Why Guardians Of The Galaxy's The Collector Is So Into Collecting Things

A brand new behind the scenes clip from Guardians of the Galaxy has been released online, and answers a question that surely many of you were wondering about after seeing the film: why is The Collector so into collecting?

One of the best parts of James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy was the sequence where the titular gang goes to visit The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) and try to sell The Orb. While his role as all too brief, the white haired weirdo is one of the strangest in the film, and left us asking all kinds of questions. Thankfully we won't need to wait until Guardians of the Galaxy 2 to get all of the answers we require, as a recently released clip from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Blu-ray has given us a response to one of the most pressing queries.

As you can see in this video - which is actually part of a much longer behind the scenes featurette that will be available on home video copies of Guardians of the Galaxy - The Collector can pretty aptly be described as the Marvel Cinematic Universe's version of Noah. Everything in his museum is being squirreled away just in case of some massively devastating event - which may or may not be coming very soon (Infinity War, anyone?) Of course, his methods are perhaps not as noble as his goals, as we've seen that he can be pretty rough on his employees and may or may not be hunting down all of the Infinity Stones.

So what exactly is The Collector keeping in his museum? As this featurette clip points out, there is a ton of stuff that Marvel and movie fans will geek out about. For example, did you spot Howard The Duck in the background before he wound up in the end credits?

Howard The Duck

There's also, of course, Cosmo, who winds up getting quite a bit of screentime too:

Cosmo The Spacedog

As a fun nod to his own personal filmography, director James Gunn also put in some of the disgusting alien slugs from his movie Slither:

Guardians of the Galaxy Slither

The collection also has some casual nods to the villains of previous Marvel Studios films, including a Dark Elf from Thor: The Dark World:

Dark Elves Guardians of the Galaxy

And a Chitauri from The Avengers:

Chitauri Guardians of the Galaxy

One of the more controversial items featured in The Collector's museum has been what appears to be Adam Warlock's cocoon. You can see it in the video above and screencapped below, but for the full backstory on how it ended up in the movie I would suggest heading HERE.

Adam Warlock Guardians of the Galaxy

You'll be able to watch even more behind the scenes material from Guardians of the Galaxy - not to mention watch the movie frame by frame - when the film hits Blu-ray and DVD on December 9th.

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