However, when an evil creature called Man-Beast arrived on Counter-Earth and spread dissension on the planet, the High Evolutionary recruited a hero to bring justice and order. Formerly known only as Him, the perfect man, the hero took the name Adam Warlock, and tried to teach the citizens of Counter-Earth through his death and resurrection.
With that summary, it’s clear to see why Counter-Earth would be so important to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The movie will finally introduce Adam Warlock, played by Will Poulter. In the MCU, Warlock is the offspring of Ayesha of the Sovereign, played by Elizabeth Debicki in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Presumably, the upcoming movie will track Warlock’s progression from the Sovereign to Counter-Earth.
Rumors have also been circulating that Guardians 3 will deal with the origins of Rocket Raccoon. In the comics, Rocket has no connection to High Evolutionary, but it wouldn’t be much of a leap to believe that the modifications and mutations he mentioned in the first film would take place on Counter-Earth.
Whatever the reason for stopping at this new planet, the set photos give hope that the Guardians franchise will continue pushing the MCU forward, to increasingly weirder and wonderful locations.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 releases on May 5, 2023.