Which GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Character Is Basically Space Liberace?

James Gunn talks about how weird GUARDIANS could be. Spoilers ahead, for the sensitive.

This article contains the mildest of spoilers for Thor: The Dark World

James Gunn hit the red carpet for Thor: The Dark World this week and gave some interviews where he spilled the tiniest of beans on his upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, which just finished shooting. He talked about stuff like using lots of practical sets, but what interested me most was his talk about the mid-credits sting in Thor: The Dark World, which sets the stage for Guardians.

This is where the mild spoilers come in.

The sting reveals Benicio del Toro as The Collector and... it's a doozy. The character looks like something out of Star Trek, and I'm talking 1967 here, with a weird white wig and lipstick and a chintzy fur on his back. I mean, it's straight up STRANGE. And del Toro is giving a very over-the-top, broad performance; his first action is to do a complicated and silly bowing/hand-waving gesture to welcome visitors to his oddball warehouse. It turns out del Toro is playing The Collector even weirder than Gunn intended:

"We just kept watching him on set, being like, 'Oh my God.' He was probably the character who was most different from what I imagined. Although, I did say he's like an outer-space Liberace. That's what it says in the script, which he's kind of doing. He really came in prepared and doing something utterly unique, and he's mesmerizing the whole time he's in the movie."

I'm curious how well the sting in Thor represents the actual totality of Guardians. It looks a bit... cheap, but that's probably because the whole thing was essentially a rush job:

"I got the script that morning, and I did it in two hours at the end of a day of second unit shooting."

Remember, the tag for The Avengers at the end of Thor looked like ass as well. I'm not terribly concerned that this tag looks/plays weird, I'm very into del Toro's performance in it. We've always known that Guardians was going to be odd, but this is our first indication of how profoundly odd it might be.

I'm fucking psyched.