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Cast This: Adam Warlock (Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3)

04.26.2017

Even with the Marvel Cinematic Universe expanding further into the far reaches of the galaxy, there's one major cosmic character (that Marvel has the rights to) who has yet to make the leap from the comic pages: Adam Warlock is still waiting for his big-screen introduction.

Writer-director James Gunn has stated that Warlock is one of his favorites, and had originally planned to include him in GUARDIANS OF GALAXY VOL. 2 (which would make sense, given the character's comic ties to the sequel's antagonist Ayesha, also known as Her).

Both Gunn and Marvel movie honcho Kevin Feige have stated that Adam Warlock also won't show up as part of the packed cast in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (a decision that seems baffling to comic readers, who know of Warlock's importance to those related original stories). But now we know that Gunn is returning to write and direct a third GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY chapter, which makes it the most obvious place for the character to appear.

(Unless, of course, he pops up in AVENGERS 4 or CAPTAIN MARVEL first...)

So who is this guy?

Adam Warlock initially appeared in the late 1960s as "Him", the childlike gold-tinted creation of scientists seeking to make a perfect being. After losing a battle with Thor, "Him" regenerated inside the safety of a protective cocoon (fans speculated this object was seen in the Collector's warehouse in the first GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and Gunn has fluctuated on confirming in various interviews).

Upon emerging from the cocoon, "Him" was reborn as Warlock and had the Soul Gem embedded in his forehead (given the importance of these stones in the MCU, it's easy to see why his omission from AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR seems suspicious). Warlock's capabilities include genius intelligence, superhuman strength and durability, energy manipulation, psionic powers, and other abilities imbued by the Soul Gem.

Throughout his comic appearances, Warlock traveled the cosmos and grappled with the power of the gem, all while encountering numerous Marvel heroes and villains (including the "Mad Titan" himself, Thanos). In addition to several Marvel series and cosmic crossover storylines, Warlock also had a major role in the more recent Guardians of the Galaxy comics, which served as a template for Gunn's movies.

Warlock also contended with the purple-skinned Magus, a futuristic evil version of himself who controls a galactic religious empire called the Universal Church of Truth. Considering that GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 will take place after AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (and its untitled sequel), it's possible that the Magus could be what Gunn is planning for the villain of his third movie.

Clearly it will be quite some time before we see a live-action Adam Warlock in the MCU, and we're assuming Gunn will have a hand in the casting of the character. And considering the filmmaker gave us John C. Reilly as a galactic cop, Benicio del Toro as an eccentric artifact connoisseur and Kurt Russell as a planet, we should probably prepare for an unexpected actor to get the role.

But that shouldn't stop us from speculating! Some guys who seem like they'd be a good fit to play the super-entity/space messiah include Alexander Skarsgard, Rodrigo Santoro and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.

Let us know below who you think would make a stellar Adam Warlock!

For the previous Cast This column, the favorites to play Batgirl in Joss Whedon's upcoming superhero movie were:

1. Jane Levy  2. Mary Elizabeth Winstead  3. Chloe Grace Moretz

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2:49PM on 05/06/2017

Alexander Skarsgard

He lost out Thor to Chris Hemsworth and would be cool to see him meet Thor on screen as another powerful character. :) Plus, he looks the part.
He lost out Thor to Chris Hemsworth and would be cool to see him meet Thor on screen as another powerful character. :) Plus, he looks the part.
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2:15PM on 04/29/2017

Just throwing it out there...

Hugh Jackman.

Just because he's done with Wolverine doesn't mean he couldn't still end up in the MCU?!
Hugh Jackman.

Just because he's done with Wolverine doesn't mean he couldn't still end up in the MCU?!
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10:35AM on 04/27/2017
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9:24AM on 04/27/2017

Alright, alright, alright!

McConaughey all the way. I know they wouldn't do it but Pitt or DiCaprio would be amazing too. One out of left field and would fit in the corkyness of Gunn I could see Owen Wilson being good here.
McConaughey all the way. I know they wouldn't do it but Pitt or DiCaprio would be amazing too. One out of left field and would fit in the corkyness of Gunn I could see Owen Wilson being good here.
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4:01AM on 04/27/2017
Chris Pine.
Chris Pine.
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3:52AM on 04/27/2017
Jensen Ackles would get my vote
Jensen Ackles would get my vote
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6:25PM on 04/26/2017
Adam Warlock's been one of my favorite Marvel characters since I was a kid, if he truly is not in Infinity War I'll pretty bummed. Paul Bettany's great as Vision, but I think he would've made an even better fit for Warlock. However, since he's off the table, my vote goes to Dan Stevens.
Adam Warlock's been one of my favorite Marvel characters since I was a kid, if he truly is not in Infinity War I'll pretty bummed. Paul Bettany's great as Vision, but I think he would've made an even better fit for Warlock. However, since he's off the table, my vote goes to Dan Stevens.
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4:30PM on 04/26/2017

