Eric July explains why Marvel introduced Adam Warlock in ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 ‘Completely Useless’ and ‘Failed Opportunity’

Eric July, creator ISOMreaction to the new release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 trailer and its introduction of Adam Warlock by claiming its premise is “pointless” and a “botched opportunity”.

(LR): Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Karen Gillan as Nebula, and Pom Klementieff In the role of Mantis in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Image courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 Marvel.

In the newly released trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 A first look at Will Poulter’s Adam Warlock appears at the 1:28 mark.

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July initially reacted to Warlock writing on Twitter, “They have no idea what they’re doing out there.”

He added, “It’s absolutely pointless to bring him in now, considering Thanos’ departure. A failed opportunity.”

Eric July Twitter

He detailed his thoughts on YouTube saying, “These guys don’t know what to do with some of these characters that are being introduced because I think there’s no real coherence with the Marvel Cinematic Universe nor for long.”

He continued, “Just like comic books, it’s become one of those things where you get a movie, you get a movie, you get a movie. And do whatever you want. We probably have a bunch of characters that you can choose from to include, but ultimately we don’t want you to be on Familiar with, let’s say, some types of source material as well as working consistently with your colleagues to make a coherent story.”

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He specifically turned his attention to the appearance of Adam Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3July said, “It doesn’t look very good. You’re absolutely right. That’s not even what I want to focus on. That’s throwing the ball. That’s the easy part.”

He went on to quote his tweet and then elaborate, “I called it a flop opportunity when it happened. I don’t think Warlock was one of those characters who got tied down in some rights issues they had because they alluded to his existence in a precedent.” Guardians of the Galaxy Movie.”

July continued, “And when you think about who Adam Warlock is, it’s basically what he’s known for – in the comic books, having Thanos there and not using the character when they were introduced was stupid. That was a complete drop of the ball and it was a failed opportunity.”

(LR): Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Chris Pratt as Peter Quill / Star-Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax, Karen Gillan as Nebula in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Image courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 Marvel.

For those unfamiliar with Warlock comic history. He first appeared in Fantastic Four #66 Like him, a few years later Adam Warlock was introduced in Marvel Premiere #1.

He will continue to play a prominent role in Infinity Gauntlet A story featuring him as one of Thanos’ main enemies. He was going to stage a final battle against Thanos to deny him the Infinity Gauntlet though his initial plan to have the Silver Surfer snag the gauntlet when he attacked Captain America failed.

Adam Warlock in Infinity Gauntlet #3, Marvel Comics (1991)

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While his initial plan would be thwarted, his long term plan came to fruition and he would claim the Infinity Gauntlet as himself defeating both the arrogant Nebula and the proud Thanos.

After obtaining the gauntlet, Warlock will fashion himself a god who uses the power of the Infinity Gauntlet wisely.

Adam Warlock in Infinity Gauntlet #6, Marvel Comics (1991)

Referring to this comic book story, July later states in his video, “There were so many opportunities and you neglected them for what? And now you’re introducing Thanos’ brother, you’re introducing Adam Warlock after Thanos is gone. It’s pointless. Now, it’s just you.” , “Hey, it’s IP farm, we have this character let’s use it.”

And I think that’s the frustration. If you’re not familiar with the books, it’s the most easy thing to do, he asserted. “Look man, these fans aren’t asking you to bend over backwards to get the material. No, it’s like, “Dude, show some love!”

Then he said, “Show us that you actually care about these people. That this material wouldn’t exist without these creatives, without these backers, these customers of this business. And then you just shun these characters.”

Adam Warlock vs. Thanos

Adam Warlock confronts Thanos in Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2, Marvel Comics (1976)

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July’s comments mirror recent comments by former television director Paul Chateau. Appearing on Midnight’s Edge in The Morning #326, Chato stated, “I think in a lot of ways the MCU kind of destructive stuff in those comic books had its own character that was mostly writer-dependent. So you’d get Dan Slott.” Strong womanwhich is kind of what they messed up.”

But then you have John Byrne She-Hulk. There’s nothing stopping any of these companies from going, ‘Okay, we’re just going to do a Dan Slott, John Byrne, Galacticus Fantastic Four thing, and it has a beginning, a middle, and an end.’ He has his own cast. And then you get a new cast for the next one just like they do in the comics where they find a new artist and a new writer and you get a new experience,” he said.

“The MCU blew it because they took clips from adjacent comic series and pulled stuff from all of them and ruined that series,” he asserted. So you can’t even go back to the series they pulled ideas from to create a sequel arc from that edition. “The MCU poisoned the well in so many ways,” he concluded.

Chukwudi Iwuji as The High Evolutionary in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Image courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2022 Marvel.

What do you think of the interpretation of July? Is there a reason to introduce Adam Warlock now with his main nemesis Thanos who has already been defeated multiple times in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by the Avengers?

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