We've barely even met Mantis, one of the newest Guardians of the Galaxy, but she's already made quite the impression with just seconds of teaser trailer screen time. Played by Pom Klementieff (Oldboy), the Celestial Madonna illustrates her empathetic superpower of reading people's feelings by touching them. Unfortunately, she still seems to be a tad out of touch with the embarrassment it could bring. The larger role that Mantis plays in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is still unknown, but she already seems to fit right in with the team of lovable losers.
Recently, Klementieff dropped a strong hint via comic book cover that Mantis would be meeting The Avengers in the very near future. Now a followup post has seemingly confirmed that she is, in fact, appearing in Avengers: Infinity War.
Klementieff dropped the following photo on her Instagram feed wearing what looks to be a cast and crew beanie with the Infinity War logo emblazoned across the front. Considering the film has just recently started production, this seems about as close a confirmation as we could get without Marvel Studios spelling it out in words.
Marvel had previously confirmed the involvement of the Guardians in Infinity War, and Mantis has been confirmed to join them in Vol. 2. All said, there seemed to only be a very small possibility that Mantis wouldn't make an appearance, but it's nice to know for sure that we'll be seeing more of her. After the Oldboy remake, this will also mark her second appearance alongside Josh Brolin, though he may be less immediately recognizable as the Mad Titan Thanos.
Overall, Infinity War is shaping up to be quite the superhero jamboree. The Avengers, The Guardians, and seemingly every other unaffiliated MCU character seem to be on the table. Even Tom Holland's Sony-owned Spider-Man is making a return (and may already be filming). Both Infinity War and the now untitled Avengers 4 are in production simultaneously. They were originally slated as Part 1 and Part 2 of one large epic, but Marvel has since rejiggered the story into two distinct arcs. What Avengers 4 entails is still a mystery, and that includes whether or not the Guardians will continue to play a role. Marvel has done an admirable (though occasionally imperfect) job of juggling an insane number of characters in their films so far. Let's hope that the number of players in the next two Avengers films doesn't finally break their track record.
Source: Pom Klementieff (via Instagram)
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
- Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
- Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019