With the next film on #Marvel's roster not too far over the horizon, it's getting about time to gear up and get excited for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the follow-up to the surprising 2014 smash-hit that blew open the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Returning to the #MCU is the rag-tag team of Guardians, alongside many supporting characters from the first movie.
One such returning character is Nebula, portrayed by Scottish actress Karen Gillan. The right-hand man to #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy antagonist Ronan the Accuser, Nebula is one of a pair of Thanos's adopted daughters, alongside her 'sister' Gamora. Whilst #Gamora, Thanos's favorite, saw the light prior to the events of Guardians and broke away from her cruel father, Nebula remained pretty firmly in the bad guy sphere throughout the movie.
But — like Gamora — there's clearly very little love lost between Nebula and #Thanos. In Guardians of the Galaxy she sides with Ronan against the Titan, telling him, "You see what he has turned me into? You kill him and I will help you destroy a thousand planets."
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And this is a pertinent line, because Thanos has a history of mistreating his daughters, both in the MCU and in the comics. Indeed in the Infinity Gauntlet saga Thanos demonstrates to Lady Death the horrific torture he's put Nebula through for daring to claim that she was his granddaughter. Spoiler alert: It's not pretty.
The last we saw of the blue-faced Luphomoid in Guardians of the Galaxy, Nebula cut off her own hand rather than accept the offer of camaraderie from her sister, before escaping in one of the Ravager's M-ships. She returns this year in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and again for 2018's highly anticipated Avengers: Infinity War.
Speaking to The Wrap ahead of her upcoming directorial debut, Gillan dropped a few hints about what we'll be seeing from Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. And it looks like she's finally going to start to come to terms with the hell her adopted father put her through when she makes her next appearance:
"What I love about the second movie for Nebula in particular is that we get — We know that she’s a pretty angry woman with some daddy issues. [But] in the second movie, we’re going to start to see how much pain her father actually caused her, and we’re going to delve right into the relationship with her sister Gamora.
I think we might even feel a tinge of sympathy towards Nebula this time, because we really start to see the emotional crack in her character. I was just allowed to completely explore that and take it to a completely different dimension with her. I was really happy about that."
From the sounds of things we're going to be getting to see a bit more of what makes Nebula tick — including dredging up all the trauma from her past. Good old superhero movies, they've always got to have their trauma. Some sisterly bonding wouldn't go amiss between Nebula and Gamora too, though we suspect there'll be more than a few blows exchanged before they come to any kind of accord.
Perhaps this means that by the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Nebula will have come back around to Gamora's side. This would explain her appearance in Infinity War, if she happened to ally herself with the Guardians against Thanos — similar to the key role she played in his defeat in the original Infinity Gauntlet.
But the last big question remains — how much of her hair did Gillan have to shave this time around? For Guardians of the Galaxy she completely shaved her head, ridding herself of her famous ginger hair for the role of Nebula, and surprised the hell out of fans at Comic-Con. This time around she went under the razor again, but apparently made it out a little more unscathed. Not entirely, but a little more:
"I shaved half of my head this time, but they took away the butt — like, the underneath-half of my hair, and then left the top part. That was the best gift ever."
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 releases May 5, 2017. What do you think Nebula is getting up to in Avengers: Infinity War? Sound off in the comments, and check out the amazing teaser trailer for GotG Vol. 2 below!
(Source: The Wrap)