High Evolutionary Real Name

James Gunn Debunks High Evolutionary Real Name Theory

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 director James Gunn has responded to a question about the High Evolutionary’s real name in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Is the MCU High Evolutionary’s real name Herbert Wyndham?

A fan asked Gunn on Twitter if the High Evolutionary’s real name in the MCU is Herbert Wyndham — the name of the original comic character. The filmmaker denied this, saying that this version of the character is from an alien planet, meaning his name is not Herbert Wyndham.

In the comics, the High Evolutionary is originally from Earth. Wyndham was inspired by the work of the genetic biologist Nathaniel Essex — better known as the X-Men villain Mister Sinister. The High Evolutionary’s intelligence in the comics is not to be understated, as, despite being a human, he is considered to be as advanced as some cosmic entities.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was directed by James Gunn and was released in theaters on May 5. The sequel heavily features the backstory of Rocket — the armed and snarky raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper — and his history with the film’s villain, The High Evolutionary (played by Chukwudi Iwuji). Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is now playing in theaters.