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There were five mid- and post-credits scenes in the most recent Marvel Studios film, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. Some were nothing more than funny tags, while others planted seeds for future MCU films. The post-credits scene that will be the focus of this piece involved Ayesha, leader of the Sovereigns, and a cosmic force that holds great importance for the future of Marvel.

Editor's Note: This spotlight piece contains spoilers for GOTG2. If you have not yet seen the latest entry in the MCU, please proceed with caution.

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At the close of Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, the Sovereign fleet was decimated. As the credits scroll past, a scene opens on the Sovereign's defeated leader, Ayesha. The golden figure tells a fellow Sovereign that the next step of their evolution will provide the key to destroying the Guardians. This next step is simply called "Adam." The camera lingers on a birthing pod that seems to contain this evolutionary force.

This "Adam" that Ayesha refers to is almost definitely the classic cosmic character, Adam Warlock. The character of Warlock has been floating around the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the past few years. Eagle-eyed viewers may remember that Adam Warlock’s cocoon was seen in the first Guardians movie, hidden in the background of one of the Collector’s vaults. Not only that, but director James Gunn actually kicked around the idea of Adam being in Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. I theorized in a Geeks + Gamers article that Adam Warlock would be Peter Quill’s father before it was revealed to be Ego the Living Planet. Fortunately for fans of Adam, James Gunn has committed to Warlock's eventual incorporation into the MCU.

In an exclusive interview with Peter Sciretta of SlashFilm, Gunn, after detailing the difficult task of cutting Adam Warlock for the sake of other new characters (specifically Mantis), confirmed Warlock to be
 "a part of the future Marvel cosmic universe and a pretty important part of that.” Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, later clarified Gunn’s comments about Warlock’s future in the MCU by saying "If he appears anywhere in the future, it’ll be in Guardians." From these comments, it can easily be assumed that Adam Warlock will appear in a future Guardians of the Galaxy film, most likely Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3. So, for those who do not yet know, the question must be answered: "Who is Adam Warlock?"

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Adam Warlock has had a long history with the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe. He is as synomymous with Cosmic Marvel as Thanos. I was overjoyed when I first saw the cocoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, since I wanted so badly to see this iconic character on film. Warlock was created in a cocoon by The Enclave, a mysterious group of scientists. In those early comics, he was just called "Him." He was created to be the perfect artificial being. In fact, later experiments by The Enclave would lead to the creation of Ayesha, their second attempt to perfect artificial personhood. It is curious to see that the Cinematic Universe seems to be taking the opposite approach, making Ayesha’s creation a direct lead-in to the creation of Adam Warlock. It is a creative twist on the original source material.

Adam Warlock’s travels have connected him with large players in the grander scheme of the Marvel Cosmic Universe, specifically with Thanos, Thor, and Gamora. Through these journeys, Adam acquired the Soul Gem (or the Soul Stone, as they are referred to onscreen). The evil part of Adam Warlock was expelled from the Soul Stone and formed the being known as Magus. Magus is, in layman's terms, Adam Warlock's evil twin. In order to take down this evil force, Warlock united with other well-known cosmic beings. However, it was in this massive battle that Warlock met his unfortunate demise.

Whenever Adam dies, however, he is resurrected and reborn in the same cocoon that gave him life. This has happened several times in the comics. He has returned to stop Thanos from using the Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity Gems to obliterate the universe. He was even able to obtain the Infinity Gauntlet and used it to defeat Thanos once he killed all of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and reshaped the universe to his will. Warlock is one of few strong enough to wield the Infinity Gauntlet, which granted him omnipotence. However, it was decided that he could not be trusted with that much power, so the Gaunlet was hidden and its Gems divided between several cosmic beings in the Marvel Universe. Adam has even joined with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop alien threats from destroying the universe. This all begs the question: "Is Adam Warlock a hero or a villain?" He has intervened on the side of good and stopped nearly undefeatable forces from vanquishing everything. But, his presence in the Marvel Universe has caused its own wide variety of problems. In many ways, he can be seen (overall) as an antihero.

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It was long assumed that Adam Warlock would play a part in an upcoming Avengers film. Mostly this idea is attributable to the large role Warlock plays in The Infinity Gauntlet, a classic comic-book run that inspired, in large part, the events of Avengers: Infinity War. However, both Kevin Feige and James Gunn have confirmed that he will not be featured alongside The Avengers. With the post-credits scene from GOTG2 firmly solidifying his existence past a simple Easter Egg, it is almost a sure bet that Adam will soon be standing alongside Star Lord and Groot. With his creation by The Sovereign, he could start out as an antagonist and then throw off his creators with the Guardians. Creatively, the sky is the limit with Adam, especially if he is to play a major role in the future Cosmic MCU Phases. I look forward to seeing a lot of exploration into Adam’s backstory with Ayesha. I would also like to see how the franchise handles Magus. James Gunn has certainly proven his mettle with the Guardians franchise and would definitely make Adam Warlock an interesting character that audiences would easily be able to enjoy.
About the Author
Tim Costello
Author: Tim Costello
I am the resident Marvel aficionado at geeksandgamers.com. I have been a Marvel fan pretty much all of my life. I was first introduced to Marvel with the Spider-Man animated series as a kid, and have loved the Marvel comics universe ever since, diving into comics, TV series and movies. I was loving all the Marvel movies that were coming out in theaters in the early 2000s, and as the MCU made its grand debut in cinemas, I became a bigger fan. My favorite Marvel movies are Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and the first Avengers movie. Aside from my deep love of Marvel, I have a huge love for Disney and Star Wars. I own a lot of those movies and books, and they are always being added to. I was able to translate that love online when I was made an admin of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Facebook page last year. I am also an occasional contributor to MarvelStudiosNews.com. You can follow me on Instagram at @supertim99 and on twitter at @mighty_tim