James Gunn Addresses Criticism Over Race-Swapping Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 3 Villain

High Evo
Credit: Marvel Studios

High Evo
Credit: Marvel Studios

The first official trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 finally gave fans a menacing look at the sequel's main villain High Evolutionary but while most fans are happy to welcome Peacemaker actor Chukwudi Iwuji to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, longtime readers of the comics have their nitpicks about the character who apparently has been drastically changed in live-action.

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You see, the iconic Marvel baddie (real name Herbert Edgar Wyndham) is traditionally caucasian in the comics before evolving into the crimson cosmic entity. Chukwudi's iteration of the character looks nothing like the source material, from his features all the way to his costume. One fan pointed out the fact that the villain was racially bent in the MCU and even suggested Mark Hamill for the part.

Director James Gunn, who has a rich knowledge of comics is well aware of his creative choice and according to him, his decision had nothing to do with race. Responding to the fan who questioned why the High Evolutionary is being played by a black actor, the DC Studios co-CEO simply said that Iwuji was a no-brainer casting choice because he's the best actor he's ever worked with.

He wrote: "Because Chuk is the best actor I’ve ever worked with, that’s why. Has zero to do with race." Check it out below:

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Of course, Gunn is already no stranger to fans doubting his decisions but time and time again, he has proven that he truly has his finger on the pulse. I'm pretty sure Chukwudi will deliver an unforgettable performance as the High Evolutionary.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will hit cinemas on May 5, 2023.

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