In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Karen Gillan reprises her role as Nebula, the villainous mercenary bent on taking down her sister Gamora and anyone who stands in her way. Pom Klementieff portrays the superhero Mantis, marking the cinematic debut of the important new character who's never met another person outside of Kurt Russell's mysterious Ego the Living Planet.
Screen Rant sat down with Gillan and Klementieff at during the GOTG 2 press junket to pick up where we left off when chatting with them on the set of the sequel last year. We discussed their characters’ futures, Mantis’ unique relationship with fellow social outsider, Drax; where Gillan would take Nebula if she got the chance to go to Earth, and a little bit about Avengers: Infinity War and the recently confirmed Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
Your character has become probably the most beloved female antihero in the Marvel universe.
Karen Gillan: [laughs] I’ll take it.
Do you think there is a chance for redemption given her history?
Karen Gillan: I mean, yeah, I feel like we are definitely going to explore more and more with Nebula. I mean, so, in the first movie she was this angry, bitter villain and we sort of understood why, but we didn’t really get into the details. This movie we dive right into it and we know exactly why she is the way she is and I feel like she is definitely going to make some self discoveries through that. You know, she is having quite a cathartic experience with her sister in this movie and I think she is going to get to the point where maybe she’ll get to the good side, but also I kind of want to maintain a little bit about the bad.
The bad, I hear. Pom, a quick question for you. Why do you think it is that Mantis warmed up to the Guardians so quickly?
Pom Klementieff: Because she needed to feel looked at and recognized and loved in a way and that never really happened.
How do you feel about that relationship she has with Drax? Do you kind of ship that?
Pom Klementieff: Yeah. I think it’s really cute.
It is super cute.
Pom Klementieff: No. It’s super cute and I think that James is so good at that because he really created a friendship between a man and a woman and it’s not, they are not going to have sex. They are not going to fall in love. It’s much more interesting in staying platonic and cute, so I like it cause it’s a bigger brother and a sister.
Yeah. That’s awesome. Karen, in Infinity Gauntlet this comic book storyline, Nebula has a huge role in it. Do you hope that some of that plays out in Infinity War?
Karen Gillan: I, of course, hope so. That would be amazing. When I was preparing to play Nebula the first time, I read the Infinity Gauntlet and I loved it because it was the most Nebula heavy comic. And, yeah, that would be amazing if it does follow that storyline. I’m hoping. I don’t know yet because it’s a very big secret. But I’m hoping.
Yeah. Where would you guys like to see your characters go in either Guardians 3 or Infinity War if it was your choice?
Pom Klementieff: I would love maybe to go to Earth at some point and go, “Ooo! What is this?”
Karen Gillan: Yeah. That would be cool.
Pom Klementieff: Go do Chuck E Cheese!
Karen Gillan: [laughs] Yeah. Chuck E Cheese.
Pom Klementieff: [laughs]
So the answer for you is that you would like to have Nebula go…?
Karen Gillan: Chuck E Cheese? Yes. Definitely.
Pom Klementieff: Now we’ve never been. It’s like a running joke because we’ve never been and we should try. We’re not American, you know, so…
You guys, Chuck E Cheese, you can’t go without kids. That’s a thing.
Pom Klementieff: Really?
Yeah. That’s a true story.
Karen Gillan: Oh. Do you know any kids?
Pom Klementieff: Yeah. Can we borrow a kid?
Karen Gillan: Yeah. That would be great. I would like Nebula to go to Chuck E Cheese and then take down Thanos.
At Chuck E Cheese?
Karen Gillan: Yeah.
That’d be amazing.
Karen Gillan: Perfect. I’ll have a slice of pizza.
Pom Klementieff: Hey, Daddy.
Going forward, what do you think Mantis’ motivation is going to be without Ego?
Karen Gillan: Ooo! Spoilers!
Pom Klementieff: Yeah. I don’t know. She has a family now, so she’s kind of, she’ll see. She’ll go with the flow.
Karen Gillan: Breezy answer.
And Karen, which Avenger are you most excited to share the screen with?
Karen Gillan: I don’t know who I’m going to be sharing the screen with but, if I could choose anyone, I’d go with Iron Man.
Karen Gillan: Yeah. I feel they would have an interesting relationship.
He’s been a popular choice amongst you guys.
Karen Gillan: He’s pretty cool.
Yeah. He’s pretty cool. And, obviously, I’m a huge Doctor Who fan.
Karen Gillan: Oh, you are?
Karen Gillan: Oh cool. Yay!
I know that Peter Capaldi is leaving.
Karen Gillan: Yes!
He’s great by the way.
Karen Gillan: Our Scottish injection into the Tardis is going.
I know. Who would you ideally, not maybe exactly who, but would you like to see the next Doctor be somebody of a different nationality or a different gender?
Karen Gillan: Both.
Karen Gillan: Let’s go with both.
Karen Gillan: I feel like we definitely need some diversity in the Tardis. That would be great. And also, a female could absolutely play the Doctor. You know, some people question it. And I am like, “You are crazy. Of course a female can play that role.” There are so many actresses that could do that. And I would love to see that.
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as Baby Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Tommy Flanagan, Laura Haddock, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. Kevin Feige is producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jonathan Schwartz, Nikolas Korda and Stan Lee are the executive producers.
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