Whilst there's been advanced screenings all over the place, Marvel has opted out of showing the post-credits scene for "Guardians of the Galaxy" - saying they plan to keep the surprise under wraps until the general release. With the movie about to hit cinemas in the next day or so, it appears as if a bootleg copy of the post-credits sequence may have leaked online and is doing the rounds.
The scene, which briefly appeared over at Vulture before being yanked, is essentially a one-off joke. Yet it boasts a surprise - a character Marvel owns and that Gunn has previously indicated he's a big fan of. In a film that takes a lot of chances, the appearance is actually pretty daring.
The sequence opens on Benecio del Toro's The Collector character, beaten up and exhausted, sitting in what remains of his collection following events in the film. Cosmo, the Russian dog, comes over to lick his face as The Collector takes a drink from a green cup.
A voice offscreen says "What do you let him lick you like that for?" and pans over to.... Howard the Duck. This Howard doesn't look like the tubby, blue-eyed version seen in the infamous film flop, it's a much more duck-like design. "Gross," the duck says before drinking from a similar green cup. Cut to a title card: 'Howard the Duck created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik'.