Major spoilers ahead for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3!
Chukwudi Iwuji’s High Evolutionary is a cold and conniving supervillain in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Intent on unlocking the next stages of evolution, the High Evolutionary stopped at nothing to achieve his goal, even wiping out entire societies, torturing innocent creatures, and inventing entirely new organisms in what he believed to be acts of genuine altruism.
The High Evolutionary’s experiments led to the creation of several characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 reveals exactly which characters and species owe their creation to the maniacal supervillain.
10 Rocket Raccoon
Rocket Raccoon, voiced by Bradley Cooper, was one of the High Evolutionary’s greatest creations. Also known as subject 89P13, Rocket was a raccoon from Earth that was experimented on to give him higher intelligence, especially when it came to mechanics and engineering. Rocket’s vast intelligence even helped him escape the High Evolutionary’s clutches early in his life.
Although Rocket Raccoon seemed likely to die in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, he ended up being a major part in finally bringing the High Evolutionary down for good. Teaming up with his family, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket rebelled against his programming and saved all other creatures like him from lives of torment.
Linda Cardellini portrays Lylla in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Lylla is an otter who, like Rocket, has been subject to countless experiments that have given her higher intelligence. She also appears to have had part of her skeleton replaced with cybernetics, which connects to her two robotic arms.
Lylla and the other members of Batch 89 befriended Rocket Raccoon during their time in the High Evolutionary’s prison, dreaming of days when they would be free to explore the world. However, the High Evolutionary proves to be one of the most evil villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he kills Lylla right in front of Rocket during their escape attempt.
Asim Chaudhry portrays Teefs, an anthropomorphic walrus who names himself after his prominent tusks. As a result of the many experiments conducted on him, Teefs has had his rear flippers replaced with wheels. He, Lylla, and Floor are a part of the High Evolutionary’s Batch 89 with Rocket Raccoon, who spend their days dreaming of exploring a better world.
After learning that the High Evolutionary plans to kill them, Teefs and his friends attempt to escape their cages but are discovered by the mad scientist. Lylla, Teefs, and Floor are killed in the ensuing chaos, leaving Rocket to escape by himself.
Mikaela Hoover portrays Floor, a rabbit who has been subject to the High Evolutionary’s experiments as a part of Batch 89. Floor has had her limbs replaced with spider-like appendages and wears a metal mask that presumably grants her the ability to speak. Like her cellmates, Floor only dreams of being released in the High Evolutionary’s better world.
Floor joins Rocket Raccoon and her cellmates in a daring prison escape after learning of the High Evolutionary’s plans to incinerate them. However, Floor panics when the High Evolutionary discovers their escape and looks to a distracted Rocket for guidance. While her friend is busy clawing the High Evolutionary’s face to bits, Floor and Teefs are shot and killed.
6 War Pig
War Pig is an experiment that serves as one of the High Evolutionary’s henchmen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Voiced by Ant-Man‘s Judy Greer, War Pig participates in the High Evolutionary’s trap for the Guardians of the Galaxy on Counter-Earth, helping him separate and attempt to kill the space-faring superheroes.
War Pig has multiple weapons built into her body, including blades that allow her to easily kill her enemies. However, War Pig gets more than she bargained for when she challenges Adam Warlock, who easily decapitated her with his bare hands.
5 Gridlemop, Phlektik, And Lambshank
Troma Entertainment creator and longtime mentor to James Gunn, Lloyd Kaufman, makes a cameo appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, playing one of the High Evolutionary’s more abominable creations, referred to in the credits as Gridlemop. James Gunn himself makes a cameo as another creation, referred to as Lambshank. Pete Davidson similarly voices the character of Phlektik, having already appeared in one of James Gunn’s best films of all time, The Suicide Squad.
In contrast to other creations like Rocket Raccoon, Gridlemop, Phlektik, and Lambshank are all fiercely loyal to the High Evolutionary, joining the fight against the Guardians of the Galaxy in the film’s final act. They are all killed during the battle, bringing an end to the High Evolutionary’s many cruel experiments.
4 Ayesha And The Sovereign
Having previously been introduced in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Ayesha and the Sovereign, a group of golden-skinned aliens, are revealed to have been creations of the High Evolutionary. Elizabeth Debicki’s Ayesha leads the Sovereign but reports directly to the High Evolutionary, who routinely threatens her people’s existence.
It appears as though the Sovereign were among the High Evolutionary’s most successful creations, possessing near perfection in many of their attributes, though they lack strong personality or unique thinking. Ayesha is presumably killed when the High Evolutionary bombs Counter-Earth, though the fate of the other Sovereign remains unknown.
3 Adam Warlock
Will Poulter’s Adam Warlock was created to be the perfect creation, above even the Sovereign, after whom he was modeled. Given incredible superpowers upon his birth, Adam Warlock is capabale of efeating any MCU hero or villain, though he is not quite as mature as he should be, having been removed from his incubation chamber too early by the High Evolutionary.
Adam Warlock eventually sees the evil of the High Evolutionary after he bombs Counter-Earth, killing millions of innocent lives. Ayesha, Adam’s mother, is also caught in the blast, leading him to eventually help the Guardians of the Galaxy overthrow the wicked High Evolutionary and save the galaxy once more.
2 The Inhabitants Of Counter-Earth
Among the High Evolutionary’s most prized creations were the inhabitants of Counter-Earth. These individuals were created from animals, given higher intelligence and a supposedly lower appetite for violence. Their civilization developed similarly to that of Earth, including its crime and, eventually, its violence as well.
Seeing that the inhabitants of Counter-Earth were barely an improvement over humanity, the High Evolutionary uses his flagship to blow the planet to pieces. His barrage kills millions of innocent lives, wreaking havoc on the world that the created. It is unknown how many, if any, citizens of Counter-Earth actually survived the High Evolutionary’s attack.
1 The High Evolutionary’s Latest Batch
The High Evolutionary was revealed to have created yet another species in the time between creating Counter-Earth and the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. These experiments comprised of young children who possessed heightened abilities, some of which bordered on superpowers.
The development of this last batch led the High Evolutionary to wipe out his previous creation on Counter-Earth. However, the Guardians of the Galaxy were able to save these children and raise them on Knowhere. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s mid-credits scene revealed that one of these children was Phyla-Vell, one of the heroes known as Quasar in Marvel Comics.
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