As Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 prepares for its long-awaited release next summer, fans are preparing for what should be another iconic MCU villain fighting the team.
Following his work with director James Gunn on DC’s Peacemaker, Chukwudi Iwuji will take his talents to the MCU to play the High Evolutionary, which was confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. The acclaimed star will follow Lee Pace’s Ronan the Accuser (Vol. 1) and Kurt Russell’s Ego the Living Planet (Vol. 2), hoping to become the most terrifying entity that the MCU’s space misfits have ever faced before.
Rumors had circulated about the High Evolutionary being the main villain of Guardians 3 for quite some time, with Gunn and his team now in high gear working to complete the film in post-production. With fans having gotten a look at the movie’s first trailer at Comic-Con, Iwuji’s villain was one of the biggest highlights as the footage showed just a hint of how terrifying he will be in this new story.
Now, with the threequel making its way toward its May 2023 debut, Iwuji reflected on both his experience at Comic-Con and what’s about to come with his incredibly powerful new villain.
Guardians 3 Actor Teases Epic Main Villain
In a chat with Collider, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 star Chukwudi Iwuji gave some insight into his upcoming role as the High Evolutionary for Marvel Studios.
When asked about his costume and character, Iwuji described him as “narcissistic” and “sociopathic” while also bringing a “Shakespearean” touch to his personality. He also remembered feeling at home in the costume, noting how wearing it helped add a new dynamic to his performance.
According to everybody involved, Chukwudi Iwuji had the opportunity to bring a different kind of intensity to this character, who was the main driving force behind Rocket’s torturous creation in the comics.
The first trailer from Comic-Con already teased that fans will see that backstory fully evolved, which should add a unique level of horror and terror to what this villain will be about upon his debut. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will debut in theaters on May 5, 2023.