It is a grand tradition of the modern superhero blockbuster: Those who leave before the end credits are weak and will not reap all the rewards left for them by the film's $100 plus million budget. Marvel — in an attempt either cruelly withholding or just plain smart, depending on who you ask — has been keeping the post-credits scene from Guardians of the Galaxy from the press prior to the film's August 1 release. Alas, the scene has somehow leaked anyway. Thus is the Internet.
The footage has, rather predictably, been taken down already. But those who saw it before it was ripped away from us have been spreading word of what it entails. Vulture's Jesse David Fox wrote that "if this is the actual post-credits sequence, it is 10,000 percent bonkers." Potential spoilers follow, so beware.
According to various sources (Cinemablend, Vulture, Lightly Buzzed), the scene starts with Benicio del Toro's The Collector. Alright, that's all well and good. Cosmo the Russian dog licks his face. Then it pans to, of all the Marvel characters it could possibly pan to, Howard the Duck. In full-on CGI. I don't know. A lot of people don't know. A lot of people are theorizing that Marvel intentionally "leaked" this footage just to fuck with everybody. Because, like... look at Howard the Duck.
Yep. I'm still laughing.
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