After #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy captured the collective hearts and minds of audiences back in 2014, Vol. 2 is set for release next year, and we're all about the hype for it.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 brings back a lot of familiar faces, but also introduces a few new characters to the #Marvel Cinematic Universe. This year we'll meet Mantis, Ego, Simon Williams, Taserface, Tullk and Ayesha, and #Ayesha herself has proven to be a really intriguing character.
In many ways Ayesha is the female equivalent of the elusive Adam Warlock, also known as "Him." Ayesha — also known as "Her" and Paragon, and better known as Kismet — is closely linked to Warlock in the comics due to the nature of her birth.
Both Ayesha and #AdamWarlock were born of the same genetic experiments concocted by the Enclave — a morally corrupt group of scientists who attempted to create the perfect being in order to create a benevolent world dictatorship under their rule. Warlock was their first creation, and Ayesha their second.
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We got our first proper look at Ayesha, portrayed by Aussie actress Elizabeth Debicki, in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Super Bowl TV Spot. With her golden skin and eyes she remained mysterious and enigmatic, as one of the known antagonists of the upcoming movie.
Most of Kismet's #comicbook storylines involve her finding a suitable male to mate with to ensure the lineage of her superior race (Warlock is her first choice, but he's dead, then rejects her when he gets resurrected), but it sounds like she's getting up to something a little different in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
In a new interview that came out of a set visit with Collider, director James Gunn spilled a little bit about the character, and what we can expect to see from her. Here's what we learned:
"[Ayesha is] a member of this race called the Sovereign, and they’re all genetically created. They’re created by themselves as sort of a self-sustaining race who are created as perfect beings and they think of themselves as perfect."
The Sovereign are a new thing for the #MCU — a race by that name doesn't exist in the comics, although the Eternal Ikaris did use the aliases Sovereign for a time. Ayesha is the leader of the Priestesses of the Sovereign, a religious order of the gold-lad Sovereign race. And she's got a pretty fancy chair to show for it.
The fact that the Sovereign are a genetically created race designed to be "perfect" forms a nice connection to Ayesha's comic book origins. But it also provides another link to the character of Adam Warlock, as we don't know when or even if he will join the MCU. When Collider asked Gunn if the Ayesha of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is related to Warlock as in the comics, he responded:
"Totally possible. They’re created in pods."
Ayesha's metallic appearance is similar to Warlock's, as he is typically drawn with golden-yellow skin. And the mention of "pods" is telling, as we saw what appeared to be Adam Warlock's pod-like cocoon appearing as an Easter Egg in the mid-credits sequence of Thor: The Dark World and the post-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Gunn has previously been very evasive about the cocoon; on different occasions confirming, denying and responding "I don’t know" when asked if it's Warlock's. So it's nice to get a hint that Warlock could still appear at some point down the road, and may have a connection to Ayesha.
As for the rest, we'll have to wait until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 releases in the US, on May 5, 2017, to find out.
What do you think Ayesha is up to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Have your say in the comments, and check out the new Super Bowl TV Spot below!