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What Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3's Adam Warlock Should Really Look Like

The long-awaited debut of the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" movie trailer was recently released and has already garnered millions of YouTube views. And there's a lot of story packed into just under 2 minutes. There's a strong hint that many of the main characters will meet a fatal end; there's the introduction of Lylla, a fan-favorite character from the comics; and the debut of another comic book character that fans have been waiting for since "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" debuted in 2017. That character is Adam Warlock, played by Will Poulter.

There's a ton of hype for the film as a whole, but the chatter around Warlock is particularly positive. Many fans, including /u/Jadestrike1 and many others in that same Reddit thread, are eager for the emotional payoff they've been waiting almost six years for. What many movie fans may not know, however, is that adapting Warlock from the comics in a way that would please moviegoers and comic book fans alike is a tall ask. Thanks to his many rebirths in the comics, Adam Warlock has had more costume changes than a runway model during Fashion Week. But it seems as though most of the fans who are familiar with his lore are happy with how he will be represented in the MCU.

Adam Warlock has had many different looks in the comics

Redditor /u/igloo_poltergeist was one of the first astute fans to point out on social media that the costume Warlock will be wearing is the red one with the skull affixed to his collar. According to Comic Vine, this is the costume he wore after being resurrected as Adam in order to defeat Thanos and protect half of all life in the universe from being blinked out of existence by the Infinity Gauntlet. It makes sense that the studio would go with this look, since that's also the arc where he has the most interaction with Nebula, Gamora, and Drax — all of whom will be in "Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3."

So far, the vast majority of fans are in favor of this choice. /u/reigspsych325 thinks the makeup has improved since the last film; and although other commenters in that thread don't see much of a difference at all, they agree it looks good and fits well with the sci-fi tone of the film. But not everyone is as optimistic. Even though there's a ton of praise for Warlock's split-second appearance in this appreciation thread for the trailer, naysayer /u/Vegan_Harvest said, "I feel like they could punch up the color on those costumes a bit." But the top comment expressing enthusiasm for Warlock's presence in the trailer has hundreds of upvotes so far, so it's safe to assume that the look he'll be sporting in the MCU will go over well with the majority of audiences.

Fans are liking how Adam Warlock looks in the trailer

Those who have viewed the trailer saw Warlock for no more than a literal second; and in that brief amount of time, all the audience sees is a brief shot of his face from the shoulders up, as well as him seemingly punching a downed Nebula (Karen Gillan) hard in the head. If you pay close enough attention, you can see the skull decoration on the movie version of his suit, albeit it's muted to blend in with the rest of the suit rather than standing out prominently as it does in the comics. He's also sporting a very powerful soul gem on his forehead (which is also canon) and — although it's during a blurry motion shot — it does appear as though he still has his red cape.

Fans and critics alike are impressed with how Warlock looks in the trailer. Prominent movie critic Tessa Smith at Rotten Tomatoes (@MamasGeeky on Twitter), in a longer tweet about the overall impression the trailer made on her, used a chunk of her character limit to mention that "I'm not ready to say goodbye to these guys (but can we talk about how incredible Adam Warlock looks?!)." With the warm reception Warlock has received so far, it would be a surprise if fans ended up hating him (or his costume) after seeing it in theaters next year. More likely, Warlock and Poulter will be a solid addition to the MCU.