Guardians of the Galaxy 3: New Look at Adam Warlock & Gunn Explains Why Tom Cruise Was Not Cast

While James Gunn is on the verge of revealing his big new direction for DC Films, it’s worth remembering that he has his (presumably) final film for Marvel Studios, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which hits theaters in just a few months. In the run-up to his May 5 release, Empire Magazine sent a brand new look at the film’s antagonist, Adam Warlock, played by Will Poulter. This will be the character’s live-action debut, with Poulter undoubtedly set for a long run as the character. See the new image:

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In the same article, Gunn teased Warlock’s role. While the character has heroic qualities in the comics, in the film he appears to be more of a bad guy, at least at first. As Gunn explains to Empire, “… he’s definitely not a good guy. What we see is the infant form of Warlock, newly out of the cocoon, and he doesn’t understand life very well. He’s basically a baby.”

While some may remember Poulter is the child in We are the mills or The Chronicles of NarniaThe 6’3 actor has grown considerably and has become quite the heartthrob in his native UK, following his turn on the series Why Don’t they ask Evans. When I saw him at Comic-Con this summer, women in the audience screamed as he walked out onto the stage, making me think a new leading man has been born. According to Gunn, Tom Cruise was the guy everyone wanted to play Adam Warlock, but Gunn didn’t think he would fit the role. “I wanted someone who was youthful, and I wanted the person who had the dramatic chops and the comedic chops, not just for this movie, but for whatever Marvel wants to use Adam Warlock for in the future.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 coming to the cinema May 5but before that, you should catch up guardians of Galaxy Holiday Special, laying an important foundation for the third film. And of course the next big Marvel movie Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumaniawhich opens on February 17.

Do you think Will Poulter will make a good Adam Warlock? Tell us in the comments!

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