Marvel has created a new trend in their movies and method of serialized storytelling – almost every one of their movies has a post-credits scene hinting at what’s to come in the future. This has been a clever way to keep fans interested in not only what’s happening now, but what’s coming next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
That’s why many people were disappointed when the Guardians of the Galaxy post-credits scene only included a small cameo by Howard the Duck, who isn’t likely to lead his own movie anytime soon. Many fans had anticipated a hint at what’s to come for the cosmic side of the MCU, but instead we got a short albeit hilarious appearance from one of Marvel’s more obscure characters.
That wasn’t always the plan, according to James Gunn while speaking with Jeff Goldsmith(via ComicBook.com). He clarified that originally Guardians actually had a very different post-credits scene originally. “I thought we were going to have an end credits sequence from like Avengers, ok,” he revealed. “We never got it. Cap 2 stole it from us. But that’s fine. We didn’t really have any relationship to the Avengers anyway, so it makes sense that we didn’t get it.”
Perhaps it was for the best that it didn’t work out. The connection between the post-credits tease and the events in Captain America: The Winter Soldier actually went together quite coherently, which probably wouldn’t have been the case for Guardians.
Gunn later discussed what they did after having to come up with a new post-credits scene. “We were trying to cut footage together that we already had to create an ending,” explained Gunn. “And I thought about having Cosmo talk or do something like that. And then Fred Raskin, our editor, said, ‘It’s kind of like Benicio looks over at this box for a minute. We could probably cut something into that.’ And that’s when we came up…and I honestly can’t remember if it was me or Fred…when we came up with putting Howard the Duck in the box.”
He also revealed that originally he pitched Howard the Duck as a joke, but Kevin Feige liked it so much that they ended up going for it. Whether or not he has a place in the future of the MCU is uncertain, although a couple cameos here and there would admittedly be very awesome, but I wouldn’t count on it.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release on May 1, 2015.