Marvel fans just can’t get enough of Keanu Reeves.
Last week, speculation about the actor being cast as Namor the Sub-Mariner became rife subsequent to several fan-made concept artworks doing the rounds of the internet, and Reeves has since seen his name attached to yet another Marvel goliath set to debut in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
Though Avengers: Endgame hit the nail on the head with a multitude of facets, some comic-book purists were left disappointed after the film strayed even further from one of its foremost literary inspirations than its predecessor had.
Published in 1992, Jim Starlin’s six-issue series The Infinity War was, by all accounts, a groundbreaking release, redefining high-stakes in comics and setting the bar high for future crossover events trying to replicate its success. The series laid a foundation for the any of story-lines involving Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet that would follow during coming decades and formed the bedrock upon which the concept of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War was constructed, though redacting a few key details.
Among the most discussed of these was the exclusion of Adam Warlock from the mix, a character who could arguably be considered one of the 1992 series’ protagonists and was imperative in bringing the saga to a conclusion, thus making his on-screen absence even more jarring.
Of course, we have previously received hints about Warlock’s existence within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)
At the end of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, we witness Ayesha overseeing the construction of an artificial being she believes capable of defeating our eponymous heroes, christening him Adam, but that’s about it.
As such, Warlock’s MCU debut would be one that could satiate the demands of Marvel’s large comic-book fanbase, and the casting of Reeves would be a choice few would dispute.
The star has been riding a high in 2019, with successful outings in John Wick 3 and Toy Story 4, in addition to the overwhelming response he received for his appearance in promotional footage for Cyberpunk 2077 during E3. And considering that Warlock is one of the characters in the Marvel canon that ensures universal order, Reeves might be the actor capable of bequeathing the role with the air of authority and poignancy it necessitates.