Darkwing Duck creator Tad Stones revealed that the terror that flaps in the night doesn’t flap anywhere near Duckberg, because Darkwing and DuckTales exist in two separate universes. Excuse me for a moment, my own universe is collapsing.
Stones chatted with Heat Vision this week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Darkwing Duck’s series debut. In the midst of chatting about the show’s legacy and its portrayal of a complex father-daughter relationship, Stones dropped a truth bomb the likes of which we’ve never seen.
According to Stones, Darkwing Duck is not a spinoff of DuckTales, it’s actually its own separate universe. This, despite the fact that it aired alongside DuckTales on The Disney Afternoon and featured DuckTales alum Launchpad as the costar. Stones said Darkwing’s Launchpad was more an alternate universe version, rather than a continuation of the character.
“Because Launchpad appeared in DuckTales and we used Roboduck as the Superman character, the hero who gets all the glory as opposed to Darkwing, fans try to connect the two realities. They are two different universes in my book. We work in the alternate Duckiverse,” says Stones.
In the midst of all this uncertain chaos, we must ask ourselves: Why do we need multiple duck universes? Darkwing Duck already has several of its own, including the horrifying Negaverse. Plus, Disney now owns Marvel, making Howard the Duck yet another duck universe in the Disney MultiDuckiverse. Nothing makes sense anymore.