Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is a huge comic book fan, so the fact that he crammed as many awesome Easter Eggs into that movie as possible really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. Most of them came in the scenes featuring The Collector, but the biggest surprise didn’t show up until after the credits.
That was, of course, Howard the Duck, an obscure character who actually starred in his own movie way back in 1986. Seen sharing a drink with his former captive, Family Guy and Robot Chicken star Seth Green provided Howard’s voice, and while it would be wrong to say that fans have since been wondering when and where he’ll next show up, it would still be pretty cool to see a similar cameo from him down the line.
Whether or not that will happen remains to be seen, but someone who is confident that Howard the Duck isn’t going to be getting his own movie any time soon is Green. Explaining that he only actually provided the character’s voice at the behest of Gunn, the actor explained where he believes Howard’s future lies on the big screen from here:
“The truth is, Gunn and I are buddies from Scooby-Doo. So the whole Howard the Duck thing, and me getting to be that was a last minute ‘who do I know that’s in town that can do this on this date before the color print delivers’? Nobody is thinking about a Howard the Duck movie. The most that I can imagine, and you can’t quote me, because it’s not based in fact, but the most I can imagine is that the character could cameo at some point in some other thing. Like we saw Cosmo already. So there’s going to be some kind of rocket offshoot right? Some kind of outer galactic mayhem. You can imagine that Howard would cameo in that. But he’ll never have a standalone movie again.”
Some sort of cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 or Avengers: Infinity War would be a lot of fun, and the video above is well worth watching to hear Green give us an idea of what that would sound like.
That being said, it’s a safe bet that the actor isn’t covering up Marvel’s plans for a solo spinoff, as they have plenty of more important movies to be working on, but based on the overwhelmingly positive response to his first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’ll no doubt see him show up at some point in Phase 3.