The most challenging aspect of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s story was Adam Warlock, according to James Gunn.
Speaking to io9, the veteran Marvel filmmaker explained that The Soverign’s supreme weapon, brought to life by Will Poulter, was the toughest piece of the film’s narrative puzzle. “There’s no doubt it was Adam Warlock,” Gunn said. “It was really difficult. I promised Adam at the end of [Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2]. The High Evolutionary has created Adam’s species, that was the way in.” The director elaborated that while many of the film’s characters, new and old, were linked to Chukwudi Iwuji’s villain, Adam was the most disconnected aspect that needed to be slotted into place.
When asked if he felt any pressure to deliver on the promise of Adam Warlock, given the tease established in the previous Guardians sequel, Gunn responded he originally had a different plan for Poulter’s villain-turned-hero. “I did feel pressure to put him in… a lot of this stuff was written for Vol. 2, originally Adam Warlock was in Vol. 2.” The filmmaker, who now also serves as the co-CEO of DC Studios, noted that Yondu took over the role of the “second force” that comes into conflict with the Guardians. “I always had [Adam Warlock] in mind from that movie but he seemed to fit better in this movie.”
A Farewell to the Guardians
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 may set up several new characters for more adventures in Marvel’s cosmic playpen but the film also serves as a farewell to the titular crew. The heroic mercenaries are once again forced into a planet-hopping adventure when Rocket is forced to confront his past with the High Evolutionary. While the film has received plenty of praise from fans and critics alike for its emotionally charged story and performances, some have raised concerns about the movie’s dark content.
Speaking about why Vol. 3 depicted various incidents of animal cruelty, Miriam Shor, who played The High Evolutionary’s advisor Recorder Vin, explained that Gunn viewed those scenes as necessary. “[Gunn] was just like, ‘You have to go for it. It has to be terrible,’ The stakes have to be that high for the story to work,” Shor explained. “If you’re a bad guy in these movies, you can’t pull your punches, because it doesn’t work. But there was definitely a moment where I was like, ‘I don’t think that kids are gonna let me come home after they see this movie.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is now in cinemas.
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