During one of the mid-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, many Marvel fans were ecstatic to see a confirmation that beloved cosmic character Adam Warlock would be coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The scene saw a distraught Ayesha, The Sovereign's leader, look upon a golden cocoon, finding the perfect name for her newest creation: Adam.
However, continuity enthusiasts were quick to point out that Adam Warlock's cocoon had already been glimpsed, an Easter egg that appeared in The Collector's museum in the mid-credits scene of Thor: The Dark World -- a scene which Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn had helmed. This created a continuity mistake, one that James Gunn finally put to rest yesterday on Twitter.
When a fan asked the director what the cocoon The Collector had in his possession was, Gunn set the record straight by saying "That was an ancient version of the Sovereign's cocoons." This removes any confusion as to when Adam Warlock's cocoon made its live-action debut, all while hinting at the fact that the Sovereign have been cooking new lifeforms for a very long time. This in turn makes us wonder what was inside this ancient cocoon, and how many of them are out there.
That was an ancient version of the Sovereign's cocoons.— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) May 10, 2018
With Adam Warlock now officially a part of the MCU, fans are wondering when the character will finally emerge from his cocoon. However, it appears as if fans shouldn't hold their breath, because the character is neither confirmed for Avengers 4, or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Why introduce the cocoon in the post-credits scene at all, then? Gunn has an answer for that as well. "Because I love Adam Warlock and didn’t want him left out of the MCU entirely," the director wrote on Twitter. "I wanted to create a space for him that would have to be filled at some time. Look at how long that first Thanos tease took to be fulfilled - and that turned out okay!"
Fans might be disappointed to learn that it will take a while for Adam Warlock to fully appear on-screen, but if his debut is half as thrilling as Thanos' arrival in Avengers: Infinity War, they should have no problem waiting for such an introduction.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is set to shoot next year, and will release in theaters in 2020.