Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 may have been the debut of Adam Warlock (Will Poulter) after being teased in the post-credits of Vol. 2, but fans had been asking for him long before that. The character is one of Marvel’s true cosmic powerhouses, and an integral piece of many major storylines. But in Vol. 3, the character felt like he didn’t really belong, like he was being forced into a story that already had a lot going on.
In an interview with io9, Gunn admits that he felt some pressure to introduce Adam Warlock in Vol. 3, and that including him and his “mother” Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) into the story was tougher than he thought.
While he doesn’t make it clear, that pressure likely came from himself for having teased such a popular character in the first place. With this being his last Marvel movie (for now), he HAD to make good on that by bringing Adam Warlock in. Whatever the criticism, none of that applies to Poulter, who set the stage for Adam Warlock to be a big factor in the MCU.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is in theaters now. You can watch the interview with James Gunn below.