James Gunn Confirms Adam Warlock Not in Avengers: Infinity War

Adam Warlock Wearing the Infinity Gauntlet in Marvel Comics

Comic book readers may be disappointed to hear that Adam Warlock won't be joining the Avengers and the Guardians in the upcoming movie, Avengers: Infinity War. Ever since Joss Whedon's The Avengers hit theaters in 2012, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been leading up to an ultimate showdown between Earth's mightiest heroes and the Mad Titan Thanos, which people assume will be heavily inspired by Jim Starlin's iconic comic book miniseries, Infinity Gauntlet.

In the miniseries, Thanos gathers all six Infinity Stones and lodges them into the all-powerful Infinity Gauntlet. When all six stones are used in union with a device like the Gauntlet, the wearer (in this case, Thanos) practically turns into a god, for all intents and purposes. The Gauntlet imbues the wearer with omnipotence and omniscience, and he or she becomes virtually unstoppable. Only a handful of people can stop someone like that, and Adam Warlock is one of them.

During a Q&A on Facebook today, James Gunn revealed that despite introducing Adam Warlock in his latest film, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the character will not be appearing in Anthony and Joe Russo's Avengers: Infinity War next year.

"Adam Warlock will not be in Infinity War … he will have a future in the MCU. But will it be in Infinity War? It will not."

Warlock was first teased in Guardians of the Galaxy, when Gunn confirmed that the cocoon seen in the Collector's vault belongs to the character. Since then, fans have been trying to piece together just how Marvel Studios planned on introducing the character into the MCU, especially in regard to his close association with the Infinity Stones as well as his personal history with Thanos.

Now that both James Gunn and Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige have confirmed that Warlock won't be appearing in Avengers: Infinity War, that opens up several questions as to what the iconic character's place actually is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Considering the events of Vol. 2's post-credits scene, it stands to reason that Warlock will become the villain in the inevitable Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Who knows, perhaps we'll see Warlock's future, villainous self, Magus, join the fold.

While it's disappointing that Adam Warlock won't be joining the Avengers and the Guardians in their fight against the Mad Titan, it's plausible that the studio just thought adding another character to the roster would be one too many. Of course, there is still a lot we don't know about either film (and Warlock's place in the shared universe), but what we do know is that Gunn will be returning to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3, which will presumably release sometime in 2020.

Next: Which New Avengers Could Be Introduced In Infinity War?

Source: James Gunn

Key Release Dates
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
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