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Why'd ya have him lick you like that for? Gross.
―Howard to Taneleer Tivan

Howard the Duck is an infamous anthropomorphic talking duck who originated from Marvel Comics.

Appearances

Howard the Duck film

In the 1986 film by Lucasfilm Ltd. (back before it was acquired by Disney), Howard the Duck was accidentally teleported from his dimension to the Human dimension during an experiment regarding dimensional transportation. While trapped in the human dimension, he befriends a female by the name of Beverly Switzler after saving her from a group of thugs. Eventually, he returns to the dimension, but sacrifices his return to his homeworld in order to stop the Dark Overlord, leaving him a permanent resident on Earth.

Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel

Perry the Platypus is mistaken for Howard by Spider-Man due to Perry's possession of a duckbill.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Guardians of the Galaxy

Howard the Duck appears as a living exhibit in the Collector's museum. In the post-credits, Howard makes a cameo in the Collector's museum remarking upon the destruction of the museum to the Collector.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Howard made a cameo at the Iron Lotus, where he talked with someone. He was seen again in the credits later on.

Marvel Animated Universe

Ultimate Spider-Man

In the episode "Awesome", Howard the Duck was captive in a sphere-globe in Connors' lab. He warned Spider-Man to back off and that he would use his Quack Fu, which Spidey deemed him "too weird".

In the episode "Carnage", Howard has a cameo appearance in When Peter Parker's imagination when Norman Osborn is about to turn Spider-Man into Carnage, Peter imagines other possible transformations, including Howard.

In the episode "Guardians of the Galaxy", Howard is mentioned among Star Lord's list of heroes on Earth before Spider-Man.

The episode "Return to the Spider-Verse" Pt. 2 featured a pirate version of Howard the Duck (voiced by Seth Green) who resided in a cartoonish pirate reality, Howard was Web Beard the Sea Lord's first mate on a pirate ship version of Groot until he started to have a disagreement with Web Beard enough to lead the pirate versions of Rocket Raccoon and Cosmo the Spacedog into a mutiny after Web Beard hoarded the treasure for himself. When Howard was trying to get Web Beard, Spider-Man and Kid Arachnid to walk the plank, the Kraken ended up attacking. Spider-Man and Kid Arachnid persuaded Web Beard and Howard to put aside their differences in order for everyone to help repel the Kraken. After that was done, Howard agreed to serve Web Beard again.

Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.

Howard is among the heroes captured by the Collector, who admires the "ultra rare hero", stating he's in mint condition.

Guardians of the Galaxy

He appeared in the episode "Lyin' Eyes" where Drax the Destroyer and Rocket Raccoon find him in a display case at an auction house on Knowhere. When he sees Rocket Raccoon and Drax the Destroyer, Howard the Duck turns away and continues reading his newspaper In the episode "Happy Together," he encounters his old acquantance Rocket Raccoon with the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy at Starlin's where he will give them some units if they obtain a specific item for him that is in Kallusian space. That item turned out to belong to the Kree. During the exchange on a planet that has an acid volcano, Howard the Duck gets away while the Guardians of the Galaxy deal with Phyla-Vell. Howard then hands the Kree item to Collector as Howard asks why he wanted the Guardians of the Galaxy set up. Collector tells him that they broke his things.

In the episode "Long Distance Runaround," the Guardians of the Galaxy catch up to Howard the Duck on Knowhere and apprehend him where he admitted setting them up in exchange that Collector lets him see the outside of his ship. After Cosmo the Spacedog helps the Guardians of the Galaxy get away from Phyla-Vell. However, Collector sabotaged the Milano to head to Hala to attack it. After Collector shrinks Hala, Howard the Duck leaves in a small spacecraft having left a tracker for Collector's ship that the Guardians of the Galaxy used to find it.

Disney Parks

Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: BREAKOUT!

Howard the Duck can be seen, in the background, as part of the Collector's Collection, during the Pre Show, before entering the Collector's Office.

Trivia

  • In early comics, Howard was initially depicted as not wearing pants. Due to this, he greatly resembled Donald Duck. Ironically, when Howard was launched, his resemblance to Donald caused Disney to file a lawsuit Marvel for copyright infringement until Howard was given a redesign depicting him wearing pants in the comics as part of the settlement, although this was before Disney purchased Marvel.
    • The film Howard the Duck was technically the first entry in the Howard the Duck franchise to have him wearing pants.
  • Howard the Duck is notable as being one of the few characters to be used by both Marvel and Lucasfilm prior to both companies being bought by Disney.
  • In the film Planes: Fire & Rescue, Howard is parodied as Howard the Truck.
  • In August 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn said, "It's possible Howard could reappear as more of a character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But if people think that’s going to lead to a Howard the Duck movie, that’s probably not going to happen in the next four years. Who knows after that?".

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