Some eagle eyed fans thought they’d spotted Adam Warlock‘s famous cocoon in the Collector’s lair in Guardians of the Galaxy, and well, they were right. Director James Gunn later confirmed the cocoon to be Warlock’s. Gunn, however, had also said it wasn’t put there as a conscious decision to tease a future appearance – he just used it to dress the set and have it serve as one of those random easter eggs. While there were no initial plans to include Adam Warlock into the MCU, the character did eventually become part of Gunn’s plans.

It’s come out, that while scripting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Warlock was a big part of the story. 
While talking with Slashfilm at a Guardians of the Galaxy press junket in West Hollywood, James Gunn revealed that Adam Warlock was originally part of the sequel:

“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.”

How did Warlock get the axe?

“I’ll say one major thing that happened during the treatment phase, not even during the script phase, during the treatment phase, there was another character that was a major character. That was a part of the treatment. Although it kind of worked generally in the story, I got to the place where there were to many characters. I think Civil War handles a lot of characters really well, but they’re minor characters, and in this movie every character has their own arc. Their own thing. And I thought it was one character too many, so I took one of the characters out of the story about half way through the treatment phase. But the eventual 70 page treatment, which is what it was, is what this movie is, and it has changed very, very little.”

Who is Adam Warlock anyway?

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, right? Not likely. Marvel has other plans for the character.

In another interview at the junket today, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige told Slashfilm that Gunn is developing Adam Warlock to be included in a future Marvel cosmic universe film. When approached with this information, Gunn was quick to point out that his plans for Adam Warlock have nothing to do with Infinity War.

“He’s not. 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.”

It was confirmed earlier this week that Gunn will be returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. While neither Gunn or Feige have confirmed so, it is heavily indicated that Warlock will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy 3.

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