Sorry, Zac Efron.
There are many MCU projects currently in the hopper, most of them are sequels. After The Eternals finally lands next month, we’ll get Spidey 3, Dr. Strange 2, and Thor 4, the latter of which will feature some of the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy. As for that crew of knuckleheads, their third movie hasn’t started filming yet, but now that they’ve cast a new character, who was teased in Guardians 2, they’re getting closer.
Thanks to the events of Guardians 2, the Sovereign, those gold aliens, have a vendetta against our heroes and want to destroy them. To do so, their leader, Ayesha, created the perfect human specimen: Adam Warlock. This was teased at the very end of the movie, in an after scene, and while it’s been quite a while since G2 hit theaters, James Gunn is finally bringing Warlock to screens. According to Variety, he’ll be played by Will Poulter.
Months ago a casting notice went out that suggested Gunn was looking for a “Zac Efron-type” to play the character, and Poulter is decidedly not Efron. More of a character actor than a leading man, Poulter has appeared in many films and TV shows over the past few years, including We’re the Millers, Midsommar, and Hulu’s upcoming Dopesick. This will be his first foray into the world of superheroes, and the character he’s playing has been on the director’s mind for a while. In fact, he was originally going to appear in Guardians 2.
Warlock was created in a cocoon and has been around since the 60s. He’s one of the MCU’s most powerful characters, and there are a lot of storylines to pull from. It’s safe to say the one that focused on the soul stone won’t be used, considering the Infinity Saga has ended. It’s anyone’s guess how he’ll factor in, but Gunn is clearly excited about the character.
“I love Adam Warlock,” Gunn said. “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.”
That later is coming soon, and according to Gunn, Warlock may stick around for a while.
“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.”