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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is currently the number-one movie in America — a development largely viewed like it's a plot by the evil Shredder himself. Technically directed by Jonathan Liebesman, this blockbuster reboot bears the stamp of its superstar producer, Transformers maestro Michael Bay: a sturdy children's-toy concept sits uncomfortably alongside destructive urban combat and awkward double entendres about turtle erections. Garnering bad reviews from both film critics and nostalgic fans, it nonetheless displaced its direct competitor, the much, much better-liked Guardians of the Galaxy, to seize control of the box office. »
Created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik in 1973, Howard the Duck would go on to become a staple of the Marvel comics of that era. Born on a planet populated by talking waterfowl, Howard the Duck found himself trapped on a world he never made: ours! The archetypal outsider, Howard waddled his way through the Marvel Universe for years armed with nothing but his razor sharp wit. Now, explore every one of these groundbreaking original stories this October in a new printing of the Howard the Duck Omnibus Hardcover.
Get down, America! From the far reaches of Duckworld – he has returned! That’s right, the Master of Quack Fu takes center stage when the Howard The Duck Omnibus Hardcover returns for a brand new printing! Experience the groundbreaking adventures of this wild waterfowl all over again, or for the first time ever when these iconic Marvel stories return to print this October! »
- Phil Wheat
If anything's true of the Guardians Of The Galaxy movie, it's that you come out and instantly want more. Director James Gunn has already promised he'll have a sequel out in three years' time, but until that happens there's at least one other place you can look: the source material. Marvel's comics.
And rather than leave you to navigate the choppy waters of Marvel's continuity alone, we've put together this quick list of comics you might want to read to try and sate those Guardian cravings. Be warned. There are spoilers here…
A relaunch of the team starring the movie cast, this book features a full retelling of Star »
Sneak Peek footage from the "Guardians Of The Galaxy" 'post-credits' scene revealing a cameo from Marvel Comics' cigar-smoking, three-foot-tall anthropomorphic 'Howard The Duck', previously adapted to the big screen by Lucasfilm and currently in development @ Disney for further opportunities:
'Howard the Duck' was created by writer Steve Gerber and illustrator Val Mayerik, as an 'existentialist' expression, with its main joke, according to Gerber, is that there is no joke: "that life's most serious moments and most incredibly dumb moments are often distinguishable only by a momentary point of view..."
Howard found himself on Earth due to a shift in the 'Cosmic Axis' from a world similar to Earth.
Howard's near-constant companion and occasional girlfriend is former art model and Cleveland native 'Beverly Switzler'.
- Michael Stevens
Guardians of the Galaxy opened Friday, August 1, and many young fans were puzzled by the film’s odd post-credits sequence.
Marvel has a habit of featuring mid-credit or post-credit scenes that give hints as to what is to come in the Marvel cannon. For example, The Avengers (2012) introduced the villain Thanos in a mid-credits sequence. Thanos, of course, ended up being a somewhat prominent dark presence in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). Similarly, the post-credits sequence of Thor: The Dark World (2013) introduced the character of the Collector (Benicio Del Toro), who also plays a part in Guardians of the Galaxy. However, fans hoping for a look at Marvel’s next big screen film, The Avengers: Age of Ultron were left scratching their heads after the post-credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Who Is Howard the Duck?
A defeated Collector, sitting sadly among the rubble of Knowhere. Cosmo the spacedog, »
Warning: This article contains Guardians of the Galaxy spoilers some readers may wish to avoid.
Guardians of the Galaxy's post-credits scene has been revealed after being kept under wraps at the film's premieres and advance screenings.
After getting licked in the face by Cosmo, a dog who was part of the Soviet space programme in Marvel Comics, he then hears a jibe from Howard the Duck. Both Cosmo and Howard appeared briefly in the body of the movie when The Collector first introduces his menagerie.
