Just a few days ago, Hollywood was made aware of the casting of Ophelia Lovibond as The Collector’s aide in Guardians of the Galaxy. Then news of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey star Lee Pace being in final talks to star as the main villain in the film arose, it was easy to deduce that The Collector will in fact be the villain in Guardians of the Galaxy, not Thanos, which was previously assumed.
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It is currently rumored that The Collector will not be the primary villain in Guardians of the Galaxy, he will instead be second to Thanos, acting as his henchman. This is not that far-fetched, actually. The Collector, a near-immortal and one of the eldest beings in the universe, collected valuable artifacts found throughout the various realms. One of those artifacts was the Infinity Gauntlet, which can be found in the first Thor film in the Asgardian Vault. The Gauntlet holds six gems, each one possessing a different power; when all put together and one wears the Gauntlet, it gives the wearer control of all elements of the universe, thus posing a great threat to the realms. It is highly possible that Thanos and The Collector try to retake the Gauntlet from the Asgardians and use it to destroy Earth and the universe in The Avengers 2.