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

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


Inside the Collector's Museum

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

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

After the mishap, a battered, beaten-up Collector 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 green cup.[2]

Partying in Contraxia


Howard telling a joke

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 along with the woman.[3]

Powers and Abilities


  • Duckworldian Physiology: As an Duckworldian, Howard resembles a humanoid duck, having a cognitive and intellectual ability equivalent or superior to the most sensitive species in the galaxy.
    • Enhanced Durability: Howard is highly durable, despite his appearance, as he was able to survive an explosion caused by the Power Stone in the Collector's Museum.




  • In the comics, Howard was abducted from his home planet by the extra-dimensional overlord Thog and brought to Earth, making his first appearance as a guest in Man-Thing's comics.

Behind the Scenes

  • Howard made his theatrical debut in the film Howard the Duck, which premiered in August 1, 1986, exactly 28 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.[4]
  • 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.”[5]
  • 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.
  • According to Joe Russo, Howard survived Thanos's snap.[6]
  • 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. He added that Howard would have been voiced by Ken Jeong rather than Seth Green.[7]


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