Howard the Duck writer/executive producer Kevin Smith has told Newsarama.com that the writing staff of his cartoon was notified on January 22 that development was halted.
"I got a text from [fellow executive producer] Dave Willis in the morning saying, 'We got Tigra and Dazzler’d,'" Smith said. "I called him and asked ‘Is that what I think that means?’ And Dave said he had just got the word that there will be no Howard the Duck show. The only explanation was ‘We have no plans for this character at this time,'."
Back in December, The Hollywood Reporter ran a story that Marvel had fired Tigra & Dazzler's entire writing staff (including its showrunner) but planned to replace them all as part of a "as part of a larger creative overhaul."
That has now changed, and Newsarama.com has confirmed that Tigra & Dazzler has been shelved completely. Howard the Duck, Tigra & Dazzler, M.O.D.O.K., and Hit Monkey were all part of a linked cartoon universe set to stream on Hulu. All four series were set to build to a crossover called The Offenders.
Casting announcements for M.O.D.O.K. were made just days ago, and work will reportedly continue on both that series and Hit Monkey for eventual showing on Hulu. No details on the planned crossover are known at this time
For his part, Smith remains philosophical about Howard the Duck's cancelation.
"We had a lot of great writers who put in a lot of really hard work and came up with some inventive scripts, but we all got paid, so no one’s complaining," he said. "But we were all there to do the show, so that’s a bit of a bummer."
Smith saw the writing on the wall with Marvel’s October 2019 restructuring, which saw Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige placed in charge of Marvel TV and publishing as well. Smith remains philosophical about that as well.
"As a fan of the Marvel Universe, I like Kevin being in charge of things in the sense of everything - comics, TV and movies," Smith said. "It makes sense to have it under one guy, especially the one guy who’s brought Marvel the most success in recent years."