James Gunn On Infinity Gems And 'The Collector's' Museum In GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Spoiler warning! The director of Guardians of the Galaxy gushes about developing the sequence involving Infinity Stones, as well as The Collector and his Easter egg-filled collection. Check it out!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 8/3/2014


After the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) makes a brief appearance, Guardians of the Galaxy reveals another big connection to the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe at the beginning of its second act. When Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, and Groot visit The Collector (Benicio Del Toro) inside his Easter egg-filled museum, they find out not only the true power of the Orb they possess, but also that the gem is just one of six highly-coveted Infinity Stones. While two of the gems have already been showcased in Marvel Studios' previous movies (the Tesseract in The Avengers and the Aether in Thor: The Dark World), none of Earth's mightiest heroes are yet aware of the great danger that will come if/when a certain someone was to collect all six stones and form a certain gauntlet.

"These are people that see a little bit more of the big picture because that's where they are, I guess," says director James Gunn to HitFix of the Guardians. "On Earth, these other guys, The Avengers, they're not quite tuned in to the bigger picture. They only see a little tiny piece of it. They're holding the ear of the elephant in the dark room. The Collector is… he's got all the lights on." During an interview with The Playlist, Gunn gushed about creating the Infinity Gems and how much he brought to Guardians of the Galaxy versus what Marvel dictated. "We talked early on about having Thanos in the movie, which, believe me I was excited to have Thanos in the movie because a) I love Thanos and b) I want people who have seen The Avengers to go see this because we're connected to it," he said. "There was no fight from me having Thanos in the movie. But for me, I wrote a group of characters with the plot points I wanted to write and the stuff that's connected to the rest of the Marvel universe was very exciting for me to be a part of. To just sit down and create what the Infinity Gems are, I got to sit down and add to the overall Marvel universe and build up the Marvel universe, because I got to create that. And that was very exciting to me." Regarding which gem from the comics does the Orb represent in Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn took to Twitter to confirm it is the Power Stone. Given the Aether is the Reality Stone, and the Tesseract is the Space Gem, that leaves the Mind, Time, and Soul Gems to be explored. Which could be in the Guardians sequel and/or The Avengers 3.


Anyhow, back to The Collector, aka Taneleer Tivan, James Gunn also revealed that he had the most fun on Guardians of the Galaxy doing the scenes involving the character's museum, which featured Cosmo the space dog and, of course, Howard the Duck. "I was a big Howard the Duck fan when I was a kid; the comics, not the movie," he told Speakeasy. Meanwhile, the director also acknowledged that a Chitauri and a Dark Elf are also in The Collector's collection. When Slash Film asked if all these things are teases for the future, James Gunn said, "Yeah, I mean, there’s a lot of stuff in the Collector’s Museum. And for me, it was mostly just really fun. As a Marvel fan, giving the actual fans something that they can freeze frame on their Blu-Ray at home and just kind of pick out everything that’s in there. So there are, I mean, seriously all those boxes have something interesting in them, so it’s pretty fun." Also, Kevin Feige reveals that there is a nod to James Gunn's Slither movie in the museum, which many haven't noticed. What do you think?



Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand - with the galaxy’s fate in the balance. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is presented by Marvel Studios and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gilian, Djimon Hounsou with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Commander Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the film opens August 1, 2014
Source: Hitfix, The Playlist, Speakeasy, Slash Film
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DrKinsolving - 8/3/2014, 1:56 PM
rockerdude22 - 8/3/2014, 2:02 PM
I have a feeling that Cosmo will be playing a role in the sequel.
BANE5000 - 8/3/2014, 2:04 PM
I saw the chitauri warrior , the Dark Elf and what looked to be Beta Ray Bill with his red cape and his back turned to the glass :D

What else did anyone notice in the museum?
StarYeezus - 8/3/2014, 2:05 PM
Can't stop, won't stop. Uh-uh.

TopCat89 - 8/3/2014, 2:10 PM
A cool bonus feature to have (hope to have) on the blu-ray release would be a walkthrough of 'The Collector's' collection....
TheRationalNerd - 8/3/2014, 2:14 PM
So how many gems do we have left now?

Space -Guardians of the Galaxy
Mind - Avengers
Soul - (I'm guessing Doctor Strange)
Reality - (I'm guessing Avengers 3)
Time - (I've read a spoiler-ish rumor but I don't want to say.) I hope it's not true. :(
Power - Thor: The Dark World
Starfox - 8/3/2014, 2:14 PM
"I will bathe the starways in your blood" - Thanos
TheRationalNerd - 8/3/2014, 2:15 PM
I caught the Howard the Duck cameo before the end credits scene. You could see him above it one of the top cages before the guardians came into the shot.
SwagInScience - 8/3/2014, 2:15 PM
I saw a poor, lonely dark elf as soon as they walked into the museum.
TheRationalNerd - 8/3/2014, 2:15 PM
*stones*
DCMarvelFreshman - 8/3/2014, 2:16 PM
@COREYxYEROC Rewrite the article? No? I know and mention in the article that they are also called stones. We, the fans, know they are also called gems. Same goes for the Tesseract, which fans know as the Cosmic Cube. I appreciate the concern though:-)
DCMarvelFreshman - 8/3/2014, 2:17 PM
Even James Gunn says Infinity GEMS.
StarYeezus - 8/3/2014, 2:18 PM
The confirmed stones are:

