For a standalone film based on a phenomenally obscure property, Guardians of the Galaxy certainly made a name for itself in the annals of pop culture. The film made the likes of Rocket and Groot (not to mention, Chris Pratt) household names, and blew the door off the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a massive, yet deeply personal, space opera. Not only did the film give audiences their first real look at Avengers: Infinity War villain, Thanos (played by Josh Brolin), it introduced an entire intergalactic community that would be affected by his conquest. The Mad Titan’s adopted daughters, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) also played a large role in the film, and their rocky relationship is set to continue in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and beyond.
THR recently asked Gillan about her role in the upcoming sequel. She confirmed that Nebula is still grumpy, but “we’re going to find out why.”
“I’m so excited for people to see it! I just feel like it’s all of the best elements of the first one, just amplified. It’s even better – it’s funnier, the music’s even better … the second album is a blinder. It’s great. And in the first one everyone was being established. Now that that’s out of the way, you really get to delve into all of their dilemmas and things like that. I think family would really be the main theme of the thing. And my character Nebula is dealing with a whole lot of stuff there – we see a whole new side to her. A much more human side actually, where we understand how truly awful and difficult her daddy issues are.”
Since James Gunn has confirmed that Thanos doesn’t appear in Vol. 2, Nebula’s connection to the Guardians, and specifically Gamora, should have plenty of time for exploration before reinvolving her “daddy issues” head on. Considering how coldly one-note her character was by nature in the first film, this will hopefully give her more range to work with. Nebula’s connection to Thanos will likely play a huge role in her involvement in Avengers: Infinity War, especially if the source material is any indication. This makes it all the more important that she is properly developed before being thrown into a film that, by all accounts, will include every living character left in the MCU.
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