Guardians of the Galaxy auteur James Gunn is not producing a Howard the Duck spin-off movie for Marvel Studios, and he doesn’t think the idea even qualifies as a rumor.
In an internet/journalism day-and-age when someone’s speculation can telephone-game into a “rumor,” Gunn doesn’t just deny there was any validity to the idea, he goes a step further.
Asked on Twitter his thoughts of on rumors “heating up” about a movie he’d produce, Gunn shot it own at the source level with this response:
My thoughts are I'm not sure how this lone tweet can be considered "rumors heating up." https://t.co/x42GT7egzE— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 28, 2017
Moments later he took it a step further, completing the cycle of having to refute a ‘rumor’ of questionable origin:
There is NO Howard the Duck movie at the present time. There are a lot of comic characters I love but I'm not making films of them all. https://t.co/IYNzo9R2hq— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 28, 2017
Gunn then shared the story of a project he wanted to do once that would have really broken the internet:
No joke; back in the day - 2009 or so - I pitched a Power Pack Max (NC-17) series to Marvel Comics. They loved it. Marvel Studios nixed it! https://t.co/fP40pFkGw7— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) June 28, 2017