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It looks like everyone from Guardians of the Galaxy is going to be returning for the sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. In addition to the eponymous Guardians, we knew that Yondu (Michael Rooker) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) were also coming back, which in addition to writer-director James Gunn confirming their return, made sense. They had grudges with Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Gamora (Zoe Saldana), respectively, and Gunn could pick that up.

A larger question was whether or not Benicio del Toro would return to play Taneleer Tivan, The Collector. The character seemed to serve his purpose already, which was to act as a bridge between Thor: The Dark World and Guardians, and then provide a large swath of exposition regarding Infinity Stones. Aside from being an entertaining character, what greater narrative purpose could he serve? Is he still after the Infinity Stones? We know that Thanos is the big bad of the MCU, so why feel threatened by The Collector?

Whatever The Collector’s plan, Gunn hasn’t forgotten about him. Saldana confirmed del Toro’s casting on her husband’s Facebook page [via Latino-Review] in a video where she praised Sicario and the actor’s performance in the film. LR provided the Spanish-English translation of Saldana’s comments: “I’ll see you on Guardians!”

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