Which MCU character would win in a fight, Captain Marvel or Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3Adam Warlock? The Marvel Cinematic Universe “most powerful” debate has raged among fans since Phase 2 began rapidly expanding the roster of superpowered characters in the franchise. Although there is no firm consensus on which hero currently holds that title, the most common choices are Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch (especially after her WandaVision momentum), and Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, though that may soon change with Eternal on the horizon.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will feature another enthusiastic contender for the MCU heavyweight title: Adam Warlock. Ayesha, leader of the Sovereign, enraged by the Guardians of the Galaxy and their light-fingered raccoon, set about advancing the genetic engineering of her people to create “Adam.” The most powerful and destructive member of the entire sovereign species, Adam (the MCU’s live-action version of Marvel’s comic character Adam Warlock) will make his full debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Will Poulter is now officially cast in the role.
Adam Warlock will immediately become one of the strongest entities in the entire MCU, and as a space warrior wielding cosmic power, comparisons to Carol Danvers are natural. Brie Larson’s ace pilot continues to play a significant role in the overall MCU narrative and returns in his 2022 solo sequel. The wonders… but is Captain Marvel stronger than Adam Warlock?
Although his origin stories are vastly different, Captain Marvel’s MCU powers are generally the same as his Marvel comics counterpart. Brie Larson gained superhuman abilities through raw exposure to the Space Stone, while the original Carol Danvers was a Kree / human hybrid whose biology mutated thanks to the Kree’s psyche-magnitron. Danvers received similar gifts from Mar-Vell (who was also present during the psyche-magnitron incident) and became the superhero known as Ms. Marvel, before finally transitioning into her more familiar Captain Marvel costume.
Carol’s powers have faded, changed, rekindled, and faded over the decades, but generally consist of enhanced physical attributes (typical strength, speed, stamina, and durability), cosmic energy manipulation, flight, and regenerative qualities. In the Marvel comics, Carol possessed a form of mental cosmic awareness to sense danger before it happened, which is lacking in the live-action character. On the other hand, MCU Captain Marvel gets binary mode, burning cosmic power to empower his existing abilities. Binary mode is the MCU’s interpretation of Danvers’ binary transformation in the comics.
Adam Warlock’s combat repertoire in the MCU remains to be seen, but the comic character is a well-established Marvel powerhouse. Instead of the Sovereign, Adam was created by the Enclave as the epitome of human evolution – a genetically perfect being that harbors unique physiology and amazing powers. Like Captain Marvel, Adam possesses super strength, speed, stamina, and durability, and launches cosmic energy as a weapon. He is also extremely difficult to kill, has a somewhat distant relationship with Death, and uses his cocoon to resurrect even after being killed. Other powers that Adam Warlock has displayed throughout his life include telepathy, teleportation, mastery of magic, telekinesis, pyrokinesis, and advanced cosmic senses. Although much of Adam’s power is derived from the form of his creation, the Marvel character has been further augmented by Soul Gem (an equivalent to the MCU Soul Stone), which was a gift from the High Evolutionary. Adam’s bond with the Soul Stone has evolved his existing powers, making Warlock one of the most formidable entities in the Marvel universe.
Will Poulter’s MCU Adam Warlock comes with a very different origin story. Instead of being designed as the pinnacle of human evolution, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2The post-credits sequence reveals that Ayesha created Adam as the next evolutionary step from her own people, the Sovereign. In theory, this would make the MCU Adam even stronger than the comic character, as the Sovereigns are already superior to us miserable Earthlings. Likewise, the Sovereigns of Ayesha are recognized masters of genetic engineering in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, while the Enclave was a coalition of scientists (admittedly brilliant and well funded) originating from Earth. Once again, it could be argued that the sovereign’s alien technology should produce an Adam Warlock more formidable than the comics.
However, Adam’s alien origins could simply be a compensation for his lack of Soul Gem. A good part of Adam Warlock’s comic strength can be attributed to having an Infinity Gem lodged in his head, and this just isn’t going to fly on the big screen. Thanks to Avengers: infinity war, we know that the Soul Stone resided with the Red Skull on Vormir until Thanos arrived, which means that Ayesha would almost certainly not be able to wear the orange jewel on Adam without some serious timeline gymnastics (which, let’s face it, wouldn’t be the one first time). Poulter’s Adam Warlock most likely has nothing to do with the Soul Stone, which leaves Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 two alternatives. Either Adam will be underpowered in live action, or the Sovereign’s superior scientific knowledge means that Adam gets all of his comic book powers. without the influence of an infinity stone.
On Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2In the post-credits scene, Ayesha promises him that Adam will be able to destroy Star-Lord’s eclectic crew of space bandits, suggesting that Will Poulter’s character proves his power as a villain in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. This could explain Thor’s role in the three-school, as the Ace-Guardian can take on Adam while the others flee. In the Marvel comics, Adam is not only a heroic character (usually), he also turns against his own creators. This means the new MCU addition will likely switch sides sooner. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 it’s over.
Assuming Kevin Feige and James Gunn allow Adam Warlock more or less the same complement of powers and abilities as the comic character, it is he who would be victorious in a fight against Captain Marvel.
Although both Marvel characters are capable of absorbing and releasing photon energy, Adam Warlock’s range of cosmic attacks is much broader. While Carol Danvers traditionally sticks to Dragon Ball Z– Out of waves and explosions, Adam’s cosmic techniques show more versatility, including the kind of energy constructs and manipulation of matter rarely seen in Carol Danvers, especially in the MCU. In addition to his ability with energy, Adam Warlock’s quantum magic abilities provide another advantage over Captain Marvel, and his potential to sense Carol’s attacks and teleport would be especially upsetting to Brie Larson’s character. Captain Marvel’s only hope against Adam Warlock would be to somehow deny his cosmic powers and engage in a fist fight, where the experience and cunning of Carol Danvers could beat your pious opponent.
Of course, even if Captain Marvel could knocks down Adam Warlock, he would simply slip into a cocoon of regeneration and revive for a rematch, while Carol’s anti-aging regenerative qualities are much more limited. Whichever angle you approach, Adam Warlock (assuming his MCU powers mirror the comics) has several superior hands against Ms. Danvers.
This result is supported by their respective battles against other Marvel comic book characters, Thanos in particular. Carol Danvers has many impressive victories against her name, and she fared better against Thanos than many other Avengers (both in the comics). and live action). However, Adam Warlock enjoyed a much easier showdown with the Mad Titan. Adam successfully defeats the Infinity saga villain in Jim Starlin’s original story, and while Mar-Vell (a former Captain Marvel) also has a victory against the Mad Titan on his record, Carol Danvers does not. Elsewhere, Adam Warlock knocked out the mighty Silver Surfer (as a kindness to prevent his death), received a blast from Galactus, and was omnipotent enough to become the Living Tribunal. Very little in Captain Marvel’s superhero career comes close to such feats.
All of which would suggest that despite Captain Marvel’s position among the strongest on the Avengers roster, Adam Warlock is among the strongest beings in the universe, several steps above Carol Danvers. That won’t necessarily carry over to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3But Brie Larson should take care of her anyway: Adam Warlock goes higher, further and, indeed, faster.