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.
In addition to The Collector's quick appearance in Infinity War, Benicio del Toro also has a role in the ride Guardians of the Galaxy -- Mission: BREAKOUT! And it's an appearance that's been garnering all sorts of NSFW comments from park patrons. Some choices include (in del Toro's own words),
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.
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.
The Collector was a supporting role in Guardians 1, but still 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.
As a smaller role in Guardians of the Galaxy, 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.
Of course, The Collector's short scene in Infinity War 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.
The Collector's future in the MCU is still 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.