Going by audiences’ reaction to GOTG Vol. 3, Chukwudi Iwuji‘s High Evolutionary easily takes home the award for being the most hated MCU villain – a testament to James Gunn’s writing. Since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3‘s release on May 5, fans have been sharing their initial thoughts on social media and one particular moment that’s received the strongest reaction appears to be the climatic beatdown of the High Evolutionary in the hands of Rocket, Nebula (Karen Gillan), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Drax (Dave Bautista).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has Marvel fans flocking to theaters with the threequel already raking in a $300 million global earning as of Monday, Deadline reports. It’s a clear sign the final film of the franchise has appealed to its audience base though not without triggering a reaction.
Scenes featuring High Evolutionary’s cruel treatment of Rocket and his friends, Lyla, Teef and floor were very provoking but many fans later relished High Evolutionary being beaten to the ground by the Guardians. Some were also satisfied to know the big-bad’s face was left severely disfigured because of Rocket. The Below tweets are some of the fans’ best meme reactions to the GOTG Vol. 3 villain’s beatdown.
The High Evolutionary’s infamous status has some campaigning for his character to replace Kang due to the uncertainty surrounding Jonathan Majors‘ return. While Marvel Studios is unlikely to go ahead with such an unprecedented pivot (Never Say Never) – it’s interesting to notice the growing hatred for Iwuji’s villain. Some even relate to Peter Quill’s character when he was visibly enraged after witnessing the early experiments Rocket went through.
How the Guardians of the Galaxy pulled up to The High Evolutionary after what he did to Rocket pic.twitter.com/bvqJCb1zvR
— . (@IovelsX) May 7, 2023
When the guardians teamed up on the high evolutionary he really wasn’t built for that shit pic.twitter.com/k5SsgrTm5H
— Irfan🦇 (@IrfanH_1) May 7, 2023
The Guardians wen it was time to put hands on the high evolutionary pic.twitter.com/rLbLpvZUng
— g’s readin somethin (@violetswords29) May 6, 2023
This moment was liiiit. When they beat up The High Evolutionary and Gamora stabbed him though >>> https://t.co/HXJkG6wOcS
— Bosire (@__ogero) May 8, 2023
High evolutionary clears , people forget kang got beat by ANTS . https://t.co/62grXY7bJC
— 🎬 (@kingvader) May 6, 2023
me and the boys training to fight the high evolutionary pic.twitter.com/lzQDilExjO
— cy has gotg3 spoilers (@avengingphoton) May 5, 2023
I love how mad Quill and the rest of the Guardians got when they saw what the High Evolutionary did to Rocket. You could really see throughout the movie how much they care about him.
— Mr. Long Schlong (Rocket Raccoon Era) 🚀🦝 (@CrazyDegenerate) May 8, 2023
— LEO (@LeodDelarosa) May 5, 2023
Now that GOTG 3 weekend is over I’ma say it.
High Evolutionary was COOKIN!!!!!!
KANG WHO???????????????????? pic.twitter.com/jpXMPSFMyg
— Psycho Mantis (@MarkSparks718) May 8, 2023
Just realised Rocket and Nebula almost had similar type of backstories where Thanos removed several parts to make her perfect and be par on Gamora and Rocket was experimented by High Evolutionary but he didn't like when he outsmarted High Evolutionary's intelligence https://t.co/8iqRCHOyBk
— EMPEROR BOSS (@GodEmperorBoss) May 10, 2023
Rocket’s backstory in Guardian of the Galaxy 3 had me emotionally wrecked, Chukwudi Iwuji was born to play High Evolutionary bro pissed me off the whole film.
— Ahmed/The Ears/IG: BigBizTheGod 🇸🇴 (@big_business_) May 8, 2023
Rocket was crying because of ________ and High Evolutionary really did this
— 📼 Words From Blerds🎙️ #BLM (@WordsFromBlerds) May 8, 2023
Chukwudi Iwuji’s High Evolutionary should be in the conversation for best villain in the MCU going forward pic.twitter.com/EcT36CQlMX
— Garrick (@KI_Garrick) May 5, 2023
what I wanted to do every time I saw the high evolutionary in #GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol3
— bail ♡ gotg3 spoilers!! ☆ marshy ♡ (@baileyfrombatuu) May 5, 2023
High Evolutionary: "THERE IS NO GOD THAT'S WHY I STEPPED IN!!"
— Jay Washington (@MrJayWashington) May 9, 2023
me helping the guardians of the galaxy fuck up high evolutionary pic.twitter.com/EUTyK9CYCe
— belen (@belenmij) May 7, 2023
The unhinged performance by Iwuji when he viciously mocks Rocket for crying after watching Lyla die is another moment etched into the audience’s memory. In comparison to Kang’s wrath in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – High Evolutionary is more menacing and hateable which are suited traits for a supervillain. Moreover, watching a villain who is touted to be a bigger threat than Thanos get defeated by an Ant army has not sat well with some MCU folks.
Considering the motivations of High Evolutionary, it would be above the character’s motives to conquer the multiverse like Kang wishes to. In addition, like it or not, Kang is Phase 6’s main threat and will apparently have a prevalent appearance in the upcoming Loki season 2 as well.
Only James Gunn could answer the fate of the Guardians 3’s big bad and the director has not addressed it as of this writing and rightly so since the threequel is barely in its second week of theater run. So What did you think of the ending? let us know in the comments below.
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