Best Movies to See in April: ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ New Terry Gilliam, ‘Shazam!’

This month: Elisabeth Moss is a rocker on the brink of a breakdown; Robert Pattinson plunges into deep space: Andrew Garfield takes a tour of the old, weird L.A.; and Terry Gilliam finally unveils a pet project that’s literally been decades in the making. And there are also teen-singer dramas, animated comedies and no less than three big superhero films coming out — perhaps you’ve heard of these crazy kids called “the Avengers?” Here’s what you need to see in April.

Avengers: Endgame (Apr. 26th)
When last we checked in with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the rest of Marvel’s biggest super-team, half of their ranks had been blinked into nothingness with a snap of Thanos’s big, purple fingers. Now the surviving Avengers have no choice but to scrape themselves together and formulate a plan of counterattack. Lucky for them, Captain Marvel has appeared on the scene just in time. The whole gang gets together for the last go-round before Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans’ contracts expire. Lives will be lost. Tears will be shed. Hawkeye will get a new haircut.

Hellboy (Apr. 12th)
For those not hip to the comic book mythos: Hellboy is a half-human half-demon hybrid known as a Cambion, and a revered enforcer at the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense. David Harbour dons the red horns formerly sprouted by Ron Perlman in this series reboot, with assistance from an orphaned fairy (Sasha Lane) and a man who can transform into a jaguar (Daniel Dae Kim), Their mission: to foil a sinister sorceress (Milla Jovovich) out to annihilate humanity. Director Neil Marshall (The Descent) picks up the franchise reins — judging from the redband trailer above, you should expect lots of hard-R language and carnage.

Her Smell (Apr. 12th)
An off-the-rails punk rocker named Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss) whirls through her own personal backstage psychodrama with the destructive force of a hurricane. She was a big deal back in the Nineties; now she’s high, drunk, burning bridges and way past the point of out-of-control. The unorthodox five-act structure of Alex Ross Perry’s new movie takes Something through self-immolation, rock bottom, recovery and a second chance; a uniformly excellent supporting cast including Amber Heard, Agyness Deyn, Eric Stoltz, Dan Stevens, Cara Delevingne and Ashley Benson help guide the rise and fall. Any resemblance to real-life rock stars from the era are, of course, completely coincidental.

High Life (Apr. 5th)
Space — the final arthouse frontier. A group of prisoners (Robert Pattinson, Mia Goth and Andre “3000” Benjamin, to name a few) carry out hazardous black-hole explorations in exchange for commuted sentences. But because this film comes from the unpredictable, unknowable Claire Denis — a strong contender for “the single best filmmaker working today”, full stop — it isn’t that simple. Never mind the Interstellar-lite logline; her space odyssey focuses instead on fatherhood, existential ennui and how human beings warp under extreme, hostile conditions. Bonus: It will undoubtedly be the only film to pass through theaters this year featuring Juliette Binoche straddling a metallic dildo-machine in the name of science.

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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (Apr. 10th)
Terry Gilliam spent the last three decades chasing the crazy dream of bringing Miguel de Cervantes’ cornerstone of Spanish literature to the screen. Along the way, a production so plagued by troubles it was said to be cursed has managed to turn into the story of a director (Adam Driver) gradually losing his mind while working on a calamitous production of Don Quixote in Spain. He also has periodical flashbacks to the student film — also about the Man of La Mancha — that he made in Spain years earlier. Enter the crazed oldster (Jonathan Pryce) he cast as Quixote back in the day, now completely unable to distinguish where art ends and reality begins. Who can blame him?

Missing Link (Apr. 12th)
Laika, a.k.a. the animation house of choice for kids too cool for Pixar (see: Coraline, Kubo and the Two Strings), take on the legend of Bigfoot … sort of. A kindly cryptid (Zach Galifianakis) prides himself on his polite manners and clean comportment. Adventure seekers Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) and Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana) blaze a path to the Pacific Northwest to capture this creature. The humans call him “Sasquatch”; the giant furry gent himself prefers to go by “Susan.” If you just laughed out loud at that, this may be the animated movie for you.

