Warning: There are massive spoilers ahead for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.”
The end of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” had five end-credit scenes. If the numerous scenes left you feeling overwhelmed, we’ve broken them all down here.
One of the biggest takeaways is the set up for a potential villain in the next “Guardians of the Galaxy” film. Elizabeth Debicki’s character, Ayesha, comes back on screen and announces she’s growing a being in a chamber who she’ll name Adam to take care of the Guardians once and for all.
If you were left puzzled after the short sequence, here’s everything you need to know about Ayesha’s revenge tool against the Guardians.
Who is Adam?
The Adam who Ayesha refers to is Adam Warlock. In the comics, Adam is an artificial human created by scientists in the hopes to create supreme race of human beings to rule over mankind. Similar to the pod we see at the end of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Adam emerged from a giant cocoon in a “Fantastic Four” comic from the ’60s.
When he was first created, Adam wasn’t given a name. He was simply referred to as “Him.” The scientists who created “Him” couldn’t control him when he was first unleashed. When Adam sensed they weren’t good people, he ran off feeling pretty alone in the world.
A later run-in with Thor left him near-dead, but the character didn’t really reappear in the comics until 1972. After floating around in space in his cocoon for some time, he came upon another former scientist, obsessed with genetics, who remade himself into a god called the High Evolutionary. The High Evolutionary was pretty taken with “Him” since he was the perfect specimen that he tried to accomplish for so many years. He renamed “Him” Adam Warlock and the two had a father-son bond.
Why he’s really important to the Marvel films
When Adam Warlock was reborn, the High Evolutionary gave him the Soul gem — one of the six Infinity stones which have been at the center of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Soul gem allows the person in possession to take other souls. It’s something Warlock was unaware of when he was given the stone, and later had little interest in using it for its dark intent.
The gem, which is green in the comics, was put into Warlock’s head.
If you’re experiencing déjà vu, it’s because it looks quite similar to the mind gem stone that is in Vision’s head to keep him alive.
What can Adam do?
Other than steal people’s souls and house them inside that tiny gem stone? There isn’t much Adam can’t do. If you want a giant breakdown of his powers across the years, you can go through them here.
Some of his main powers include super human strength, the ability to fly, super speed, cellular regeneration, some spell casting (watch out Dr. Strange), and energy manipulation. His cocoon can usually shield and regenerate him as well.
It’s interesting that “Guardians” is introducing him as a possible threat to the “Guardians of the Galaxy,” because he’s not really a villain in the comics. At one point, he was even a member of the “Guardians.” Maybe we’ll see him in a later iteration of the group.
He was supposed to be in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
Since the comic character has one of the six Infinity stones, maybe we’ll see Warlock sooner. “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn also told Slashfilm Warlock was originally supposed to have a larger role in the second film. He was cut when he realized he had too many characters in the film.
“In all truth, I wrote an early treatment where I had Adam Warlock as a part,” said Gunn. “He was a big part of the screenplay and I realized it was one character too many. And I adored the character. I adored what we had done with him. I think we did something really creative and unique with Adam Warlock. But it was one character too many and I didn’t want to lose Mantis and Mantis was more organically part of the movie anyway. So I decided to save him for later.”
We’ll most likely have to wait until “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” to see Warlock on screen.
SEE ALSO: Our review of “Guardians of the Galaxy”
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