Without a doubt, Javier Bardem would have given a spectacular performance in one of the Avengers Infinity war as one of the villains from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he was given a somewhat more challenging part to play: that of a huge space nerd.
Taneleer Tivan, aka the Collector from Infinity wars, Avengers
The Asgardians decided to entrust the Collector, with the crimson Aether, or Reality Stone, in the post-credits sequence of “Thor: The Dark World,” which may have been a mistake. You wonder exactly how many of the artefacts in the Collector’s collection suddenly appeared on his doorstep with very little effort on his side. The Guardians of the Galaxy later approached him with the intention of fencing another Infinity Stone (the purple Power Stone). The Infinity Stones appear to fall into his lap effortlessly.
The Collector was a key figure in the MCU since he was the first to convey the Infinity Stones’ history and nature in an understandable holographic PowerPoint presentation. But in “Avengers: Infinity War,” when Thanos visited the mining community of Knowhere to take the Reality Stone, his penchant for valuable, flashy artefacts came back to haunt him.
Once he had it, he used it to set up a deceptive trap for the Guardians of the Galaxy by presenting them with a version of events in which he hadn’t yet acquired the stone and was still torturing the Collector to learn more about it. When the illusion vanished, it became clear that the Collector’s collection had been completely destroyed and that his house had been set on fire and in ruins.
Although the real Collector was not present, things didn’t seem to be going well for him. Taneleer Tivan and his dramatic gestures are still alive somewhere, which is good news that “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special” has confirmed.
The Guardians take advantage of their holiday special to set the stage for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” by posing for tourist photos, visiting a club, and engaging in some light human trafficking. Nebula remarks, “Ever since buying Knowhere from the Collector, we don’t have time for trivialities like Christmas,” after Kraglin recounts the tale of how Yondu stole Christmas.
There are no other specifics provided, but given the condition in which Knowhere was in following Thanos’ destruction of it in “Avengers: Infinity War,” it’s possible that a sequence describing the sale will appear in the upcoming “Guardians” sequel. The goats from “Thor: Love and Thunder” Toothgrinder and Toothgnasher were not present in the Holiday Special, so possibly the Guardians traded them for some Celestial real estate. The start of the Collector’s new collection would undoubtedly be memorable if it featured giant screaming goats.
The future of Javier Bardem’s eccentric character in the MCU is currently unknown. In “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” he might try to find Cosmo the Space Dog, or he might just show up to provide some more helpful context the next time a cosmic bauble is involved.
There are very few dialogue’s of the Collector and below are some of them:
“I don’t have to tell you what happened to the last attendant who disappointed me.” – Collector to Carina
“These stones, it seems, can only be brandished by beings of extraordinary strength. These carriers can use the stone to mow down entire civilizations like wheat in a field. Once, for a moment, a group was able to share the energy amongst themselves, but even they were quickly destroyed by it.” – Collector
Watch “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special” on Disney+.
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