In Avengers: Infinity War we see Thanos using the Reality Stone to manipulate the scene in the Collector's establishment on Knowhere. While Gamora's initial impression was that The Collector was held captive after his interrogation, we then see the facade removed and all we see is desolation and destruction.

That leads me to ask what actually happened to The Collector? I know from within the source material both him and his brother (The Grandmaster) are nigh immortal beings.

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    Killed by Thanos, I presume. He's immortal but not invulnerable – Valorum Nov 18 '19 at 12:33
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    the Collector got..... collected ...... by Death! – Shreedhar Nov 21 '19 at 8:11

The film certainly implies that he is dead but we never see a body. However, according to the actor, Benicio del Toro, The Collector survives Avengers: Infinity War. As this is the actor though it is in no way official.

I think he's alive. Yeah... I think that, you know, I think he's alive. You're talking to him!

Cinema Blend, An Avengers: Infinity War Character Who Might Not Be Dead After All

However, in The Road To Marvel's Avengers Endgame - The Art Of The Marvel we also have some production stills for a deleted scene which shows Thanos and the Collector talking. It is then possible that Tivan wasn't killed but was "persuaded" into giving up the Reality Stone.

The still from the book

  • It seems unlikely that Thanos left him alive. His contempt is pretty evident. – Valorum Nov 18 '19 at 12:57
  • @Valorum Yeah I doubt he is alive, just saying it's possible he might be. – TheLethalCarrot Nov 18 '19 at 12:59

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