Howard the Duck is an anthropomorphic talking duck who originated from Marvel Comics.
- 1 History
- 2 Appearances
- 2.1 Marvel Cinematic Universe
- 2.2 What If...?
- 2.3 Television
- 3 Disney Parks
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Gallery
Howard the Duck was an inhabitant of an alternate Earth known as Duck-world in-which the dominant species was that of humanoid ducks. His life would be suddenly changed when he was abducted by the demon Thog the Nether-Spawn and dropped into the everglades of Florida.
Stuck on Earth, Howard became friends with and allies to Man-Thing, the protector of the well of realities which hold the gateway to the multiverse. Attempting to get home, Howard would be tagged along for several misadventures in-which he'd fight demons, aliens and super-villains. He would become considered something of a superhero thanks to his proficiency in the martial-art of quack-fu.
Being stuck on Earth he'd go through profound existentialism and become a private-investigator. He'd also begin dating a human model named Beverly Switzler and go on continued adventures with Man-Thing.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
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.
Howard made a cameo at the Iron Lotus, where he talked with someone. He was seen again in the credits later on.
Howard the Duck first appears in the episode What If... T'Challa Became a Star-Lord?, where he is part of the Tivan Collection, like in the Sacred Timeline. While T'Challa tries to search for the Embers of Genesis in the collection, he runs into Howard who seems to have an in-depth knowledge about the collection's layout, leading to T'Challa freeing him and asking Howard to give him the tour. Howard, however, gets distracted by a bar and is more content to spend his time drinking, as T'Challa continues searching.
In the episode What If... Thor Were an Only Child?, Howard comes to Earth to join Thor's party. Jane expresses her intent on making first contact with Thor, to which Darcy Lewis replies how half the Vegas strip has already done so, and suggests making first contact with Howard, calling him a "loser". Howard retorts how Darcy's comment is big talk coming from a brunette. As Thor & Jane bond, Howard & Darcy decide to get some nachos together, before having a Vegas wedding that evening. Later, when S.H.I.E.L.D. drop Jane & Darcy back in Vegas, after Thor's confrontation with Captain Marvel, Howard quips how Darcy (or as he calls her, "Mrs. The Duck") has come waddling back to him. Darcy is not in the mood to argue with him at that time, though.
Perry the Platypus is mistaken for Howard by Spider-Man due to Perry's possession of a duckbill.
Marvel Animated Universe
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.
Howard is among the heroes captured by the Collector, who admires the "ultra rare hero", stating he's in mint condition.
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 acquaintances 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. In the episode "With a Little Help From My Friends," Howard the Duck is on Conjunction when Star-Lord shows up looking for wrestlers to help fight the Serpent. Though Howard the Duck proved himself to Star-Lord when he used a bubble device to trap the Champion of the Universe.
In the series, he is dressed as he is in the movies.
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. Howard is fairly well represented in merchandise for the attraction despite only having briefly appeared.
- 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 against 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.
- 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?".
- The episode What If... Thor Were an Only Child? is the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that Howard is referred to by name.
- Howard also starred in his own newspaper strip (that even ended up on TV).
- Howard's famous run for president began in the letters pages of his comic.
- Howard's early stories contained some not-so-subtle drug references.
- Kiss's debut in comics was in Howard the Duck #12.
- Disney was involved with 'Howard' even before it bought Marvel.
- He hasn't been just a duck.
- Howard led to one of Marvel's most famous creator-owned disputes.
- Steve Gerber created talking duck characters for other companies too.
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