The talking duck was famously turned into a feature film in 1986 by George Lucas. »
The superhero movies released by Marvel Studios tend to downplay the more outré elements of their source material. Even the Thor films have mostly held back on the elaborate space-god architecture of the comic book’s mythology, defaulting to a few familiar fantasy-genre elements (evil elves, shining cities, magic-as-plot-shortcut). Not so with Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie which dives deep into a few different deep-space cultures. Perhaps fearful of scaring people off, the movie’s first act drops a lot of exposition grenades about the key points of Galaxy’s Galaxy. Even if you can’t tell the Kree from the Xandarians, »
- Darren Franich
Major spoilers below. Read with caution. If you saw Guardians of the Galaxy and you're a savvy blockbuster-viewer, then you probably stayed all the way through the credits in eager anticipation of the obligatory bonus-scene stinger. And what a weird stinger it was!Here's what you got: As Benicio del Toro's Collector character consoles himself amid the wreckage of his outpost, a surprising character from the Marvel universe speaks to him: Howard the Duck! For those who don't know, Howard the Duck was created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik in 1973. He first appeared to readers in an issue of Adventure Into Fear, a horror series that sat outside Marvel's standard slate of superhero comics. Like most of Gerber's characters, Howard was a satirical, subversive figure with no supernatural powers (aside from being a human-size talking duck). He was a fan favorite and a surprise pop-culture phenomenon outside the »
- Brian Feldman
Spoilers: we dissect the extra goodies at the very end of Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy...
This article contains spoilers for Guardians Of The Galaxy.
When we interviewed director James Gunn prior to the release of Guardians Of The Galaxy, he assured us that the reason they left the stinger off preview screenings wasn't part of any wider conspiracy. They just wanted to leave something that would be a treat for the fans who paid to see it on opening night.
Now that we've seen the stinger, we can confirm that this was exactly what it was: a treat for Marvel fans. Not a trailer or advert for another film, but an easter egg that will baffle and amaze audiences in equal measure.
If you've already seen the stinger and want to know more, read on. And if you haven't, let us urge you one final time to save the surprise for yourself. »
We've been hearing a rumor that a certain character from the Marvel universe will appear in the upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy." Today, a post-credits scene from the film leaked online, confirming the rumor. Spoilers Ahead: During one of the first screenings of "Guardians of the Galaxy," it was reported that the credits in the movie list Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik, the creators of Howard the Duck. At the time, it wasn't clear if Howard will actually appear in the film. But it now turns out that he's in the post-credits scene, which shows him escaping from The Collector (Benicio Del Toro). Watch the video below and see "Guardians of the Galaxy" in theaters on August 1st. Video: »
Whilst there's been advanced screenings all over the place, Marvel has opted out of showing the post-credits scene for "Guardians of the Galaxy" - saying they plan to keep the surprise under wraps until the general release. With the movie about to hit cinemas in the next day or so, it appears as if a bootleg copy of the post-credits sequence may have leaked online and is doing the rounds.
The scene, which briefly appeared over at Vulture before being yanked, is essentially a one-off joke. Yet it boasts a surprise - a character Marvel owns and that Gunn has previously indicated he's a big fan of. In a film that takes a lot of chances, the appearance is actually pretty daring.
The sequence opens on Benecio del Toro’s The Collector character, beaten up and exhausted, sitting in what remains of his collection following events in the film. »
- Garth Franklin
With a screen credit in director James Gunn's "Guardians Of The Galaxy" reportedly given to Marvel's "Howard The Duck" creators, writer Steve Gerber and illustrator Val Mayerik, Sneak Peek the origins of the cigar-smoking, three-foot-tall anthropomorphic duck, previously adapted to the big screen by Lucasfilm and currently in development @ Disney for further opportunities:
In the 1970's, Disney originally threatened Marvel with legal action due to Howard's satiric resemblance to 'Donald Duck', forcing Marvel to redesign the character.
Howard's near-constant companion and occasional girlfriend is former art model and Cleveland native 'Beverly Switzler'. Howard found himself on Earth due to a shift in the 'Cosmic Axis' from a world similar to Earth.