Space - Avengers
Reality - Thor: TDW
Power - GOTG
TopCat89 - 8/3/2014, 2:19 PM
@TheRationalNerd

I'm guessing Cap for time....left out from your list?
TheRationalNerd - 8/3/2014, 2:19 PM
@COREYxYEROC

Well I won't say because I hate giving away spoilers but if you want to read at your own risk I read it over on the twitter users page that claims he has inside scoops on the MCU. Now, before you go check it out I will say that users here have told me the guy was full of BS but I believe he was right about some of the Winter Soldier spoilers. I forget his name but I think it starts with a D?
HarrowingGreen - 8/3/2014, 2:19 PM
@TheRationalNerd

I think the Cosmic Cube is the space one, it opened a portal with carried people through from other realms.

When Thor 2 came out, I thought the aether was power since it was red, but Gotg makes it seem like the purple gem is power.

I think the aether is reality. it is constantly shifting, and scarlet witch's reality powers also manifest in red. And what Malekith wanted to use the aether for was to put the universes reality back into one of darkness
TheRationalNerd - 8/3/2014, 2:20 PM
*Hate giving away spoilers/rumors (in case they are true)*
CaptainObvious - 8/3/2014, 2:21 PM
I don't see the point in calling them Infinity Stones. Gems sound cooler.
TheRationalNerd - 8/3/2014, 2:21 PM
@HarrowingGreen

I'm so confused now! lol xD I was just going based on the colors. Lmboo
AlexanderLykins - 8/3/2014, 2:21 PM
I feel like my comment continues falling on deaf ears but here I go again. Apparently the cocoon we saw in the Thor: The Dark World post-credits scene was shown to have been opened or broken in the Guardians of the Galaxy post-credits scene. Can anyone confirm this?
AlexanderLykins - 8/3/2014, 2:22 PM
I want Cosmo to join the team and always be on the Milano.
ThePowerCosmic - 8/3/2014, 2:22 PM
I felt bad for that Dark Elf just sleeping in the cage. The Collector is a jerk! :)
MrMartinMarvel - 8/3/2014, 2:23 PM
I can't believe that Howard the Duck is actually in the MCU. Just say that to yourself… Howard the Duck is in the MCU… Howard the Duck is in the MCU… Howard…the mother[frick]ing Duck… is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
ThePowerCosmic - 8/3/2014, 2:23 PM
Alexander

I wish I could confirm that but I cannot.
AlexanderLykins - 8/3/2014, 2:24 PM
Also, the way The Collector and Groot/Rocket Raccoon interacted was hilarious.
BANE5000 - 8/3/2014, 2:25 PM
Anyone recognize the giant character in the scene when The Collector showed the Guardians who's used the stone before?...he was big, kind of metal/robotic looking and had like slits over his metal mask?
ThePowerCosmic - 8/3/2014, 2:27 PM
Alexander

I thought somebody posted a photo on this site a while back of the cocoon from the film but it still looked closed. I seem to remember it.
ComicsBornAndBred - 8/3/2014, 2:27 PM
Anyone notice the Celestials during the Collector's description of te Inifnity Stones/Gems?? Massive and epic, straight outta the comic books. They seemed to be housed in some kid of armor, like twy are in the comics. Remind me of the Old Gods in DC which they're the patterned off of I guess
ThePowerCosmic - 8/3/2014, 2:28 PM
BANE

That was an ancient Celestial of Marvel Lore, and a total fangasm scene!
ComicsBornAndBred - 8/3/2014, 2:29 PM
@BANE5000 that was a Celestial. Thy created mutants, deviants (what Thanos is), Eyerbals an Inhumans. They helped usher in the creation of the universe long ago. They were the powerful beings the Cillector mentioned who could wield the stones easily
AlexanderLykins - 8/3/2014, 2:29 PM
@BANE5000
I believe it was Arishem the Judge.
Jwe75 - 8/3/2014, 2:31 PM
I'm glad we are talking about Gems not Stones ;)

Tesseract = space
Loki's staff = Mind or Soul?
Thor 2 = Reality
GOTG = Power
Avengers age of Ultron = that scene where Stark is standig on "dead" Avengers group = Time?? Lets's see

How will Thanos get all the gems? Best way to see it = Thanos Quest movie :)


marvel72 - 8/3/2014, 2:32 PM
gunn release a list of everything in the collectors museum.
KingOnslaught - 8/3/2014, 2:33 PM
Trying to place the gems at this point is [frick]ing annoying
AlexanderLykins - 8/3/2014, 2:34 PM
@Jwe75
Especially considering the Infinity Stones we know about won't be easy to get. I'd imagine Thanos has to be getting impatient.
DrKinsolving - 8/3/2014, 2:34 PM
@StarYeezus

Haha, Marvel's like....


AlexanderLykins - 8/3/2014, 2:35 PM
@ThePowerCosmic
From the post-credits scene or from the actual movie?
ThePowerCosmic - 8/3/2014, 2:37 PM
Apparently the celestial in that scene was Eson the Searcher.
AlexanderLykins - 8/3/2014, 2:38 PM
@ThePowerCosmic
Yep, looks exactly like him.
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