Posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Peter Sciretta
Inside The Collector’s Museum
There are a ton of Marvel comic book and movie references to be found inside the containers in The Collector’s museum. Director James Gunn told us in July:
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.
Marvel head Kevin Feige explained to us how they chose which easter eggs to hide:
It’s the scene that was, you know, that we always wanted to do. The Collector. And we wanted to use him the way we use him in there. But as it came time to fill all those things, it became crazy, crazy potential.
Here are a few that have been confirmed:
Cosmo the Space Dog: A former test animal of the Soviet Space Program, Cosmo was launched into Earth’s orbit as part of an experiment but he drifted off into space, where he became mutated and gained powers of a telepathy and telekinesis. He came to serve as Knowhere’s security chief, and a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. In the movie, Cosmo the Space Dog (played by Fred the Dog) escapes the destruction of the Collector’s Museum and is likely roaming around Knowhere. The end credits scene features Cosmo licking the face of The Collector before he runs off. So if the Guardians set up shop in the celestial head, they could eventually adopt a new four legged member of the crew.
Howard the Duck: Blink and you’ll miss him during the movie — Howard The Duck can be seen sitting in a cage hanging from the ceiling of The Collector’s museum. But if you stick around until the end of the credits you will get to see and hear the forgotten Marvel character up close talking to the Collector in his destroyed lab.
Director James Gunn reveals how the end of credits stinger happened when talking to Empire Magazine:
“I think it was some combination of me and the editor Fred Raskin who said, ‘Let’s put Howard The Duck in there. What if The Collector looks over and sees Howard The Duck sitting there?’ And I wrote down the line, ‘Whaddya let it lick you like that for? Gross.’ Fred and I thought it was hilarious, but we weren’t sure that (Head of Marvel Studios) Kevin Feige would go for it. But we told Kevin and Kevin couldn’t stop laughing, so that’s how it came about.”
But could Marvel be setting up a Howard the Duck movie? Gunn dismisses it, but admits anything is possible:
“I’ll be honest with you, I was just talking about it with my assistant right now,” laughs Gunn. “It’s possible Howard could reappear as more of a character in the Marvel Universe. But if people think that’s going to lead to a Howard The Duck movie, that’s probably not going to happen in the next four years. Who knows after that?”
Marvel head Kevin Feige talked briefly to CBR about the cameo:
[Laughs] I think it would be fun to lay claim to Howard and to remind people that he’s more than just a pseudonym for film failure. And that he is a Marvel character. That would be fun. And no legal wrangling over pants with Disney this time! No. I wasn’t even aware of all that stuff until recently!
Ain’t It Cool News was able to confirm that Seth Green was the voice of Howard the Duck in the post-credits stinger. Howard The Duck was actually the first Marvel character to have a theatrical feature film. The infamous 1986 film was produced by George Lucas. Also of Note: Marvel recently made a bunch of the Howard the Duck comics available online.
A Dark Elf: The Collector’s assistant is seen cleaning the cage of a dark elf, an ancient race believed to be completely eradicated by the Asgardians many years ago. We saw the Dark Elfs in Thor: The Dark World. Is it possible that Sif and Volstagg dropped him off while they were delivering the Aether? Gunn has revealed that the dark elf is played by Doug Robson, one of our stunt guys.
A Chitauri Soldier: A Chitauri soldier is seen in one of the cages. You remember the Chitauri as the alien invaders who attacked earth in the battle of New York in The Avengers. There is no indication if this Chitauri was involved in the Earth battle or if he was acquired elsewhere in the galaxy.
The Tesseract aka The Cosmic Cube: You may remember that in the credits scene of Thor: The Dark World, Sif and Volstagg visit The Collector and hand him the Aether, because they don’t feel comfortable having two infinity stones so close together on Asgard. Of course, the reveal was that The Tesseract/Cosmic Cube is the other infinity stone, for now “safe” in the Asgardian safe. So, while the Tesseract isn’t actually in The Collector’s museum, in Guardians of the Galaxy a holographic image of it can be seen when the Collector is giving Peter Quill and Gamora his lesson on the history of the Infinity Stones, along with the Aether (which is in the museum somewhere).
A Cocoon, But Whose?
One of the Collector’s treasures, more visible in the Thor: The Dark World end credits sequence (screencaped above), shows a container with a large cocoon. Fans noticed that the strange cacoon looks like the cocoon from the comics which housed Adam Warlock, seen below:
Director James Gunn has since confirmed that it is Adam Warlock’s cocoon.
Adam Warlock made his Marvel comics debut in Fantastic Four #66 (published September 1967) in cocoon form. Warlock is an artificially created being designed by researchers at a complex known as the “Beehive”. One of his special abilities allows him to spin a regenerative cocoon around him at will in a matter of seconds. When questioned about the possibility of a Nova or Adam Warlock solo films, Marvel head Kevin told MoviePilot that they could appear in the sequel:
I think if Guardians works the way we certainly hope it works, that would probably be the franchise to meet a lot of those people. That would be our entrance into numerous other cosmic folk. If we spin those out into individual movies, that’s a question for down the line. But I think we would see those kinds of characters in a future Guardians movie.
So Adam Warlock also likely escaped the destruction of the Collector’s musuem, and if the Marvel comic books are used for source material, Warlock could be around for the already mentioned Infinity Gauntlet storyline the whole cosmic second and third phases seems to be leading up to.
Beta-Ray Bill? A bunch of comic book fans believe they have spotted Beta-Ray Bill in the pan shot of The Collector’s Museum. Described as “some kind of brownish figure with a red cape behind glass” to the right of the Collector. We can’t confirm this appearance, although many people believe they saw the horse-headed alien in the museum. Created by writer-artist Walt Simonson, Beta Ray Bill first appeared in Thor #337 (published November 1983). He belongs to an alien belonging to a race known as the Korbinites, and is the first “being outside of the Marvel Universe’s Norse pantheon to be deemed worthy enough to wield Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir.”
Space Slug From Slither: And there are even some fun references from outside of the Marvel universe hidden in this scene, including a space slug from James Gunn’s horror film Slither, confirmed by Kevin Feige.
The Collector’s Museum is left in ruins at the conclusion of Guardians of the Galaxy, but director James Gunn hints that we might see more of that character and his many treasures in future Marvel films like the announced 2017 sequel.
“I will say that is probably not the Collector’s only museum,” he said. “I think he probably has other spaces in which he keeps his incredibly vast selection. That’s just his Knowhere wing [in the movie].”
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