Kevin Feige Opens Up About Adam Warlock, The Watchers, and the Future of the Cosmic MCU

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 - 12:11PM
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 - 12:11PM
Kevin Feige Opens Up About Adam Warlock, The Watchers, and the Future of the Cosmic MCU
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Marvel is pushing its space-adventure side pretty hard at the moment. Having spent years setting up a (relatively) grounded, if colorful movie universe that features a believable S.H.I.E.L.D. and a Captain America costume that finally doesn't look ridiculous, the studio is ditching realism in favor of throwing as many of its characters as possible into outer space.

Naturally, fans have questions about what to expect from the future. Will we be getting Spider-Man's venom symbiote? Will Iron Man join the Guardians of the Galaxy? Are we ever going to get another Howard the Duck movie?

Sadly, these questions remain unanswered right now, but Marvel producer Kevin Feige does have a few tantalizing hints at what we can expect from the cosmic MCU movies that we'll be getting in the near future. Chief among these is the disappointing news that no, we won't be getting classic character Adam Warlock in Infinity War.

Speaking about a (spoiler alert) postcredits scene in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 that teases the advent of a character called "Adam", Feige shot down suggestions that he'll be showing up in time to beat up Thanos:

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"Adam is not in Infinity War. That is not a tag for Infinity War. [Adam's] always been top of mind for the Guardians franchise. And if he appears anywhere in the future, it'll be with Guardians."
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This is unfortunate, since in the comic book arc for The Infinity Gauntlet, Adam Warlock is a pivotal part of the plot, taking on Thanos and rallying together scattered heroes after a particularly devastating blow is dealt upon planet Earth. That said, as wonderful as it would be to see this story brought to life in a comic-accurate form, it does make sense that the Russo Brothers would want to keep the number of new characters in the upcoming Infinity War to a minimum, in order to avoid overstuffing an already pretty stuffed film.

In addition, Feige has some clarity for those fans who were surprised to see the Watchers appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, since it was widely believed that the rights to Uatu The Watcher is currently owned by rival studio Fox.

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"There's joint custody with a number of things. There are certain characters that they have, but races that we share."
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So apparently, while Fox owns The Watcher who appears most often in comics (and who is currently dead, in what is no doubt a complete coincidence, rather than an attempt from Marvel to cut off Fox's supply of new source material), Marvel is able to use his species in their movies. This potentially means that we could have another Quicksilver situation on our hands, with the next X-Men movie featuring The Watcher out of spite.

If that's the case, Fox is in a great position to sneakily beat Marvel at their own game, by continuing the trend of making Stan Lee The Watcher in all of his X-Men cameos. Doing this would tie both fictional universes together, as Stan the Man would be playing the same character in both worlds. Considering all the pettiness that's bouncing around between these two studios, it's not hard to imagine Fox cheekily taking Marvel's Watcher joke and running with it.
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