The debut of Avengers: Infinity War is finally upon us, which means the Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to converge into one massive event. It's a movie that audiences have waited years to see, and it will bring some notable new characters into the fold for the showdown with Thanos. With that said, one hero who appeared in an original draft of the film, but didn't end up making it into the final cut, is none other than Adam Warlock. Infinity War screenwriter Christopher Markus explained:
Well, there are some in the original Infinity Gauntlet series that are-- Like, we didn't introduce Adam Warlock, because it's a massive backbend and you practically have to make an Adam Warlock movie to introduce him. He just can't walk onscreen. So, there was a brief moment where we were like, Ehhh..., and then we were like-- [He points to the movie's poster.] We have that many characters already!
In reference to the Marvel source material, including Adam Warlock in the events of Avengers: Infinity War arguably would've made plenty of sense in the long run. After all, the character is a fundamental element of the original Infinity Gauntlet story (one could even argue that he's the main character of that book), so his presence in an adaptation of that story would seem like a logical step. That said, Christopher Markus makes a clear point by addressing the fact that Infinity War was already too densely populated to bring someone as complicated as Adam Warlock into the equation. With no solo movie to get him set up before this crossover, they instead opted to leave him on the table.
It's also worth mentioning the fact that Adam Warlock is tied up in another corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe right now. The character's origin was teased at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with the promise that he would eventually show up. However, given the changes that have been made to how Adam comes into being (and how far removed his origins are from the Infinity War plotline), bringing him in would've been a massive undertaking.
Of course, Adam Warlock isn't the only element that didn't make it into the final draft of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely's screenplay for Avengers: Infinity War. In fact, elsewhere in the writing team's interview with ET to discuss elements of the story, they also admitted that (in their tired daze to craft the script) they initially included a giant snake as part of the story. Because sure, why the hell not?
After years of anticipation and buildup, audiences will finally be able to see Avengers: Infinity War when it premieres on April 27. Make sure to check out the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster when it finally hits the big screen, and check out our roundup of reviews that have started trickling in to learn what people think of the movie.