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Rumor: Casting call for Avengers: Infinity War name checks a new villain

06.25.2015

As always, treat any rumor with a grain of salt until it is officially confirmed by the movie studio, but it looks like we may now know the name of another villain in AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR - PART I and II that could explain how Thanos and the Guardians of the Galaxy become directly involved with Thor and The Avengers here on Earth.

The website Acting Auditions has posted a casting notice for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR - PART I that references a character that has yet to be linked to any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe productions but makes a whole lot of sense when you think about it. Here is the plot they included with the notice.

The film is the first in a two-part sequel in which Thanos plays a major role, along with the Magus. Adam Warlock’s bad side, the Magus, separates from his body and assembles the Infinity Gauntlet. Magus creates doppelgangers of Earth’s heroes as part of his plan to recreate a universe of evil.

In the comics, Adam Warlock is a character who has run-ins with Thor before joining forces with Gamora and Thanos to fight Magus before discovering it was a future version of himself. While it may not be the official summary of the screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, it seems like a random plot element to throw out there for a casting notice. Of course, if the notice suddenly gets taken down, that may tell us a bit more about how legitimate it could be.

The notice also lists the cast for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR - PART I which includes Robert Downey Jr, Josh Brolin, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. Yes, it appears that Loki may be returning for the film. Other actors including Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johannson were not included but that doesn't necessarily mean they are not in the movie.

Overall, this all makes sense in that Thanos likely will not need to get his hands dirty until the second film so having Adam Warlock/Magus as the primary antagonist for the first movie would help give it some narrative closure. Interestingly, the notice also calls for all actors to have eligibility to work in the United Kingdom where DOCTOR STRANGE will begin production later this year. Whether any of these rumors pan out remains to be seen, but if Adam Warlock is set to be cast, you better believe we will hear about it when it becomes official.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR - PART I will hit theaters on May 4, 2018.

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9:30AM on 06/26/2015
Or Magus here could just be... Doctor Strangeberbatch's evil side.
Or Magus here could just be... Doctor Strangeberbatch's evil side.
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4:58AM on 06/26/2015
Al Pacino as one of the villains for Guardians 2 and Avengers 3? And could he be Starlord's father?
Al Pacino as one of the villains for Guardians 2 and Avengers 3? And could he be Starlord's father?
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8:13PM on 06/25/2015
Things are just getting silly and convoluted. Age of Ultron was way too overstuffed as is. Unlike the first one it was completely disconnected from anything human driven. It was just 'Action scene' 'introduce new character' 'action scene' introduce new character' 'iron man chops wood' 'introduce new character' 'action scene' 'action scene''action scene'. The movie was so overstuffed that it couldn't even show Ultron doing bad guy stuff, we had to be quickly told about it by another character in
Things are just getting silly and convoluted. Age of Ultron was way too overstuffed as is. Unlike the first one it was completely disconnected from anything human driven. It was just 'Action scene' 'introduce new character' 'action scene' introduce new character' 'iron man chops wood' 'introduce new character' 'action scene' 'action scene''action scene'. The movie was so overstuffed that it couldn't even show Ultron doing bad guy stuff, we had to be quickly told about it by another character in between the brief moments that wasn't CGI mayhem.
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6:37PM on 06/25/2015

In the comics...

Infinity gauntlet is where Thanos gets the gems etc. they defeat him and then infinity war is about warlock and thanos teaming up to take down the magus and his evil doppelgängers he created. Infinity crusade is everyone fighting the goddess who is the feminine good side of warlock.
This concludes my super brief explanation. Adam warlock is my second fave marvel character.
Oh and casting magus will be great.
Infinity gauntlet is where Thanos gets the gems etc. they defeat him and then infinity war is about warlock and thanos teaming up to take down the magus and his evil doppelgängers he created. Infinity crusade is everyone fighting the goddess who is the feminine good side of warlock.
This concludes my super brief explanation. Adam warlock is my second fave marvel character.
Oh and casting magus will be great.
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5:17PM on 06/25/2015
Excellent news, but I am drawing a blank on who I would like in the role. Travis Fimmel, maybe?
Excellent news, but I am drawing a blank on who I would like in the role. Travis Fimmel, maybe?
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3:38PM on 06/25/2015
Can't wait to see who they cast as Adam Warlock. But all of this (if true) sounds great.
Can't wait to see who they cast as Adam Warlock. But all of this (if true) sounds great.
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3:15PM on 06/25/2015
So that casting call seems to be for Magus, not Adam Warlock. So my guess is that Adam Warlock is introduced in GOTG 2. Warlock splits in the beginning of IW 1 and Magus goes to construct the Infinity Gauntlet. The film then becomes a race between Magus, Thanos, Avengers & GOTG to get the Infinity Gauntlet. The film ends with Magus dead and Thanos gets the Gauntlet. IW 2 is all about taking down Thanos.
So that casting call seems to be for Magus, not Adam Warlock. So my guess is that Adam Warlock is introduced in GOTG 2. Warlock splits in the beginning of IW 1 and Magus goes to construct the Infinity Gauntlet. The film then becomes a race between Magus, Thanos, Avengers & GOTG to get the Infinity Gauntlet. The film ends with Magus dead and Thanos gets the Gauntlet. IW 2 is all about taking down Thanos.
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2:49PM on 06/25/2015
Very cool, which a lot of sites anticipated Warlock wouldn't have been able to make an appearance. Let the guessing game (if this is true), who Marvel will cast for this role.
Very cool, which a lot of sites anticipated Warlock wouldn't have been able to make an appearance. Let the guessing game (if this is true), who Marvel will cast for this role.
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2:18PM on 06/25/2015

Adam Warlock to be in Guardians 2 then???

If Thor is doing his Ragnarok thing in his next movie, the only other film to introduce Adam would be Guardians 2. This just made a ton of people happy.
If Thor is doing his Ragnarok thing in his next movie, the only other film to introduce Adam would be Guardians 2. This just made a ton of people happy.
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