Lea Thompson, star of the original Howard the Duck, says she and the team behind the movie pitched a reboot for the cult classic to Marvel studios. Lea Thompson, star of the original Howard the Duck movie, reportedly pitched a reboot to Marvel Studios. Thompson, who played Marty McFly’s mother in the Back to the Future franchise, also starred alongside the talking waterfowl in a film known as one of the worst movies of all time.
Released in 1986, the film was nominated for seven Razzie Awards (wining four) and currently holds the lowest Rotten Tomatoes rating for any Lucasfilm production. Regarded as Marvel’s first attempt at a theatrical release, the movie completely bombed at the box office and was universally torn apart by critics. Criticized for its performances, humor, and inconsistent tone, audience members were also put off by the appearance of the title character.
Despite its overwhelmingly negative reception, in the years since its release, the film has taken on a cult following. This cult obsession has resulted in Howard’s return to the big screen in brief cameos in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Endgame. Additionally, a recent announcement told that the original Howard the Duck film was getting a special 4K release this month to mark its 35th anniversary. Clearly, the duck has not completely faded into obscurity.