Is Adam Warlock Good or Bad in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’?

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Fans of the MCU are excited about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 because of how it will introduce a new character in the form of Adam Warlock, who is someone who has had a history in Marvel Comics as a prominent character. Of course, we know for a fact that Adam Warlock probably won’t be introduced as a friend of the Guardians of the Galaxy. So, with that said, is Adam Warlock good or bad in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?

It is likely that Adam Warlock is not necessarily bad but is an antagonist that will clash with the Guardians of the Galaxy. However, it is also possible that this movie will serve as the character’s eventual transformation into a good guy, as this was something that we also saw in the comics. It is quite possible that Adam Warlock will be introduced as a villain in the first part of the movie but will eventually transition into the role of an ally for the team.

The fact that Adam Warlock wasn’t introduced as a good guy but eventually became one in the comics is one of the reasons why we believe that there is a good chance that his character in the MCU will undergo a similar process of conversion or transformation. Of course, let’s look at this discussion in greater detail to understand more about the possibility of Adam Warlock being a good guy.

Is Adam Warlock Good Or Bad In The Comics?

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Adam Warlock was someone who was just mentioned in passing in the final moments of the movie. Of course, there’s a good reason why he was actually mentioned in that film.

During the early part of the movie, Peter Quill and the Guardians of the Galaxy were hired by the Sovereign for a job. However, Rocket ended up offending the Sovereign, and that meant that these gold-skinned people wanted to get revenge for what the Guardians did to them when they betrayed them. As such, during a good part of the movie, Ayesha, the leader of the Sovereign, used drones to try to kill the Guardians of the Galaxy, all while they were fighting a literal planet-sized Celestial in the form of Ego.

As the Sovereign failed to kill the Guardians, Ayesha decided to create a being that she believed would be able to kill the ragtag group of misfits. That was when a cocoon was shown as Ayesha named the being in the cocoon Adam. In that regard, it was clear that Adam Warlock was eventually going to be in the MCU, and that’s something that was confirmed when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was announced.

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Considering that we know that Adam Warlock was created by Ayesha and the Sovereign to kill the Guardians of the Galaxy, does that mean that he’s a bad guy in the MCU? Well, knowing more about his character in the comics could give us a good answer.

In the comics, Adam Warlock was, of course, created from a cocoon as well as he eventually became a hero with a strong moral compass that allowed him to do what he believed was best for the universe. There were even moments when he worked together with the likes of Iron Man and Captain America. And the only time that he was actually a true villain was when he was corrupted by the Infinity Gauntlet.


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However, he actually started out as someone who was on the wrong side of morality. That’s because Adam Warlock was born as an adult when he emerged from his cocoon, and that meant that he knew nothing about the way the world worked.

When he woke up, one of the first things that he tried to do was to find a mate, and that was when he set his eyes on Lady Sif. He was naïve enough to think that he could claim a mate without understanding how romance worked.

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Of course, he and Thor clashed because of this. This resulted in the defeat of Adam Warlock at the hands of the God of Thunder. But the next time he appeared, Adam was now a better person and was now a legitimate hero that now understood the ways of the world. As such, despite the fact that he wasn’t entirely a good guy when he was introduced, he eventually learned more about the world and developed a strong moral compass.

Is Adam Warlock Good Or Bad In The MCU?

Now that we know more about Adam Warlock’s history in the comics as a misunderstood character that eventually became a hero, there is good reason to believe that he might not be as bad as some people might think in terms of his MCU version. And that all goes back to the possibility that he probably won’t even know what he’s doing when he eventually makes his MCU debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

As mentioned, he was created by the Sovereign to put an end to the Guardians of the Galaxy once and for all after they offended and betrayed Ayesha and her people. Of course, we know that the Sovereign are a prim and proper people that tend to be black and white in terms of the way they view the universe, as they probably don’t have grey areas in terms of morality. This means that they view the Guardians as evil people, and the same kind of mindset must’ve been programmed into Adam Warlock’s mind when he was created.

That is why Adam might start out as a character that hates the Guardians of the Galaxy because that was the way he was created. He was probably created with the notion that the Guardians are evil and that he must destroy anything that’s evil in the universe. And, of course, considering that the Guardians of the Galaxy aren’t exactly the most heroic people in the MCU, Adam Warlock might have a good reason to actually think that they are evil.

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We established that, in the comics, he has always been someone with a strong moral compass, and that could be true in the MCU as well, as he might have been created with strict notions of what is good and what is bad. This could be the reason why he ends up clashing with the Guardians, as they could be evil in the eyes of Adam Warlock. As such, there is a good possibility that the character’s introduction story will dwell on the chance that he believes that the Guardians are evil people that he needs to kill.


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Of course, there is also a good chance that there will be an even greater threat in the movie, and that could be the reason why Adam will be forced to truly determine who is good and who is bad. And this could be his conversion story from a naïve character into someone that could truly judge a situation well enough for him to tell who is truly good or bad.

It is worth mentioning that James Gunn said that this movie would conclude the storylines of this version of the Guardians of the Galaxy, and that means that there is a good possibility that a new version of the Guardians is on its way. As such, if Adam Warlock isn’t a one-time-only character, he might become one of the new Guardians of the Galaxy in the next generation.

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