James Gunn Really Hates Howard The Duck

For James Gunn, the inclusion of Howard the Duck in a Guardians of the Galaxy post-credits scene presented a way to right some of the wrongs of the 1986 film: specifically, the inclusion of human eyelids on the character's puppet.

"I was young and I went so excited about it," the director said during a Facebook Live interview with Yahoo! Movies. "I wasn't hip with the Caucasian eyelids. That upset me. Because they had the puppet, and it was a duck, and instead of having feathery or white eyelids, he had Caucasian eyelids and it was creepy." In case there was any further confusion on how Gunn felt about the movie, he added, "No, that movie sucks! That movie's terrible!"

Gunn was particularly upset by the movie because he was such a big fan of the character, going all the way back to Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik's 1973 comic Adventure Into Fear No. 19. "Howard the Duck was maybe my favorite character as a kid," he said. "I went back and I collected all of those comics, I had every comic he was ever in."

Gunn's inclusion of the character at the end of Guardians was a treat for him and for fans, and, with his awful feelings about the original, it makes sense that he would want to take his own shot at the character. However, the future of Howard the Duck, despite rumors to the contrary, seems to be relegated to just that brief appearance. It doesn't look like Gunn's revitalization will do anything towards getting him another big-screen outing anytime soon (unless, of course, he pops up in a post-credits scene for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2). For now, relive the original Howard the Duck by taking a look at all of the other bad movies you should watch just once.