I am wondering whether Lee Pace will be playing Adam Warlock in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. According to early reports, Pace is slated to be a villain in the upcoming film.
Adam Warlock started out as a powerful sorcerer for good on the Guardians of the Galaxy team, which wasn’t surprising as he was charismatic, handsome, and ultimately the embodiment of perfected life in the universe. However, Warlock soon began to struggle with his alter ego Adam Magus, an avatar of uncontrolled life, unbound by death (think cancer, for example). It wasn’t long before Adam surrendered to his Magus persona and began plotting to unleash life unrestrained upon the unsuspecting universe while in cahoots with the Matriarch of the powerful Universal Church of Truth, who saw him as a savior.
This plotline would accomplish several things. First, it would bring Thanos into the mix, as he is the avatar of Death and is needed to destroy Adam Magus. This conflict between life and death raises the stakes for the entire universe. You could further have the at first helpful Thanos show his true colors once his rival is defeated, giving viewers a reason to hate him by the time Avengers 2 rolls around.
Secondly, it would provide an emotional hook for viewers as they watched the heroic Adam Warlock either consciously betray his team or fall under the sway of forces beyond his control. It would especially impact a couple of the main characters, as Adam is Star Lord’s good friend and Gamora’s former lover.
Thirdly, bringing in the Universal Church of Truth would let us see lots of different aliens and scary baddies, which is of course what you want in an outer space film. A conflict between avatars of life and death would tell a story in outer space on an epic scale.
All this, and I can totally see Lee Pace as Adam Warlock/Magus. Just saying.
I would also love to see Karen Gillan as Death (Thanos’ supposed lover, who he is constantly attempting to impress), but also think she could make a scary good Matriarch.