We're all gearing up for the weird and wonderful sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy — set to release in 2017 and boasting some impressive new characters — but director James Gunn is already looking beyond the Guardians' next big outing.
The first Guardians of the Galaxy was full of larger-than-life characters, who helped propel the movie to smash hit territory — even the characters who didn't have a leading role in the film captured the imagination of the audience. Such is the case of Nebula, Gamora's murderous adopted sister, who seemed to have a lot more motivation and backstory than the film had time to explore.
We will be seeing Nebula again in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as she pulls one of her classic side-switches to team up with the A-holes themselves to save the day. But that's not enough for one fan, who asked James Gunn on Twitter whether Nebula will ever lead her own movie.
With Marvel's already crowded schedule, it seems unlikely that this will actually happen. But there's no denying that Nebula has ample potential for a solo movie, especially considering her role in Vol. 2.
A Family Reunion
As Gamora tried to save the galaxy and break away from her troubled past, Guardians of the Galaxy saw Nebula relentlessly hunt her adopted sister down, teaming up with Ronin against the Guardians. By the end of the movie, however, Nebula had had enough of fighting for causes she didn't really believe in, and made a speedy getaway in the final battle.
But this won't be the last time Gamora sees her sister: As Karen Gillen revealed to Comic Book Resources, Nebula will reach out to Gamora in Vol. 2.
"I think what I'm really excited about it delving into the sisterly relationship between Gamora and Nebula. I think that we're going to see a little bit more of that, and it's going to be a bit more fleshed out."
The relationship between Gamora and Nebula was tense at best, as the adopted siblings vied for the attentions of Ronin, and the approval of their father, Thanos. There's no denying that the two have a fascinating backstory — captured as children, Gamora and Nebula were trained among many other adopted siblings to be Thanos' personal bodyguards and army.
Although we didn't see much of this explored in Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora and Nebula's shared history explains a lot about their rivalry, as this deleted scene shows:
And yet, because these scenes were cut, some fans complained that Nebula's role in the movie made no sense. Her motivations and loyalties seemed to veer wherever was most convenient for the plot, rather than what made sense for her character.
Hopefully, Vol. 2 will go a long way to solving this problem, as the relationship between Gamora and Nebula is developed. So what's left for this potential Nebula solo movie?
Lone Assassin In A Big Galaxy
From Nebula's character alone, there's plenty to explore in a solo movie. There are so many questions we still have about her and her past — was she always a cyborg, or did Thanos turn her into a vicious killing machine? The setting is the big issue here, as the solo movie could be a retrospective feature, showing Nebula's childhood training with Gamora, or the film could look forwards to Nebula's future.
It would be awesome to see Nebula decide what she wants to do for herself, using the skills Thanos gave her to become something new. An assassin for hire, perhaps, or a bounty hunter. All of this rests on how Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 plays out, as we'll see how and why Nebula decides to work with the Guardians.
Then there's the question of whether Nebula will appear in Avengers: Infinity War. The Guardians themselves are already confirmed to appear in the third Avengers flick, teaming up with Earth's Mightiest Heroes to fight Thanos. This movie will see many different characters team up with each other, but while some — like Captain Marvel — are likely to appear, others — like Wasp — will be excluded.
Infinity War has a very crowded roster, and it's unsure whether Nebula will be among the heroes to have the final showdown with Thanos. Considering her history with Thanos, it would make sense for her to be included, but it all depends on whether she becomes a regular team member of the Guardians in Vol. 2.
Of course, it would be great to see Nebula just give the lot of them — Avengers, Guardians, and assorted supporting characters — the metaphorical cyborg finger, as she absconds again to have awesome assassin-for-hire adventures, possibly teaming up with her own rag tag gang. Now that's the kind of Nebula solo movie we could get behind.
Tell us in the comments: Would you like to see Nebula get a solo movie?