Howard The Duck
Credit: Everett Collection

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, Howard is getting a second chance—from the Guardians themselves. The website received the credited cast list for the Aug. 1 Marvel film, and buried near the bottom was Howard the Duck and a nod to his creators, Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik. Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment, so it remains unclear whether Howard makes a major appearance, lurks in the background at some alien cantina bar, or just exists as heroic inspiration from Peter Quill’s comic-book reading days on Earth. If it’s the latter case, let’s hope young Peter read the comic-books and never saw the movie.

The cast list that StitchKingdom claims to have also clears up the mystery of Nathan Fillion’s involvement; he plays “Monstrous Inmate.” In addition, Stan Lee pops up as “Xandarian Ladies’ Man,” Rob Zombie voices “Ravager Navigator Voice,” and director James Gunn cameos as one of the “Maskless Sakaaran.”

Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 122 minutes
  • James Gunn