With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 having already surpassed the total box office take of the first film, it’s time for James Gunn to relax a bit before immersing himself into the creative process for Vol. 3. While we don’t have any idea where the next story will take everyone’s favorite team of losers (we do have a wishlist, however), we do know that Gunn will be adding a new character to the mix: Marvel’s great Cosmic weirdo, Adam Warlock. In preparation for writing the character into Vol. 3 (Gunn has said before that Warlock was in an early version of a script for Vol. 2), Gunn has gone to the source and is catching up on some reading.
Gunn looks to be reading Marvel Masterworks: Warlock Vol. 1 (if you want to read what James is reading, you can do so by clicking here) and that’s interesting for a couple of reasons. First of all, Gunn is likely already very familiar with Warlock having written him into a previous version of the script, so if he’s reading a particular collected edition, maybe he’s looking for something specific. In this case, the collected edition covers Warlock’s early adventures which are VERY different from the more well-known modern Warlock, who was basically re-created by Jim Starlin. Gunn’s reading is taking him back to the character’s Messianic adventures on Counter-Earth, written by Roy Thomas. In his earliest adventures, Warlock, who was created by a group of rogue scientists known as the Enclave, went by the name of “Him”, left his creators and headed for space. After a brief encounter with Thor, he came across the High Evolutionary. The High Evolutionary renamed him Warlock and asked him to rid Counter-Earth of the Man Beast (the story’s devil analog).
It’s interesting that Gunn is interested in the origins of the character as written by Thomas, as they seem to more closely resemble Warlock’s creation which was teased in a post credit scene of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Perhaps, like in the comics, Warlock will rebel against his creators and take off on his own adventures, maybe even coming across the High Evolutionary, before running into the Guardians. Or maybe Gunn is just looking for some inspiration for a good shot of Warlock coming into being. Whatever the case, it’ll be very interesting to see how Gunn chooses to portray one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe when 2020 rolls around!