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Guardians Of The Galaxy 3’s Villain Risks Repeating A Big Eternals Mistake

Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is set to finally introduce Adam Warlock into the MCU but this risks repeating the same mistake that Eternals made with Black Knight. Warlock was first teased in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2s mid credits scene when Ayesha Elizabeth Debicki after suffering the loss of an entire Sovereign fleet at the hands of the Guardians announces that she is making an all powerful being who is capable of destroying Peter Quill Chris Pratt and the other Guardians. Approached by one of her chambermaids Ayesha then states that she will call her creation Adam teeing up Warlocks eventual MCU appearance.

A perfect being created by a group of scientists Marvels Adam Warlock is a huge presence in the comics canon and has been an integral part of popular storylines including The Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity War. Comparatively Black Knight teased at the end of Eternals does not have quite as rich a history in comic books but nonetheless looks set to play a significant role in the MCUs Phase Four and Five. After the climactic events of Avengers Endgame the roster of heroes within the MCU is undoubtedly being shaken up as a new Avengers team begins to take form.With each Phase 4 movie to date working to establish key new players for the future of the MCU Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 can look to Eternals as a lesson in how not to introduce a character. The film handled Black Knights introduction poorly by side lining Dane Whitman Kit Harrington and relegating his Ebony Blade reveal to one of Eternals post credits scenes. As a result Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 cannot afford to do the same with its villain Adam Warlock Will Poulter. As one of the comics most powerful and influential characters Warlocks franchise impact cannot be taken for granted by the MCU.

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Has A Lot Of Story To Balance

The Guardians post Endgame are a very different team from the original 2014 film. Mantis Pom Klementieff joined Quill Drax Dave Bautista Rocket Bradley Cooper and Groot Vin Diesel in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 while Thor Chris Hemsworth and Nebula Karen Gillan also joined the galactic superhero group at various stages during the MCUs Infinity Saga. As a result with new dynamics to navigate and character arcs to conclude Guardians 3 has a lot of stories to fit into its narrative.Perhaps the most notable plot that the film will need to address is the whereabouts of Gamora following Endgame. After Thanos Josh Brolin sacrificed his adopted daughter to gain the Soul Stone in Avengers Infinity War Gamora Zoe Saldana returned to the MCU after Endgames time heist allowed a past version of the character to enter the present. However this Gamora is unacquainted with the Guardians has no recollection of her relationship with Quill and has newly turned from Thanos leadership. She was notably absent from the Guardians final appearance in Endgame prompting many theories about where Gamora may have gone after Thanos defeat.

Returning director James Gunn has clarified that he is most excited to wrap up Rockets character arc in the upcoming sequel posing another large narrative thread that the film will have to navigate. Rocket has undergone huge character development across the first two Guardians films finding a sense of family before quickly losing it and Gunns excitement suggests that Rockets origin story will play a large part in the teams final outing. With two of the lead members of the Guardians requiring in depth storylines Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 runs the risk of shifting its character introductions firmly into the background.

Adam Warlock Cannot Play A Supporting Role In GOTG Vol. 3

The prospect of Adam Warlocks arrival in the MCU is a long awaited introduction but the films already crammed narrative cannot afford to position the character solely in a supporting role. Warlocks powers and abilities are seemingly endless encompassing super speed and strength flight and cellular regeneration to make him one of the most powerful beings that Marvel has ever created. Therefore it is important that his introduction honors this power and provides his story with adequate screen time.As an all powerful being seeing Warlock positioned only as a supporting character would subsequently appear out of place. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3s story must focus on its leadership team members and their respective character arcs but this does not mean that it should do so at the expense of Warlocks much needed growth and development. If handled correctly the film could establish an important presence in the future of the MCU and avoid the introductory mistakes that the franchise has made in the past.

Eternals Wasted Black Knight & GOTG Vol 3 Cant Repeat It

Dane Whitmans reveal as Black Knight is a prominent example of how the franchise has unsuccessfully introduced a character in the past. Eternals had the notably difficult task of introducing a huge number of heroes in the space of a single movie and while some of these will return in later projects Black Knights MCU future is the one that will suffer the most given his poor use in the film. Unlike the other members of the Eternals Whitman remained in the background for most of the narrative as Cercis human love interest. Aside from a throwaway line in the films final act about Whitmans heritage Eternals mid credits teaser felt forced given the characters minute role in the film that came before it.It is one thing to do this with a character like Black Knight but Guardians 3 cannot make the same mistake with its handling of Warlock. Credits scenes can be effectively used to set up future endeavors for the characters involved but these set ups rely on the main body of the film supporting their reveal. Adam Warlock has already been teased in such a scene and as a result it is the job of Guardians 3 to follow through on this promise and not falter as Eternals did when handling the character.

Adam Warlock Could Be Crucial To The Multiverse

This handling of Warlock is even more important when considered alongside just how crucial the character could be to the MCUs Multiverse narrative. In Marvel comics Warlock has demonstrated his ability to eliminate timelines and put an end to huge concepts and ideologies in the process best exemplified by his elimination of the Universal Church of Truth. With the MCU entering this same Multiverse territory a character with such an ability could yet be a key player in a role like Lokis Time Variance Authority in helping to restore peace across infinite timelines.The full extent of Adam Warlocks role in the future of the MCU remains to be seen but if his comic book counterpart is anything to go by he has the potential to play a major part in the franchise. Yet this massive potential also leaves his introductory film in a tough position. While it is important to give the Guardians the screen time they deserve in what may well be their swan song Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 cannot afford to make the same mistake that Eternals did and sideline an important character.

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