Adam Warlock’s (Will Poulter) eagerness to prove he is a man and “one who is not a boy” leads to a questionable dialogue exchange with his mother Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) in a deleted scene from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The sequence is included as extras in the downloadable digital copy available for purchase on Apple TV and other on-demand services.
With the digital release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – Marvel Studios also included a few extras like gag reels, scenes that didn’t make it to the final cut as well as an alternate ending featuring the High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji). But this particular extended sequence with Adam Warlock takes away the goofy and humorous element of the demi-god and highlights an ungodly trait in him.
Adam is shown crawling to his mother, likely after the High Evolutionary attacked him for his failed attempt to kidnap Rocket from the Guardians on Knowhere. “I want to go home,” says Warlock to which the Sovereign’s high priestess assures him, “Yes, I know. soon my son.”
Adam Warlock scene has Zack Snyder and James Gunn fans arguing over edgy scenes
Ayesha then puts the blame on the Guardians for their current state and Warlock quickly guarantees, “Do not fret Mother, I will kill all of your enemies for you.” While Ayesha is initially delighted by her son’s enthusiasm to eliminate her enemies – it quickly crosses a limit when he says, “I’m going to piss on their dead bodies and make love to their carcasses.” Even Ayesha is dumbstruck by Adam’s response, “Well, that’s a bit much”.
They put this in a Marvel movie?! With all the kids?!? https://t.co/IPBiIA7up1
— Julez (@JULEZ_91) July 6, 2023
Can you imagine the outrage if Zack Snyder directed a scene in which characters said anything like this https://t.co/gURumHMs0f
— Teej (@UsUnitedJustice) July 6, 2023
What was Adam Warlock saying bro 😭 pic.twitter.com/rcZgLfLi8e
— Joe (@hzjoe03) July 6, 2023
Gunn is really the edgy weirdo everyone thinks Snyder is https://t.co/qKqrV9GQiA
— Grayson (@KnightFleck) July 7, 2023
"iT's a dEleTe sCeNe". Remember what people said when Snyder revealed the Bruce-Lois & Kryptonian-Amazonian related scrapped ideas? https://t.co/MMgpQuR2Xh
— Tony (@Tonys2KK) July 8, 2023
I sure wonder what character the man who wrote and filmed this scene will be tackling next! https://t.co/qmhBPx2C7P
— 𝗠𝗘𝗥𝗖Ʊ𝗥𝗬 (@theeSNYDERVERSE) July 6, 2023
Piss and rape jokes. Yeah, this is definitely the right guy for Superman 😬😭😭 https://t.co/22Ra4orJQ1
— MikeyD (@FilmLover09) July 6, 2023
People who get too heated over a script that never made it past the basic sketches involving Bruce and Lois will somehow laugh at and praise this https://t.co/hhVbGHTOlQ
— Vikram (@dorkseid38) July 6, 2023
All the mfs saying "it's a deleted scene" get mad angry when Snyder talked about his scrapped plans before JL even filmed https://t.co/XOUFxVJZNr
— Blu 蓝兵 (@bluboy43) July 7, 2023
— Peter Banning (@Lost789Boy) July 7, 2023
pls i can already envision the "z*ck sn*der is an edgelord fascist" tweets if he wrote shit like this 💀 https://t.co/RcUCfWNk76
— Ren Pingsheng Apologist (@angharadheard) July 7, 2023
As expected, the Adam Warlock deleted scene has not only shocked GOTG Vol. 3 fans but has also attracted detractors (mostly Snyderverse fans). As one user on Twitter @UsUnitedJustice noted, “Can you imagine the outrage if Zack Snyder directed a scene in which characters said anything like this.” The pushback from Snyderverse stans appears to be over the backlash the director received for his plans to pit Lois Lane as Bruce Wayne’s romantic interest.
James Gunn‘s supporters also chimed in to argue that Adam Warlock is a “boy with a male body and who was born a few days ago”, as @VigiFangirl wrote in a tweet. While others expected the backlash from the ZSJL followers. Though in fairness, Adam’s arc by the end highlights the light and wholesome side of his character, even having him join the new Guardians led by Rocket.
Adam has been a villain, an anti-hero as well as an outright protagonist in the comics. So it is logical in some ways that James Gunn decided to show some of his dark characteristics in his first live-action outing. Though Vol. 3 is already raising questions over its PG-13 rating due to animal cruelty scenes so the director did right to exclude this from the theatrical cut.
Even so, it would have been out of character to have Warlock say such a questionable statement after portraying him as one of the light-hearted big-bad of the movie. Comicbook’s Brandon Davis also noted, “Good call deleting this one.” Readers can check out reactions below.
good call deleting this one
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) July 7, 2023
Snyder fans continue their trend of bad faith criticism by acting like this deleted scene is the worst, most edgy thing to be filmed.
They also continue their trend of hypocrisy by acting like Snyder has never said it done anything edgy in his films. https://t.co/wgg5wHP9AM
— KayCee (@Kryptonian_Cafe) July 7, 2023
— hunter (@silksonghater) July 6, 2023
Snyder fans are crying over a deleted scene of a boy with a male body and who was born a few days ago says edgy things 😭😭😭 https://t.co/f7KW6SnplQ
— TSSPMFan🦅 (@VigiFangirl) July 7, 2023
This post really just attracted all the Snyder buttholes https://t.co/utAS4SYDXg
— Mr. Long Schlong (GOTG 3 Era) 🦝 (@CrazyDegenerate) July 7, 2023
Snyder mfs gonna be using this to hate on James Gunn even more 💀 https://t.co/7IElkYVWSg
— Rager 🐐™ (@216_TheOne) July 6, 2023
I wouldn’t be surprised if Snyder fans use this to hate on James Gunn even though it’s not even in the movie https://t.co/wA9DTSerjc
— Josh (@JoshuaM37848390) July 6, 2023
i love how the weird snydercult is using this as an own as if it isnt some deleted scene that just let the actors adlib their lines like James Gunn mostly does with his movies.
— El (@EruRoraito2000) July 6, 2023
It’s safe to say other deleted scenes were not controversial in nature but rather added more context to certain character arcs like addressing how the High Evolutionary is alive on Knowhere. The same sequence also teases Ayesha’s son possibly taking on the title “Warlock” since Kraglin (Sean Gunn) highlights, “Adam ain’t no hero name we need something metal”. Perhaps we may see Adam go by Warlock in his next appearance.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is currently available digitally and is still running in theaters too as of this writing.
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