Production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 won't begin for quite some time and as such, casting for new roles in the film hasn't started. Guardians helmer James Gunn has taken to Instagram Monday night for another impromptu Q&A session with eager fans of both Marvel and DC. It was there the director dropped the news as he responded to a fan asking about the truth behind a rumor of Zac Efron being cast as cosmic fan-favorite Adam Warlock.
"I never even said there was going to be an Adam Warlock," Gunn reminds fans. "And NO ONE has been cast in Vol 3 except the actors already in the movies."
Despite being an integral character in Jim Starlin's classic Infinity Gauntlet and Infinity War comics and the ensuing storylines, the character has yet to be formally introduced to the MCU, save for an Easter egg in a post-credits scene after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. According to Avengers: Endgame co-writer Christopher Markus, the movie was already too jam-packed with other characters to even think about squeezing the cosmic character in somewhere.
"...we didn't introduce Adam Warlock, because it's a massive backbend and you practically have to make an Adam Warlock movie to introduce him," Markus previously revealed. "He just can't walk onscreen. So, there was a brief moment where we were like, Ehhh..., and then we were like-- [He points to the movie's poster.] We have that many characters already! And then there were others we couldn't use. Like, Silver Surfer would have been useful, but we can't touch him. Currently."
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has yet to set a release date.
Upcoming Marvel Studios projects include Black Widow on May 1, 2020, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in Fall 2020, The Eternals on November 6, 2020, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, WandaVision in Spring 2021, Loki in Spring 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, Spider-Man 3 on July 16, 2021, What If…? in Summer 2021, Hawkeye in Fall 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021, and Black Panther 2 on May 6, 2022. Marvel Studios Disney+ series without release dates include Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk.