Filmmaker James Gunn has said that his original treatment for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” boasted another major character from the comics but wouldn’t reveal which one.
Today, speaking with Slashfilm as part of the press junket for the film, Gunn revealed that the character was Adam Warlock:
“I love Adam Warlock. He’s one of my favorite characters. In all truth, I wrote an early treatment where I had Adam Warlock as a part…this is your big scoop because I don’t think I’ve told anybody this… It was Adam Warlock.
He was a big part of the screenplay and I realized it was one character too many. And I adored the character. I adored what we had done with him. I think we did something really creative and unique with Adam Warlock. But it was one character too many and I didn’t want to lose Mantis and Mantis was more organically part of the movie anyway. So I decided to save him for later.”
Later in the day, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige told the outlet that Gunn is developing Adam Warlock to be included in a future Marvel cosmic universe film and so Gunn was asked again if he is working on the character and if so if said character will be involved in ‘Infinity War’:
“He’s not. He’s not in Infinity War. But he will be a part of the future Marvel cosmic universe and a pretty important part of that… if he appears anywhere in the future, it’ll be in Guardians”
In the comics, Warlock was an artificial human created by human scientists who escapes, journeys into space and eventually gains the power to absorb the energies of living creatures. He has previously allied with the Fantastic Four, the Silver Surer, the Avengers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy.