Guardians of the Galaxy made it rain last night at Thursday preview screenings with a haul of $11.2 million in ticket sales for two shows. It’s obvious that this is going to be a big weekend for the near universally acclaimed new entry in the Marvel Studios canon. Speaking of canon, it’s well known that Marvel includes little bonuses in their films, a teaser, or spoiler, or hint about what comes next, and Guardians is no exception. So what is it, you’re asking if you haven’t already seen the movie. Well, if you absolutely, positively must know, read below to get the details. By the way, SPOILERS AHEAD!
You don’t want to be spoiled? Then you have till the count of 10 to get out of here…
So we open in the wreckage of The Collector’s (Benecio del Toro) destroyed museum on Knowhere. The man himself is bandaged and bruised and drowning his sorrows in a glass full of green Romulan ale-looking liquid. Even though the galaxy’s been saved from the carnage unleashed by an Infinity gem, The Collector’s life is presently, and literally, in ruins. Perhaps sensing he was down in the dumps, Cosmo (the dog in the space suit) walks up and starts licking The Collector’s face.
“What are you licking him like that for?” says a voice off camera. Smash cut to this:
“Gross,” says Howard the Duck.
Boom. Yes, Howard the Duck is at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy! Somehow, I think that’s almost better than Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, or any of the other rumors preceding Guardians’ release. The scene also credits Howard’s creators with the title card: “Howard the Duck, created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerick.”
Howard the Duck was created in 1973 as a side character in the Man-Thing comic. His popularity lead to several more appearances and, for a time, his own series. Howard continually pops up at random points in the Marvel Universe, but he’s perhaps most famous, or infamous depending on your point of view, for being the subject of the Lucasfilm-produced bomb, Howard the Duck, starring Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins and a bunch of stuntmen in duck suits.
Here, burn your eyes on this:
People are used to the post-credits scene providing insight or information concerning the next or future films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; there was Nick Fury appearing in Iron Man, Thor’s hammer in Iron Man 2, the Tesseract in Thor, The Collector at the end of Thor 2 and the
Wonder Maximoff twins in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Clearly director James Gunn, who is a big Howard the Duck fan, liked the idea of a self-contained tag akin to The Avengers shwarma gag, or Iron Man 3‘s reveal that Tony Stark was telling his story to Bruce Banner.
So anyone up for Howard being a part of the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel? Maybe someone, possibly Gunn himself, wants to take a whack at a new Howard the Duck movie? What do you Bastards think? What did you think of Guardians in general? Sound off below.