Will Poulter Joins Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’ as Adam Warlock

One of Marvel’s most powerful superheroes is finally joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Will Poulter (“Midsommar,” “The Revenant”) has landed the role of Adam Warlock in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” which writer-director James Gunn is set to start shooting later this year.

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“Welcome to the Guardians family, Will Poulter,” Gunn posted to Twitter on Monday. “He’s an amazing actor and wonderful guy. See you in a couple weeks.”

Gunn teased the introduction of Warlock in one of the mid-credits teasers in 2017’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” after Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), leader of the Sovereign people, creates a being she names “Adam,” with the purpose of destroying the Guardians of the Galaxy.

The character was first introduced in the late 1960s/early 1970s, created in a specialized cocoon to be, effectively, the perfect human. His powers — flight, super-strength, regeneration, energy manipulation — are comprehensive and rival only the most powerful Marvel characters ever created.

Much of Adam Warlock’s comic book history was tied up with the Infinity Gems (called Infinity Stones in the MCU), especially the Soul Gem — but given the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” it’s unclear how much they would factor into “Guardians Vol. 3.” Another popular comic book storyline involves Adam Warlock’s transformation into the Magus, an insane and dangerously powerful creature — which brought the Guardians of the Galaxy into the orbit of Kang the Conqueror, one of the newly established Big Bads of the MCU (as played by Jonathan Majors).

Gunn has said that he originally planned to introduce Adam Warlock in “Guardians Vol. 2,” but ultimately elected to defer the character to “Vol. 3.” The full “Guardians” cast are expected to return for their third outing, including Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Bradley Cooper (as the voice of Rocket) and Vin Diesel (as the voice of Groot).

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is scheduled to debut on May 5, 2023.

Deadline first reported the news of Poulter’s casting.

More to come.

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