In case you need a refresher — which is reasonable considering it’s been almost half a decade since the last movie came out — Warlock was first teased in a post-credits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The clip centered around Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) telling her chambermaid that she’d engineered a “more powerful” next step in the Sovereigns’ evolution to destroy the Guardians. The end of the scene revealed a “birthing pod” that strongly resembled Adam Warlock’s cocoon from the comics, tipping fans off that the golden hero was likely going to enter the picture soon. Now, we know who will play him.
According to Deadline, director James Gunn and Vol. 3 producers started searching for the perfect actor to portray Warlock at the end of August. Over the next few months, they took their time hunting for the right guy to play the part, and ultimately were won over by Poulter’s test and his work in films like The Revenant and Midsommar.
Adan Warlock is best described as a perfect, invincible humanoid created by scientists and imbued with incredible powers (flight, strength, energy projection, etc.). In the comics, he’s intimately tied to the Infinity Stones, wielding the Soul Stone for most of his existence. Considering the Infinity Saga ended rather satisfyingly in Avengers: Endgame, that doesn’t seem like it will be the case in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; still, considering Warlock’s connection to Gamora in the books and how Zoe Saldana’s character died in Infinity War, perhaps we haven’t seen the last of the Soul Stone after all.
Either way, best to keep an eye out for The Magus, a corrupted future version of Warlock that causes havoc across the galaxy.
Speculation aside, plot details for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are, of course, still under wraps, but Gunn’s script is supposedly “off the chain.” The filmmaker is back onboard to direct the movie after Disney fired him over offensive tweets that resurfaced online, leading to him claiming he was gone for good. The GotG cast — Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and others — issued an open letter of support for the director shortly after Gunn’s initial firing. While Gunn was eventually rehired, it wasn’t before he made a deal with the Distinguished Competition to helm The Suicide Squad, delaying the release of GotG Vol. 3 to 2023.
Thankfully, we’ll have plenty of the Guardians before then. Some of the cast are set to appear in Thor’s fourth solo film, Love and Thunder, due out May 6th, 2022. But wait, that’s not all! In addition to a series of shorts titled I Am Groot, the intergalactic team will also return in the live-action The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Disney+, too. There’s even a Guardians video game due out at the end of this very month. In other words, it’s a great time to be a fan of GotG.