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Though it's true that Guardians Of The Galaxy had a killer cast of misfits as heroes, a lot of the secondary characters managed to make some waves in the public consciousness as well. Two such characters would be Karen Gillan's Nebula and Benicio Del Toro's Collector, which may have been (in equal part) due to the outlandish nature of either character, as well as the notoriety of the actor that played each part, respectively. Those factors could help both Gillan and Del Toro secure roles in the currently being written Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, and not only that – but if what we've heard is true, they might be working for the good guys for a change.
Slashfilm put the word out after James Gunn's appearance at the recent Guardians Of The Galaxy home video release junket. In the Q&A segment that was part of the proceedings, Gunn was heard to have put out a hint that the two villainous acquaintances to Star Lord and his crew might just turn their coats for the next film. The exact reasoning that Slashfilm used in their assumption is by stating "the way [Gunn] said Nebula and Collector are 'bad guys in the first movie' suggests that may not be the case in the second movie."
Considering where we left Nebula (dropping to the surface of Xandar from high altitudes,) and The Collector (having drinks with Howard The Duck,) one "redemption" scenario might seem more likely than the other. The Collector wasn't really that bad of a guy, at least as far as the Guardians went. All he really cared about was the Infinity Stone that they were looking to fence, and as we see at the end, he's too bruised up to be plotting revenge. So seeing The Collector working with the Guardians Of The Galaxy team is a pretty solid prospect. Though he is rather greedy when it comes to the Infinity Stones, and we all know what greed can do to a person.
Nebula, on the other hand, could either be acting like a hero to satisfy her personal vendetta against Gamora. Seeing how fast she changed her allegiances in the first film, it wouldn't be a surprise to learn that, surprise, Nebula is using the Guardians to get to something Thanos wants... only to bait him in and finish the job she meant to do with Ronan in Guardians Of The Galaxy. Come to think of it, without the actual audio or video of the event on hand, it could sound like James Gunn is hinting that both characters won't be the major villain of the film. He didn't specify, and remember – Ronan was the technical "villain" of the first film, while Thanos merely sat in the shadows, and ordered people around.
For the moment, we'll just have to wait for Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 to make its way onto the silver screen, as it is planned for a May 5, 2017 release date. Guardians Of The Galaxy will be available on Digital HD next Tuesday, with the 3D Blu Ray/Blu Ray/DVD versions all being available on December 9.