Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 writer-director James Gunn addresses Howard the Duck’s different aesthetic across all three entries in the franchise.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 writer-director James Gunn recently explained why Howard the Duck (Seth Green) has a new design in every installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise.
Responding to a fan on Twitter, Gunn confirmed that overhauling Howard’s look in each successive Guardians of the Galaxy movie was his idea. He also provided the rationale behind this creative choice, noting that the fan-favorite character’s previous cameos suffered due to time constraints. “I’ve redesigned [Howard the Duck] on every movie because I’ve never been satisfied and we were rushed the first couple times,” Gunn tweeted. The filmmaker added that he is “happier” with the version of Howard that appears in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Gunn has fielded several design and costume-related questions since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s release, including a recent query regarding Peter Quill/Star-Lord’s iconic headgear and rocket boots. Both bits of kit are missing in the Guardians of the Galaxy threequel, although Gunn insists that Quill is better off without them. “They have jetpacks [in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3]. The rocket boots comparatively suck. That’s like cheap shit you get in the intergalactic version of Radio Shack. And [Quill actor] Chris [Pratt] could never have done those amazing hallway moves with a helmet on,” he tweeted.
GotG Vol. 3 Director on the Franchise’s Future
Another topic Gunn has addressed on more than one occasion since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 dropped is the future of the franchise. The filmmaker was appointed co-chair and co-CEO of DC Studios in October 2022, making the third Guardians of the Galaxy film his last MCU project for the foreseeable future. However, Gunn remains adamant that his exit shouldn’t mean the end of the franchise he played a key role in shaping, and has made it clear he wouldn’t consider it “disloyal” for Marvel Studios to develop new Guardians of the Galaxy movies without him. He also revealed that he’s spoken with Marvel Studios executives about their plans for the property.
While Gunn declined to elaborate any further on the subject, he has been more forthcoming about his own future at DC Studios. Notably, the newly-minted studio boss expressed interest in re-teaming with several of his collaborators from previous productions, including his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 cast. Gunn isn’t phased by some fans’ distaste for his willingness to hire the same actors over and over again either, highlighting the tendency of legendary directors such as Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese to do the same.
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