"You know what they say: You're out of luck, until you've gone Duck."
―Howard the Duck[src]

Howard the Duck is an extraterrestrial anthropomorphic duck and a former resident specimen in Taneleer Tivan's museum on Knowhere.


Quest for the Orb

Inside the Collector's Museum

"Why do you let him lick you like that for? ...Gross!"
―Howard the Duck to Collector[src]
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Howard drinking with the Collector

By 2014, Howard was a specimen being held captive in Taneleer Tivan's museum when the Guardians of the Galaxy brought the Orb to him. Angry how Tivan had treated her and her predecessors, Carina unleashed the Orb's power, destroying much of the museum.[1]

After the mishap, a battered, beaten-up Tivan sat in his museum, drinking from a green cup. Seconds later, Cosmo approached Tivan and began to lick his face. Howard, who was undamaged in his broken containment cell, watched on and remarked how "gross" the act was. Howard was also drinking out of a similar cup.[2]

Partying in Contraxia


Howard telling a joke to a women at Contraxia

A few months later, on Contraxia, Howard had a date with a woman in the Iron Lotus. Telling a joke about his species, Howard laughed hysterically alongside the woman.[3]

Infinity War


Howard the Duck was among those who survived Thanos' snap.[4]

Battle of Earth

In 2023, Howard the Duck was teleported to Earth from Contraxia to fight in the massive battle against Thanos. He was accompanied by the Ravagers.[5]

Powers and Abilities


  • Duckworldian Physiology: As a former inhabitant of Duckworld, Howard resembles a humanoid duck, having a cognitive and intellectual ability equivalent or superior to the most sensitive species in the galaxy.







Appearances for Howard the Duck
In chronological order:


  • In the comics, Howard was abducted from his home planet by the extra-dimensional overlord Thog and brought to Earth.

Behind the Scenes

  • Howard made his theatrical debut in the film Howard the Duck, which premiered in August 1, 1986, exactly twenty eight years before the North American premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy. The film was universally panned and is widely regarded as one of the worst films ever made. It was one of the first theatrical films based on a Marvel Comics character (after the loosely adapted 1940s Captain America serials, and Red Sonja). Howard the Duck was James Gunn's favorite character during his childhood, and he has hated the film since its release.[6]
  • Seth Green was uncredited for his appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • In 2013, Joss Whedon was asked what Marvel characters he wanted to adapt after finishing Avengers: Age of Ultron, to which he jokingly replied: “I think it's time for the Howard the Duck reboot that nobody expects.”[7]
  • Howard the Duck in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the second live-action incarnation of the character, following an incarnation portrayed by Chip Zien and Ed Gale.
  • Anthony Russo revealed that Howard was supposed to appear in Avengers: Infinity War in a scene where Star-Lord would have interrupted a poker game he was in the middle of for information. Russo added that Howard would have been voiced by Ken Jeong rather than Seth Green.[8] Ken Jeong would later go to play a security guard in Avengers: Endgame.
  • Howard the Duck wasn't originally intended to appear in Avengers: Endgame. However, one month ahead the film's release, when Anthony and Joe Russo watched in VHX the finished footage for the Battle of Earth sequence, the latter opined that it would be great to add Howard in a cameo appearance to the scene, and his request was complied.[9]


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