So What's Nebula's Hair Situation In Guardians Of The Galaxy 2?

Now that Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is currently going through script rewrites, fans have many questions about what will and what will not be in the film. One of the films stars has her own questions, as Karen Gillan is waiting to find out if she’ll need to shave her head or not.

To be clear, Gillan will be in the film. She will reprise her role as Nebula. Those are not questions. However, it’s apparently up in the air as to whether or not she’ll need to shave her head. has a summary of Karen Gillan’s recent appearance at Fan Expo Canada 2015, where she spoke about the upcoming sequel and the state of her hair style. She said:

I will be back. And I still don't know if I'm going to be bald or not... There's a possibility. I don't know why or how, but there is.

It’s an interesting statement to say the least. While Gillan says she hasn’t seen the script yet, it sounds like there have been specific conversations about how they’ll handle Nebula's lack of locks in the sequel. If she thinks there’s a possibility she won’t have to shave her head this time, it’s certainly seems like somebody in a position to know told her this. The most likely scenario is that the filmmakers found a new way to cover the actresses hair that will still make her look like she did in the first film without having to cut it all off. However, now that we’ve seen a truly bald Nebula, anything else isn’t going to look right in a sequel. If that’s the case, it makes sense that the question is still up in the air. They’ll likely need to make screen tests with Gillan before they know for sure if it will work. If not, the hair may still come off.

The other, but less likely, possibility is that Nebula won’t be bald in the film. Nebula may go through some sort of transformation either between films or in the sequel that will result in her having hair. Or maybe Nebula herself will just get tired of the bald look and grow it out if she can. Nebula has been portrayed with hair in the comics, so it isn’t entirely outside the realm of possibility. Still, director James Gunn has previously said that he’s against Nebula having hair. When a fan suggested such things on Twitter, Gunn had a single word response.


We’ll have to keep a close eye on Karen Gillan’s hair as we get closer to filming for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. Actually that sounds creepy. We’re not going to do that.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.