Jim Starlin didn’t create Adam Warlock but he is as associated with the cosmic weirdo as much as anyone. Starlin gave Warlock a starring role in 1991’s Infinity Gauntlet event and kick off a renaissance for the character who had been absent from Marvel Comics for over a decade. From there, Warlock went on a wonderful journey that saw him face off against different versions of himself, lead the Infinity Watch, team up with the Silver Surfer, become linked at the hip with Thanos and, eventually, join the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Needless to say, Starlin knows the character as well as anyone. With James Gunn recently revealing Warlock would be among the new characters joining the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Starlin sat down with Comicbook.com’s Adam Barnhardt and gave some ideas on how he’d like to see him adapted in the MCU, starting with him having a whole lot less to say than Thanos:
I imagine him dark. He’s like the cosmic Batman. I would keep his dialogue down to a minimum, make him Clint Eastwood in space, or something like that.
The dark, brooding Batman and Eastwood’s Man With No Name (likely the version of Eastwood Starlin is referencing here) are an interesting point of comparison for a character who has been known to be a bit loquacious, but also fit with Warlock’s more mysterious nature. Starlin’s comments also make one think about how a Clint Eastwood Batman film might be the greatest thing we never saw.
Two of Starlin’s creations, Pip the Troll and Starfox, recently made their debuts in Eternals and it sound like he’d like to see them meet up with Warlock on screen as members of the Infinity Watch:
It sounds like they’re going to start off with him probably as a villainous type of character, an antagonist, let’s say, inside the Guardians movie. But we’ll see where they go from there. They’re putting Pip up, bringing Eros in, who knows what they’re going to do. They might bring back the Infinity gems and start the Infinity Watch.
It’s great to see Starlin, whose most famous creation, Thanos, played a major role in the MCU’s past, have a handful of characters who are looking like they’ll play a part in the MCU’s future. Adam Warlock, played by Will Poulter, will debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 when it hits theaters on May 5, 2023.