After the events of the convergence, the Asgardians entrusted the Collector with the Aether, as they believed it would be too dangerous for there to be two Infinity Stones (the other being theTesseract) in Asgard. Tivan assured Sif and Volstagg that the Aether would be safe with him. As the two Asgardians departed, Tivan remarked that they have five more stones to gather.
Later the Collector hired Gamora to acquire the Orb for him. Gamora, accompanied by Peter Quill, Rocket, and Groot later returned with the Orb. As he began to open it, he revealed the history of the Infinity Stones, six singularities that existed before the dawn of creation. The stone contained within the Orb can only be held by beings of immense power, such as the Celestials. As he turns to give the group their pay, Carina attempts to handle the stone to free herself from her servitude, causing an explosion that destroyed Tivan's collection. Gamora then reclaimed the Orb, deciding that it's too dangerous to leave in Tivan's hands.
Tivan later drowned his sorrows by having a drink in his destroyed home, being mocked by one of the items in his collection, Howard the Duck, after being licked in the face by Cosmo.
Powers and Abilities Edit
Unlike other Elders such as the Champion or the Contemplator, who used their lives to improve the powers of body or mind, the Collector has not been dedicated to self-perfection. Thus, he does not possess super-human physical or mental abilities beyond those all the Elders possess.
- Immortality: Due to his status as Elder of the Universe, the Collector's body is immune to cell deterioration and cannot be damaged through piercing, illness or anything similar. His will to live is strong enough than he can regenerate any lost part of his body. It has been proven that the destruction of most of his molecules can stop regeneration and kill him.