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How the Guardians of the Galaxy credits stinger came together

Aug. 12, 2014by:

Before you read any further, if you haven’t seen GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, firstly shame on you, and secondly there will be spoilers pertaining to the post-credits scene in the movie within this post. We will be discussing how director James Gunn came up with the idea and why Marvel approved it. We might now also know what it means, if anything, for any future Marvel Studios movie surrounding it.

I’ve already said too much, so it’s time for a final warning:

So as the majority of you reading this now know, the end-credits stinger of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY features a quick but funny scene with Howard the Duck. This was certainly a surprise to me and more than likely confusing for a lot of viewers. In short, Howard the Duck is an original Marvel Comics creation who was brought to the big screen for the first time in the George Lucas produced movie. The movie has become a cult classic for reasons that Lucas would rather forget. So now almost 30 years later, with the stinger at the end of GOTG, we see Howard the Duck (voiced by Seth Green) talking to the Collector in his lab; this time he looks more in-line with what you would find in classic Marvel comics featuring the feathered loud mouth.

It turns out the credit scene began as a joke during editing; director James Gunn revealed more to Empire Magazine:

“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 (Head of Marvel Studios) Kevin Feige would go for it. But we told Kevin and Kevin couldn’t stop laughing, so that’s how it came about.”

Gunn also dismisses a future Howard The Duck movie, but says anything is possible:

“I’ll be honest with you, I was just talking about it with my assistant right now,” laughs Gunn. “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?”

Marvel head Kevin Feige talked to CBR about the Howard the Duck cameo:

[Laughs] I think it would be fun to lay claim to Howard and to remind people that he’s more than just a pseudonym for film failure. And that he is a Marvel character. That would be fun.

The post-credit scene was a lot of fun, especially if you grew up watching the Howard The Duck movie way more than you should have. While the future is unclear for Howard The Duck, it's nice to know that he’s not forgotten. Here’s hoping he appears in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 now that he’s free from Knowhere.

What did you think of the credit stinger?

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8:53AM on 08/14/2014
When did we start calling those scenes at the end of the credits "stingers"?
When did we start calling those scenes at the end of the credits "stingers"?
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4:59PM on 08/13/2014

Terrible stinger...

I don't need a punchline to end the movie after waiting through the credits to see something of value. This from a guy who absolutely ADORED Howard the Duck as a kid.
I don't need a punchline to end the movie after waiting through the credits to see something of value. This from a guy who absolutely ADORED Howard the Duck as a kid.
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12:53PM on 08/13/2014
Honestly, they should just make Howard the security chief of Knowhere and Cosmo his second in command for GotG2.
Honestly, they should just make Howard the security chief of Knowhere and Cosmo his second in command for GotG2.
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12:13PM on 08/13/2014

I wonder how long ago that idea happened

Because in the Hulk cartoon series they had an episode with the Collector being a villain, one moment in particular highlighted him capturing Howard the duck. That episode aired summer 2013, sooo Idk who came up with it first lol
Because in the Hulk cartoon series they had an episode with the Collector being a villain, one moment in particular highlighted him capturing Howard the duck. That episode aired summer 2013, sooo Idk who came up with it first lol
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11:28AM on 08/13/2014
I thought the stinger was really good! It was fun and it was definitely keeping in tone with the rest of the film. I know people were expecting an Avengers 2 teaser or tie-in scene, but they're still filming so what can you really expect. And considering GOTG didn't really have a direct connection to the Avengers movies how do you make the jump from a cosmic story back to Earth.

It would be cool if moving forward they just have Howard the Duck making cameos in Marvel's cosmic movies.
I thought the stinger was really good! It was fun and it was definitely keeping in tone with the rest of the film. I know people were expecting an Avengers 2 teaser or tie-in scene, but they're still filming so what can you really expect. And considering GOTG didn't really have a direct connection to the Avengers movies how do you make the jump from a cosmic story back to Earth.

