James Gunn has responded to a fan on Twitter in regards to Adam Warlock’s long-delayed introduction to the MCU, comparing him to Avengers: Infinity War villain Thanos.
Fans have been clamoring for the introduction of Adam Warlock to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, going as far back as the release of Thor: The Dark World, in which fans caught a glimpse of a cocoon in the Collector’s vault during the film’s post-credits scenes. Gunn repeatedly went back and forth between claiming the cocoon was Adam Warlock’s or not before finally unveiling Adam’s true cocoon in the post-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Nevertheless, the fandom persisted, even questioning whether Adam would debut in Avengers 4 given his role in defeating Thanos in Infinity Gauntlet, the original story of which Avengers: Infinity War drew inspiration from. Avengers 4 directors Anthony and Joe Russo have since confirmed that not only is Adam Warlock not going to be in the film, but he was never even considered, to begin with.
Gunn’s comparison of Adam Warlock’s long-teased debut to Thanos’ is notable as the Mad Titan was first introduced with a quick glimpse in the post-credits scene from The Avengers, before actually debuting in Guardians of the Galaxy two years later. He then made another brief appearance in the post-credits scene of Avengers: Age of Ultron just one year after that, but finally got his due as, arguably, the protagonist of Avengers: Infinity War. As a matter of fact, Thanos is by far the character with the most screen time in the film. This was a whole six years after his first appearance. You can see Gunn’s tweet below.
Because I love Adam Warlock and didn’t want him left out of the MCU entirely. I wanted to create a space for him that would have to be filled at some time. Look at how long that first Thanos tease took to be fulfilled – and that turned out okay! https://t.co/b2VMbHPodo
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 10, 2018
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