Pet Sematary (April 5th)
Like an unrestful feline that just refuses to stay dead, Stephen King’s notorious horror novel — about a family, a tragedy and a sacred burial ground — has returned from the grave for a second film adaptation. Co-directors Dennis Widmeyer and Kevin Kölsch bring on the sleekness and tap Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz to play the father and mother; John Lithgow stepping in to portray oddball neighbor. You’ll never look at those cute little kitties the same way again.

Teen Spirit (Apr. 5th)
Violet (Elle Fanning) doesn’t see a lot of opportunity for herself, living with her Polish family at their sleepy farm on the Isle of Wight and warbling tunes at the local pub. So when an international singing competition comes to town, she instantly recognizes it as a way out; did we mention there’s a grizzled vocal teacher (Zlatko Burić) in town as well. The actress did all her own singing for the performance, delivering more-than-serviceable renditions of Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” and Ellie Goulding’s “Lights.” See the middle of that Venn diagram, the one that charts the overlap between American Idol and last year’s indie hit The Rider? That’s exactly where this movie falls.

Shazam! (Apr. 5th)
Think “Big meets Superman” and you’ve got the long and short of this playful addition to the DCEU. Troubled foster kid Billy Batson (Asher Angel) has a chance encounter with a wizard that leaves him with the ability to turn into a strapping, fully-grown adult superhero ((Zachary Levi)) simply by saying — wait for it — Shazam. Like any regular young teen plunked into a fantasy, he’s inclined to use his powers to nab free beer and blow shit up. Then bad guy Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Mark Strong) with the intention of forcibly extracting said magic powers and oh, it’s on! It’s light on the brooding and heavy on the goofy humor, so you know Zack Snyder had nothing to do with this.

Under the Silver Lake (Apr. 19th)
It Follows director David Robert Mitchell returns with a screwy pastiche of Californian noir, stoner paranoia, Gen-X nerd kitsch and hobo lore. Slacker wastrel Sam (Andrew Garfield) meets sandy-haired ingenue Sarah (Riley Keough). By the next morning, she’s vanished. He tries to find out what happened, which naturally leads to a labyrinthine conspiracy involving subterranean fortresses, the ghostwriter behind Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is” and codes embedded in old cereal-box games. It’s even weirder than it sounds.

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‘Captain Marvel’ soars even higher with stellar 2nd weekend

Captain Marvel soars even higher with over $760M worldwide topping box office for second week

Captain Marvel has continued to dominate the global box office in its second weekend in theaters, leaving newcomers in the dust.

Walt Disney Studios estimated Sunday that the intergalactic superhero fell only 55 percent from its record-breaking opening. This weekend, Captain Marvel earned an additional $69.3 million from North American theaters and $120 million internationally, bringing its global grosses to $760 million.

With Brie Larson in the title role, Captain Marvel has already surpassed the lifetime grosses of a slew of superhero films including Justice League, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Amazing Spider-Man.

Captain Marvel has continued to dominate the global box office in its second weekend in theaters, leaving newcomers in the dust

In a very distant second, Paramount’s animated family film Wonder Park struggled with $16 million against a reported $100 million budget. Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for Comscore, said that it’s hard to compete with Captain Marvel, which is playing to all ages and audiences. 

But the PG-rated pic about a girl who dreams up an amusement park did not score well with critics either – it’s currently sitting at a 30 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

But it wasn’t all bad news for the films in Captain Marvel’s shadow. The Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson film Five Feet Apart opened in third place with $13.2 million in ticket sales, which is nearly double its production budget. The film from Lionsgate and CBS Films is centered on two teens with cystic fibrosis.

In a very distant second, Paramount’s animated family film Wonder Park struggled with $16 million against a reported $100 million budget 

the PG-rated pic about a girl who dreams up an amusement park did not score well with critics either – it’s currently sitting at a 30 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. 

Audiences were overwhelmingly female (82 percent) and young (65 percent under age 25 and 45 percent under 18). That the stars involved, like Sprouse who is in the popular TV show Riverdale, have a strong fan base and social following motivated young women to turn out to the theaters.

‘You don’t always have to be No. 1 to have a success,’ Dergarabedian said. ‘And Five Feet Apart proves that.’

It was a good weekend overall for Lionsgate, which had three films in the top 10, including Five Feet Apart, Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral, which landed in fifth place with $8.1 million (behind How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World) and the Spanish-language newcomer No Manches Frida 2, which opened on only 472 screens and grossed $3.9 million to take sixth place.

This image released by Disney-Marvel Studios shows Jude Law, left, and Brie Larson in a scene from Captain Marvel

‘In the world of everybody talking about diversity, this is a great example of a diverse lineup. All three films were completely different, which was obviously a strategic distribution decision,’ said David Spitz, Lionsgate’s president of domestic distribution. ‘Those three films were able to capture an audience even with the 300-pound gorilla of Captain Marvel.

Not so lucky was Captive State, an alien invasion thriller from Focus Features that floundered in seventh place with $3.2 million against a $25 million budget.

But overall, things are finally looking up for the industry-wide box office. The Captain Marvel effect has lowered the year to date deficit nearly 10 percent in a week.

 The Cole Sprouse and Haley Lu Richardson film Five Feet Apart opened in third place with $13.2 million in ticket sales

Not so lucky was Captive State, an alien invasion thriller from Focus Features that floundered in seventh place with $3.2 million against a $25 million budget

‘We’re on the right track now. It shows when you’re this early in the year, any change can make a significant difference to the bottom line,’ said Dergarabedian. ‘But it’s going to take more than one big movie to start us toward another record-breaking year in North America.’

One film that might help: Jordan Peele’s Get Out follow-up Us hits theaters next weekend and is tracking for an opening north of $40 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Comscore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

Jordan Peele’s Get Out follow-up Us hits theaters next weekend and is tracking for an opening north of $40 million

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Marvel Releases New Avengers: Endgame Poster With Danai Gurira

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Marvel hears their fans loud and clear.

On Thursday morning, the movie studio kicked off the day by releasing a fresh ad for their upcoming project.

“Check out the new poster for Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame,” Marvel wrote on social media. “See it in theaters April 26.”

Sounds pretty cool, right? But many moviegoers were disappointed to see Danai Gurira‘s name left off the top billing on the poster.

The Black Panther actress, who plays Okoye in the franchise, was the only star on the poster to not get her name at the top. And while she was included on the bottom on the poster, Danai was next to others like Gwyneth Paltrow and Benedict Wong, who don’t appear on the poster.

After fans started speaking out on social media and online, Marvel was quick to adjust and decided to share a new version of the poster.

“She should have been up there all this time,” the studio wrote on Twitter Thursday afternoon. “Check out the official Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame poster. @DanaiGurira #WakandaForever.”

For those not up to speed on the franchise, Avengers: Endgame picks up after the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War. While the universe may be in ruins, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe.

Previously, Danai opened up about being so excited to be part of the Marvel franchise with so many important female characters.

“I’m insanely thankful to be alive at the moment I am alive, and I don’t take it for granted that so many women before me have had to navigate and push for more representation, and I get to benefit from the fruits of their labor. I’ve seen that evolution before I started acting to now,” she shared. “You can feel that, the shift, and it is a really exciting thing when you see there is a lot of attention paid to the position and the contribution to the female characters.”

Avengers: Endgame officially hits theaters everywhere on April 26.

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‘Captain Marvel’ Includes The Origin Story Of Fury’s Eyepatch & It’s Really… Something

Major spoilers ahead! In addition to its titular, ultra-powerful hero, Captain Marvel also introduces some other characters to the MCU that are already becoming fan-favorites. There’s Annette Bening’s undercover Kree scientist, Mar-Vell, and a whole new species, the Skrulls. But perhaps the most exciting new addition is Goose the "cat"— who is actually of an alien species called the Flerken. The little guy gets into a lot of trouble during the movie, and it’s eventually revealed after an earlier fake out that Goose is the reason Nick Fury got his eyepatch, in a surprising third act twist.

From the first moment that Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) meets Goose at a top secret government base, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent has a connection with the orange tabby. Carol and Fury have to make a quick escape after the Skrulls attack, and Goose ends up riding along with them. It seems for a while like Fury and Goose could have made an even more compatible duo than Fury and Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg), but on their way back from outer space, Goose swipes at Fury’s eye, thereby turning on his biggest fan.

