During the Marvel Studios presentation Saturday night in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, it was finally announced who would play the villain in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The infamous – and classic – Marvel Comics villain is portrayed by none other than actor Chukwudi Iwuji, perhaps best known to US audiences for his role as Clemson Murn on the DC Comics HBO Max show Peacemaker, another James Gunn project (via IMDb). A Twitter The video shared by IGN on the Hall H floor shows Iwuji in full High Evolutionary costume, walking down the aisle clad in full purple armor from head to toe. The video also shows the actor fully immersed in his High Evolutionary role, sometimes scowling at the crowd before breaking out in an unnerving smile.
Based on the character’s comic book origins, the High Evolutionary is a highly intelligent biologist named Herbert Wyndham who grew up in England. He becomes obsessed with the evolutionary process and leads him down a dangerous path that grants him special abilities but also brings him into conflict with The Avengers and other Marvel characters. His intellect, having improved, is now unimaginable and he is a formidable and powerful fighter.
The High Evolutionary’s role in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 storyline likely has a lot to do with Will Poulter’s Adam Warlock, given his incredible involvement with the origins of Adam’s storyline in Marvel Comics. It will be interesting to learn more about the plot of “Vol. 3” as we get closer to its release, and hopefully learn more about The Guardians’ final adventure along the way.