Go Inside The Collector’s Lair In This Guardians Of The Galaxy Blu-Ray Feature
As Marvel’s space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy continues to roll through theaters worldwide, we’re preparing for the home release. The makeshift band of space outlaws-turned-heroes hits the digital market November 18, while it drops on DVD and Blu-ray on December 9. Over the last few days we’ve seen sneak peeks at various bonus features that will accompany these discs, and today we’ve got one more.
Taneleer Tivan, also known as the Collector, is an interesting character in the Marvel universe. With his fingers in a lot of storylines, he’s definitely not a hero, but he’s not exactly a villain either. In front of a coming catastrophe, he collects everything he can get his hands on in order to preserve them. Benicio Del Toro, who plays him onscreen, compares him to Noah, ultimately with an altruistic end, though with means that may be less than ethical on occasion.
This new feature from IGN, “Secrets of the Collector’s Lair,” explores his museum in a more depth. This section is full of Easter Eggs for fans, of comics and other assorted weirdness as well. You have Cosmo the psychic space dog, dark elves, frost giants, maybe Adam Warlock’s cocoon, and even the slugs from director James Gunn’s earlier film Slither. There’s a lot to explore here, and while some of these items are just for fun, others could have a big impact on the MCU moving forward.
While we’ll likely be seeing the Collector pop up from time to time as Marvel’s Phase 3 moves further out into deep space, we came close to seeing more of him in Guardians of the Galaxy. Talking to /Film, Gunn revealed pieces of an alternate ending that were ultimately excised from the movie. He says:
There are three characters that got cut out [of the “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” montage]: Nebula, the Collector and Grandpa Quill. Nebula and Collector we decided, at a certain point, they’re kind of bad guys in the first movie. It was a real joyous experience with that finale so we thought we’d keep it to the characters that were part of ‘the good team.’ Which includes Yondu. He did fight on the good guys side. So we thought we would keep it to them.
That makes sense, the Collector is not exactly a joyous character, and doesn’t seem like much of a dancer. And in the end, the post-credits scene where he shows up again is far more fitting, not to mention damn near perfect.
It would have been cool to see Grandpa Quill (Gregg Henry) get some more screen time, and it could have brought thing full circle as far as the narrative goes. Gunn says:
Grandpa Quill we cut because he was in old age make up and we were a little afraid people wouldn’t recognize that it was him from the beginning of the movie. And also, it was a pretty sad moment. It was Grandpa Quill and he has this photograph of Meredith and Peter as a little boy and he looks up at the stars and we go up to the stars and it was really sweet. It means that he must have seen Quill getting abducted at the end of that day and is still waiting for him to return but it was freaking sad so we took it out.
Again, that’s probably for the best. For such a fun, happy moment, that would likely have brought the mood way down, and that’s not necessarily how you want to leave things.
I do wish there was more Nebula, however, and it sounds like Gunn kind of does too. He says:
Nebula’s was actually my favorite. Nebula’s I really liked a lot because she’s lost her arm and she’s just pissed off and she’s just walking through this field all pissed off with a busted Ravager vehicle behind her. And she’s just pissed off and I loved it.
Despite her anger, that could have been a fun moment that wouldn’t necessarily have clashed with the feel of the scene. But, in the end, even with all of these options, it’s hard to argue with what they included in the movie.