It would be cool if moving forward they just have Howard the Duck making cameos in Marvel's cosmic movies. Like in GOTG2 they're walking through a bar and he's just there with a throw away one-liner and that's it. It would be a pretty good gag to add to the movies.
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12:34PM on 08/13/2014
I enjoyed the scene too but you can't really use the " I know people were expecting an Avengers 2 teaser or tie-in scene, but they're still filming so what can you really expect." excuse as they are pretty much on the same schedule as they were when the Avengers teaser appeared on CAP in 2011.
I enjoyed the scene too but you can't really use the " I know people were expecting an Avengers 2 teaser or tie-in scene, but they're still filming so what can you really expect." excuse as they are pretty much on the same schedule as they were when the Avengers teaser appeared on CAP in 2011.
11:27AM on 08/13/2014
I found the Howard movie very, very odd. I'm sure that's the point, but it doesn't mean I have to like it. I thought it was a fun clip at the end of Guardians, but I think Marvel still has plenty of characters without having to use Howard the Duck in any of their other films.
I found the Howard movie very, very odd. I'm sure that's the point, but it doesn't mean I have to like it. I thought it was a fun clip at the end of Guardians, but I think Marvel still has plenty of characters without having to use Howard the Duck in any of their other films.
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9:41AM on 08/13/2014

Meh

I didn't mind it but I wished it would have been used to connect to the next Marvel film. There were actually boo's in the theater after they saw it was just Howard the Duck.
I didn't mind it but I wished it would have been used to connect to the next Marvel film. There were actually boo's in the theater after they saw it was just Howard the Duck.
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8:41AM on 08/13/2014
Tried to re-visit Howard the Duck a few years ago, having fond nostalgic memories from my childhood. My god. I could barely sit through the whole think without going all MST3K on it. As for the stinger, I definitely got a mild chuckle at it, although I'm not sure it was worth sitting through those long credits. The animation looked a little shoddy however.

I'm probably the only one who wants more Cosmo in the next movie. Love the character, and the little cameos he had here.
Tried to re-visit Howard the Duck a few years ago, having fond nostalgic memories from my childhood. My god. I could barely sit through the whole think without going all MST3K on it. As for the stinger, I definitely got a mild chuckle at it, although I'm not sure it was worth sitting through those long credits. The animation looked a little shoddy however.

I'm probably the only one who wants more Cosmo in the next movie. Love the character, and the little cameos he had here.
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12:36PM on 08/13/2014
the GOTG credits were the shortest credits of a Marvel film yet!
the GOTG credits were the shortest credits of a Marvel film yet!
1:31PM on 08/13/2014
No, you're not...
I do want more Cosmo (with it's powers) as well.
No, you're not...
I do want more Cosmo (with it's powers) as well.
8:31AM on 08/13/2014

I admit

I'm a fan of the HtD movie. So, seeing him here was fun (not hilarious though).
I can understand why people were disappointed because they were expecting a A:AoU teaser.
But I find the fact that this was SUCH a private joke even funnier than the joke itself, actually !
I'm a fan of the HtD movie. So, seeing him here was fun (not hilarious though).
I can understand why people were disappointed because they were expecting a A:AoU teaser.
But I find the fact that this was SUCH a private joke even funnier than the joke itself, actually !
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6:36AM on 08/13/2014

It felt out of place.

