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Who Is Marvel's Adam Warlock?

We're taking a look at an iconic cosmic character from the Marvel universe to give you a better insight into who he is and where he came from.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which is in theaters internationally now and comes to the US on May 5, expands upon the Marvel Cinematic Universe by introducing new characters of the cosmic variety. The newest film in the studio's constantly growing universe debuts a slew of new characters during the five post-credit sequences, which we break down here.

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We're taking a closer look at Warlock, a character who has heavy ties to the Marvel cosmic universe.

Warning: Spoilers for the post-credit sequence of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 below.

During one of the after-credit scenes, we see a cocoon large enough to hold a person as Ayesha says "I think I will call him… Adam." The Adam she is referring to is Adam Warlock. Who is he and where did he come from?

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Warlock is first mentioned in Fantastic Four #66 back in 1967, although we don't get to actually see him until issue #67. He was created by the iconic Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Originally, the character was simply known as "Him." He was scientifically engineered by a group called The Enclave as part of its attempt to create the perfect being. He started out in a cocoon and eventually emerged into the world as a He-Man-looking character.

Of course, the perfect being is going to have an outstanding power set. Aside from the standard superhuman strength and durability, Warlock is capable of absorbing and storing cosmic energy. He can project this energy as a weapon or use it to augment his own physical abilities. In addition, he could also spin himself into a regenerative cocoon to heal himself or prevent death.

What makes Warlock such an important character is that his story is intertwined with the Infinity Stones and Infinity Gauntlet, which have been and will continue to be a big part of the Marvel films. He was once granted the Soul Gem and became ruler of the pocket universe that existed inside of it. The gem could peer into someone's soul and had the ability to steal and trap it.

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Of course, because of his ties to the Soul Gem, Warlock has been a part of numerous storylines where the Infinity Gauntlet was involved. Most notably, Warlock joined the other heroes in the Marvel Universe to battle Thanos, who was in control of the Infinity Gems, in the 1991 story The Infinity Gauntlet.

When we think about how Warlock could fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe--if he does end up being used--it's more than likely he'll join the heroes of Earth to battle Thanos in an adaptation of The Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos has been set up as an upcoming villain, and we've already seen a few of the Infinity Stones.

Looking for more Adam Warlock? Check out these comics featuring the character.

  • The Infinity Gauntlet
  • The Infinity War
  • Infinity Crusade
  • Annihilation: Conquest
  • Thanos: The Infinity Relativity

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Posted By Yassassin

David Bowie circa 76 - 80, would have been GOAT casting

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Posted By Spambot

@tvc-15: As Lucifer Morningstar. I agree he would have worked as Adam too though. McConaughey prob looks more like him though and is obviously a better actor.

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Posted By Yassassin

@spambot said:

@tvc-15: As Lucifer Morningstar. I agree he would have worked as Adam too though. McConaughey prob looks more like him though and is obviously a better actor.

McConaughey too old and rugged looking. Also 71 Bowie would be better as Lucy since that's the one Lucy was originally designed after.

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@tvc-15: imo he looks a lot more like the later thin white duke Bowie. The ruggedness wouldn't matter since they'll gloss over it with gold paint anyhow.

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Posted By RavenVice01

@tvc-15: Bowie would have been an epic Mr. Sinister

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Posted By RavenVice01

@nervmeister: he was great as Dorian Grey but I would have chosen him to be someone sinister rather adam/ magus

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Posted By majin77

I don't see why this needs to be explained. People can just figure it out for themselves damn.

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Posted By Sawed_Off_It

I'd cast Will Ferrell. He can be serious.... I'm not joking

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Posted By RavenVice01

@morleericks: if I had to pick between will Ferrell and Hayden Christensen to play Adam Warlock. I would pick Will too...I am joking. LoL.

I don't like will Ferrell because I believe he takes all of Jim carrey's jobs.

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Posted By The_Titan_Lord

Nice

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Posted By GeekBlastRadio

I remember when I first read about Adam Warlock and the Silver Surfer battling the mighty Thanos for the all powerful infinity gauntlet. I underestimated the power of Adam Warlock as he was able to gain the gauntlet from one of the most powerful villains in the marvel universe. I loved how Silver Surfer # 50 with the foil cover stayed in sync with the Infinity Gauntlet then out of nowhere came Adam Warlock #1 and he had the gauntlet on and it opened my eyes to a older but seldom used character who I fell in love with. It’s a shame he anD the surfer are not big factored in the storyline to this movie.

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Wonder why a near 2 year long article is on the front page.

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Posted By fmen2016

Gunn will not go back because he Is not a SJW

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How are the tie-ins for the Infinity trilogy relevant to Adam's character? (or to the overall storylines?)

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Edited By kerryjonson

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Posted By Tethadam

I am just hoping we see him very soon and The High Evolutionary.

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Posted By HonikerX

that looks like Whitney, Tommy Terror..

oh, sorry, Adversary.. his name means original man is deranged? Adam was locked on war, if he wanted to.. or that he's the deranger?

right he can make Adam son of Eve lock on war, he's so bad?

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Posted By Wweyland

Any rumors about him appearing in a movie?

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