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In the last four years, writer/director James Gunn has brought a plethora of major Marvel cosmic heroes to the big screen -- and in the final chapter of his trilogy he will have the opportunity to introduce one of the most significant ones. It has been officially confirmed that Adam Warlock will have an important role to play in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, potentially as a villain squaring off against the titular team.

What should be noted, however, is that Adam Warlock's history in Marvel Comics isn't entirely straight-forward -- which is why we're here to help. Going through the character's past, we've plucked out eight essential things to know about Adam Warlock, which will have you on the road to prepare for his live-action debut. And what better place to start than the very beginning?

He's Been Around Since The Mid-1960s

While he wouldn't actually be called Adam Warlock until the early 1970s, Adam Warlock was first introduced in Marvel Comics in a two-part Fantastic Four story -- simply introduced as Him. The legendary Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were responsible for bringing him into the lexicon, and then it was Roy Thomas and Gil Kane who wound up fleshing him out -- notably by making him into a Christ-like figure. The character made regular appearances in print throughout the 1970s, but when the 1980s rolled around, he basically disappeared.

Adam Warlock's big revival came in 1990, courtesy of Jim Starlin. Thanos was collecting Infinity Gems, and Warlock wound up a big player in the popular Infinity Gauntlet arc. This happened for reasons we'll get into more later -- but the important thing to note is that Adam Warlock won't be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's big screen adaptation of the same story, The Avengers: Infinity War. It's been confirmed that the character won't be coming into play before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

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