Since the anthropomorphism of Rockets character design was grounded in a 'sort of' reality, I felt it undermined the tone of the film, making it feel just out of place and cartoonish. Also, anyone else think he looked like Doug Stanhope?
Since the anthropomorphism of Rockets character design was grounded in a 'sort of' reality, I felt it undermined the tone of the film, making it feel just out of place and cartoonish. Also, anyone else think he looked like Doug Stanhope?
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3:38AM on 08/13/2014
I loved that scene. After seeing a talking raccoon and giant monosyllabic tree come to life, Howard the Duck is the icing on Marvel's "We can successfully adapt anything" cake.
I loved that scene. After seeing a talking raccoon and giant monosyllabic tree come to life, Howard the Duck is the icing on Marvel's "We can successfully adapt anything" cake.
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2:31AM on 08/13/2014
It was a cute throwaway gag, so you don't need to read much into it. Seemed to annoy some people, but after such a funny movie I really wasn't expecting anything massively plot relevant to act as an end credits scene. Last comic I read with Howard in was one of the Marvel Zombies sequels - now that would make for a weird film.
It was a cute throwaway gag, so you don't need to read much into it. Seemed to annoy some people, but after such a funny movie I really wasn't expecting anything massively plot relevant to act as an end credits scene. Last comic I read with Howard in was one of the Marvel Zombies sequels - now that would make for a weird film.
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1:11AM on 08/13/2014
It was hilarious and so unexpected. I had a lot of confused people around me who thought it was supposed to be Donald Duck because Disney released the movie, ignoring the fact that it said HOWARD THE DUCK CREATED BY STEVE GERBER in giant letters right after the scene. Also that he didn't look or sound a damn think like Donald. But people are stupid. This one was for the true fans and I loved it.
It was hilarious and so unexpected. I had a lot of confused people around me who thought it was supposed to be Donald Duck because Disney released the movie, ignoring the fact that it said HOWARD THE DUCK CREATED BY STEVE GERBER in giant letters right after the scene. Also that he didn't look or sound a damn think like Donald. But people are stupid. This one was for the true fans and I loved it.
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12:26AM on 08/13/2014
Hilarious..Amazing? It was a chuckle at best. These comments are more hilarious than that scene.
Hilarious..Amazing? It was a chuckle at best. These comments are more hilarious than that scene.
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11:33PM on 08/12/2014
It was a great scene and a pretty hilarious cameo. I realize a lot of people probably didn't get it because, who the heck is Howard The Duck, but it was a funny way to pull him out of the vault. Maybe he'll make another cameo if they do the Civil War movie that's being rumored.
It was a great scene and a pretty hilarious cameo. I realize a lot of people probably didn't get it because, who the heck is Howard The Duck, but it was a funny way to pull him out of the vault. Maybe he'll make another cameo if they do the Civil War movie that's being rumored.
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11:39PM on 08/12/2014
Yeah, I had some younger senoritas behind us who didn't know Howard, she said something to the effect of "I don't get it, who is that supposed to be?". Then on the way out of the theater I heard some guy say something else like that. But for myself I dug it, I thought it was a nice scene, though I would have liked something from "Ant-Man" or "Age of Ultron".
Yeah, I had some younger senoritas behind us who didn't know Howard, she said something to the effect of "I don't get it, who is that supposed to be?". Then on the way out of the theater I heard some guy say something else like that. But for myself I dug it, I thought it was a nice scene, though I would have liked something from "Ant-Man" or "Age of Ultron".
11:16PM on 08/12/2014