Fury plays off the cat scratch like it was no big deal afterwards — and usually cat scratches aren’t. The only problem is that Goose isn’t actually a cat! At the end of the movie, when Coulson comes to see him in his office, Fury’s wearing a makeshift eye patch, either because he can’t open his eye fully or because he actually lost it due to Goose’s outburst. Of course, Fury doesn’t want people to know that he lost his eye due to what looks like a cat, so, it seems, he started a rumor. Coulson says that he heard that Fury lost his eye in an attack by the Kree while he’d been protecting the Tesseract. And who is Fury to correct him?

The origin story of the eyepatch is funny, but it also hints at the momentous importance of Goose. Yes, really. First of all, MCU fans had already suspected that Fury’s injury would happen in a major act of betrayal. As Time points out, Fury references how he ended up needing an eye patch in Captain America: Winter Soldier. In that scene, Fury and Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) have a heated discussion which leads Fury to stand up and exclaim, "Last time I trusted someone, I lost an eye."

Due to the gravitas with which Jackson delivered that line, a lot of fans assumed that Fury had lost his eye in a major battle — like the kind that Coulson asks Fury about at the end of Captain Marvel. It turns out — whether they knew this at the time or not — that Fury’s big dramatic line was referring back to a cat-like creature taking it swipe at him. It’s hardly an epic battle.

As if taking out Nick Fury’s eye weren’t enough, Goose also proves to be a useful teammate to Captain Marvel and Fury when he uses his Flerken abilities to hold the Tesseract in his mouth. As the Marvel Wiki confirms, Flerkens can store entire universes in their mouths, which is why that works. Goose isn’t the common house cat he appears to be, and he might just prove to be an invaluable addition to the Avengers in Endgame.

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When is Captain Marvel out? UK release date, new trailer, cast and plot for the Brie Larson movie

But when is it out? And what is it about? Here's what you need to know…

When is Captain Marvel out?

The twenty-first film in the epic Marvel Cinematic Universe will be released in the UK on March 8, 2019.

It is rated 12A certificate.

The film has a running time of 2 hours and four minutes.

Who is in the cast of Captain Marvel?

The film has an all-star cast:

  • Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury:
  • Djimon Hounsou as Korath
  • Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser
  • Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva
  • Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson
  • Jude Law as Mar-Vell/Walter Lawson
  • Ben Mendelsohn as Talos

What is the plot for Captain Marvel?

The film is a prequel to the 2018 film Infinity War.

Captain Marvel is set in the 90s which places it before Iron Man, which was released in 2008 and was the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It showcases former US Air Force pilot Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) who gained superpowers when her DNA became fused with an alien's during an accident.

However, the film will NOT be an origin story for the character as the movie will begin with Carol already in possession of her cosmic powers.

After joining Starforce, an elite Kree military team, Carol returns to Earth only to find herself caught centre of an intergalactic conflict between two alien worlds.

It will also feature a younger two-eyed Nick Fury and his first interactions with superheroes that led to him gaining the pager that contacts Captain Marvel at the end of Infinity War.

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'Captain Marvel' stars roll out female-led action flick in London

LONDON (REUTERS) – Marvel Studios brought its first female-led superhero movie to London on Wednesday, where the stars of “Captain Marvel” said they hoped to inspire with a different kind of action flick.

Oscar winner Brie Larson takes the charge in the highly anticipated movie, playing US fighter pilot Carol Danvers as she becomes a powerful superhero.

Samuel L. Jackson, a regular in Marvels “Avengers” films, returns, albeit as a younger superspy Nick Fury in the movie set in the mid-1990s during a galactic conflict.

“I’m sure the effect of what the character does and how she is perceived is going to be really a kind of wonderful boost for the female empowerment movement,” Jackson told Reuters at the film’s London premiere.

“Captain Marvel,” a prequel to the “Avengers” films made by Walt Disney Co’s Marvel Studios, tells a story of self-discovery, but also touches on a female friendship.

“It’s nice to just show two women hanging out, supporting each other and that being the love in the movie instead of a romantic love,” said Lashana Lynch, who plays Danvers’ friend and fellow pilot Maria Rambeau.

“It’s nice to just show women standing their ground using their voices, using their intelligence and using the fact that they’re fighter pilots, which is never represented really in cinema, especially for us women.”

