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What Is the Duck in Marvel Movies?

Are you a Marvel fan who has watched almost every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)? If yes, then you must have noticed a peculiar object that has made an appearance in almost all the movies, including Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Yes, we are talking about the “Duck” in Marvel movies. Let’s dive deep to find out what it is and its significance in the MCU.

What is the Duck in Marvel Movies?

The Duck in Marvel movies refers to Howard the Duck, a fictional character created by writer Steve Gerber and artist Val Mayerik. Howard is a humanoid duck who lives on Duckworld, a planet similar to Earth but inhabited by ducks instead of humans. He was first introduced in Adventure into Fear #19 published by Marvel Comics in 1973.

Since then, Howard has made several appearances in various forms of media such as comic books, cartoons, video games, and even a feature film. However, his most notable appearances are in the post-credit scenes of various Marvel movies.

Howard’s MCU Appearances

Howard’s first appearance in the MCU was in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). He makes a cameo appearance as one of The Collector’s collection items.

In his second appearance, he appears briefly during one of the post-credit scenes of Guardians of Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017).

But it wasn’t until Avengers: Endgame (2019) that Howard had a more significant role to play. During the final battle scene when all hope seems lost for our heroes, we see Howard appear alongside other characters like Pepper Potts and Korg from Thor: Ragnarok.

He also makes an appearance during Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) post-credit scene where he is seen relaxing on a beach chair with another character from MCU’s past.

What is the Significance of Howard in Marvel Movies?

The significance of Howard in Marvel movies lies in his creation. Howard was created as a satirical character to comment on various social and political issues of the time, such as Watergate scandal, presidential elections, and more.

Therefore, his inclusion in the MCU can be seen as a nod to his roots as a satirical character. Moreover, his appearances also serve as Easter eggs for hardcore Marvel fans who have followed Howard’s journey since his creation.


In conclusion, Howard the Duck is a fictional character created by Marvel Comics who has made several appearances in various forms of media, including the MCU. Although he may seem like an insignificant character at first glance, his inclusion in the movies serves as an Easter egg for hardcore fans and pays homage to his roots as a satirical character.

So next time you watch a Marvel movie and spot the Duck, you know who it is and why he’s there!