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Adam Warlock On Hold At Marvel Comics: Due To Guardians of the Galaxy Movie?

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Wed, 04/30/2014 - 17:40


We get an update on an earlier story that mentioned Jim Starlin won't be doing anymore Thanos/Adam Warlock stories for Marvel.

On Sunday, Jim Starlin posted on his Facebook page that he "can't do any further Thanos/Adam Warlock stories."

We now find out the reason is because apparently the character is on hold at Marvel.

We're not sure what that means either, but Starlin commented on the situation to Newsarama:

Okay, this time, after I brought Adam Warlock back from the dead in The Infinity Revelation, someone at Marvel anonymously put a corporation-wide-no-use restriction on the character, effectively putting the brakes on the ongoing plans I had for him and [Thanos].

When I started on The Infinity Revelation, I asked about Adam's status, was told no one had any plans for him and that he was dead. So I brought him back to life in the graphic novel and made plans to use him further.

I turned in a plot to Tom Brevoort, which included Adam Warlock, and about two months later Tom informed me about the hold but said he couldn't explain it to me. That's when I took on the Savage Hulk story arc, to keep busy until the hold was lifted and built up some more advanced storyline for the proposed project (The Infinity Duel).

The hold is still in place and, apparently, shows no signs of being lifted any time in the future. So I'm moving on.

I find this all rather strange seeing how Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, the X-Men, Daredevil, the Hulk, Fantastic Four, Ghost Rider and whatever other characters became movie projects without this hold ever being placed upon them.

I've given up on Warlock happening any time soon and have completed the three projects I committed to for Marvel - The Thanos Annual, The Infinity Revelation, and the Savage Hulkstory arc.

Talking to folks about future work, but nothing I can talk about at this time.

Fans questioned Brevoort about it on Tumblr:

This is all really about something else, something much smaller that Jim probably shouldn’t even have taken public on his Facebook page. But he did, so there you go. But it’s grown and changed and become so exaggerated as the information passes from one “well-respected comics blogger” to another that it bears no resemblance to the truth.

Jim has said relatively little about what his frustrations are at this point...

Jim Starlin came back and did an OGN, and then an Annual, and then an arc on a book that’s launching. While he’s frustrated because there’s something he wants to do that he can’t do at the moment, on a series that was never approved....

Perhaps Marvel is waiting for Adam Warlock to appear in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie?