When Marvel Studios brought Guardians of the Galaxy to the big screen, it opened up a different universe of possibilities to the MCU. The first film established the series’ core characters with Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, and, of course, Rocket and Groot, but there were a handful of supporting characters who proved interesting enough they are set to enjoy expanded roles in this year’s sequel, as well as parts in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.
One of the characters poised for a larger role is Karen Gillan’s villainous Nebula, adopted daughter of Thanos and therefore sister of Zoe Saldana’s Gamora. Those eager to see more of the blue skinned, robotically enhanced alien will get their wish this May when James Gunn gets the team back together for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But that won’t be the only place audiences will get to see Nebula, as she is already confirmed for a role in Avengers: Infinity War. And now it appears Gillan is officially heading to set.
Gillan shared the news on Instagram after she wrapped duties on her directorial debut, Tupperware Party. Now, she is officially on her way to Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia to begin filming Nebula’s role in not only Infinity War, but the fourth Untitled Avengers film as well.
It’s no surprise that Gillan is already heading to set so early in production. Though there are no details as to the extent of her character’s role in the film, many other Guardians characters, like Pom Klementieff’s Mantis, Dave Bautista’s Drax, and Sean Gunn — who plays Kraglin, but also stands in for Rocket Raccoon before the digital artists take the reins — have already begun filming. At this point, it looks as though production is starting things off with the Guardians, but unless the Russos are filming chronologically, it doesn’t necessarily mean Infinity War will begin with Star-Lord and the rest of the gang.
However, the inclusion of Nebula in the crowded Avengers film does raise some interesting questions about her character’s arc in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. It’s been teased that Thanos’ daughter will experience some conflict in terms of whose side she’s on in the film. Given that she’ll also play a role in a story that aims to feature her purple-skinned father as the primary antagonist, one has to wonder whether or not Nebula’s allegiance remains all in the family, or if she’s found something more suited to her evolving personality aboard the Milano.
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