Chukwudi Iwuji teases his “extremely powerful” Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 role

By Stephen Ippolito | January 25th, 2022

In November, director James Gunn revealed that Chukwudi Iwuji had joined the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The actor, of course, worked with him on his Peacemaker series that’s currently streaming on HBO Max.

Not long after his casting, fans, as they usually do, began to speculate on who exactly he would be playing. While many characters were mentioned, the Silver Surfer and the High Evolutionary were the most common two brought up.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Iwuji spoke for the first time about joining the MCU film. While he didn’t reveal who he’s playing, he did tease that he’s “extremely powerful.”

“Powerful. Extremely powerful. Complex,” Iwuji says. “James and I were talking about it, but he’s certainly one of, if not the most complex characters we’ve seen in the freaking Marvel universe. So he’s deeply complex and deeply powerful, and I hope intriguing. I hope I bring that to it.”

Personally, I think he’s playing the High Evolutionary. In the comics, he’s described as an “evolved human who has god-like powers and possesses superhuman intelligence”. This would certainly match Iwuji’s “extremely powerful” description. Also, the High Evolutionary has connections to Adam Warlock, who’s also set to be introduced in the film.

Earlier in the same interview, Chukwudi told an interesting story about how Gunn offered him the role while they were on the set of Peacemaker.

“I literally went from dancing on the soundstage to James saying, ‘Come over here, I want you to be in Guardians of the Galaxy 3,'” Iwuji tells The Hollywood Reporter. “And I remember it was one of the few genuine times of my life where I was speechless. I just looked at him and I was like, ‘Um, yes, okay.’ So that’s how he offered it. I mean, we still had to go through Kevin Feige and certain people, but apparently, he’d already spoken to them and they liked the idea of it.”

Filming for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is currently ongoing. Look for it to hit theaters on May 5, 2023.

So who do you think he’s playing?

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