These days it's hard to imagine a Marvel movie being one of the biggest box-office bombs of all time, but that's exactly what happened when Howard the Duck premiered in theaters in 1986. Spearheaded by George Lucas, the project lost millions of dollars and is still considered one of the worst movies of all time. However, it turns out there's some pretty interesting stuff about it behind the scenes!
It was Marvel's only theatrical film until Blade
Yup, it would be a full 12 years before Marvel would release another movie.
It was supposed to be animated, but wasn't because Universal had passed on Star Wars and Indiana Jones
Universal expected another George Lucas project to be a massive hit, and so they demanded it be a massive live-action summer blockbuster.
It led to the creation of Pixar
Lucas had to sell off many of his assets after the movie bombed to pay off his debts, and sold LucasFilm's CG division to Steve Jobs. This division would later become Pixar Animation Studios!
Lea Thompson actually sang all of her own songs
She and her "Cherry Bomb" bandmates did all of their performances themselves. She apparently still has the Gibson Les Paul guitar from the movie and occasionally plays it!
Howard's duck suit cost $2 Million to make
It took multiple people to work his facial expressions and movements, and pretty much always looked terrible.