Sneak Peek Oscar-winning actor Benicio Del Toro ("Traffic") as Marvel Comics' character 'Taneleer Tivan' aka 'The Collector', appearing in Marvel Studios' "Guardians Of The Galaxy":
'The Collector' debuted in Marvel Comics' "Avengers" #28 (May 1966), created by Stan Lee and Don Heck.
'Taneleer Tivan' is one of the alien Elders of the Universe and is close to his fellow 'Elder En Dwi Gast' (aka 'Grandmaster'. He apparently came to self-awareness billions of years ago, on the planet 'Cygnus X-1', as a powerful being who wielded the 'Power Primordial' and, though at first he took the appearance of an old human, his true form is a powerful alien.
"...for millions of years, the 'Collector' lived on an unknown world with his wife and child, spending his days in thought and contemplation.
"Over three billion years ago, when his wife 'Matani' lost the will to live and relinquished her immortality, the Collector realized he would need a hobby to maintain his own sanity, and began collecting interesting artifacts and life forms from around the universe.
"Eventually, his obsession reached such heights he collected anything he considered rare or valuable often just for the sake of collecting.
"The Collector also had the power of prophecy, allowing him to foresee the rise of a being powerful enough to pose a threat to the Elders: 'Thanos'. To protect life in the universe, the Collector created a massive museum of countless life forms to keep them safe from Thanos. For a time, he even possessed one of the six 'Infinity Gems', unaware of its true power, until Thanos took it.
"The Collector possesses the ability to manipulate cosmic energy for a variety of effects, including projecting concussive force beams, and the increasing of his size and mass (and hence physical strength) at will. He also possesses limited shape-changing abilities. His precognitive abilities give him brief visions of alternate future, although he must meditate for long periods to identify the individuals he sees in the vision and its apparent point in time.
"His armored battle-suit is made of the alien metal 'etherion' that amplifies the wearer's strength to superhuman levels and has jets permitting flight. He uses various weapons from many time periods and different worlds..."
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