Published On: Fri, Jun 26th, 2015

Benicio del Toro discusses returning as The Collector for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’

While promoting his upcoming romantic thriller Escobar: Paradise Lost, Benicio del Toro told IGN that he doesn’t know if he will be reprising his Guardians of the Galaxy role as Taneleer Tivan, the Collector, in the 2017 sequel.

“I would like to keep working on that character, though,” said Toro. “It was kind of like a cameo. I’d like to keep developing the character based on what’s written in the comic books. I’d like to see some different sides. I had a blast working with Gunn and the cast – but it’s not up to me.”

Writer/director James Gunn previously declaring that he will and The Collector has at least one of the Infinity Stones, so he’s certain to pop up again, at least in the two-part Avengers: Infinity War project.

Toro recounts how he sought direction from Marvel when he officially signed on.

“[In doing the research] I said, ‘please help me out,'” recalled the Oscar-winning actor. “Because there are big, thick volumes about the characters. So they did point me in the right direction. I learned a lot about the character. One of the most interesting things that I learned about him is the reasons that he’s collecting. He sees himself as putting together Noah’s Ark. He sees himself as having that responsibility. He’s collecting things, because eventually there’s going to be an apocalypse in the universe and he wants to get things to safety. That’s a really interesting aspect of the character.”

The GOTG cast is set to return: Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Vin Diesel (Groot), Sean Gunn (Kraglin), Michael Rooker (Yondu), Karen Gillan (Nebula), with Bradley Cooper (Rocket).

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 opens in theaters on May 5, 2017.

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