Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Marvel’s What If …? section 2.
The second section of Marvel’s What If …? stated his version of Collector defeated several MCU heroes and villains and added their weapons, armor and artifacts to his collection. This was teased through a series of Easter eggs sprinkled throughout the episode and the final battle between Taneleer Tivan and T’Challa.
The episode titled “What If … T’Challa Became A Star-Lord ?,” took place in a reality where the King of Wakanda and the current Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) were abducted by the Ravagers as a child instead of Peter Quill. This lead to T’Challa takes the title Star-Lord and transform the Ravagers into a group of noble thieves who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. T’Challa’s nobility also led to the redemption of Thanos (Josh Brolin) and Nebula (Karen Gillan), who recruited T’Challa and his team to help her pull a large lift from the collector (Benicio, the bull) and steal Genesis Embers.
Aside from a suggestion that this universe was eventually destroyed by Ego, the living planet (Kurt Russell), reality was presented in this episode of Marvel’s What If …? seemed to be a better place for most people in the universe since Thanos was spoken out of his pursuit of Infinity Gems in this timeline. However, while Yondu (Michael Rooker) may have survived and The mist had long, silky hair and avoiding the torture that defined her life in the sacred timeline, there were subtle hints that not everyone was quite so lucky. Here’s a breakdown of every hero and villain who apparently ran on edge with the Collector What if…? section 2.
Howard the Duck (Seth Green) just can not take a break no matter what reality he is in. As in the regular MCU, Howard ended up as a permanent guest at Collector after an unspecified incident before Star-Lord released malcontent mallard and recruited him as a tour guide through Collector’s warehouse. Unfortunately, captivity seemed to fit this version of Howard and just fine as he quickly enough gave up his quest for freedom when he once gained access to a bar during Happy Hour and left Star-Lord to continue the hunt for Genesis Embers without him.
A famous figure could be seen in one of the showcases behind Howard the Duck as he stopped to get his drink on. It seems that Groot (Vin Diesel) somehow ended up as part of the decor in the bar that was contained in the collector’s residence. There is no indication of whether the figure is alive or dead, but it is disturbing to think of the gentle giant in any case.
The Grand Master
IN the comics, the Grand Master (Jeff Goldblum) and Collector are close friends, where the former is as obsessed with games as the latter is with hoarding rarities. The two characters have similar roles in MCU, but there was nothing to indicate a relationship between them in any Marvel Studios production. But in reality of What if…? episode 2, the grandmaster’s personal leisure spaceship, The Commodore, is visible among the many spaceships Collector claimed as trophies, suggesting a fall between the two friends.
When the Collector first attacked T’Challa, he armed himself (no pun intended) with a bar of stone that filled quite a bit. Unable to stop bragging about his collection even though he was struggling, the collector explained that he had hacked the stone fist of a “terribly talkative Kronan. ” This seems to be a clear nod to Basket (Taika Waititi) from Thor: Ragnarok and a clear indicator that Korg is no longer among the living, though there is a chance he may still be alive and disarmed.
Thor and Captain America
As the fight continued, the Collector summoned a portable weapon stand that contained a number of interesting instruments of violence. One of the more prominent items on this stand was Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir. This raises the question of how the collector was able to place Mjölnir on the stand, as only the worthy are supposed to be able to lift the hammer, much less use it in battle. Then again, anyone who could kill Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and claim Mjölnir as his own would probably qualify as worthy. That shield of Captain America (Chris Evans) was also shown on the same stand, suggesting that this version of Collector fought the Avengers and won.
After summoning his weapon stand, the collector armed himself with a dagger forged in dark fabric, which he said he personally took from “the ruler of Dark Elves. “This was a clear reference to the main villain of Thor: The Dark World, Malekith (Christopher Eccleston) and a sign that this version of the Collector may have fought the Dark Elf King and claimed Reality Stone for himself in this timeline. But he got the dagger, it turned out to be powerful enough to crack Korg’s skin.
Loki and Doctor Strange
The grate also contained a stiletto-style dagger that resembled the knives preferred Loki, God of Accident (Tom Hiddleston). As the display panel rotated to reveal another room, a golden amulet was revealed to be strung up under Captain America’s shield. Although its design is indistinct within the few seconds it is visible, it resembles the Eye of Agamotto used by Doctor Strange. Given Collector’s interest in the Infinity Stones, it seems likely that he might have approached the Sorcerer Supreme to claim Time Stone and kept what was left of the amulet as a trophy in their battle.
The collector closed his match with T’Challa in Marvel’s What If …? by wearing a familiar headgear. He boasted to T’Challa that it had once belonged to the Asgardian god of death, Hela (Cate Blanchett), who had “exquisite taste. The helmet also allowed him to summon a Necrosword, Hela’s signature weapon, which she used to drain the power from her enemies. kill him directly.
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