Which MCU character would win in a battle, Captain Marvel or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s Adam Warlock? The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “strongest” debate has raged amongst followers since Section 2 quickly started broadening the franchise’s roster of super-powered characters. Although there isn’t any agency consensus on which hero presently holds that title, the most typical picks are Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch (particularly after her WandaVision increase), and Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, although that might quickly change with Eternals on the horizon.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will introduce one other eager contender for the MCU Heavyweight title – Adam Warlock. Left enraged by the Guardians of the Galaxy and their light-fingered raccoon, Ayesha, chief of the Sovereign, set about advancing the genetic engineering of her individuals to create “Adam.” Probably the most highly effective and damaging member of your complete Sovereign species, Adam (the MCU’s live-action model of Marvel comedian character, Adam Warlock) will debut absolutely in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Will Poulter is now formally forged within the function.
Adam Warlock will instantly turn into one of many strongest entities in your complete MCU, and as a space-faring warrior wielding cosmic energy, comparisons to Carol Danvers are solely pure. Brie Larson’s ace pilot continues to play a serious function within the overarching MCU narrative, and returns in her 2022 solo sequel The Marvels… however is Captain Marvel stronger than Adam Warlock?
Though their origin tales are very totally different, Captain Marvel’s MCU powers are broadly the identical as her Marvel comics counterpart. Brie Larson gained superhuman talents by means of uncooked publicity to the Area Stone, whereas the unique Carol Danvers was a Kree/human hybrid whose biology mutated thanks to the Kree’s psyche-magnitron. Danvers obtained items just like Mar-Vell (who was additionally current through the psyche-magnitron incident) and have become the superhero often known as Ms. Marvel, earlier than ultimately transitioning to her extra acquainted guise of Captain Marvel.
Carol’s powers have disappeared, modified, reawakened and light over the a long time, however usually encompass enhanced bodily attributes (the standard power, pace, stamina and sturdiness), manipulation of cosmic vitality, flight, and regenerative qualities. Within the Marvel comics, Carol possessed a type of psychological cosmic consciousness to sense hazard earlier than it occurred, which is lacking from the live-action character. Alternatively, MCU Captain Marvel will get Binary Mode, burning by means of cosmic energy to supercharge her current talents. Binary Mode is the MCU interpretation of Danvers’ Binary transformation within the comedian books.
Adam Warlock’s fight repertoire within the MCU stays to be seen, however the comedian character is a properly established Marvel powerhouse. Moderately than the Sovereign, Adam was created by the Enclave because the epitome of human evolution – a genetically excellent being harboring distinctive physiology and superior powers. Like Captain Marvel, Adam possesses tremendous power, pace, stamina and sturdiness, and casts cosmic vitality as a weapon. He is additionally extraordinarily troublesome to kill, having one thing of a distanced relationship with Dying, and utilizing his cocoon to resurrect even after being killed. Different powers Adam Warlock has displayed all through his lifespan embrace telepathy, teleportation, proficiency in magic, telekinesis, pyrokinesis and superior cosmic senses. Although a lot of Adam’s energy derives from the style of his creation, the Marvel character has been augmented additional by the Soul Gem (an equal to the MCU Soul Stone), which was a present from the Excessive Evolutionary. Adam’s bond with the Soul Stone has advanced his current powers, making Warlock one of many Marvel universe’s most formidable entities.
Will Poulter’s MCU Adam Warlock comes bearing a really totally different origin story. Moderately than being designed as the top of human evolution, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s post-credits sequence reveals Ayesha created Adam as the subsequent evolutionary step of her personal individuals, the Sovereign. In principle, this could make MCU Adam even stronger than the comedian character, for the reason that Sovereign are already superior to us measly Earthlings. Likewise, Ayesha’s Sovereign are famend masters of genetic engineering in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, whereas the Enclave was a coalition of (admittedly good and well-funded) scientists originating on Earth. Once more, one may argue that the Sovereign’s alien expertise ought to produce a extra formidable Adam Warlock than the comedian books.
