One of the many post credit scenes from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 answered a question that fans have been asking since the post credit scene from Thor: The Dark World. Is Adam Warlock in the cocoon we see in The Collectors menagerie? While it looks quite identical to the one from the comics we now know it is Ayesha, a golden High Priestess of a genetically-perfect people called the Sovereign, who has a cocoon of her own that holds someone she calls Adam.
Adam Warlock, who first appeared in Fantastic Four #66 & #67 (vol.1), emerges from a cocoon with golden skin as “Him” and first adopted the name Adam Warlock in Marvel Premiere #1. In the Fantastic Four issues he is the product of a group of scientists called The Enclave, who operating out of The Bee-Hive were attempting to create and ultimately exploit a perfect artificial human. In the Infinity Wars he basically represents a god-like champion of light acting as a foil to Thanos, acting as a god-like champion of death. In short, he is very important to the Infinity Wars that they have been building to all this time. Leading up to this, Gunn has been very loose with his answers about Warlock and his existence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“You see what’s been commonly known now as ‘Adam Warlock’s cocoon’, which is based on Adam Warlock’s cocoon, but I didn’t actually intend to be Adam Warlock for all the people who think Adam Warlock escaped the explosion. I’m not sure exactly how it’s going to happen. I do like the character of Adam Warlock, but I’m not sure that’s where he start out or if he’ll be in any of the next twelve Guardians of the Galaxy movies.”
“Yeah, there’s a cocoon that’s exactly like Adam Warlock’s cocoon. I wasn’t really thinking that much when I put that in. That was my idea to put that in there. They’re like, ‘What should we put in?’ So I went in through the Marvel handbook and just picked cool things that looked neat to put into the boxes. It looked like Adam’s Warlock cocoon, so now everyone thinks he’s out of there and you know… I don’t know.”
Why does this have anything to do with Ayesha? I thought you’d never ask. Ayesha’s comic origins are a bit more complicated, so stick with me here. First appearing in The Incredible Hulk Annual #6 as Paragon, the Enclave’s second attempt at creating the perfect being. In this issue she is a he and has not been fully developed. Later Paragon forms a similar cocoon around himself and emerges as a woman with golden skin in Marvel Two-in-One #61 , going by “Her” and then taking the name Kismit. It wasn’t until Fantastic Four #11 (vol.3) that she took the name Ayesha and was under the control of some unscrupulous folks.
Gunn has decided to originally put the cocoon in to be a cool easter egg AND being one of his personal favorite characters he knew he would get around to Warlock. It seems introducing Ayesha first was the best way to start down that particular rabbit hole, bringing him in just in time for the Infinity Wars. The recent talks of bringing in Peter Dinklage as a key role down the line makes me believe that he could be up for the role of Pip the Troll (Strange Tales #179), who teamed up with Warlock and the Guardians of the Galaxy to defeat Magus, Adams dark side split from him and given form. That could be a huge part of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 or the beginning stages of Infinity Wars. Personally, I’m a bit relieved to know Adam Warlock is on the way. To exclude “Him” from the Infinity Wars would be like creating Ultron without Hank Pym, wait. What do you think, Comic Nation? Are you pleased that we know Warlock is en route or could you care less? Let us know and be sure to check out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (again) now playing just about everywhere.