Avengers: Infinity War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have explained that including Adam Warlock in the movie would been “a massive backbend,” requiring a whole other movie just to introduce the character first. There has long been speculation about the character making an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War, given his strong connections to the Infinity Stones and the Infinity Gauntlet. However, last summer Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn confirmed that Adam Warlock was not a part of Infinity War, while cryptically adding that “he will have a future in the MCU.”
Adam Warlock is an artificially created cosmic being, designed to be the perfect human, who made his Marvel Comics debut more than fifty years ago. In the comics, Adam Warlock is the guardian of the Soul Gem (known as the Soul Stone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe), and has also wielded the Infinity Gauntlet. He notably led the fight against Thanos in The Infinity Gauntlet, the comic book upon which Infinity War is based.
While Adam Warlock might seem like the perfect fit for Infinity War, Markus explained to ET Online that the movie is already so packed with superheroes that there was no way to do the character justice:
“We didn’t introduce Adam Warlock, because it’s a massive backbend and you practically have to make an Adam Warlock movie to introduce him. He just can’t walk onscreen. So, there was a brief moment where we were like, Ehhh…, and then we were like– [He points to the movie’s poster.] We have that many characters already! And then there were others we couldn’t use. Like, Silver Surfer would have been useful, but we can’t touch him. Currently.”
Adam Warlock is born in Fantastic Four #67
In the same interview Markus and McFeely also revealed that, at one point, Infinity War‘s script included a giant snake.
Is there anything from your initial brainstorming or from those first drafts that got cut along the way that you wish would have made it in?
Markus: I will tell you something that you will go, “Oh, I’m really glad that’s not in there.”
Markus: A giant f**king snake. Just huuuge!
McFeely: Oh, we had a big snake. [Laughs] That’s right.
Is that true?
McFeely: Yeah, we had a big snake in there.
Markus: We were sort of running on empty and we were like, “Snake? Big snake? Let’s try big snake.” And then everyone went insane.
While fans of Adam Warlock may be disappointed that he’s not a part of Infinity War (or next year’s sequel, Avengers 4), the screenwriters’ explanation makes a lot of sense. Adam Warlock is an important character with a great deal of history in the comics, and trying to find space to introduce him in a movie that’s already bursting at the seams with superheroes would have been nearly impossible. However, given Gunn’s statement that the character has a future in the MCU, don’t be surprised if he plays a key role in one of Marvel’s Phase 4 movies. Possibly alongside a giant snake.
KEY RELEASE DATES
Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 release date: Apr 27, 2018
Ant-Man & The Wasp release date: Jul 6, 2018
Captain Marvel release date: Mar 8, 2019
The Avengers 4 / Untitled Avengers Movie release date: May 3, 2019
Untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming Sequel release date: Jul 5, 2019