Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, in which James Gunn said goodbye to his motley crew of dysfunctional heroes, had a number of highlights and accomplishments. Nevertheless, the truly terrible High Evolutionary, who was performed icily and with the appropriate venom by Chukwudi Iwuji, was one of the less talked-about successes in the movie. Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) finally defeats his “creator” at the end of the movie, freeing a lot of prisoners, both human and animal, and leaving him to perish on his ship as it erupts.
In response to a tweet questioning what was happening with the High Evolutionary, Gunn now says that we’ve probably not seen the last of the character. Gunn responded to the fan by stating that the High Evolutionary was being held captive on Knowhere, the planet where the Guardians reside. Nebula (Karen Gillan) is in charge of and oversees this planet.
Thanks to a variety of sources, we have been able to piece together a picture of exactly what occurred to the High Evolutionary when the Guardians raided his ship. Although we can’t see it well, Miguel ngel Acevedo Montserrat, the visual effects artist for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 said during an interview that the High Evolutionary was carried to safety by a silhouetted Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) as the Guardians cleared it. Iwuji, for his part, also disclosed that extra scenes that provided more information had been shot, though Gunn may have cut them for pace reasons.
Iwuji’s scene-stealing portrayal as the High Evolutionary in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 further contributed to the character’s impact. Iwuji leans heavily into the fact that The High Evolutionary is a deranged scientist with a literal god mentality throughout the majority of the movie. Iwuji makes sure that the vanity of his MCU villain is constantly, unavoidably evident, whether it is through the austere edge he gives the character’s British accent or the way he always seems to keep his chain elevated and his back as straight as possible. That feature of his portrayal only serves to highlight how startling and ominous it is when the High Evolutionary descends into his own selfish, juvenile outbursts.
The film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is far from flawless. The movie is about as subtle as a siren and a little bit too long for its own good, which is typical of the MCU. Despite this, it’s challenging to find many faults with the villain. The High Evolutionary is not only a skillfully created and formidable adversary, but also the ideal foe for the Guardians themselves.
He discussed the scenes he shot with ComicBook.com in an interview:
“Let me just say it this way, will I? You may see an extended version or perhaps an alternative ending, which we did film, I’m hoping. The entire premise of Marvel is, after all, that even if you witness someone’s death, it doesn’t always mean that they have passed away, and even if they do, what does that signify in the multiverse? Rocket doesn’t shoot me, which is the key point. He responds, “No, I’m not going to kill him,” when they make a point of asking why don’t you kill him. You also don’t see me actually sink with the ship. I’ll leave it at that, then.”
This evening’s disclosure by Gunn is fantastic news for Iwuji and the fans as well. He was a top-tier Marvel villain who was absolutely abhorrent without being unduly charming and most definitely not the kind of bad guy we could readily imagine “softening.” Keeping their bad characters on the board is nothing if not a reasonable decision given the present state of events with the next major Marvel villain.
Sum It Up!
The fate of the High Evolutionary in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 takes an unexpected turn, as James Gunn hints at a potential return. While the movie bid farewell to its beloved heroes, the enigmatic character’s storyline holds intriguing possibilities. Gunn’s revelation of the character’s captivity on Knowhere, under the watch of Nebula, sparks curiosity among fans. Additional insights from visual effects artist Miguel Ángel Acevedo Montserrat and actor Chukwudi Iwuji suggest that unseen scenes and alternative endings may shed light on the High Evolutionary’s ultimate fate. This exciting disclosure leaves fans eagerly anticipating the extended version or potential surprises in store for this chilling Marvel villain.