Trailers for the film show Larson – who won a best actress Oscar for the 2015 drama “Room” – leaping onto trains, fighting and showing off some mighty powers.

“What I’m excited about is the representation in this film, but what that means to people, how they interpret it or in which ways they feel seen in this movie is up to them,” she said.

The film begins its worldwide cinema rollout next week, some four months after the death of comic book superhero creator Stan Lee, who also appeared in Marvel films in cameo roles.

It was “always a joy to see Stan at these premieres and (you) always wonder where is he going to pop up,” Jackson said. “It was as much fun for him to do his cameos as it is for us to be on the inside of this thing.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow Still Open to Cameo Despite Retirement Plan After ‘Avengers: Endgame’

AceShowbizGwyneth Paltrow is planning to retire her Marvel Universe character after “Avengers: Endgame“.

The actress has played Pepper Potts, the secretary and girlfriend to Robert Downey Jr.‘s Iron Man character since 2008, and now she is ready to gracefully bow out of the “Avengers” franchise after the new film is released later this year.

“I mean, I’m a bit old to be in a suit and all that at this point,” she tells Variety. “I feel very lucky that I did it, because I actually got talked into it. I was friends with (‘Iron Man‘ director) Jon Favreau. It was such a wonderful experience making the first ‘Iron Man’ and then to watch how important it has become to the fans.”

However, she is open to making a cameo as Pepper, if asked.

“I feel honoured to be a part of something that people are so passionate about,” she adds. “Of course, if they said, ‘Can you come back for a day?’, I will always be there if they need me.”

Gwyneth is proud to be a part of a superhero movie franchise that is beginning to get noticed by Oscars voters, with Marvel movie “Black Panther” winning a Best Picture nomination ahead of Sunday’s (February 24) Academy Awards, but admits few of her earlier films would be green-lighted in Hollywood today.

“I think that the movies and the business around them have changed so much in the last 20 years,” she says. “I don’t think any of the movies I’m known for would get made today.”

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Eminem blasts Netflix over ‘Punisher’ cancellation

Netflix probably thought they made a swift surgical move cutting Marvel’s “The Punisher” and “Jessica Jones” this week, but Eminem made it very clear tonight he can take a slice out of the streamer in retaliation.

The Oscar-winning hip-hop artist took to social media late Wednesday to loudly protest the February 18 cancellation of the bloody Jon Bernthal led vigilante series.

“DEAR @NETFLIX, REGARDING YOUR CANCELLATION OF THE PUNISHER, YOU ARE BLOWING IT!! SINCERELY, MARSHALL,” he tweeted.

Along with the early retirement of the Krysten Ritter-starring “Jones,” the not all-together unexpected end of the saga of the ruthless Frank Castle by Netflix one month after its second season launched marks the termination of the once burgeoning business partnership between the Disney-owned superhero giant and the streamer that originated to such fanfare in 2013.

Six years ago, in the early days of Netflix’s expansion into original programming, Marvel and the Reed Hastings-run company announced a NYC-based four series and one limited series partnership. As “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist” and “The Defenders” team-up were being blueprinted, the tax incentives policies of the Empire State were literally altered to accommodate the deal.

With the respective plugs pulled on “Iron Fist,” then Mike Colter-led “Luke Cage” and the Charlie Cox-fronted “Man Without Fear” series last year and Disney aiming to establish its own Marvel-heavy streaming service, “Punisher” seemed on life support in recent weeks. What was more of a shocker, and in stark contrast to the way Netflix usually cancels shows, was the pronouncement on Monday that “Jessica Jones” would be no more after its already-completed third season premieres later this year.

No word on what the verbally dexterous Motor City-based rapper’s feelings on the end of “Jones,” “Daredevil,” “Iron Fist” and the Rakim and Method Man featuring “Luke Cage” are. However, if you have ever actually listened to an Eminem album or saw 2002’s Curtis Hanson helmed “8 Mile,” you’d know Marshall is extremely loyal to his friends and those who do him a good turn.

A point that becomes all the more poignant when you consider that Eminem and “The Punisher” actually shared a common enemy back in 2009 in the pages of Marvel Comics.

