Though he was teased in the end-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Adam Warlock will not appear in Avengers: Infinity War — but he almost did. Infinity War screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely revealed that they considered including Adam Warlock along with another, more peculiar character.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the pair were asked if they considered any other characters from the comics for the film. “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,” Markus answered. “He just can’t walk onscreen.”
“So, there was a brief moment where we were like, ‘Ehhh…,’ and then we were like,” he added, gesturing to the movie’s poster. “We have that many characters already! And then there were others we couldn’t use. Like, Silver Surfer would have been useful, but we can’t touch him. Currently.”
“I don’t want to spoil anything, because then if I tell you that they’re not in it, you’ll go ‘Oh, they’re not in it,'” McFeely replied. “But there are certainly a handful of pretty crazy things that we put in for several drafts and took out.”
The pair were also asked if anything else got cut from the early drafts of the script that they wished had made it into the final version. They revealed another early concept that didn’t get past the cutting room: a giant snake. “I will tell you something that you will go, ‘Oh, I’m really glad that’s not in there,'” Markus said. “A giant f**king snake. Just huuuge! We were sort of running on empty and we were like, ‘Snake? Big snake? Let’s try big snake.’ And then everyone went insane.”
In theaters April 27, Avengers: Infinity War is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston and Josh Brolin, among others.
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