In the ending of the movie Guardians of the Galaxy 3, also known as GOTG 3, we can see how the High Evolutionary gets trapped in his exploding ship. They all thought that the High Evolutionary really died in the explosion. But now it is revealed that he is actually still alive, after Drax managed to get him out before his plane exploded. The public can see the rescue scene performed by Drax at the end of the film.
And a few months after the movie’s release, deleted scenes surfaced showing how High Evolutionary is still alive. But the big question is whether or not the deleted scene is canon. Well, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, james Gunn, He confirmed via his Threads account that the deleted scene involving Chukwudi Iwuji as the High Evolutionary is canon. This scene was supposed to be inserted near the end of GOTG 3, but it was later removed.
“I think it’s canon. It’s definitely canon when we see Drax saving her when they’re saving the animals.” Since Drax was seen carrying the High Evolutionary on his shoulder, it’s only natural that the High Evolutionary’s survival would be considered canon.
Interestingly, geeks, in general, deleted scenes are not considered canon. Including deleted scenes can be confusing to general audiences, who may never have seen these deleted moments in theaters. However, there are also deleted scenes that stay true to the events of the original film. An example of this is a deleted scene from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which reveals that Peter Quill and Mantis are actually brothers. Due to being cut from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Marvel Studios just revealed the fact that Quill and Mantas are brothers on the Holiday Special.
At least for now, fans can rest in peace knowing that the door isn’t completely closed on Chukwudi Iwuji returning as the villainous High Evolutionary. There’s no word on exactly what Marvel Studios will do with the character, and hopefully we’ll see it in the near future.