Marvel Studios has a packed slate of upcoming movies, and though they operate on a completely expected level of secrecy, the cast and filmmakers are generally chatty and open about the directions of the stories and the characters' motivations. Joss Whedon has given us, among other updates, an explanation for the casting of James Spader as the evil robot Ultron in The Avengers sequel, and Michael Rooker has shared his excitement about his role as the blue-skinned alien hunter Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Another Guardians star - Benicio Del Toro - recently talked about his much-anticipated role as well, that of the immortal "Elder of the Universe" known as The Collector.
Del Toro was recently in France to promote his French-made film Jimmy P. (also known as Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) and spoke to French magazine Les Inrockuptibles about The Collector. Here's what he had to say (via CBM):
"When someone calls you and says ‘I need you in my movie,' it’s exciting. I like comic book movies, and it’s totally new for me. My character is The Collector. I’ve never heard of him so I just started [to research] about him...
"A blockbuster can be really tiring to do, but it’s fun to shoot one occasionally. You have many people around you who bombard you with [a lot of] information… You cannot go wrong."
These comments echo Rooker's, but also seem to contradict them. GoTG director James Gunn had, according to Rooker, told him not to read any of the comic books. It sounds like Del Toro has been researching his character. And if he's not being discouraged from doing so, it could indicate that Gunn may have different ways of approaching each character.
Del Toro went on to discuss how his character's motivation may be withheld at times: