Guardians Of The Galaxy sort of introduced classic comic icon Howard The Duck to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but his first big-screen adventure came out more than 30 years ago. Now, the human star of Howard The Duck, Lea Thompson, is staking a claim for her place as “the first Marvel queen.” Thompson gave herself that title during a Facebook Live interview with Yahoo Movies, which briefly touched on Howard The Duck and the “resurgence” that the movie is enjoying these days.
“People love that movie,” Thompson said, adding that she loves Howard The Duck fans because “they’re iconoclasts” and they “don’t like to be told what to like and what to hate.” Thompson played a very ‘80s singer in the movie who helps the eponymous duck adjust to life on Earth, and though she’s happy with its legacy, she does regret that the film is “a little long.” (It’s 110 minutes, which may not be that long when compared to other movies, but probably is a little long for Howard The Duck.) As for being the Marvel queen, Thompson notes that she deserves to be recognized for doing her own stunts in the movie while wearing a “short dress with no kneepads.”
Thompson doesn’t say what sort of special treatment she deserves as the first queen of Marvel, but it would probably go a long way if the company would simply make Howard The Duck an official part of the MCU canon. After all, Lea Thompson recently appeared in a Howard The Duck comic as herself, so it’s only right that the movies acknowledge her legacy in some way as well.