Someone will need to rally the remaining Avengers and MCU heroes against Thanos in the next Avengers movie, but it won’t be the comic book character most connected to the Infinity Stones.
Sorry folks, but to mangle a famous sports quote, Adam Warlock is not walking through that door to save the say in Avengers 4.
Since the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been … um, thinned a bit in Avengers: Infinity War, fresh reinforcements are definitely needed for Avengers 4. Among them should be Hawkeye, Ant-Man, Wasp and Captain Marvel, but many comic book fans also expected that Adam Warlock might have a role to play. After all, the seeds for his inclusion in the MCU were already sown in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and he has a lengthy history in the comics with both the Infinity Stones and Thanos.
But alas, we won’t even have to wait to see if he shows up, because Joe Russo told Comicbook.com that he definitely won’t.
Yeah [Adam Warlock]’s not showing up in our stories. Look, our job as we said a million times is to tell the story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not to do direct adaptations of the comics because we’re comic book fans. I have no interest as a director in telling a story that’s already been told or in seeing one that’s already been told.
It’s the right move for the Russo Brothers to keep Warlock out of the final showdown with Thanos, because having him arrive would complicate what’s bound to be an already crowded final chapter to the saga of the Infinity Stones. Put another way, if Adam was so important to how things will play out from Infinity War, why wouldn’t Marvel just introduce him sooner?
The Russo Brothers and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have done a great job to this point avoiding any deus ex machina qualities to their MCU films, so it would be out of character for them to insert someone like Adam Warlock into the mix at this point. The golden-skinned cosmic protector probably will make his debut in a Marvel movie eventually, but it isn’t going to be next summer. Count on that.