As the road to [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027) marches slowly onwards we're still pretty much in the dark about what the big finale of Phase 3 is going to entail. There's still many more Marvel Cinematic Universe films to go through first though to set up the conflict that will see the Avengers and their allies finally facing off against the biggest of big bads in the MCU - Thanos the Titan.
One question still bugs fans of the Marvel comics though, namely, where the heck is Adam Warlock?
Who Is Adam Warlock?
Well I'm glad you asked. See, Adam Warlock is a very very important character in all three Infinity arcs of the Marvel comics, and his very existence is all tied up with that of the Infinity Gems.
He's a central force during the Infinity Gauntlet crisis and his evil alternate self is the main villain in Infinity War. He functions as an arch-nemesis to Thanos in Infinity Gauntlet, so I wouldn't be overly surprised if he gets introduced in [Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2](tag:1081113) as there's been a lot of Thanos kicking about that part of the MCU.
So Adam Warlock (first known as "Him",) is one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel comic canon. He's a genetically engineered humanoid created by the Beehive - a group of researchers attempting to create the perfect being, the end point of human evolution. The Beehive intended to use his powers for evil though, so once "Him" was born he destroyed their lab and escaped.
A while later "Him" was reborn via a cocoon (which he utilised a few times through his existence) and is re-named Warlock by the High Evolutionary. At this point he is also given possession of the Soul Gem, one of the six Infinity Stones (named Infinity Gems in the comics).
Anyway, there's been a lot of speculation as to whether or not he's going to appear sometime before Infinity War, or even if he'll play a part in it at all. Whilst there have been little hints dropped along the way regarding his existence it is getting a bit late in the game for introducing him, and honestly the only scenario in which it would make sense for him to appear would be either in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 or [Thor: Ragnarok](tag:956858) as these two represent the more fantastical side of the MCU. Possibly Doctor Strange also, but that might be a bit of a stretch for Stephen Strange's first outing.
Okay so one of Warlock's early defining features is the Soul Gem which is embedded in his forehead (later versions of the character no longer feature this however). Who does this remind you of in the MCU?
See that? That's the Mind Stone in Vision's head. Vision's recent genesis in [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](tag:293035) has led to speculation that he might be taking Warlock's place in Infinity Wars...
The Soul Stone (Warlock's gem) is yet to be revealed in the MCU, so there's no reason why he couldn't pop up along the way to Infinity War. But Vision's design and time of entry do make it suspiciously likely that, instead of Warlock, we'll be having Vision as the primary opposing force to Thanos.
And this wouldn't be entirely nonsensical. Think about it...
- He has one of the Stones that Thanos needs, so the Mad Titan will have to come after him at some point.
- He's very powerful. It's likely we haven't seen the full extent of his abilities yet given that he's the only other member of the team shown to be able to lift Mjölnir.
- He's also one of the few Avengers who'd be able to survive easily in outer space, given that he has a synthetic android body.
- Personality wise Vision and Warlock are pretty similar, both a step removed from humanity but yearning to understand them and be "normal".
This change would also make the narrative much easier to work with, given that by their very nature feature length films can't be as complex and overlapping as the 50+ years of vast comic mythology from which they take their stories.
Okay, admittedly it's still fairly conjecture based at this point, but it's not entirely out of the realms of possibility either. And it certainly wouldn't be the first time the Marvel films have played with or outright subverted the comic book canon.
What do you think?