Before we go any further, let me preface this article with a relatively huge spoiler warning. This article will be discussing cameos in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, so although these spoilers aren't likely to ruin the film for you, they could make it that little bit less awesome.
Walt Disney and Marvel Studios have provided Stitch Kingdom with a FULL, credited cast list for James Gunn's [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073). Among other things, the list provides every single named character in the film, which includes cameos - of which there are several.
Now, some of the cameos are not too surprising, but there is one particular name on the list which is sure to surprise (and perhaps confuse) even the most dedicated Marvel fan. It seems that a controversial Marvel blast from the past will be making an appearance in the movie.
But first, let's get the less exciting cameos out of the way. The cast list has confirmed that Stan Lee will be getting his usual cameo, appearing as a 'Xandarian Ladies’ Man', Firefly star Nathan Fillion will also get a role as a 'Monstrous Inmate', while musician/director Rob Zombie will be lending his voice to the 'Ravager Navigator Voice'. Finally, James Gunn himself will also be appearing as a 'Maskless Sakaaran'.
However, all of these pale into insignificance considering this next big news, the Guardians of the Galaxy credits list also contained the names Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik! What? You don't know who these guys are? Well, they are the co-creators of a certain anthropomorphized duck named Howard. Howard The Duck.
Stitch Kingdom went on to elaborate and explained that Howard the Duck was explicitly mentioned by name, but they were unsure if this meant Howard would actually appear in the film, or simply whether one of his comic books, or a clip from his film, would be featured.
Whatever the case, a Howard the Duck cameo is likely to be controversial for several reasons. Firstly, the 1986 Howard the Duck movie is pretty much universally hated, and secondly, he's a massive talking duck. Although having said that, it's not like Guardians of the Galaxy doesn't already feature more hard-talking, munition-toting, badass bipedal animals, so maybe he could fit in? A side-kick for Rocket Raccoon perhaps?
To 'celebrate' the inclusion of Howard the Duck in Guardians of the Galaxy here are five more strange and unexpected cameos:
Alice Cooper - Wayne's World
Now, throwing a rock legend like Alice Cooper into Wayne's World isn't that surprising, but what is rather surprising is Cooper's preferred topic of conversation. It seems he loves nothing more than chilling out with his groupies and discussing the history of Milwaukee.
Matt Damon - Eurotrip
Matt Damon: Actor, screenwriter, producer and philanthropist. But did you also know he can belt out a pop-punk song about infidelity? Damon made a surprise appearance in the relatively low-brow comedy, Eurotrip, as Donny, the shaved-headed, tattooed singer of "Scotty Doesn't Know".
Vanilla Ice - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze
Musical tie-ins with family-franchised blockbusters is nothing new, but Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II took it a bit further by including the 'Ninja Rap' during a night club-based fight scene. It seems Vanilla Ice is such a consummate professional, he'll keep performing even when sewer-dwelling monsters are battling it out in front of him.
Michael Jackson - Men In Black II
Let's keep it musical for a second. Michael Jackson might be best known for his musical career, but he also has quite a few movie titles under his belt, including a short cameo in 2002's Men In Black II. He might only be on screen for about 10 seconds, but we still get to see a joke suggesting MJ is an alien from another world - as you'd expect.
George Lucas - Beverly Hills Cop 3
I know a lot of people aren't fans of George Lucas' directing, but just be glad he's not an actor. George Lucas appeared in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo in 1994's Beverly Hills Cop 3, and despite his incredibly simple role, Lucas still managed to ruin the scene with some awful acting.
What do you think of Howard the Duck in Guardians of the Galaxy?