Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has a bone to pick with a movie starring a Marvel character. Don’t worry Iron Man and Captain America, Howard the Duck is his target.
In an interview with Yahoo Movies, the filmmaker recalled his disappointment after going to the movie theater as a kid to see the film adaptation of his favorite Marvel character. “I was young, and I went in so excited about it,” he said, before revealing his immediate displeasure with the big-screen version. “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.”
Howard the Duck, which was released in 1986, boasted quite the pedigree, with George Lucas serving as an executive producer. But it bombed at the box office and earned the not-so-distinguished honor of Worst Picture at the Razzies.
When asked if the film, which starred Lea Thompson and Tim Robbins, gets too bad a rap, Gunn wasn’t hearing it. “No, that movie sucks,” he declared. “That movie’s terrible!”
Gunn shared his own take on the character in the post-credits scene in Guardians. Watch it below.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5.