MCU fans might recall that in one of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s five post-credits scenes, Ayesha, ruler of the Sovereign unveils a cocoon-like housing for a creation she called “Adam.”
Will Poulter will play Adam Warlock in the third Guardians film, but thus far, he’s been absent for much of the threequel’s marketing.
New Guardians Vol. 3 Footage Shows Off Adam’s Power
A new TV spot for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 showed a snippet of footage showing Will Poulter’s Adam Warlock firing an energy blast from his hand.
Adam charges up the blast as he takes the spotlight in his costume:
Another view is shown with the Sovereign just about to fire:
This previously-released piece of promotional art from the film also depicts Warlock using this ability:
As for the exact nature of the character’s powers, according to the biographical page for the comic book version of Adam Warlock from the official Marvel website: “Warlock could project blasts of cosmic energy from his hands as concussive forces.”
Here’s a look at Adam utilizing this particular superpower in the pages of Marvel Comics:
You can watch Will Poulter's Adam Warlock firing his cosmic energy blast at :18 of the spot below:
What Will Adam Warlock’s MCU Role Be?
Considering that, for much of his publication history, Adam Warlock has been portrayed as a superhero, it’s unlikely that his villain status in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is going to stick.
In fact, Guardians director James Gunn himself teased that Adam “could become a really important character” in the MCU going forward. This basically confirms that Will Poulter’s character makes it out of Vol. 3 alive.
Some might argue that Adam’s introduction into the franchise is coming too late, given that he plays a significant part in the Infinity Gauntlet storyline in the books. Marvel Studios has already told the tale of Thanos and the Gauntlet during Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
But it’s always quite possible that Warlock could be used in a big way in either of the upcoming Avengers films. In most incarnations, he’s something of a powerhouse, so he’d serve as a very good ally to the heroes as they go up against Kang the Conqueror.
Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hits theaters on Friday, May 5.