Disney Just Teased Howard the Duck’s Possible MCU Return
Outside of A-listers like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor, Marvel Studios has found a way to deliver plenty of more obscure characters across the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some of them prominently come from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. With heroes like Rocket and Groot becoming household names, fans are now on the lookout for the likes of Howard the Duck.
Howard has played an interesting role throughout his time in the MCU having made his debut in the post-credits scene starting in 2014. guardians of the galaxy. He made a brief appearance with the Ravagers in Flight. 2 before showing up in the blink of an eye and you’ll miss him during the wildly popular Avengers: Endgame portal scene.
Howard’s Biggest Role Yet Came in the 2021 Animated Series What if…?, which featured actor Seth Green reprising the role in two episodes. Quickly regaining popularity by serving as a bigger part of these two installments than any previous project, the alien duck easily maintained its fan-favorite status.
Having only seen about 15 seconds of screen time in the live-action MCU, Howard’s story certainly has room to continue whether or not he plays a prominent role in future projects. Even more exciting is the fact that fans can now find out where this next appearance will come from, which might be less of a surprise than originally anticipated.
Howard the duck meets She-Hulk?
twitter user @tuttiquantinoob shared an image of an excerpt from Scrooge Magazine, an officially licensed Disney magazine published in France featuring the character of Scrooge McDuck. A piece from the last issue teased that Seth Green’s Howard the Duck might be set to appear in the next Marvel Studios movie. She-Hulk show coming to Disney+ this year.
Although the magazine didn’t provide any details on the extent of the character’s role, the web-footed hero was teased to be “part of Marvel’s plans again” for She-Hulk (Editor’s note: this description has been roughly translated from French):
“A webbed future? Howard the Duck seems to be part of Marvel’s plans again: in the What If…? series, he married Darcy Lewis… Does the duck, elected in 2009 as Does one of the strangest characters from Time magazine’s Marvel team have a bright future? In any case, the She-Hulk series, which lands this year on Disney+, could hold a few surprises “What the duck”! Something to delight lovers of this turbulent duck, determined to do what he wants.”
Superhero Lawyer and Howard, the PI?
As wild as this news sounds, She-Hulk has an interesting history with Howard the Duck in Marvel Comics‘ long history.
The two were seen together as early as the 1980s in titles like Sensational She-Hulk #14, Howard has taken on a different role in more recent races of the 21st century. Namely, he is known to hold jobs as private detectivewhere he and Jennifer Walters often crossed paths, even though they weren’t usually on the same side of the law.
How could this translate to the MCU? A major plot point might provide the answer: Howard the Duck is still on Earth.
Potential use of Howard the Duck by She-Hulk
While he was seen only a fraction of a second behind the Wasp and among the Pestsviewers could clearly see Howard battling Thanos at the Avengers facility in Avengers: Endgame. Although it is presumed that most of the warriors of the battle returned home after saving the world, there is no guarantee that Howard made a return trip to space.
Howard is expected to travel across the United States to get to Walters’ location, which is likely to be in Los Angeles, Calif., thanks to footage teasing his college years at UCLA. But in reality, how hard would it really be for an extraterrestrial visitor to hop on a six-hour flight from New York to Los Angeles?
She-Hulk is already confirmed to be a half-hour forensic comedy, with the production design likely drawing inspiration from 21st century comedy shows like Office and modern family. Throw a character as funny and wild as Howard the Duck into the mix with a seven-foot-tall green avocado, and there’s bound to be plenty of laughs from those interactions alone.
It will be some time before Howard’s inclusion in She-Hulk is confirmed, especially with no confirmed release date for the 10-episode series. However, if and when that happens, Howard the Duck will potentially be in for his most memorable MCU moments yet.
She-Hulk will debut on Disney+ in 2022.