Fans of Adam Warlock have hoped the character would show up in the MCU ever since Infinity Stones started making appearances. Nearly 10 years later that wish is finally coming true, as James Gunn just announced that Will Poulter would be playing Warlock in the third installment of Marvel Studio's Guardians of the Galaxy.
Monday, Oct 11, 2021 at 6:43 PM, James Gunn the movie's director tweeted...
As you guys know I often strike down false rumors, so… um…
Initial reactions to this news among fans has been mixed, but mostly well-received. Poulter will need to bulk up some to play the role of one of Marvel's most powerful superheroes, however the long wavy hair he's sported in the past, definitely looks the part. One of Warlock's most common characteristics is his wavy golden locks.
And even though Poulter has yet to star in a role of this magnitude, the same can be said for most of the MCU's cast. Few people were familiar with names like Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansen, or Chris Hemsworth prior to their MCU appearances. And if there's one thing James Gunn and Kevin Feige have repeatedly excelled at, it's casting great leads.
Aside from the Soul Stone on his forehead, Warlock's long flowing blond hair is one of his most recognizable characteristics.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is set to release on May 5, 2023, and rumored to begin filming in November of this month. So we could get to see what Poulter looks like in costume in a matter of months, if not weeks.
The arrival of the long-awaited Adam Warlock was first revealed in the following post-credit scene in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2...
Back Story, Speculation and Fan Theories
Warlock first appeared in Marvel comics in the late 60's, when a group of mad-scientists called the Enclave set out to create a perfect god-like human. The result was Adam Warlock, a physical specimen with cosmic superpowers, messianic undertones, and naive intentions.
One of his first physical encounters was in Thor #166 released in July 1969, when Adam attempted to abduct lady Sif, to take her as his wife. And this is what I meant by "naive"... Warlock meant no harm, but as a newly created being who had yet to observe and learn normal human customs, he didn't understand that taking a wife wasn't quite how things worked. Of course Thor was offended, and the 2 titans clashed in an epic comic book showdown.
Thor and newly created Adam Warlock clash in Thor #166 released in July 1969
Warlock however would remain relatively unknown until Jim Starlin repurposed the character in his Infinity stories of the 90's. These would go on to become some of Marvel's most iconic stories ever, with one in particular "Infinity Gauntlet" becoming the basis of the Infinity War and Endgame movies in 2018. In the comics, Adam was the main character of that story, but since the movies were re-written as Avengers stories, he was sadly written out of them.
In 2014 Andy Lanning and Dan Abnett would resurrect the character once again, making him a member of their Guardians of the Galaxy comics. And even though most fans remember Adam as the Infinity Gauntlet star, Abnett and Lanning's stories is ultimately how Warlock now ties into the MCU. He'll show up in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3, not as a human creation, but as a creation of a species of genetically enhanced beings known as the Sovereign.
Adam Warlock (top left) fighting along side his Guardians of the Galaxy teammates in Abnett and Lannings Guardians of the Galaxy.
However it should be noted that in the MCU, Thor is also now a member of the Guardians, having left his Asgardian family to join them at the end of Avengers Endgame. Thor's 4th movie titled "Love and Thunder" is set to release about a year before Guardians 3 on May 6, 2022, and multiple Guardian's members are cast in it as well. Considering Warlock's first major clash was with Thor in the comics, and that he'll be in Guadians Volume 3, it's highly possible that the character could first be revealed in Love and Thunder. Probably not as a part of the main story, but as a segue into Guardians 3.
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