The Collector is in! On the heels of rumors that he would appear in “Avengers: Infinity War,” Benicio del Toro was spotted in Atlanta, near where the movie is filming.
Del Toro was spotted at local Atlanta record store Criminal Records, as shown by a quick selfie posted to the store’s Instagram page. Since “Avengers: Infinity War” is currently filming in Atlanta, this seems to suggest that The Collector — del Toro’s character in “Guardians of the Galaxy” — will appear in the movie.
It’s worth noting that “Black Panther” is also currently filming in this location, though it seems unlikely that del Toro’s Collector will show up there. Additionally, no one has confirmed that del Toro has been on set and Marvel has not announced the Collector’s involvement in the film.
In a recent Instagram live stream, Josh Brolin — who plays Thanos — let it slip that he and del Toro had scenes together in the upcoming feature. Unfortunately, the live stream is no longer available, but this sighting backs up what Brolin initially revealed.
Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), “Avengers: Infinity War” is expected to be the culmination of the subplots involving Brolin’s Thanos and the Infinity Stones that have been threaded through many of the Marvel films for years. Directed Joe and Anthony Russo (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War”), the film arrives May 4, 2018, followed by an as-yet-untitled sequel on May 3, 2019. The sprawling ensemble cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Pratt, Jeremy Renner, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brie Larson, among others.
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