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Marvel Studios reveals the High Evolutionary in costume among fans at SDCC '22

The Nigerian-British actor Chukwudi Iwuji introduced himself in character by saying "Call me sire" to the crowds of Hall H

Chukwudi Iwuji as the High Evolutionary
Image credit: Getty Images/Marvel Studios

During Marvel Studios' panel in Hall H on Saturday of San Diego Comic Con, it was announced that British-Nigerian actor Chukwidi Iwuji (Peacemaker) will be playing The High Evolutionary in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Iwuji walked through the audience, taking selfies with fans as Guardians director James Gunn introduced his character. When it started to seem like he'd never make it to stage, Gunn joked, "High Evolutionary, it's another mile," to which Iwuji responded, "Call me sire," and launched into a paragraph of comments on the audience as "unevolved, lowlife scum"-- all in character.

The High Evolutionary character first debuted in Marvel Comics' comic The Mighty Thor in the 60s as a character obsessed with using science to further the evolution of beings into greater versions.

Iwuji is best known for his role in Peacemaker, but he has also appeared in Designated Survivor and is an Associate Artist for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 opens in theaters May 3, 2023.


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