‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Cameos, Hints at MCU’s Future (Heavy Spoilers) – UPDATED

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Teaser PosterWalt 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.

If you don’t like spoilers, this is definitely the post to skip.

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…

'Guardians of the Galaxy' End TitlesUPDATE: 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.

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55 thoughts on “‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Cameos, Hints at MCU’s Future (Heavy Spoilers) – UPDATED

    • it’s not something we typically do and quite frankly there’s no easy, elegant way to do it, sorry.

  1. Those two did more than Howard the Duck. For example, Wundarr (the Aquarian) and the Nexus of All Realities were created by Gerber and Mayerik, and several other obscure cosmic/fringe characters.

    • Just to clarify, Howard the Duck is explicitly mentioned in the credits along with the attribution.

  2. the Howard the duck thing is just proably mention of one of the comics star lord proably read. since its common knowledge Disney has thought of Howard as a donald duck rip off . doubtful since they own marvel they would ever allow Howard the duck the one marvel character they hate to ever show up live action again in person. mention as a comic maybe.

    • The issue way back then of course was that Lucas et al wanted Howard to be pants-less which Disney fought against because of the obvious parallel to Donald. That was nearly 30 years ago however. And since then Disney has acquired both Lucasfilm and Marvel and they’ve allowed stuff like Once Upon A Time so, it’s really anybody’s guess what Disney would and wouldn’t allow today.

  3. WOW … very nice I made mention that Howard should cameo GotG on twitter and IMDb back in Feb. So this is some lovely news indeed! Is it too late to ask for Stitch from ‘Lilo and Stitch’ to appear as well in some form as well? lol

  4. Stan Lee wasn’t playing Hugh Hefner. The joke was that Tony Stark mistakes him for Hef but it’s actually just Stan Lee, meaning Stan is just that cool that he can easily be mistaken for Hugh Hefner.

  5. What makes me wonder about this is that Howard and his creators are explicitly mentioned in the credits. That doesn’t seem like something you do for an onscreen appearance. Did Iron Man or Captain America and their creators get an end credits mention in Avengers? Why didn’t Cosmo get a credit like this? Doesn’t he appear onscreen? This is something you do when you show a clip from a movie or the cover of a comic book. Howard is easily one of my favorite Marvel characters so I could get REALLY excited about this (and REALLY let down), I don’t want to get my hopes up for a simple shot of a Howard the Duck comic book cover or a PEZ dispenser.

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