Nearly all of Marvel’s Phase 4 projects have been shrouded in secrecy. Ever since Kevin Feige teased the arrival of various other characters in She-Hulk during 2020’s Disney Investor Day, however, numerous theories have flooded the web.
While it would make sense for more grounded Marvel characters to show up, there have been rumblings that the series will open the door for characters with similar abilities to Hulk to appear as well.
One character most people probably wouldn’t expect to show up is Howard the Duck. Thanks to a French Disney magazine, the character’s appearance is casually confirmed.
You can read the excerpt of the magazine courtesy of Twitter user @tuttiquantinoon, as well as its translation below!
Roughly translated, the passage reads:
“Howard the Duck seems to be part of Marvel’s plans again… The She-Hulk series, which lands this year on Disney+, could have some “what the duck” surprises in store! This should please lovers of the turbulent duck, who is always determined to do as he pleases.“
Despite being introduced in cosmic sector Marvel’s Cinematic Universe initially, it isn’t all that surprising that Howard the Duck would cross paths with the show’s protagonist Jennifer Walter. In the comics, the character has worked as both a private investigator and an agent for various organizations over the years. At one point, he even helped scrub the universe of the undead in the original Marvel Zombies series.
If true, it’d be interesting to see who he’s working for and how exactly he found his way to Earth in this particular timeline. We previously saw the character arrive with “Party Thor” in What If…?
Only time will tell if this magazine is telling the truth. With it being a publication approved by Disney, however, we’re willing to bet our money that it is.
She-Hulk will follow Tatiana Maslany’s Jennifer Walters as she juggles being a lawyer and a superhero with powers similar to The Hulk. In the comics, Walters develops superhuman strength and transforms into a milder version of The Hulk after receiving a blood transfusion from Bruce Banner, her cousin. It remains to be seen whether or not the show will follow that storyline, or if it will introduce Maslany’s character post-procedure.
In addition to Maslany. Mark Ruffalo and Tim Roth will reprise their role as the Hulk and Abomination respectively. The series will also star Ginger Gonzaga (Space Force) and Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton).
Jessica Gao (Rick and Morty) will serve as the series writer, while Kat Coiro (the upcoming film Marry Me) and Anu Valia (Shrill, Love, Victor) will divvy up directing duties.