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This morning James Gunn officially announced a number of new actors who have joined the cast for his Marvel follow-up, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. What he did not do when he announced the list of names, was give us any indication of who any of them will be playing. However, in a follow-up tweet, Gunn decided to throw us a bone and confirm the one character that we’d been most sure about already. Pom Klementieff has been officially confirmed as Mantis.
It’s no major spoiler for James Gunn to unveil Pom Klementieff as Mantis as that rumor has been floating around, unopposed, for months. Anybody who cared had already pegged Mantis as the most likely new member of the Guardians of the Galaxy and Klementieff made perfect sense as the actress to play the part. By Gunn officially confirming the character and the actress on Twitter he doesn’t actually give fans any new information, but he also hopes that little nugget of information will take people’s attention so they don’t start digging too closely into who the other actors may be portraying. He wants to keep that information quiet for another year or so.
Mantis as a character has been around since the 1970s. In that time, she’s interacted with virtually every corner of the Marvel universe, from the Guardians of the Galaxy to the Avengers. The character was originally rumored to be making an appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron but that didn’t pan out. Now that the character is confirmed to be joining the MCU here, it will be interesting to see where she goes.
Now that we have confirmed the character we can focus our inquisitive minds on the questions of how she meets up with Peter Quill and company and how she’ll fit into the overall storyline. We don’t know very much about what the story of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 really is. All we really know for sure is what it is not. Writer James Gunn has said that the plot has very little to do with Thanos or Infinity Stones, so it won’t necessarily play into the larger storyline the MCU has been building and will instead be a more standalone movie.
Mantis confirmed. How does that impact your interest in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2?