When Marvel releases a movie, it’s a pretty damn big deal. They’re based on existing titles, most of them decades old, so there are generations of rabid, dedicated fans already in place, and many of them have been dreaming their entire lives about seeing their favorite characters on the silver screen. And because there are lots of people willing and ready, there are always tons of fun cameos for you to wait for. How great was that first time you got to see Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in Iron Man? Their latest offering, Guardians of the Galaxy, is no exception to this rule, and now a list of cameos has been revealed, including one you won’t believe.
It should be readily apparent that there are potential SPOILERS beyond this point, so read on at your own risk.
These reveals come from Disney blog Stich Kingdom, who got their hands on the official credited cast list. While some of these are expected, others are new, not to mention a wee bit on the strange side. They’ll trot out Stan Lee for his obligatory cameo, there would probably be some sort of fanboy rebellion if he didn’t at this point, even though most of the recent incarnations. This time his credit will read “Xandarian Ladies’ Man,” which should be an interesting thing to witness.
We knew that Firefly star and geek icon Nathan Fillion would have a role, and the rumors indicated that he would play Cosmo, the psychic dog from Marvel lore. According to this latest report, that rumor has been debunked, and Fillion will don a heavy make up and costume job and play “Monstrous Inmate” in one of the prison scenes where the core group finds themselves. Even though Fillion won’t play Cosmo, that doesn’t mean the interstellar canine won’t still appear in the movie, played by Fred the Dog, which I imagine is a dog name Fred.
Director James Gunn will take a turn in front of the camera as “Maskless Sakaaran,” one of a humanoid race that hails from the planet Sakaar, strangely enough. One of the unexpected appearances will see horror filmmaker/rock and roll singer Rob Zombie lend his gravelly voice to the navigator of the Ravagers, an intergalactic gang of thieves and smugglers, of which Yondu (Michael Rooker) is the leader.
Those are all well and good, and, like we said, some are expected, while others are a little surprising, but we saved the best for last, and it is fucking awesome. When we sit down to watch Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, you can expect to see Howard the Duck somewhere along the way. That’s right, so-called “Marvel legend Howard the Duck” will appear somewhere, in some form, in Guardians of the Galaxy.
The article supposes that the character, created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik, may not appear in a traditional sense, but that, perhaps, Star-Lord, also known as Peter Jason Quill (Chris Pratt), who is abducted from Earth as a youngster, could have a comic or other piece of merchandise. I hope it’s more than that.
I’m in the small minority that totally loves Howard the Duck the movie, the much-maligned 1986 adaptation. In my perfect world, Howard actually appears in a post-credits scene and this results in new Howard the Duck movies in the future. Gunn is a total wingnut and this doesn’t sound beyond him. And most of all, who the hell would expect the Marvel Cinematic Universe to that route? Who do I have to bang to make this happen? Because I will do terrible things to make this happen.