man On Earth. The two together will probably create something pretty unique.
Now, the best for last:
Marvel’s Howard The Duck is trapped in a world he never made, but America’s favorite fighting fowl 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. Writers Kevin Smith and Dave Willis will also executive produce along with Jeph Loeb.
Back when it was rumored that Kevin Smith was working on a secret project, I actually suggested Howard The Duck as the perfect Marvel project for him. But I was thinking film. This is much better. Lower stakes, more material, longer life. Of course Smith would be tapped for a property that has a bad guy named Dr. Bong. Smith hates not being able to talk about things, so when this was announced, he was finally able to comment on it, and in true Smith fashion, gave all the credit to the other person involved, Dave Willis.
Willis does have an impressive resume when it comes to animation, so the two together should be make magic. Hopefully Smith gets along with this Willis better than he did the other Willis. There is no word on if Seth Green is reprising his role from the Guardians Of The Galaxy movies or not.
These wouldn’t be Marvel projects if there weren’t crossovers. All of these properties will team up in a miniseries called The Offenders.
Marvel’s The Offenders, is a story in which nobody asked them to — and we’d be better off if they didn’t — but MODOK, Dazzler, Tigra, Hit Monkey and Howard the Duck are all forced to team up in order to save the world and certain parts of the Universe. Jeph Loeb will executive produce.
4 shows, with a crossover called The Offenders is hilarious shade being thrown at Netflix. I was surprised to see Disney/Marvel projects announced on something outside of Disney +, but with their acquisition of 20th Century Fox, they essentially have a controlling stake in Hulu too.
We will be sure to pass on more info, like casting and premiere dates when we get it