With Marvel's "Guardians Of The Galaxy" now out in many territories, it's time to talk both that surprise end credits stinger and the film's already announced sequel.
The film's director James Gunn recent sat down with Empire to discuss just those two things. First up, that stinger featuring an appearance by Howard The Duck:
"I think it was some combination of me and the editor Fred Raskin who said, 'Let's put Howard The Duck in there. What if The Collector looks over and sees Howard The Duck sitting there?' And I wrote down the line, 'Whaddya let it lick you like that for? Gross.' Fred and I thought it was hilarious, but we weren't sure that (Head of Marvel Studios) Kevin Feige would go for it. But we told Kevin and Kevin couldn't stop laughing, so that's how it came about."
Does this mean we'll one day get a new "Howard the Duck" movie?
"I'll be honest with you, I was just talking about it with my assistant right now. It's possible Howard could reappear as more of a character in the Marvel Universe. But if people think that's going to lead to a Howard The Duck movie, that's probably not going to happen in the next four years. Who knows after that?"
Onto the sequel and the first film ends with the mystery about the identity of Peter Quill's biological father. Many have speculated who it might be since the film's opening, and Gunn confirms that it isn't J'son, Emperor of the Spartoi Empire like it is in the comics:
"There have been a lot of documents passed around about who Peter Quill's father is between a select two or three of us. That's been part of the plan since the beginning, that's something I had to work out before we shot the screenplay. We wanted to make sure Yondu's place in everything made sense and it does, so it's all very specific stuff. It's definitely not the character who it is in the comics, I'll say that much."
Will big, bad Thanos show up in the 'Guardians' sequel? From the sounds of it that's not in their plans at the moment:
"He will show up [in the sequel] if he helps our story and he will not show up at all if he is not. Thanos is not the most important thing in Guardians 2, that's for damn sure. There's the Guardians themselves and other threats the Guardians are going to be facing that are not Thanos.
I think Thanos has been lonely for a long time. He can handle it. He's used to his loneliness. He's got some other kids out there. He's got to look after them. Nebula's probably the sweetest of them, which tells you what his kids are like."
"Guardians of the Galaxy 2" is currently slated for release in 2017.