In the comics, during the Infinity Gauntlet storyline, Adam Warlock played an important role in taking down Thanos, which led many fans to wonder if the character will appear in Avengers: Infinity War. During a recent Q&A, Infinity War director Joe Russo revealed that they didn’t want the fans to anticipate exactly how the film would play out had Warlock appeared in the film.
“We had a lot of pre-established characters and sometimes characters from the books, again, being a comic book fan, I don’t want to see a literal interpretation of a comic book I’ve read a hundred times because I don’t wanna go to a theatre and know exactly what’s going to happen,” Russo shared when asked why Warlock as omitted. “For me, it kind of ruins the experience of going to a movie. And sometimes we’ll take the arcs that have been assigned to different characters in the books and reassign them to other characters. Or we’re just taking inspiration from the books and really deviating from the storyline, in which case, the characters aren’t applicable to what we’re trying to do in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
In the comics, Thanos collects all the Infinity Gems and kills half of the universe’s lifeforms. Nebula manages to get the Gauntlet off of her stepfather, only to go mad with power herself. Thanos took the Gauntlet from Nebula, with Warlock then using the weapon’s abilities to undo all of the damage created by Thanos.
Russo shared similar thoughts about not wanting audiences to be able to expect where the film and its follow-up, Avengers 4, would be going earlier this year.
“Our job as we said a million times is to tell the story of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, not to do direct adaptations of the comics because we’re comic book fans,” Russo admitted to ComicBook.com. “I have no interest as a director in telling a story that’s already been told or in seeing one that’s already been told. If I know all the events story as they’re going to happen then what’s the point of going to the film? We want to keep surprising audiences and continue the story that started with Iron Man […] a decade ago.”
Now, this isn’t to say Warlock won’t appear anywhere in the future of the MCU, as he was teased during a mid-credits sequence in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Previously, writer/director James Gunn was a huge supporter of the character although, after Gunn’s firing from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 as director, Warlock’s future is uncertain.