Nevertheless, Adam’s alien origins may merely be compensation for his lack of Soul Gem. A good portion of Adam Warlock’s comedian power might be attributed to having an Infinity Gem lodged in his head, and this merely is not going to fly on the large display. Because of Avengers: Infinity Conflict, we all know the Soul Stone resided with Pink Cranium on Vormir till Thanos got here alongside, which implies Ayesha nearly definitely could not use the orange-y jewel on Adam with out some severe timeline gymnastics (which, let’s face it, would not be the primary time). Extra seemingly, Poulter’s Adam Warlock may have nothing by any means to do with the Soul Stone, which leaves Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 two options. Both Adam shall be under-powered in live-action, or the Sovereign’s superior scientific data means Adam will get all of his comedian e book powers with out the affect of an Infinity Stone.
In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2‘s post-credits scene, Ayesha guarantees her Adam shall be able to destroying Star-Lord’s eclectic crew of house bandits, suggesting Will Poulter’s character demonstrates his may as a villain in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. This may clarify Thor’s function within the threequel, because the As-Guardian can stand as much as Adam whereas the others run away. Within the Marvel comics, Adam is just not solely a heroic character (normally), he additionally activates his personal creators. This implies the MCU’s new addition will seemingly change sides earlier than Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is over.
Assuming Kevin Feige and James Gunn enable Adam Warlock roughly the identical complement of powers and talents because the comedian character, it is he who would emerge victorious in a battle in opposition to Captain Marvel.
Though each Marvel characters are able to absorbing and hurling photon vitality, Adam Warlock’s vary of cosmic assaults is way wider. Whereas Carol Danvers historically sticks to Dragon Ball Z-esque waves and blasts, Adam’s cosmic methods present extra versatility, together with the type of vitality constructs and matter manipulation hardly ever seen from Carol Danvers, particularly within the MCU. Along with his proficiency with vitality, Adam Warlock’s quantum magic capabilities present one more edge over Captain Marvel, and his potential to sense Carol’s assaults and teleport away would show particularly annoying to Brie Larson’s character. Captain Marvel’s solely hope in opposition to Adam Warlock can be to in some way negate his cosmic powers and interact in a fist battle, the place the expertise and guile of Carol Danvers may overcome her godly opponent.
In fact, even when Captain Marvel may take Adam Warlock down, he’d merely slip right into a regeneration cocoon and revive for a rematch, whereas Carol’s regenerative anti-aging qualities are way more restricted. No matter angle you method it, Adam Warlock (assuming his MCU powers mirror the comedian books) has a number of higher arms in opposition to Ms. Danvers.
This final result is supported by their respective battles in opposition to different Marvel comics characters, Thanos particularly. Carol Danvers boasts loads of spectacular victories in opposition to her identify, and fared higher in opposition to Thanos than many different Avengers (each within the comics and live-action). However, Adam Warlock loved a a lot simpler conflict with the Mad Titan. Adam efficiently defeats the Infinity saga’s villain in Jim Starlin’s unique story, and whereas Mar-Vell (an earlier Captain Marvel) additionally boasts a victory in opposition to the Mad Titan on his document, Carol Danvers doesn’t. Elsewhere, Adam Warlock knocked out the mighty Silver Surfer (as a kindness to forestall his dying), took a blast from Galactus, and was all-powerful sufficient to turn into the Residing Tribunal. Little or no in Captain Marvel’s superhero profession comes near such feats.
All of which might recommend that, regardless of Captain Marvel’s place among the many strongest on the Avengers’ roster, Adam Warlock ranks among the many strongest beings within the universe, a number of steps above Carol Danvers. That will not essentially carry over into Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, however Brie Larson ought to watch her again nonetheless – Adam Warlock goes greater, additional and, certainly, sooner.