We still don’t know much about Adam Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy 3, but at least we know who won’t play the Golden Gladiator in the new movie.
While casting was taking place for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it was reported that Matthew McConaughey had been approached for a role in the film but had turned it down. Even though this was long before Warlock was confirmed for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was speculated that McConaughey’s character would have been Warlock. Now, director James Gunn discusses the validity of this theory and talks the casting of Adam Warlock.
In an interview with IGN, Gunn shot down that theory, and stated that he believes McConaughey to be “too old” for the role. Gunn also joked that other older actors, including David Bowie, had been suggested to him as candidates for the role. Gunn pointed out that older actors would not fit Adam Warlock, considering that Warlock emerges from a cocoon as a fully-grown man, despite being a newborn. When he first emerged from his cocoon, the comic book version of Warlock was portrayed as an understandably naive character struggling to understand how to react to the world. The confused character, still trying to understand his emotions, even tried to mate with Lady Sif. It would be hard to imagine a 47-year-old as a person who’s totally new to adulthood.
When asked about what other qualities he’d like to see in the movie version of Warlock, Gunn claimed that the answer to the question would reveal too much about the story. Gunn also talked about his decision to cut Warlock from his treatment for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Believing that too many characters would make it difficult to do them all justice, Warlock was dropped from the film. Though Warlock will be included the next time around, Gunn says that the character won’t necessarily be the same as what the director intended him to be in the second movie, since characters are often developed in accordance to the story at hand.
Fans have been anxiously awaiting news of Adam Warlock ever since it became known that Thanos, Warlock’s comic book archenemy, would be the “big bad” of the MCU. Fans also expected him to appear in Avengers: Infinity War, since the character was the protagonist of the comic book miniseries of the same name, as well as Infinity Gauntlet. The character was later confirmed not to appear in the next two Avengers movies – which Gunn reitterates in the interview – but now Warlock fans have something to look forward with the mention of “Adam” and the reveal of the character’s cocoon in one of the post-credits scenes for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Since Gunn has often called Warlock one of his “favorite” characters, fans can rest assured that the Golden Gladiator is in good hands when he receives his live-action debut in Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
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