Hulu Toons Up Four Adult Marvel Series Including 'Howard the Duck'

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Marvel's Hit-Monkey explores the story of a wronged Japanese snow monkey who is mentored by the ghost of an American assassin and uses his skills to cut a wide swath of revenge through the Tokyo underworld. While the relationship between Netflix and Marvel - and by extension, Disney - may be souring, keep in mind that Disney owns a huge share in Hulu. The series will follow the egomaniacal supervillain as he struggles to maintain control of his evil organization, as well as his over-the-top family. Howard The Duck, M.O.D.O.K, Hit-Monkey and Tigra & Dazzler will hit USA service Hulu in animated shows.

As a third season of the Schwartz and Stephanie Savage created Marvel's Runaways seems a sure bet, Hulu is hoping to strongly up its Marvel game and to resurrect the reputation of the acerbic Howard The Duck, who got plucked in that bad 1986 feature film, as part of its big programming chess move. Marvel's head of TV, Jeph Loeb, will executive produce each project. At today's TCA, the streaming service announced a new clutch of animated series from Marvel that, in a playful twist on Netflix's shows, will come together in a team-up called The Offenders. Comedian-turned-talk show host Chelsea Handler is part of the team for that series, working with Erica Rivinoja, who crafted the story for Girls Trip and has worked on shows including South Park and The Last Man On Earth.

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Yes, I said animated programs, as these will be more adult-themed programs of the Marvel variety in the same way that Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist (I guess), Luke Cage, and The Punisher were more adult themed compared to the likes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter.

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. Hit-Monkey isn't a name-brand character for Marvel, but neither was Howard the Duck (or the Guardians of the Galaxy, for that matter) at one point. "M.O.D.O.K., Hit Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler and Howard the Duck will form a team no one asked for - The Offenders (and wait until you see who the Team Leader is!)!" Writers Erica Rivinoja and Chelsea Handler serve as executive producers along with Jeph Loeb. But if you haven't been keeping up with Smith's comics work, rest assured that Howard's animated turn won't revolve around ponderous dialogue at a New Jersey mall.