Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy took over the box office last weekend, delivering the biggest August opening ever, topping the previous title holder The Bourne Ultimatum but tens of millions of dollars. The film is full to bursting with references, nods, and Easter Eggs for fans to pour over—check out this video for a very thorough rundown. Some of these are just for fun, but others could have significant implications for the future of the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Be warned, there are possible SPOILERS in store for the already announced Guardians of the Galaxy 2, or other future Marvel movies.
Part of the fun of watching Guardians is looking for references packed into the script and lurking in damn near every frame. And no scene has more to sift through than when the crew comprised of Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) stop by the Collector’s pad.
Taneleer Tivan, played by Benico Del Toro, lives in Knowhere, a city located in the severed head of a giant celestial being floating in deep space. As his nickname indicates, he collects things, all kinds of things. Look in the background of this scene and you’ll notice a Dark Elf, like the villains in Thor: The Dark World, Howard the Duck, and many, many others items. There is even supposedly one of the slug creatures from director James Gunn’s earlier film Slither. One thing you may notice is a big, gross, yellowish cocoon thing. Those with keen eyes and memories will recognize this from the post-credits scene in The Dark World, where Lady Sif and Volstagg pay a visit to the Collector.
Some caught the attention of many comic book fans, because cocoons + space + Marvel may potentially equal Adam Warlock. It at least got people thinking that way. Talking to Empire Magazine, Gunn confirmed these suspicions. He says:
There are the slither creature from my movie Slither behind The Collector, those guys are pretty obvious…You have Adam Warlock’s cocoon, you have all sorts of other characters from Marvel movies
Warlock first appeared in 1967 and has played prominent roles in numerous franchises, including Thor, The Fantastic Four, and many others. What could that mean for future Guardians installments? We know that Thanos (Josh Brolin) is going to become the looming big bad for the next phase of the MCU. He’s after the Infinity Stones, which sounds suspiciously like we could be in for an adaptation, at least a loose one, of The Infinity Gauntlet, an arc that sees Thanos basically become the biggest, scariest badass in all of space. If this is the case, Warlock figures into that story in a big way. It could be a long way off, but now that Gunn has planted the seeds, this is something we have to consider moving forward.