Netflix? No way. The Disney-owned company has its sights set on a new partnership: with Hulu, one of Netflix’s current competitors both in streaming and in original content. On Monday, Marvel Studios announced that it will be teaming up with Hulu for four new adult animated series, including Howard the Duck, following a similar format to the Defenders series that previously launched on Netflix, starting with Daredevil.
According to Variety, Marvel and Hulu will partner for series based on the following characters: the aforementioned Howard the Duck, M.O.D.O.K, Hit-Monkey, and Tigra and Dazzler. Then, these characters will team-up for The Offenders. Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s head of TV, will executive produce each project.
Here are the details on Howard the Duck and the other Offenders:
Kevin Smith and Dave Willis will write and co-executive produce Howard the Duck. The series follows Howard as he struggles to leave a world he never created. While Beverly tries to help, the evil Dr. Bong attempts to turn Howard into literal fried duck.
Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt will write and co-executive produce M.O.D.O.K. 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.
Josh Gordon and Will Speck will write and co-executive produce Hit-Monkey, which will follow the titular character as he makes his way through the Tokyo underworld, guided by the ghosts of an American assassin.
Tigra & Dazzler will be written and co-executive produced by Erica Rivinoja and Chelsea Handler. Variety did not provide details on the plot, but we can only imagine it will be incredible.
In many ways, this move makes sense. Variety notes that Disney will become a majority shareholder in Hulu once its merger with Fox is complete. Hulu is ideal for Marvel Studios’ darker content, like its Netflix shows. Most of those were canceled in recent months, though season three of Jessica Jones has yet to air. Likewise, following the premiere of season two in January, the future of The Punisher is seemingly up in the air.
There has been speculation about how Disney and Marvel will handle these types of stories for Disney+ and it seems that now we have our answer: Hulu. Launching adult animated series on the platform is a bold move; it will be interesting to see how things shake out.
Samantha Puc is an essayist and culture critic whose work has been featured on Bustle, The Mary Sue, SheKnows, The Tempest, Rogues Portal, and elsewhere. She mostly writes intersectional pop culture analysis with a particular focus on representation of LGBTQ and fat characters in fiction. Samantha is also the co-creator of Fatventure Mag, an outdoors zine for fat women and non-binary creators who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture. She lives in Rhode Island with her spouse and cats.