Comic book movies, especially those churned out by Marvel, are big on post-credit scenes. In fact, in most instances these days, if you leave after the first stinger, you’re likely to miss out, because it seems like every release has at least two, one during the credits and one at the very end. Their latest, the deep space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, is no exception. The biggest story about these particular scenes, however, is that there’s not much of a story to tell. While preview screenings contain one, the other has been purposely left out (they’re just forcing me to go see it again, which I was going to do anyway). It’s their way of leaving something to the imagination, of not showing their entire hand before the movie even opens. And of course, it’s already leaked online, because the Internet is a sneaky little bastard like that.
STOP READING if you have any inclination to avoid SPOILERS.
Some yahoo somewhere snuck a camera or phone into a screening and recorded what appears to be the final scene. I presume it’s the last one, because I saw the first one, and it wasn’t this. When director James Gunn came out earlier and said that one of the additional scenes was “Pure joy,” I’m pretty sure he was talking about the first one, because it’s absolutely adorable, and pure joy is an apt description.
Gunn also commented on the other post-credits moment, saying, “It’s directed by me, it will be out and it introduces something really awesome to the Marvel Universe that people will get to see, but not until the movie comes out in theaters, we’re saving it.”
And it certainly does deliver something a little mind-boggling.
Here is the LINK to the video if you’re interested in checking it out for yourself. We’re not going to post it because we don’t want to get sued. Also, I would advise against watching it. The quality obviously sucks, and unlike some of its ilk, it actually directly ties to the movie, so if you haven’t see all of Guardians, you won’t any context for this moment. To be honest, I only took a look because I’ve already seen the movie, so it didn’t spoil anything for me.
Here goes. Again, I’ll give you another out in case you want to avoid SPOILERS. If you read the story about the cameos in Guardians of the Galaxy a while back you’ll have a pretty good idea of what to expect from this scene.
The camera pans down to reveal The Collector, Taneleer Tivan (Benicio Del Toro), with a bandage on his head, having a drink. When you see the movie you’ll understand both the injuries and the need for a stiff drink. You may also recognize him from the post-credits scene in Thor: The Dark World. Cosmo, the psychic Russian space dog who you met obliquely earlier in the film comes over and licks his face. There is a brief exchange that doesn’t involve any lips moving.
Off screen, a voice asks, “What do you let him lick you like that for?” The camera pans to the right revealing none other than Howard the Duck, who then adds, “Gross.”
And in case you don’t immediately recognize this character, a title card pops up that reads, “Howard the Duck created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik.” And then the dick with the camera shouts, “Yeeeeesssssss, it was Howard the freakin’ Duck!”
So there you have it, Howard the Duck is now an official part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Six months ago, if we told you that, would you have believed us? The bigger question is, does this mean anything? Are we in for a big budget Howard the Duck movie in the future? I’d totally be okay with that, but I am also in a small, almost nonexistent minority.