Yes, long story short, Frank Castle and Marshal Mathers were brought together by the once-Stan Lee-run outfit for a spell. At first the two were enemies on the pages of the Fred Van Lente-written story but they soon find they have a mutual enemy and team up to take down Barracuda and his paymasters in the rap-hating Parents Music Council, which is a thinly veiled renaming of the once ominous Tipper Gore founded Parents Music Resource Center.

Netflix did not respond to request for comment on Eminem’s comments. But, word up Netflix, next time you kick a show to the curb – might wanna check out some of its friends first.

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Stan Lee's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse secret cameo revealed

It was hard to miss Stan Lee’s posthumous cameo in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Theaters practically wept in unison. But it turns out there was another, more secretive appearance most (if not all) of us missed.

Nick Kondo, an animator on the film, posted a video of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment on social media Monday ahead of the Spider-Verse Blu-ray drop in March.

The snippet shows a shot from the closing sequence of Miles Morales, now officially suited up as Spider-Man, swinging through New York City. Slowing it down reveals Stan “The Man” was actually on the subway train the newly minted web-slinger runs along, making his favorite Spider-Man pose.

This is one of many “cameos” Lee had in the Oscar-nominated animated feature. Co-director Bob Perschietti pointed some of them out during an interview with Collider. “The easiest to spot, because you don’t have to stop the film, is when Peter and Miles are on the ground on the sidewalk, after they’d fallen from the train, there’s a dog who smells them with a guy who walks over them. That’s Stan again. On his way home from work,” he said. “But then I will say, there are many, many train scenes. Subway shots. If you just pause, he’s in a lot of them. That guy is all over New York. He’s a busy man.”

Have fun going through the Spider-Verse frame by frame to find them all after the film comes out on DVD and Blu-ray this March 19.

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Marvel Gets Weird With Animated Hulu Shows by Patton Oswalt, Chelsea Handler, and Kevin Smith

As Marvel’s original Netflix series begin to fade away, a new deal with Hulu brings back small-screen hope for the comic book giant’s wealth of exciting, vital characters — and, also, Howard the Duck.

Monday, during its presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour, Hulu announced an expanded partnership with Marvel Television for four new animated series based on established oddball characters from the comics: M.O.D.O.K, Hit-Monkey, Tigra, Dazzler, and, yep, Howard The Duck. In addition, these series will be accompanied by a special that would unite all five for an adventure in which, per the release, they’ll be “forced to team up in order to save the world and certain parts of the universe.”

Marvel’s Jeph Loeb will executive produce each series, but a diverse collection of creators will be working behind the scenes to bring each character to life. Here are the known details on each show, per the official release:

  • “Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.” centers around an egomaniacal supervillain with a really big head and a really little body, who struggles to maintain control of his evil organization and his demanding family. Writers Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt will executive produce with Jeph Loeb.
  • “Marvel’s Hit-Monkey” tells the tale of a wronged Japanese snow monkey, mentored by the ghost of an American assassin, as he cuts a wide swath through the Tokyo underworld in this darkly cinematic and brutally funny revenge saga. Writers Josh Gordon and Will Speck will executive produce with Jeph Loeb.
  • “Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show” is a story about two woke superheroes and best friends, Tigra and Dazzler, as they fight for recognition among powered people who make up the 8 million stories in Los Angeles. Writers Erica Rivinoja and Chelsea Handler serve as executive producers with Jeph Loeb.
  • “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 into the crispiest dish on the menu. Writers Kevin Smith and Dave Willis will also executive produce along with Jeph Loeb.
  • “Marvel’s The Offenders” is a story in which nobody asked them to — and we’d be better off if they didn’t — but MODOK, Dazzler, Tigra, Hit Monkey, and Howard the Duck are all forced to team up in order to save the world and certain parts of the Universe. Jeph Loeb will executive produce.

Many of these characters may not be familiar to casual fans, but bringing in an eclectic collection of creators like Patton Oswalt, Chelsea Handler, and Kevin Smith speaks to interest in a fresh take on this pre-established I.P. But also, in structure, this plan mirrors the Netflix/Marvel series launched in 2015, which eventually were brought together for the crossover event “The Defenders.”

Hulu is also the home of “Marvel’s Runaways,” which debuted its second season on the streaming service in December 2018. Release dates for these new animated series have yet to be announced.

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