In amongst all the excitement over new cast members and rumors about the potential appearance of a certain parent of a certain main character (c'mon, just give us Kurt Russell as Star-Dad, Marvel, that's all we want), a new snippet of news has just come out of the [Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2](tag:1081113) camp.
But it's not regarding new cast members this time, it's about old faces that we won't be seeing again this time round. Director James Gunn confirmed a few days ago in a new Facebook Q&A that Guardians of the Galaxy actors John C. Reilly, who portrayed Corpsman Rhomann Dey, and Benicio del Toro, who portrayed Taneleer Tivan the Collector, will not return for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
We admit, we're a little disappointed to not be seeing more of the two — especially del Toro's wonderfully creepy Collector — but the fact that they're not returning does have further implications for a certain plot device in a certain cinematic universe.
The Power Stone
Both Dey and the Collector are linked to the big MacGuffin of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: the Infinity Stones.
At the conclusion of Guardians of the Galaxy, the Power Stone is left with Nova Prime Irani Rael (Glenn Close) on Xandar, under the protection of the Nova Corps, of which Dey is a member. So, currently Dey is one of the people tasked with protecting the Power Stone, which we know Thanos (Josh Brolin) will soon be coming after on the road to Infinity War.
The Reality Stone
If you stuck around to see the post-credits scene in Thor: The Dark World you'll remember that Sif (Jaime Alexander) and Volstagg (Ray Stevenson) delivered the Aether, otherwise known as the Reality Stone, to the Collector for safekeeping. This is all well and good — until his base is destroyed by the Power Stone during Guardians of the Galaxy.
While James Gunn has stated that the Collector has more than one base, the fact that the same cocoon was seen in his collection in both The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy makes it seem likely that this was the same base (unless of course he moved the Aether elsewhere).
None of this has been clarified yet, so we'll have to wait and see when it next appears, though it's current location is said to be Knowhere, still with the Collector. Regardless, it's sure to resurface soon as it will play a key role in the upcoming The Avengers: Infinity War. And what's going on with the Collector's own mission to take possession of all the Stones? Don't think we've forgotten about that.
Thanos Is Coming
There's currently no confirmation on whether or not Brolin will be appearing as Thanos in Guardians 2, but we do know that Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is set to appear in The Avengers: Infinity War, so the Guardians will be drawn into the coming conflict one way or another.
The fact that neither the Collector nor Rhomann Dey will be appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 does seem to suggest that we won't be seeing either the Power Stone or the Reality Stone appearing, but there are two stones unaccounted for still in the MCU.
We're still waiting to see the Soul Stone and Time Stone make an appearance. While it's looking like we'll be meeting one of them in Doctor Strange later this year, could one of them show up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?
'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' is set to release May 5, 2017.
Were you hoping to see the Collector return in 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2'?
Source: Den of Geek