Infinity war included almost every major MCU character, but is has now been revealed that Howard the Duck was in the movie in the early drafts of the movie.
Anthony Russo, Co Director of the film, confirms his early inclusion in the movie during an interview with Fandom
“Howard the Duck was in one draft of the script,” said Russo “Howard the Duck actually had a really good scene … we were going to cameo with [The Hangover and Community star] Ken Jeong, with Howard the Duck. That was a much-beloved scene by us but it just didn’t end up fitting at all.”
Joe Russo, Co-director of the film, offers a description of the scene which included Howard the Duck
“Yeah, it was [Peter] Quill trying to track down some information from Howard the Duck on some outlier planet and interrupting him during a poker game.”
Anthony Russo adds
“So there were lots of ideas and iterations that were on the floor for this one but I think we would end up in the correct place. It’s all a process. Sometimes you are actually just writing a bible to the universe of what that movie is and have to pare it down to what the actual narrative is.”
Howard the Duck made his first MCU appearance in Guardians of the galaxy as a creature kept in the Collector’s collection. He showed up again in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Originally created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik in 1973, he, surprisingly, became really popular, so much so that Universal Pictures and Lucasfilm made a movie about him, Howard the Duck in 1986, which bombed at the box office and was a big critical failure, making Howard the Duck obscure. It was a big surprise for dedicated Marvel users to see him pop up in Guardians of the Galaxy.
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Avengers: Infinity War is now available as a digital download and on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, Aug. 14.
Ant-Man and the Wasp is now playing in theaters. Other upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies include Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, the fourth Avengers movie on May 3, 2019, the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 5th, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2020.