There have been many theories about the cosmic Marvel character Adam Warlock joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These theories were backed up by different 'needs' the MCU has at the moment, such as:
- Adam Warlock may end up being Star Lord's father in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
- There is a cocoon in the Collector's museum, that looks just like Adam Warlock's cocoon,
- He will have one of the missing Infinity Stones in his forehead like in the comics, and
- He will have the powers that other Marvel characters do not have that they may need in the future.
However, as easy as it may be to put Adam Warlock into the MCU to fit these roles, I doubt that he will appear. Of course, I can't just say that I don't think he will show up and leave it at that. I, like the others who theorized about Adam Warlock, will need some support. So here are three big reasons why we won't be seeing Adam Warlock anytime soon...
1. The cocoon in Guardians had no significance
One of the biggest points people tend to stress about Adam Warlock appearing in the MCU is the giant cocoon that is seen in the Collector's museum in [Thor: The Dark World](tag:206462) and Guardians of the Galaxy that Warlock is supposedly inside of. Now this could serve as a very strong clue to Adam Warlock's existence if not for one little thing... Director James Gunn was interviewed back in December about the cocoon, and this is what he had to say:
"They asked me what I wanted in The Collector's scene, I flipped through a Marvel anthology book and picked out a bunch of cool things."
He later went on to talk about how he likes the idea of Adam Warlock and thinks he would be cool to eventually add to the MCU, but it's "a matter of when and where and how". In other words, he likes the character, but doesn't feel the need to add him any time soon, nor can he find the right time and place. From this, it is clear that the cocoon was only placed as an Easter egg, not as a major plot point just waiting to be opened. You can watch the interview here.
James Gunn's true revelation about the cocoon also shows us that Adam Warlock is probably not Star Lord's father. Gunn has already confirmed that we will see his father in Guardians of the Galaxy 2. So if Star Lord's father will appear in GotG 2, but Adam Warlock won't, how can he be Star Lord's father?
Short answer: he can't.
2. Overloading the cast
One of the biggest complaints about [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) is that there were too many characters. The additions of Vision, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Ultron, Dr. Cho and a couple of baby Hawk Eyes was a little too much for the people who were not "comic enthusiasts" who were still struggling to figure out the names of the main six Avengers. But now, Marvel is also going to be adding Black Panther, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, [A.K.A. Jessica Jones](tag:1168773), Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Inhumans to the universe. That's a lot of characters to add.
It looks like the cast list for [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027) is getting a bit over-crowded. Do they really have room to add Adam Warlock? He is a very unique character that will need to be done perfectly so as to not piss off a lot of comic fans. So how do you perfect this character with a proper story and character development while he's trying to share the limelight with 30-40 other characters?
Short answer: you can't.
3. We've got an angelic, flying, super-powerful character with an Infinity Stone in his head
One of the key points about how to make a good movie is making sure it is concise. This often times involves combining two characters into one who will accomplish both goals. This is what I believe they have done with Vision and Adam Warlock.
But first, let's think of some of the defining characteristics that comic-book Adam Warlock and cinematic The Vision share:
- They both can fly
- They both have cosmic abilities (Vision's comes from the stone)
- They both have a majestic yellow cape
- They both have an Infinity Stone plastered to their head
- They both fight for the good of the world without question
- They both are immensely powerful
- They both were created artificially (Vision by Ultron and Tony Stark, Warlock by the "Beehive")
Is that enough similarities? If they add Adam Warlock when they already have Vision, it will be extremely redundant. There are so many other ways to introduce Infinity Stones instead of putting another one in another person's head. Why would you need two super-powerful characters with the same characteristics running around with Infinity Stones on their foreheads?
Short answer: you don't.
Marvel is a very strong company that knows how to get things done right. These three points are hopefully enough to prove that Adam Warlock's existence in the MCU is completely redundant and can actually be harmful to the success of future movies.
I'm not saying that Adam Warlock will never appear in the MCU. I just agree with James Gunn when he says that Warlock will require his own time and place. Phase 3 is neither the correct time nor place for Warlock to debut. It is more likely for him to appear in Phase 4 as part of the next major story arc Marvel has in store.