First appearing in Fantastic Four #66 known as “HIM,” (by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby) Adam Warlock has a very, VERY strange back history, so here’s what you need to know.
He was originally created, through artificial means, to be the perfect human by an organization calling themselves the Enclave.
He was discovered by the Fantastic Four being grown in a cocoon.
Yes, THAT cocoon. The one we’ve seen in Thor: Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy, in the Collector’s Museum.
He then encounters a being called The High Evolutionary who deems him Warlock and gives him the Soul Gem. (This COULD play into the MCU in a big way as Thanos seems to be collecting these, very much like he did in Thanos Quest to play out in The Infinity Gauntlet and then later in The Infinity War).
He leaves earth to live in space, encountering the Universal Church of Truth, who will be a constant thorn in his side, led by Magus, who we will come to find out much later is a corrupted future version of Adam Warlock returned to the past, driven insane by the power of the Soul Gem.
Blah blah blah, he ends up stuck in the parallel universe that exists in the Soul Gem, along with allies Pip the Troll and Gamora.
Thanos gets all the Infinity Gems (Stones, in the MCU) and Adam Warlock plays an integral role in saving the entire universe from a power-mad god who wants nothing more than to kill everything in it. He does this by, you know, taking the Infinity Gauntlet for himself.
So, what are his powers? He’s more a less a really bad ass space wizard, kinda. He has superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, energy projection and can fall in to a Cocoon to heal himself.
Through a few re-generations, and now fighting with the Guardians of the Galaxy here and there, he’s learned to use “Quantum Magic” to basically, you know, do magic things.
So, yeah, he’s a total bad ass.
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