Will Poulter is the Adam Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 as announced by James Gunn publicly on Twitter and his debut in the MCU was set up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
The character was first created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1967. However, the character was redesigned by Roy Thomas and Jim Starlin five years later. Considered as the most powerful cosmic being, he can go head to head with Thanos The Mad Titan.
Will Poulter as Adam Warlock
James Gunn casts Will Poulter as Adam Warlock for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The decision was taken after an intensive search was done by Marvel for the character. The studio considered actors like Rege-Jean Page (Bridgerton) and George MacKay (1917). However, Will Poulter was finalized for the role of the cosmic superhero. After the announcement, fans were skeptical about choosing the actor for the role. It is certainly an unconventional choice. However, after Gunn’s confidence in the actor for portraying the role, fans have been worn over.
Adam Warlock’s Appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
It was destined that Adam Warlock will appear in the MCU. The first signs are seen in Guardians of the Galaxy as we see the birthing pod in the Collector’s vault. However, the real set occurs in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The movie introduces a new alien race Sovereign who uses genetic engineering to create a perfect society. The High Priestess Ayesha explains, “Every citizen is born exactly as designed by the community.” “Impeccable, both physically and mentally. We control the DNA of our progeny, germinating them in birthing pods.”
Also, the post-credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reveals the creation of a new generation of Sovereign. Amongst them is one being born in a shimmering golden birthing pod. And Ayesha decides to name him “Adam”. Just like in the comics, Ayesha is the “Her” to “Him” in the movies too.
Adam Warlock’s Origin Story Different from the Comics
Unlike the movie, Adam Warlock is created by human scientists in the comic. And this doesn’t necessarily make him a superhero. Also, Adam Warlock is associated with Thanos and the Infinity Stones in comic books.
However, in the movie, Ayesha creates him as an ultimate weapon to destroy the Guardians. But the character might not follow the path chosen by Ayesha. He might go in an entirely different direction as becoming an ally to the Guardians. Moreover, Thanos has destroyed the Infinity Stones in Avengers: Endgame. Hence his association with the Mad Titan doesn’t fit the story at all. The movie might take the character in a completely different direction. This will explain the unusual choice of Will Poulter as Adam Warlock.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be Gunn’s last movie with the Marvel studios. And he has suggested that future movies will have new Guardians. So, maybe Adam Warlock will become the leader of the new guardians.
More details coming soon. Watch this space!