BENICIO DEL TORO
Film: Thor: The Dark World
What happens? There you are, merrily watching the Thor sequel and just about supressing the urge to question all this cosmic-alignment and aether stuff, when the mid-credits scene takes an abrupt left turn and we see Sif (Jamie Alexander) and Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) bring a small container holding the aether to a mysteriously-wigged figure played by Benicio del Toro. Who the heck is this guy? And what the heck is going on with his make-up?
WTF? That, of course, is Taneleer Tivan, The Collector, and del Toro’s character in James Gunn’s upcoming Guardians Of The Galaxy, Marvel’s barmy space-opera adventure. The Collector is an Elder of the galaxy and about 3 billion years old, and occupies his days collecting (hence the name) objects of particular significance. The film features the same interestingly-hued aliens that you see briefly here, and stars a talking raccoon and talking tree with a one-phrase vocabulary, so it’s a risk to say the least, but it also looks like bags of fun, and del Toro’s weird little cameo here just made us more intrigued.
The lesson: Remember to stay through the credits of a Marvel movie.
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