Audiences and critics alike have been raving about ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ since its release earlier this month. There’s definitely something for everyone in Marvel Studios’ latest offering, but there are a ton of great surprises for long-time True Believers that have been following the comics too. With Easter eggs scattered throughout the movie, the most obvious one is the post-credits scene featuring Howard the Duck voiced by Seth Green. Recently, the comic publisher announced that they will be releasing a brand new omnibus collection for the resident of Duckworld, so paired with his recent appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, does this point to a new feature film for the character to hopefully overshadow George Lucas’ major box office flop in 1986? Don’t count on it.
In an interview with Empire, director James Gunn shared that Howard’s scene was a huge joke that he didn’t think would fly. However, more people than expected found it funny and they made it happen:
“We had one plan for the first tag, and another for the second tag. Originally, we were going to put Baby Groot dancing at the very end of the movie. But we kept trying to think of different things. We had a bunch of stuff with Cosmo, and different ideas, and I think it was some combination of me and the editor Fred Raskin who said, ‘Let’s put Howard The Duck in there.’ What if The Collector looks over and sees Howard The Duck sitting there? And I wrote down the line, ‘Whaddya let it lick you like that for? Gross.’ Fred and I thought it was hilarious but we weren’t sure that Kevin Feige would go for it. But we told Kevin and Kevin couldn’t stop laughing. Every time he saw it, he was like, ‘We’re f**king crazy! We’re f**king crazy!’
We decided to do it very late in the game, only a couple of months ago, and we had to design Howard that day. Then we gave him over to the visual effects company that did him. They did a good job very quickly – I think it was Sony.”
But just because the powers that be let the scene happen doesn’t mean that they’re ready to commit to a new film for the formerly failed fowl:
“I’ll be honest with you, I was just talking about it with my assistant right now. It’s possible Howard could reappear as more of a character in the Marvel Universe. But if people think that’s going to lead to a Howard The Duck movie, that’s probably not going to happen in the next four years. Who knows after that?”
Sorry, Howard the Duck fans! But at least Gunn is working on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’, so there’s a chance that Howard could pop up again in Phase Three. A very small chance, but a chance nonetheless.