James Gunn and Marvel Studios have found their Adam Warlock for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Playing the iconic Marvel role will be Will Poulter (originally reported by Deadline). Poulter has starred in The Revenant, Detroit, and The Maze Runner. Poulter is also set to appear in Hulu’s Dopesick starring Michael Keaton. Warlock’s addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe was originally teased in the second film’s post-credits scene.
“Welcome to the Guardians family, Will Poulter,” confirmed director James Gunn. “He’s an amazing actor and wonderful guy. See you in a couple weeks.”
As you guys know I often strike down false rumors, so… um…
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) October 11, 2021
The space-traveling team was most recently seen in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, where they were joined by Chris Hemsworth’s Thor during the final moments of the film. Because of this, Guardians of the Galaxy stars including Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, and Karen Gillan are set to appear in Thor: Love and Thunder, which is currently set for a May 6, 2022 release. After that, they will go on their next solo adventure, which will again be directed and written by James Gunn.
Plot details about the third installment are still under wraps but it potentially involve the team’s search for the missing Gamora, who abruptly left after Thanos was finally defeated. Gunn also previously confirmed that Bradley Cooper’s Rocket will play a big part in the upcoming film.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 release date is set for May 5, 2023.
The first Guardians of the Galaxy was the surprise hit of the second phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, grossing nearly $775 million at the box office and earning widespread critical acclaim for its abundance of humor, emotional story, and Gunn’s direction. The second film hit theaters three years later. It proved to be a near equal success to its predecessor, grossing over $800 million at the box office and earning more acclaim from critics and audiences who continued to praise the performances, direction, soundtrack, and story.