After the end-credit scene in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, there’s been a lot of speculation about Adam Warlock, and how his character fits into the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase Four. British actor, Will Poulter, has been cast to play the perfected creation of The Sovereign, and it looks like Marvel has already gone and changed the story around this famous character.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 showed Adam’s gilded cocoon, followed by Ayesha’s comments that he would be used to get their revenge on the Guardians. Now, at the time, it felt as if Adam Warlock was going to be the prime adversary in the upcoming Guardians film—but we were mislead. He will be in the MCU and in the movie, but in a limited capacity. His first mission is to face off with Guardians. But the addition of the Sovereign shows a major change to Warlock’s story.
Warlock’s Sovereign race is original to the MCU, and actually differs from the comics. In the comics, Adam Warlock was initially a one-of-a-kind life form who was genetically engineered by human scientists. Additionally, Ayesha was actually the second creation after Warlock.
Both the characters belong to an unestablished civilization, and the fact that Warlock was alone in his early years actually adds to his personality. Now that the order of existence is flipped, and with Warlock’s origins being different than in the comics, it could send his involvement in the MCU in a completely opposite direction.
With him being a member of an actual alien race, Marvel may struggle to maintain the same outsider attitude Adam Warlock had in the comics. While Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 implied that Warlock is the most superior of the Sovereign race, he’ll still be one of them and not quite the enigma that the comic book character was.
It’s likely that the story could result in his mission being threatened with societal exile—meaning that if he doesn’t successfully complete the tasks at hand to take down the Guardians of the Galaxy, then he will be forced to leave and wander the cosmos on his own.
In related news, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be the last of the original team.
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