Warning: The following article contains a potentially major spoiler that Marvel fans might wish to avoid.
Fans came very, very close to seeing one of the most legendary comic book heroes of all-time make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Director James Gunn has made no secret of the fact that he originally intended to introduce two new Guardians members in Vol 2, but ultimately cut one of them to keep the focus on Mantis (Pom Klementieff).
Lots of fans assumed that deleted character might have been Adam Warlock, since his open cocoon was briefly spotted as one of The Collector's cosmic treasures in the first Guardians' post-credits scene.
Gunn initially chose not to reveal that character's identity, but was pinned down when Screenrant asked directly if it indeed was Adam Warlock who was axed from the sequel in its scripting stage.
"You're right. It's the Guardian who's teased at the end of the [first] movie," the director revealed. "That was a fuller story in 2 and I thought I'd save it for a future film."
It's a slight shame since introducing Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 would potentially allow for him to battle his Marvel Comics nemesis Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War.
Vol 2 does still pave the way for the character's eventual introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, since - like Adam - the movie's villains Ayesha and the Sovereign people also use cocoons.
Here's even more bad news, Guardians fans. Nathan Fillion has confirmed that he shot a secret cameo that has unfortunately been deleted from the finished movie. Nooooooo!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 opens in the UK on April 28, 2017, and in the US on May 5, 2017. Watch a trailer below:
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