With Adam Warlock set to be introduced to the MCU in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, many are wondering just how powerful he could be in the universe, especially when stacked against other MCU heroes. Warlock is now guaranteed to make an appearance in 2023 after the character’s origins were teased in one of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s many post-credits scenes. The famous Marvel character will be played by Will Poulter, who is best known for turns in movies such as The Maze Runner, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, and We’re The Millers.
Poulter was cast in the role in October 2021, leaving many excited about the introduction of the character to the MCU. The character is one of the most important cosmic Marvel Comics characters, initially introduced as a messiah-like figure. Adam Warlock’s MCU introduction in Guardians 3 makes a lot of sense, considering how the comic character has been a common ally over the years for teams such as the Fantastic Four and the Guardians of the Galaxy themselves.
However, this introduction has led many to wonder about Adam Warlock’s MCU power base, given the intense abilities of his comic book counterpart. One of Warlock’s archenemies in Marvel Comics is Thanos, the Mad Titan himself. Given the power levels of a character like Thanos, it would make sense for Warlock to be introduced as one of the most powerful beings in the MCU, despite missing the fight with the Mad Titan shown in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. However, with the end-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 seemingly setting up Adam Warlock as a villain in the MCU, it isn’t only his power level thrown into question, but his allegiances as well.
Adam Warlock’s Marvel Comics Powers & Origin Explained
Originally, Warlock’s character in Marvel Comics went by another name, being known only as Him. Adam Warlock was initially a powerful being genetically engineered by a group called the Enclave. Upon escaping their grasp, however, Adam took off into the cosmic world of Marvel to find his own path. This led him to encounter Marvel characters such as Lady Sif, Thor, and the High Evolutionary, with the latter dubbing him Warlock and granting Adam the Soul Stone. After this, Adam Warlock learned a great deal about humanity and morality while attempting to control his newfound Infinity Stone. Adam then sacrificed his life during a team-up with the original Captain Marvel and the Avengers, going on to live in Soulworld, the pocket dimension of the Soul Stone. Upon being resurrected, Adam Warlock led the universe’s heroes against Thanos in Infinity Gauntlet, Infinity Crusade, and Infinity War, ultimately defeating his archnemesis.
Given the character’s important comic stories, he naturally has a lot of powers and abilities to help him go toe-to-toe with foes like Thanos and fight alongside the Avengers. While Adam’s physical strength isn’t quite on the same levels as the Hulk’s, for example, he has a great deal of other cosmic abilities that solidify him as one of the most powerful Marvel Comics beings. This would put the MCU’s version above the Guardians he will be alongside, potentially strengthening the team should he be kept around for Guardians of the Galaxy 4’s team lineup. Some of these powers include his ability to fly, enhance his strength, shoot energy blasts, and regenerate from many injuries by retreating to a cocoon, not unlike the one he was birthed in.
Will Adam Warlock Be The Most Powerful Ever MCU Hero?
Given the strength of the character in the comics, it is hard to see how Warlock would be introduced as weaker than any heroes in the MCU up to this point. Whenever speculation begins on who the strongest MCU characters are, the names often brought up include the likes of Thor, Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch, and Doctor Strange. In Avengers: Endgame, many began labeling Captain Marvel as the most powerful after fans of Avengers: Infinity War first gave that title to Thor and Doctor Strange. However, beginning with Phase 4’s WandaVision, Scarlet Witch became the most powerful character in the MCU in many people’s eyes.
That being said, Warlock’s abilities in the comics are very similar to the likes of Captain Marvel’s of the MCU. This would surely put him on at least equal footing with Carol Danvers, potentially even surpassing her should Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 adapt his regeneration abilities. It would be a gross misuse of the character to introduce Adam Warlock, who is as powerful, if not more so, than Thanos in the comics, and have him be severely weakened. Given the hints that Warlock will be the antagonist of Guardians 3, he would need to present a threat great enough for the MCU’s biggest team outside of the Avengers to defeat him. This would make him, if his origins and powers are shown in Guardians 3 correctly, one of the MCU’s most powerful characters.
There is a good chance that Adam Warlock’s inclusion in Guardians 3 is only the beginning of his MCU journey, given the character’s potential. Also, despite the setup of being the villain of the film, it is a safe bet to assume he will join the Guardians by the end. As the majority of Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel have been about the team’s members on journeys of self-discovery as well as finding a family, Adam Warlock’s Marvel Comics origins point towards that also being the story for him in the MCU – making him fit nicely with the Guardians both emotionally and thematically. While the MCU has already changed Adam Warlock’s comic story in some ways, the trajectory of his character could be similar, being sent off by the Sovereign with a goal in mind before journeying to find out who he truly is in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
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