The Marvel Cinematic Universe is constantly growing and the box office breaking hit Guardians of the Galaxy has opened the door to an entire galaxy of new characters to choose from. If you are trying to guess which of these new characters may be recruited for a much bigger part of the MCU, James Gunn is ready to spill the beans. Well, at least a few of them.
“There are the slither creature from my movie Slither behind The Collector, those guys are pretty obvious,” Gunn said. “You have Adam Warlock’s cocoon, you have all sorts of other characters from Marvel movies.”
That’s right, Gunn just confirmed that one of the Easter Eggs we mentioned yesterday is indeed Adam Warlock. As a guest on a recent episode of the Empire Magazine podcast, Gunn confirmed the cocoon seen in both Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy does in fact belong to the hero known to comic book fans as “Him”.
So, who is Warlock and why is he so important? Well, if Marvel Studios is in fact setting up The Infinity Gauntlet as a cinematic event, there are a few reasons for his importance! Possible spoilers follow, so continue at your own risk!
Adam Warlock, a virtually perfect human, was created by scientists who called themselves The Enclave. After turning on his creators and fighting the God of Thunder himself, Thor, Warlock decided to head to space to see what’s going on out there. After saving Counter-Earth, the Soul Gem is bestowed upon him. For those that haven’t read the comics, the Soul Gem is one of the Infinity Gems, which are referred to as Infinity Stones in the Marvel movies. He meets up with Gamora and a future version of himself who was driven insane by the power of the Gem. Lots of great, terrible stuff happens, which eventually leads to Warlock defeating Thanos and, eventually, gaining possession of the Infinity Gauntlet. So, what’s that cocoon thing? Well, anytime Warlock needs to be “reborn”, he goes into a cocoon to regenerate. And, that cocoon was empty in the final scene of Guardians of the Galaxy.
So, if Thanos is the Big Bad in the MCU and all of the movies are leading to an Infinity Gauntlet themed Avengers 3, chances are that Adam Warlock will likely play a huge part. Is any of this guaranteed? Absolutely not. As a matter of fact, considering how closely to the vest Keven Feige and Co. like to play their cards, it may simply be misdirection in order to take the audience on a completely unexpected journey. The fact that we have seen the cocoon in two separate movies at this point, however, really lends itself to the theory (hope?) that the Infinity Gauntlet storyline is right around the corner.
If you haven’t read the Infinity Gauntlet storyline, I highly recommend that you fix that! It is easily one of the best storylines Marvel has offered to date and if the MCU is following in its footsteps, chances are you will catch the road map that the MCU may be following. Plus, it’s always fun to drop comic knowledge on your non-comic reading friends.