Fun, but

has this exercise ever turned out the right answer? Just wondering.
has this exercise ever turned out the right answer? Just wondering.
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6:20PM on 04/26/2017
Yes. I pegged Brief Larson as Captain Marvel in a cast this column (although that was a pretty easy one), and Paul Rudd in the Ant-Man Cast This column several years back (that one, I'm more proud of). I'm sure other readers could say that same.
Yes. I pegged Brief Larson as Captain Marvel in a cast this column (although that was a pretty easy one), and Paul Rudd in the Ant-Man Cast This column several years back (that one, I'm more proud of). I'm sure other readers could say that same.
6:26PM on 04/26/2017
Damn auto-correct.
Damn auto-correct.
2:44PM on 04/26/2017
Matthew McConaughey
Dan Stevens
Alexander Skarsgård
Luke Evans
Matthew McConaughey
Dan Stevens
Alexander Skarsgård
Luke Evans
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1:01PM on 04/26/2017

McConaughey

McConaughey... Nobody else would bring the charm and intensity.
McConaughey... Nobody else would bring the charm and intensity.
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6:43PM on 04/26/2017
McConaughey's great and could do the role justice. Warlock's definitely an intense character in the comics, but not an especially charming one though. However, if Gunn decides to play the character more for laughs, then this is the kind of odd-ball pick I could see him going for.
McConaughey's great and could do the role justice. Warlock's definitely an intense character in the comics, but not an especially charming one though. However, if Gunn decides to play the character more for laughs, then this is the kind of odd-ball pick I could see him going for.
11:54AM on 04/26/2017
Matthew McConaughey

I think he would fit perfectly into Gunn's Guardian style.
Matthew McConaughey

I think he would fit perfectly into Gunn's Guardian style.
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11:58AM on 04/26/2017
i think thats probably the part he was in talks for when they were still writing guardians 2 before they took out the character
i think thats probably the part he was in talks for when they were still writing guardians 2 before they took out the character
12:04PM on 04/26/2017
I remember that seemed to be the most likely character he was rumored for.

Still think he would be great choice.
I remember that seemed to be the most likely character he was rumored for.

Still think he would be great choice.
11:40AM on 04/26/2017
I've thought Alexander Skarsgard for ages, so glad to see he's one of the options, and naturally that means he's my pick.

In his younger days I would've said Cary Ewles. Although, oddly, if they did go with someone older, I'm finding myself thinking of Keanu Reeves. A sort of call back to his Neo days.
I've thought Alexander Skarsgard for ages, so glad to see he's one of the options, and naturally that means he's my pick.

In his younger days I would've said Cary Ewles. Although, oddly, if they did go with someone older, I'm finding myself thinking of Keanu Reeves. A sort of call back to his Neo days.
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11:49AM on 04/26/2017
I always thought Skarsgaard would have made a good Silver Surfer if Marvel were to ever get the rights back.
I always thought Skarsgaard would have made a good Silver Surfer if Marvel were to ever get the rights back.
10:49AM on 04/26/2017

niceeee....

I am thinking Aaron Eckhart or Charlie Hunam.

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I am thinking Aaron Eckhart or Charlie Hunam.

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12:06PM on 04/26/2017
I doubt Hunnam would do it anyway since he isn't a fan of comic book films. He's already stated something similar to that when asked if he were interested in playing Green Arrow for DC.
I doubt Hunnam would do it anyway since he isn't a fan of comic book films. He's already stated something similar to that when asked if he were interested in playing Green Arrow for DC.
1:37PM on 04/26/2017
True, i think he would do good with the role though. Or now that I think of it, Maybe Joaquin Phoenix.
True, i think he would do good with the role though. Or now that I think of it, Maybe Joaquin Phoenix.
6:50PM on 04/26/2017
@pizzabagel18, it blows my mind that DC and Marvel have both seriously courted Joaquin Phoenix for a long-term comic role since he's just about the most franchise adverse leading man I can think of (then again DC did try to get Daniel Day Lewis for Man of Steel as well). However, if ever we were to do a superhero film a one James Gunn seems like it'd be the right fit, especially if it were a one and done role.
@pizzabagel18, it blows my mind that DC and Marvel have both seriously courted Joaquin Phoenix for a long-term comic role since he's just about the most franchise adverse leading man I can think of (then again DC did try to get Daniel Day Lewis for Man of Steel as well). However, if ever we were to do a superhero film a one James Gunn seems like it'd be the right fit, especially if it were a one and done role.
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