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Marvel pulls the plug on Howard the Duck and Tigra & Dazzler animated shows

January 26th, 2020 by Marc Comments

Things move pretty fast in the entertainment world, don’t they?

Only a few day ago I reported that Marvel and Hulu’s M.O.D.O.K series had finalised their cast (here), leading us to get excited because we knew this was the first of a proposed animated MCU universe of characters.

But now it looks like two of the four proposed shows have just been canned by Marvel.

Kevin Feige, the man behind the MCU on the big screen, is preparing to take over the TV arm of the MCU too which has previously been overseen by Jeph Loeb, and it seems that one of the first victims of the management change is Howard the Duck and Tigra & Dazzler. We understand that M.O.D.O.K will go ahead (for now) as will the Hit Monkey series.

It also means that the planned crossover The Offenders will likely not happen either as there’s not enough characters to create the Avengers-type crossover series.

The writing staff on Tigra & Dazzler were let go in December, having completed three quarters of the episodes, so the writing was sort of on the wall for this.

Now that Feige is Marvel’s chief creative officer he now oversees the creative direction of the company’s content creation, including publishing, film, TV and animation. This means Marvel TV and the animation-focused Marvel Family Entertainment are part fo the Marvel Studios banner, allowing the MCU to encompass TV, animation and cinema.

This is why Ghost Rider, Cloak & Dagger, Legion and Runaways all bit the dust in recent months.

The Howard the Duck series was under the leadship of one Kevin Smith, nerdy god that he is, who took to Twitter to explain how he felt about it and, as expected, he took it pretty gracefully:

What say you all? Are you happy that Feige is pulling eveything together to create one big shared universe? Or are you annoyed that so many fun shows and upcoming ideas have been cancelled? I want to hear all your thoughts, folks.

Source: THR

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….