Walt Disney Studios and Marvel Studios have provided us with the full, credited cast list for Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1, 2014) and while we don’t see any big surprises in terms of who will show (or not show) their face in the film, we do have role names for them, hinting at where they can be spotted throughout the film. Also is a mention of a particular property which will definitely ruffle some feathers.
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Otherwise, here’s what we’ve learned: Stan Lee will have his customary cameo, this time as the ‘Xandarian Ladies’ Man;’ browncoat favorite Nathan Fillion will be dolled up as ‘Monstrous Inmate;’ musician Rob Zombie lends his voice as the ‘Ravager Navigator Voice;’ and writer/director James Gunn himself will appear in the film as one of the ‘Maskless Sakaaran.’
Also appearing in the film, though not a cameo, is actor Fred the dog who assumes the role of Cosmo.
But saving perhaps the best for last… we’re not exactly sure what it means yet — if anything — but while he couldn’t get himself a 25th anniversary Blu-ray (and not from lack of trying), Marvel legend Howard the Duck is somewhere to be found in the film. This inference comes from a line in the end titles that credits co-creators Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik. Whether it’s just a film/comic Peter Quill was familiar with before he was abducted from Earth or we’re about to have a new entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is just about anyone’s guess. But with San Diego Comic-Con just around the corner…
UPDATE: This story has received some significant traction and we definitely appreciate that and so would like to take a minute to highlight something clarified in the comments below: Howard the Duck is explicitly mentioned in the closing credit scroll, it’s not a supposition based on the mention of the co-creators. As an added bonus for being such good boys and girls, here, in fact, is a screen capture of the credits as they appear at the end of the film.
UPDATE #2: /FILM has shared details on the appearances of Howard the Duck and additional Easter eggs in the film and having seen the film last night, we can confirm. Both Cosmo and Howard the Duck (amongst others) appear as part of The Collector’s collection. Howard the Duck can be seen very shortly after Cosmo makes his appearance, but while Cosmo is in the foreground, Howard is in a case way in the back and is in focus for less than a second before focus shifts to The Collector, but is noticeable by his bill. Keep in mind that he looks more like he’d appear in the comics moreso than he did in the 1986 film. In addition, a leaked video of one of the post-credit scenes clearly features Howard the Duck alongside The Collector and Cosmo.