Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3: What are Adam Warlock’s powers?

(L-R): Will Poulter as Adam Warlock in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Photo by Jessica Miglio. © 2022 MARVEL.
(L-R): Will Poulter as Adam Warlock in Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Photo by Jessica Miglio. © 2022 MARVEL. /

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 has a lot of action and excitement going for it. It also boasts the MCU debut of Adam Warlock, one of Marvel’s most notable cosmic characters.

Will Poulter plays the role on screen, but what kind of powers does this new figure possess and how can he use them in the film? Here’s what we know about the character’s abilities in both the comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The comic Adam Warlock’s powers

Created by the legendary Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Adam Warlock first appeared in Fantastic Four Volume 1 #66. He was known as “Him,” a being created by a group of scientists called the Enclave who wanted to create the perfect being. At first an innocent, Him would fight back against his creators and eventually take on the name of Adam Warlock.

Warlock has been through a lot over the decades, from wielding the cosmic power of the Infinity Gauntlet to being dead a few times. He’s also bounced between a heroic figure and more sinister motives as it’s usually a guess whose side he’s on in a conflict.

Originally, Warlock’s powers included superhuman strength, durability, flight, and energy blasts. He was basically immortal for a time, able to resurrect himself, although he sacrificed some of that power in a fight. Warlock’s powers have fluctuated since with each of his returns from the dead, including “cosmic senses,” telepathy and teleportation. Those powers have shifted, yet Warlock’s enigmatic nature remains the same.

What are Warlock’s powers in Guardians of the Galxay Vol. 3?

It appears that GOTG Vol 3 has Warlock keeping many of his powers from the comics. He’s super strong, able to shrug off high-powered laser cannon attacks and can fly at superspeed. He has inhuman stamina and reflexes and it’s only the fact he barely understands his own powers that keeps him from being a bigger threat. A key part of the film is the hint that Warlock is still a “newborn,” which means his powers may grow as time goes on.

While it’s taken a while for Warlock to show up in the MCU, it appears he will be a player in the frachise for a while, so these powers may be adapted as time goes on.

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 now playing in theaters. We’ll keep you posted on when the film makes its Disney+ debut.

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