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- Michael Stevens
Update: Apparently the previous headline was a spoiler and people got angry on Twitter. So, I've changed it and you should know there are spoilers in this post. Marvel has released the press kit for Guardians of the Galaxy and Stitch Kingdom pored over the credits to notice Stan Lee will play a character named Xandarian Ladies' Man, Nathan Fillion cameos as Monstrous Inmate, Rob Zombie voices Ravager Navigator Voice and writer/director James Gunn cameos as Maskless Sakaaran. Then they reach a little deeper, noticing at the very end of the scroll it says "Howard the Duck created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik", which very well seems to suggest that yes, the Marvel character that appeared in the 1986 box-office bust directed by Willard Huyck very well may be seen walking around the world of the Guardians. Makes sense to me, you have a talking tree and raccoon, why »
- Brad Brevet
Marvel has released the press kit for Guardians of the Galaxy and Stitch Kingdom pored over the credits to notice Stan Lee will play a character named Xandarian Ladies' Man, Nathan Fillion cameos as Monstrous Inmate, Rob Zombie voices Ravager Navigator Voice and writer/director James Gunn cameos as Maskless Sakaaran. Then they reach a little deeper, noticing at the very end of the scroll it says "Howard the Duck created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik", which very well seems to suggest that yes, the Marvel character that appeared in the 1986 box-office bust directed by Willard Huyck very well may be seen walking around the world of the Guardians. Makes sense to me, you have a talking tree and raccoon, why not throw in a duck as wellc We'll know more soon enough as I'll be seeing the film this coming Wednesday and it hits theaters on August 1. »
- Brad Brevet
This post contains potential spoilers for the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy.
In Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket is a wise-cracking, raccoon-like creature voiced by Bradley Cooper. If Rocket is a departure from the typical caped superhero, he’s not the first anthropomorphic Marvel comic-book character to have his moment on the big screen. Back in 1986, Howard the Duck starred in a notorious bomb, produced by George Lucas, that made the once-cool character a pathetic punchline. He’s been missing from the movies ever since.
But according to StitchKingdom.com, Howard is getting a second chance—from the Guardians themselves. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" is set to hit theaters on August 1st and with James Gunn directing, fans can expect lots of surprises from the Marvel universe. The following has not been confirmed by the studio, but Disney fan site Stitch Kingdom is claiming that it has seen the list of credits from the film and spotted some interesting things. It turns out that Rob Zombie is providing his voice for Ravager Navigator and Gunn plays Maskless Sakaaran. But the biggest surprise may be that "Guardians of the Galaxy" may feature Howard the Duck, because the character's creators, Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik, are both listed in the credits. »
Do we have to say "spoilers?" If you're already reading, then you must want to know, and the news might unveil one of the bits everyone will be talking about after Guardians of the Galaxy bows on August 1. The rumblings come from Disney blog Stitch Kingdom, and though the details are vague, the mere mention of this cameo gives us goosebumps. Don't forget what James Gunn told us while on set: "There are a ton of characters from the comics in this movie in little tiny roles. The most Marvel characters that have ever been in one movie--i would imagine times four!" According to the site, writer Steve Gerber and artist Val Mayerik and their creation Howard the Duck are credited in the final scroll of Guardians. Now, all that intimates is that...
- John Gholson
Good to know.
How did we hear that this time? The website Stitch Kingdom claims to have gotten a complete credits list for Guardians of the Galaxy that reveals the Marvel Universe cameos notable celebrities (and James Gunn himself) will appear as:
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 »
According to Stitch Kingdom, there are going to be a lot more cameos in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy than just Stan Lee. The site says that Disney sent them a full credited cast for the James Gunn-directed film, and who they all will play. It also includes a few fun surprises, including Nathan Fillion's cameo.
If you don't want to give your brain this knowledge then stop reading, because spoilers lie ahead. Here's the info they give:
Stan Lee will have his customary cameo, this time as the ‘Xandarian Ladies’ Man
Nathan Fillion will be dolled up as ‘Monstrous Inmate’Rob Zombie lends his voice as the ‘Ravager Navigator Voice’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.
And here's the big one they mention… »
- Joey Paur
After yesterday’s big Marvel Cinematic Universe news blitz – which included our very first look at Avengers: Age of Ultron – the folks at Stitch Kingdom have unearthed details of surprise cameos for Guardians of the Galaxy, including Nathan Fillion and Stan Lee’s roles, as well as a couple of familiar faces from the Marvel comic book universe. If you don’t mind being spoiled, read on below….
So, according to the final credits for the movie, Stan Lee is set to play ‘Zandarian Ladies Man’, Nathan Fillion is portrayed ‘Monstrous Inmate’, Rob Zombie is lending his voice to ‘Ravager Navigator Voice’, director James Gunn pulls a Hitchcock with ‘Maskless Sakaaran’ and Fred the dog appears as Cosmo. However, that’s not all, as the site reports that Howard the Duck will appear (stemming from a credit to co-creators Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik). Yes, that’s Howard the Duck… »
- Gary Collinson
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