There's been a lot of exciting casting news coming out for the cosmic extravaganza that is [Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2](tag:1081113) recently, from the suspicion that filmstar veteran Kurt Russell might be playing Star-Lord's father to the introduction of badass Sons of Anarchy actor Tommy Flanagan to the roster as well as Pom Klementieff as comic book character Mantis.
But there's a big casting rumor making the rounds right now which - if true - could have big consequences for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Back in February we received the news that Aussie actress Elizabeth Debicki was joining the cast of James Gunn's second foray into the Marvel cosmic as filming began, but as of now there's no official line on who she'll be playing. But the hot rumor (via Cinema Blend) is that she'll be portraying comic book character Kismet.
If you're not so much a comic book fan you might not immediately recognise the name Kismet, but she also goes by 'Her' and 'Ayesha' in the Marvel comics. In simple terms, she's basically the female equivalent of Adam Warlock / Him, the artificially created god like being who plays a major role in the Marvel comics Infinity sagas.
There's long been speculation about when and how Warlock be introduced in the MCU, as he's one of the few characters able to challenge Thanos without getting turned into a pile of mush, something which would be pretty useful when the Avengers have to take on the big bad in the Infinity War two parter.
Some eagle eyed fans thought they'd spotted Warlock's famous cocoon in the Collector's lair in Guardians of the Galaxy; director James Gunn later came out to say that the cocoon, whilst it may be Warlock's, wasn't put there as a conscious decision to tease a future appearance.
Yeah, there’s a cocoon that’s exactly like Adam Warlock’s cocoon. I wasn’t really thinking that much when I put that in. That was my idea to put that in there. They’re like, ‘What should we put in?’ So I went in through the Marvel handbook and just picked cool things that looked neat to put into the boxes. It looked like Adam’s Warlock cocoon, so now everyone thinks he’s out of there and you know… I don’t know.
Futhermore there's been a lot of speculation that Vision (introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron) is meant to act as the MCU's equivalent of Warlock due to his character origins and design.
Adam Warlock is famous for having the Soul Gem imbedded in his forehead, given to him by the High Evolutionary, who also named him Warlock. And what does Vision have embedded in his forehead? The Mind Stone, taken from Loki's spectre which was given to him, yep, by Thanos. This is a new facet of Vision's character for the MCU, as he doesn't have any stones stuck in his head in the comic books.
Anyway, back to Kismet. So there's no definitive sign yet that Warlock is going to show up in the MCU anytime soon and, if the Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2. rumor is true (and that's a big if), it could mean that Kismet is replacing Adam Warlock with regards to his role in Infinity War.
Because Kismet is very closely linked to Warlock in the comics; both being born of the same genetic experiments by the Enclave, a morally muddled group of scientists who set out to create a benevolent world dictatorship under their rule by creating the perfect being. Warlock was their first creation, and Kismet (first known as Paragon) their second.
Connection To The MCU
Doctor Stephen Strange (who makes his MCU debut in his solo movie in November) was present at Kismet's birth, asked by the Enclave to perform brain surgery on her to make her easier to control, something which came back to bite them on the ass.
In Fantastic Four: The End, a limited series run which charts a possible future for the Fantastic Four, she's shown to have taken up the Captain Marvel mantle; and in the Earth-691 alternate timeline she's the mother of Guardians of the Galaxy anti-hero Starhawk, so there's lots of lovely MCU links for her character there.
Most of Kismet's comic book storylines involve her finding a suitable male to mate with to ensure the lineage of her superior race (Warlock is her first choice, but he's dead, then rejects her when he gets resurrected), so hopefully if she does appear in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2. she'll have slightly more to do than just bobbing around the universe looking for a good lay.
Introducing Kismet as a Warlock substitute would give the MCU a way to link together the cosmic world of the Guardians of the Galaxy and the more grounded Earth-bound Avengers before Infinity War, cause let's face it - they're going to need all the help they can get when Thanos comes to town.
Remember though that this is currently just a rumor, albeit a very enticing one, so take it with a pinch of salt until we get an official line on her character confirmed.