In the months since being cast as Adam Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Emmy-nominated actor Will Poulter has been relatively quiet about the role…until now.
In a recent interview with Daniel Merrifield a.k.a The Movie Dweeb, the actor spoke at length about his career, including his time on School of Comedy and even his memorable performance as Eustace Stubb in Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
On the topic of Guardians, the actor did play coy at first – as any Marvel actor (with the exception of Tom Holland) would – but he did eventually drop some breadcrumbs about the upcoming threequel. For example, when asked about the possibility of a relationship between Gamora and Adam Warlock in the film, Poulter looked pretty shocked at the idea. With what can only be described as an inaudible sound, he gave Merrifield all the assurance that the two would not be an item in the film.
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Poulter also spoke very highly of Chukwudi Iwuji’s High Evolutionary. “I think he brought that kind of gravitas and natural kind of showmanship that he possesses,” he said. He went on to describe how whenever Iwuji stepped on set, “everyone was completely spellbound.”
Now, when asked about Warlock’s role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or Multiverse!) beyond Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Poulter gave an admittedly safe yet sufficient answer. “I’d be honored to play Adam Warlock again,” he said.
Knowing that the character is one of James Gunn’s favorite comic book characters, he confessed, “I’m desperate to work with James again. I’m desperate to work with with all of my classmates. ” He added that the entire case was “one of the nicest, most welcoming kind of groups [he] had the pleasure of being in the company of.”
If you’re not convinced that Adam Warlock is a permanent fixture in the MCU, the fact that James Gunn loves the character so much and that he’s historically one of the strongest beings in the comics should assure you that his journey has only just begun.
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Speaking of the future, Poulter also discussed the long-gestating reboot of the Chronicles of Narnia franchise. Netflix currently owns the rights to the books, although Disney owns the rights to the three films so it’s unclear if/how a return could work but, when asked about reprising his role as Eustace in a future adaptation, the actor said he hadn’t thought about the idea and that it could be “funny.”
Poulter also discussed the possibility of one day inhabiting the world of Star Wars, especially with so many fans comparing him to Cal Ketsis.
You can watch the full interview here.
Aside from Poulter and Iwuju, the stacked cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Elizabeth Debicki, Maria Bakalova, Sylvester Stallone, and Michael Rosenbaum(?). Daniela Melchior (The Suicide Squad), and Nico Santos (Superstore) have mystery roles.
Fans can currently see the Guardians in Thor: Love and Thunder. They’ll also star in their own Holiday Special later this year, which will air exclusively on Disney+.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will hit theaters on May 5, 2023.
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