In a moment of madness, I decided to watch every Marvel comics movie in order. If I’d realized Howard the Duck was the first film on that list, I’d probably have reconsidered, but my friend Ian tells me it really isn’t that bad, and despite the fact he thinks The Newsroom is a pretty good TV show, he and I usually have similar tastes. And I guess there’s something cool about the first film I’m going to watch starring Howard and the last one featuring an unexpected cameo from him.
Because I don’t see why I should suffer alone, I’m going to blog about the experience, in the style of the old Virgin Publishing programme guides I once edited. This will involve a summary of the film’s plot followed by some or all of the following sections:
I’m Special: Superpowers…
It Sucks Being Super: …and their downsides.
The Dog’s Bollocks: The awesome bits.
Bollocks: The awful bits.
Bang on-trend: Costumes and fashion in general.
Subtext: Sexual suggestiveness, unintentional and otherwise.
It’s Good to be Bad: The villains.
Lady Parts: The movie’s women and how it treats them.
Comic Store Guy Says: Nerdy nitpicks.
Where are the Avengers?: I’m going to treat all these films as if they exist in one continuity because I’m a geek and that’s how my mind works. This section will attempt to figure out how that can be.
Don’t Leave Yet!: Post-credits scenes.
Stan!: Appearances by the man himself.
Speech Bubble: quotable bits.
The Living Tribunal’s verdict: But is it actually any good?
A few ground rules. I’m going chronologically, only counting movies which are at least 1 hour 20 minutes long (so no 1940s Captain America), were made to be feature-length (no squished-together Hulk TV episodes), are part of main Marvel Universe continuity (so no Men In Black), are live action and received a cinematic release somewhere (no Dr Strange, unfortunately).
I can put it off no longer. First up: Howard the Duck.