Despite being released back in April, the events of Avengers: Infinity War are still being felt. The Russo Brothers crafted an emotionally driven blockbuster that somehow utilized almost every major character in the MCU. This even includes Benicio del Toro’s Collector from James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, who briefly appeared in the film’s second act.
Of course, The Collector’s short scene wasn’t actually the character, but an illusion created by Thanos and the power of the Reality Stone. It turns out that his lair was all but destroyed, with fans wondering if Thanos and his followers might have killed The Collector when accruing the stone. Or, if he died in the finger snap of death. But here’s what Benicio del Toro recently said:
Well, that seems pretty cut and dry. While not giving anything concrete away, Benicio del Toro seems pretty secure about the fate of his MCU character. As for when we might see him return to the shared universe, it’s anyone’s guess.
Benicio del Toro’s comments come from his recent appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where the actor discussed his role as The Collector in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While he was a supporting role in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, del Toro’s Marvel involvement isn’t quite as intense as his co-stars like Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Zoe Saldana. But as a protector of one of the Infinity Stones, The Collector has become an important part of the overall lore.
In fact, The Collector has even made his way to theme parks, as Disneyland’s Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT! ride is actually set within The Collector’s lair. As such, Benicio del Toro is part of the ride– further cementing his role in the MCU. And after briefly appearing in Infinity War, comic book fans are eager to see if/when the eccentric cosmic character pops back up.
In his same conversation with Jimmy Fallon, Benicio del Toro joked about his role in Mission: BREAKOUT!, especially all the NSFW comments that park patrons have thrown his way. Some choices include,
Such crass language for the happiest place on Earth! Still, part of me thinks the Guardians of the Galaxy like Star-Lord and Rocket wouldn’t want it any other way.
The Collector’s future in the MCU is a complete mystery, as the studio is keeping the contents of Avengers 4 under wraps. Furthermore, it’s unclear how/if the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise will continue. The threequel is on indefinite hold, as James Gunn was fired by Disney after controversial comments from a decade go resurfaced on Twitter.
More answers should come when Avengers 4 arrives in theaters on May 3rd, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.