Of all the comic book characters featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Howard the Duck is one that most never expected to see up on the big screen. The suit-wearing, wisecracking bird featured in his own film in the 1980s, but seeing as it’s often considered one of the worst movies ever made – we kid you not – fans were surprised to see him show up in the post-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy. His subsequent second cameo in GotG Vol. 2 then set him up to become a recurring character in the franchise.
In fact, he was actually supposed to appear in Avengers: Infinity War last year, though ultimately, he was cut. Speaking to FANDOM around the time of its release though, co-director Anthony Russo said the following:
“Howard the Duck was in one draft of the script. Howard the Duck actually had a really good scene… we were going to cameo with [The Hangover and Community star] Ken Jeong, with Howard the Duck. That was a much-beloved scene by us but it just didn’t end up fitting at all.”
Fair enough, but thankfully, it looks like Howard made the cut this time around, as he does indeed cameo in Avengers: Endgame and you can check out a screenshot of his appearance down below.
Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, that’s Howard the Duck there, standing alongside the other heroes as he arrives to lend a hand in the epic final fight for the universe alongside the Avengers and their allies. It’s a quick, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo, but for fans of the character, it should be enough to put a smile on their face.
Unfortunately, we don’t get to see anything more of him, but with Marvel planning to give Howard his very own TV show in the near future, we can all rest easy knowing that we’ll get to catch back up with the character in the near future. And until then, we’re just happy that he made the cut for Avengers: Endgame.