While it's been established that James Gunn is great friends with Joss Whedon, the idea of an Avengers-related post credits scene in [Marvel](channel:932254)'s [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) is out of this world, now that we've all seen it. Still, stories from production keep pouring out, and today is was revealed that this was exactly the case at first.
According to Gunn himself, the original plan didn't include a duck or a dog at all:
I thought we were going to have an end credits sequence from like Avengers, ok. We never got it. Cap 2 stole it from us. But that’s fine. We didn’t really have any relationship to the Avengers anyway, so it makes sense that we didn’t get it.
The scene, instead, kept it within the "Cosmic Universe" of Marvel's cinematic endeavors, one that Gunn has explicitly stated he'll be working exclusively in for future Marvel projects.
Gunn goes on to detail how the original scene played out - with Cosmo taking over Howard the Duck's snarky lines.
"We were trying to cut footage together that we already had to create an ending,” explained Gunn. “And I thought about having Cosmo talk or do something like that. And then Fred Raskin, our editor, said, ‘It’s kind of like Benicio looks over at this box for a minute. We could probably cut something into that.’ And that’s when we came up… and I honestly can’t remember if it was me or Fred… when we came up with putting Howard the Duck in the box."
Seth Green's awesome cameo in the MCU was a fluke? Let's hope it doesn't stay that way for future installments - seeing Howard the Duck pop up every once in a while within the costume universe could be pretty fun.
What would an Avengers post-credits scene be like, anyway? It could have alluded to [Ant-Man](movie:9048), [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035), or even the earliest signs of [The Inhumans](movie:910490), given that they're now taking the spotlight on [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](series:722469).