Recently, there has been a theory going around about a possible Galactus connection in Guardians of the Galaxy that appears during the scene where Benicio del Toro's The Collector explains the history of the Infinity Stones to the Guardians. If true, this massive reveal would seemingly fit the bill for the fabled Easter egg that has long went undiscovered in that film, while also planting seeds for the World-Eater in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So has the Easter egg at last been found? Is it Galactus? Well, no. Writer and director James Gunn debunked the theory completely, responding:
And so the hunt continues. There is no Galactus connection or hint in the Collector scene in Guardians of the Galaxy. As far as Easter egg hunts go, James Gunn sets the difficulty to hard mode. You have to appreciate that he always takes to Twitter to engage with fans and confirm Easter eggs or debunk them. This reveal would certainly have been a major geek-out moment for fans, but at least now we know there's nothing there.
For anyone who isn't aware of it, the debunked theory basically goes like this. During the scene with The Collector, we see the history of universe and the Infinity Stones. The theory speculates that one of the planets seen is that of Taa, which just so happens to be the home of Galan. That name may not be familiar, but Galan is the humanoid who eventually becomes the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus. Galan lived on Taa during the sixth incarnation of the multiverse, and he is the sole survivor of that multiverse after the universe's renewal cycle. Galan merged with the essence of the Sentience of the Multiverse, surviving the renewal and becoming Galactus. The theory posits that the Sentience of the Multiverse is seen in The Collector's lecture, as well as some symbology that echoes the helmet of Galactus. You can check out the full theory in the video below.
It's a compelling theory, but alas, specious. Admittedly, any sort of Galactus presence in Guardians of the Galaxy might have been dicey considering that Disney does not currently own the rights to the character. Of course, that may soon change if the Disney-Fox deal goes through, and the MCU gains access to the Fox assets like the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. Then perhaps we can at last see the Destroyer of Worlds in all his magenta and crazy-helmeted glory. There are few characters with the potential to escalate the threat level in the MCU after Thanos, but Galactus is one of them.
James Gunn did mention on Twitter that the final Easter egg in Guardians of the Galaxy has been partially solved, but the full truth remains hidden. If no one is able to crack it, it could be a while until James Gunn reveals the answer. Then, of course, there is another super secret Easter egg in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 yet to be found. I'm guessing when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hits in 2020, there will be another masterfully hidden Easter egg, so fans have their work cut out for them. Because despite best efforts, these secrets are piling up.
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