According to Marvel’s official encyclopedia, the character Adam Warlock “was created by a group of Earth scientists called the Enclave as part of their effort to develop an army of perfect, invincible humans.” And who, we must ask, is a more perfect human than the weird kid from We’re the Millers who looks like the weird kid from Toy Story?
Thusly, Will Poulter is reportedly set to play Warlock in James Gunn’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3. Gunn himself confirmed the news on Twitter, saying, “Welcome to the Guardians family, Will Poulter. He’s an amazing actor and wonderful guy.” And, in fairness, now looks a lot closer to an idealized, not-weird man than he did back in 2013. (Yes, that’s how long ago We’re the Millers was, you olds.)
Also, his creation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set up a bit differently than it was in the comics. As teased in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2‘s post-credits tease, now—instead of being created by Earth’s Enclave scientists—the Goldfinger-loving, makeup-gilded Sovereign seem to have created the man-cocoon that their similarly-jaundiced Adam Warlock emerges from.
Necessarily, that change will bring other alterations to Adam Warlock’s role in the MCU.
In the comics, Warlock was deeply connected to the Soul Stone, and had a very large part in the Infinity Saga—which, you know, we already sort of wrapped up. He also had the ’70s stylings of a pretty wild collar and feathered hair, so that’s probably also out the window.
Could Warlock’s emergence loosely tie into more recent comic arcs, like where he butts heads with Kang, the villain teased in Loki‘s disappointing finale? Maybe! Maybe not. Who can say? We aren’t all perfect men born of space cocoons, alright?