After three previous, brief appearances in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, Howard the Duck will appear in an upcoming episode of Marvel's What If...? on Disney+, and fans can't get enough of it. On social media, there are hundreds of messages from excited fans eager to see more Howard the Duck, a character who has only had a total of about 2 minutes of screen time in the MCU, and one cancelled TV series from Kevin Smith and Hulu. After cameos in Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, and Avengers: Endgame, fans are hoping that this time around, they'll get a little more duck for their buck.
Yes, we know. We're very sorry for that last sentence.
There's a lot to digest in the new What If...? trailer, but there's a sizable chunk of the audience that has zeroed in on Howard, and the whole hashtag is pretty enjoyable. Check out some of our favorites below.
Westworld star Jeffrey Wright serves as the narrator for What If...?, voicing the all-seeing Watcher. The rest of the cast is filled with current and former MCU stars voicing their live-action characters in this animated format. Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Josh Brolin, Hayley Atwell, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Natalie Portman, Michael Douglas, Michael B. Jordan, Sebastian Stan, Michael Rooker, Tom Hiddleston, and the late Chadwick Boseman will all be reprising their roles for the series, along with several other MCU stars.
AC Bradley, one of the writers for Marvel's What If...?, spoke with Discussing Film earlier this year and said that the series will feature characters from all 23 MCU movies.
"Kevin said that we will be exploring every movie in a new way, but not every episode is about one movie if that makes sense," Bradley said. "On the reel [shown at D23 Expo], there is this image of a Star-Lord T'Challa because we wanted to see what if the worlds of Black Panther and the Guardians of the Galaxy collided? That was taking two universes, two to three movies, kind of twisting them in new ways."
Marvel's What If...? is set to premiere on August 11th.
....But who's keeping score?
Also, given the existence of a multiverse, does that mean the original Howard the Duck movie is also canon, in a weird way?
Howard The Duck has now appeared in 4 MCU projects pic.twitter.com/EhdsVTgS8D— Luke (@qLxke_) July 8, 2021
I’m just excited to see more Howard the Duck. https://t.co/KA4n4x6b3l— Amalgam Comics (@MakeMineAmalgam) July 8, 2021
Bringing the room down a little bit
The only What If/Howard the Duck that needs to be asked is "what if instead of making Howard the Duck in 1986, George Lucas made Star Wars I?" https://t.co/0efZYZ2aj3— Aditya Sood (@adityasood) July 8, 2021
FIRST WE GET THANOSCOPTER NOW HOWARD THE DUCK?????? THIS LOOKS SO GOOD pic.twitter.com/BfgF5VqciB— ४ ardie ✨ toh spoilers (@hagathaharkness) July 8, 2021
Justice for the theme song
That latest trailer for #WhatIf is incredible. I'm sure there will be lots to talk about!
Can we appreciate the triumphant return of Howard the Duck? I remember watching the original movie & it was not good. Also, they should bring back the original theme song somehow. It was 🔥 pic.twitter.com/CRqjYYVQqJ— 2 NerdyBirds Podcast (@2NerdyBirds) July 8, 2021
Looking forward to it
Howard the Duck's original run is great stuff and I'm looking forward to seeing his segment in What If...? https://t.co/MJZekejKfy— JCP⭐️Designs 👺 (@JCPxDESIGNS) July 8, 2021
Now We Want a Pet Avengers vs. DC Super-Pets Crossover!
Maybe he can head the Animal Avengers. That’d be a fun show. Howard the Duck, Throg, Peter Porker, and #AlligatorLoki as a hero or villain.— nation of classic loki (@NationOfEagles) July 8, 2021
everytime marvel recognises Howard the Duck's existence i go absolutely feral— Salty (AFK-Gamblin) (@saltysol) July 8, 2021
The future of the MCU
there are not enough people talking about his impact! Howard the Duck is the future of the MCU!! pic.twitter.com/MjxXybQUcF— Eric Dachman 💎 (@DACHness) July 8, 2021