James Gunn Confirmed For GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: VOL. 3, Teases Adam Warlock

In two weeks, the awesomeness of Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 will return to our lives. The excitement is real. Along with our returning heroes, we will also be gifted with appearances by new and surprise characters, such as Mantis and Ego the Living Planet. One character that fans were hoping to see was Adam Warlock, an artificially created perfect human who rebelled against his makers and ended up traveling through space in posession of the Soul Gem (one of the six Infinity Stones). After encountering galactic tyrant Thanos, and learning of his plan to gain posession of the stones and obtain god-like power, Warlock brought the Avengers to space to assist him in stopping the villain.

After it was confirmed that a giant incubation cocoon in the museum of Taneleer Tivan/The Collector seen in Guardians of the Galaxy contained Adam Warlock, and Avengers: Infinity War on the horizon, fans assumed the character would appear in the sequel. Elizabeth Debicki being cast in Vol. 2 as Ayesha (an artificial superhuman made by the same scientists who created Warlock) along with the rumors that Warlock’s older, evil self – Magus – was present in the Infinity War script, as well as the all-but confirmation that Peter Dinklage had been cast as Pip the Troll (one of Warlock’s best friends) in that film as well only fueled the speculation.

Well, according to early reviews, Warlock is not in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. Bummer. The worse news? He originally was supposed to be, according to director James Gunn, who told /Film:

“I love Adam Warlock. He’s one of my favorite characters. In all truth, I wrote an early treatment where I had Adam Warlock as a part…this is your big scoop, because I don’t think I’ve told anybody this… It was Adam Warlock. He was a big part of the screenplay and I realized it was one character too many. And I adored the character. I adored what we had done with him. I think we did something really creative and unique with Adam Warlock. But it was one character too many and I didn’t want to lose Mantis and Mantis was more organically part of the movie anyway. So I decided to save him for later.”

That hurts the heart. The good news takeaway from that is Gunn saying they were saving what they’d done with his character for later. But for those of you hoping this means we’ll be seeing him in Infinity War, I refer you to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige’s remarks to the site in a separate interview:

“He’s not in Infinity War. But he will be a part of the future Marvel cosmic universe and a pretty important part of that.”

He goes on to tell them that Gunn is “developing Adam Warlock to be included in a future Marvel cosmic universe film,” which is basically a tease that the character will finally make his debut in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3, which Gun has recently confirmed he will be directing. There’s also the chance he could show up in Avengers 4, which is now being filmed in succession to Infinity War instead of concurrently. The studio has and will be mum on the details of their Phase 4 slate of films, having stated that revealing their entire slate (like they did with Phase 3) would spoil the plot of Infinity War. So, the takeaway from this is: Adam Warlock is coming. Soon.

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