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Since the release of Guardians of the Galaxy, the concept artists on the feature have been having a field day giving us regular behind-the-scenes peeks at what the movie could have looked like. We've seen alternate designs for practically every main character at this point, from Drax to Rocket to Nebula to Gamora. But today we have a special treat: a special early design of the character featured in the final post credits scene.
This artwork comes to us directly from the Facebook page of Ryan Meinerding, one of the incredibly talented artists employed at Marvel Studios (you might recognize his name from the epic Avengers: Age of Ultron concept art that was released back during San Diego Comic-Con). It was apparently his job to help create the look of the new big screen Howard The Duck for Guardians of the Galaxy, and you can see what he came up with below:
Now, just for comparison sake, let's take a look at how Howard The Duck actually appeared in the Guardians of the Galaxy end credits:
Up until this point, most of the Guardians of the Galaxy concept art that has been posted has featured some striking differences compared to what was eventually put up on screen, but in this case it seems that the digital effects artists absolutely loved Meinerding's work and basically rendered exactly what he drew. The eyes do appear to be a little different, and Howard's feathers are a bit more ruffled, but otherwise they're practically identical. And we can all be happy that he ended up looking nothing like this:
As I've mentioned before, I truly hope that this isn't the end of Howard The Duck's run in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I'm not necessarily asking for a full-on feature film, but would it be too much to ask to give him an expanded role in something like Guardians of the Galaxy 2? He shouldn't be the one killing Thanos, but it would be neat to see him somehow get involved with the misadventures of Star-Lord and his pals as they fly through space.