Actor Will Poulter has joined the cast of director James Gunn’s Marvel movie ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3’ to play the role of classic Marvel character Adam Warlock.
Gunn took to his Twitter handle to confirm the news: “Welcome to the Guardians family, Will Poulter. He’s an amazing actor and a wonderful guy. See you in a couple of weeks.”
As per The Hollywood Reporter, a post-credits scene in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2’ teased Warlock’s addition to the MCU.
Warlock’s origins date back to 1967’s ‘Fantastic Four’ Nos 66 and 67, with Jack Kirby and Stan Lee creating the character. The two-part storyline centred on evil scientists using cloning and genetic modification to create the perfect human being, with the character referred to only as Him.
Writer and artist Jim Starlin revived the character in 1975 and later brought the character to new levels of popularity by using him in his 1990s ‘Infinity Gauntlet’ trilogy and putting him into books such as Warlock and the Infinity Watch, where he served as a wise defender of reality itself.
Before the final casting, a number of actors have been in contention for the role since at least late August, with ‘Bridgerton’ star Rege-Jean Page considering it and ‘1917’ actor George MacKay on the shortlist too.
‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ actors Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and Karen Gillan will also be reprising their roles for this spin-off.
Apart from donning the director’s hat, Gunn is also writing the project, which is gearing up for production and is slated to release on May 3, 2023.