Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’s Villain: Who is the High Evolutionary? | Comic-Con 2022

We lift off once again, as James Gunn reassembles the Guardians of the Galaxy to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The long-awaited threequel is launched to complete this cosmic roster of rag-tag thieves, and thanks to comic asshole from san diegowe finally have confirmation that PeacemakerChukwudi Iwuji will play the Marvel character known as High Evolutionary. (The actor even showed up to SDCC 2022 in costume!)

Fans already knew that Iwuji would have a role in Vol. 3, with reports indicating he would appear in the film as “deeply complex” and “extremely powerful” addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On the tracks of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ Living Court and Thor: Love and Thunderit is Eternity, this cosmic character from the MCU is a welcome addition. But who is the High Evolutionary?

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In the era of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 began casting, many thought Vol. 2 post-credits teaser of Adam Warlock supposed PoultryThe character was the villain of the film. But now it looks like the High Evolutionary, who started out as an obscure enemy of Thor, will become this movie’s de facto big bad.

Introduced in 1966 in The Mighty Thor #133 and #134, the High Evolutionary is also known as Herbert Edgar Wyndham. A scientist with a deep interest in, you guessed it, evolution, Wyndham’s mission in life is to artificially accelerate the evolution of mankind.

Thor #134

Thor #134

An X-Men Connection

The comics tell us that the High Evolutionary took an interest in the works of Nathaniel Essex – better known as the X-Men villain Mister Sinister – but went even further.

Much like Essex, Wyndham wanted to perfect human genetics through experimentation, meaning he inadvertently created a race of talking animals called the New Men in his “citadel of science” which was placed at Wundagore. Tied to the MCU, Mount Wundagore was a major point of interest in Multiverse of Madness, and where we last saw Wanda Maximoff before she’s dead or not (she’s absolutely not dead, come on). After being abandoned by his partner Doctor Jonathan Drew (father of Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman), Wyndham gave himself silver armor to protect him from werewolves (comics!). This gave the character his supervillain look (a variant of which Iwuji presented to the SDCC). The High Evolutionary dubbed his experiments the Knights of Wundagore and used them to ensure the demonic god Chthon was trapped there (that’s a Wanda Maximoff connection right there).

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The High Evolutionary and the Scarlet Witch

The character has a variety of connections to familiar MCU characters. Eventually, he was revealed to be the puppeteer behind Pietro and Wanda Maximoff to get their powers in the comics. The movie franchise established that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch gained their abilities through the Mind Stone and experimentation performed by HYDRA, but this could always be retconned to include the High Evolutionary.

That said, it seems likely that the High Evolutionary of Vol. 3 will connect to Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) and her people the Sovereign, whom we first met on the big screen in Vol. 2. Her evolving skills could be tied to Ayesha’s creation of Adam Warlock (not to mention a possible revenge plot she might have against the Guardians). Speaking of…

Pietro and Wanda Maximoff's complicated origin story involves the High Evolutionary.

Pietro and Wanda Maximoff’s complicated origin story involves the High Evolutionary.

The Adam Warlock Connection

Back in the comics, having had enough of our Earth, the High Evolutionary established Counter-Earth with the New Men, then granted the Soul Stone to Adam Warlock. But with the Infinity Stones seemingly destroyed in the main MCU canon, we’ll have to wait and see if Gunn has adapted this aspect of Warlock’s origin story.

Eventually, the extremely powerful cosmic beings, the Beyonders, finally tricked Warlock into assassinating the High Evolutionary. With Secret Wars just announced as the current endgame for Phases 4, 5, and 6, this might be an important fact to remember since the Beyonders were a key part of this comic’s story. Could the High Evolutionary stick around for several phases before buying it from Warlock’s hands in this epic for sure?

Of course, in typical style, the death was only temporary. Later issues saw the High Evolutionary trying to take over Earth and attract the attention of the Avengers. A super-evolved Hercules was sent to stop him, which again could be related to the son of zeus post credits tease in Thor: Love and Thunder. Hercules and the High Evolutionary eventually evolved out of existence and were imprisoned by the Celestials. More recently, he fought Ultron and Phalanx warriors who wanted to take Warlock for themselves. Although it seemed Warlock had perished, his consciousness survived and the High Evolutionary knew he would survive to lead the “new” Guardians of the Galaxy. Since Gunn said it was “probably” the last time we’ll see the current team, it all sort of fits in if we’re looking at brand new lineups for a potential fourth Guardians movie.

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The character also has ties to the cosmic side of Marvel, such as Galactus and the Silver Surfer, which of course are closely tied to the Fantastic Four. An FF movie might seem like a long way off, but if the High Evolutionary sticks around a bit longer, we might see the comic book story of him draining the powers of the Silver Surfer for himself.

As for where you might have seen the High Evolutionary before, he had a small arc in X-Men: The Animated Series, was in Spider-Man: Unlimited, and was later voiced by Nolan North in The Guardians series. of the Disney XD Galaxy. .

In the latter story, he captured Rocket Raccoon. And there’s plenty of backstory to explore with Rocket in the MCU, with SDCC’s first Guardians 3 footage revealing we’ll be seeing a younger version of the character. It seems pretty clear that the High Evolutionary must have played a part in Rocket’s origin (remember all those cybernetic implants on his body?).

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The High Evolutionary has also crossed paths with everyone from Spider-Man’s Dr. Miles Warren (the Jackal) to the Hulk, trying to speed the latter up a million years of evolution. If anything, his abilities as a top geneticist should at least raise a few eyebrows given a recent hint of X-Men in the MCU. The franchise loves the “mad scientist” stereotype, and while that character’s comic origin isn’t necessarily tied to Guardians of the Galaxy, Gunn is about to put his own spin on the source material. Whether the High Evolutionary is a unique villain remains to be seen, but either way, fans are ready to welcome Iwuji to the MCU.

What do you hope to see in High Evolutionary and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3? Let’s discuss it in the comments!

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