The best

I loved it- thought it was amazing, and just shows how Marvel movies are basically saying, "Yep. We're game. ANYTHING goes"...
I can't help but think how mind blowing it would be if they used the EXACT 80's design and voice from the HTD movie- now THAT would have been nuts!
I loved it- thought it was amazing, and just shows how Marvel movies are basically saying, "Yep. We're game. ANYTHING goes"...
I can't help but think how mind blowing it would be if they used the EXACT 80's design and voice from the HTD movie- now THAT would have been nuts!
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11:12PM on 08/12/2014
It was funny and a nice tribute for the character, but I was disappointed we didn't get any footage from Age of Ultron. Was hoping to see the footage from comic con.
It was funny and a nice tribute for the character, but I was disappointed we didn't get any footage from Age of Ultron. Was hoping to see the footage from comic con.
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11:08PM on 08/12/2014
I only saw it once so I can't confirm it, but I read somewhere that in the background of the post-credits scene you can see Adam Warlock's cocoon is broken open and empty. At first I really didn't like the stinger if this is true I think it's a nice way to not only laugh at the old Hoaard the Duck movie, but gently build up Adam Warlock, who I think will be play a huge role in the next role in the next guardians movie (Quill's father if you ask me), and the inevitable Infinity Gauntlet story.
I only saw it once so I can't confirm it, but I read somewhere that in the background of the post-credits scene you can see Adam Warlock's cocoon is broken open and empty. At first I really didn't like the stinger if this is true I think it's a nice way to not only laugh at the old Hoaard the Duck movie, but gently build up Adam Warlock, who I think will be play a huge role in the next role in the next guardians movie (Quill's father if you ask me), and the inevitable Infinity Gauntlet story.
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11:08PM on 08/12/2014
I am so happy it was not spoiled for me. That was such a great surprise and I was really happy with how close Howard looked to his comic book iteration. It also brings it full circle because Howard the Duck was *shudder* the first Marvel movie ever on the big screen, even before Lundgren's Punisher. And now, GotG is the 10th Marvel Studios movie, so it's a way of saying "look how far we've come...bitch".
I am so happy it was not spoiled for me. That was such a great surprise and I was really happy with how close Howard looked to his comic book iteration. It also brings it full circle because Howard the Duck was *shudder* the first Marvel movie ever on the big screen, even before Lundgren's Punisher. And now, GotG is the 10th Marvel Studios movie, so it's a way of saying "look how far we've come...bitch".
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11:05PM on 08/12/2014
The scene was awesome. Anyone who says different is dead inside.
The scene was awesome. Anyone who says different is dead inside.
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11:07PM on 08/12/2014
2/3 of the IMAX audience sat around waiting for the scene. It ended and there was DEAD silence in the theater. People either couldn't figure out what was going on, or shared my opinion that it was pointless.

Not a single person laughed or clapped. I'm guessing that's not the reaction they were shooting for.
2/3 of the IMAX audience sat around waiting for the scene. It ended and there was DEAD silence in the theater. People either couldn't figure out what was going on, or shared my opinion that it was pointless.

Not a single person laughed or clapped. I'm guessing that's not the reaction they were shooting for.
11:07PM on 08/12/2014
Hmmmm....duplicate post. Not sure why they haven't gotten around to offering a delete function.
Hmmmm....duplicate post. Not sure why they haven't gotten around to offering a delete function.
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11:04PM on 08/12/2014

Um.....

"Fred and I thought it was hilarious, but we werent sure that (Head of Marvel Studios) Kevin Feige would go for it. But we told Kevin and Kevin couldnt stop laughing."

Seriously? That ending made those three men laugh hysterically (and evidently without the ability to stop)? I thought it was easily the worst ending credit since Marvel started doing them. The first one of baby-Groot dancing was ten times funnier (and made sense in the context of the film). I was honestly disappointed I
"Fred and I thought it was hilarious, but we werent sure that (Head of Marvel Studios) Kevin Feige would go for it. But we told Kevin and Kevin couldnt stop laughing."

Seriously? That ending made those three men laugh hysterically (and evidently without the ability to stop)? I thought it was easily the worst ending credit since Marvel started doing them. The first one of baby-Groot dancing was ten times funnier (and made sense in the context of the film). I was honestly disappointed I waited around 5 minutes through the endless credits to see that.

The Avengers sitting around a table eating Shwarma while a lady tries to sweep up the mess from the battle around them......THAT was funny.

BTW, now that Benicio is seen sitting around with an ice pack and being mocked by Howard The Duck (and licked by a dog), are we supposed to take his character seriously as a threatening presence in the future? Wasn't that the whole purpose of his scene with his assistant.....that he was some imposing being who was both dangerous and mysterious? I guess that's history....
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11:43AM on 08/13/2014
The Collector was NEVER a threatening villain in the comics. Think about it: he has NO interest in taking over the universe or killing anybody. He is a museum curator. Period.
The Collector was NEVER a threatening villain in the comics. Think about it: he has NO interest in taking over the universe or killing anybody. He is a museum curator. Period.
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