We're on the precipice of a very exciting time for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following the release of Ryan Coogler's Black Panther, The Russo Brothers will bring Avengers: Infinity War, and eventually the untitled Avengers 4 film. These highly anticipated blockbusters will be the accumulation of a decade of films, as all of the shared universe's major characters will unite against Josh Brolin's Thanos. And perhaps no character has a bigger vendetta against Thanos than Guardians of the Galaxy's Nebula. She's out for revenge against her father, and actress Karen Gillan recently told me what she's hoping for her MCU alter ego.
I recently had the chance to speak with Karen Gillan about her role in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Eventually our conversation turned to Marvel, and she told me what she'd like to see from Nebula by the end of the next two Avengers movies. She said,
This sounds like exactly where Nebula should go in her next two appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The blue girl is one of the most complicated characters in the entire MCU, and it would be great to see her delve into her issues, especially related to her father's years of abuse.
While Nebula originally seemed like a cookie cutter villain in Guardians of the Galaxy, fans got to peel back the layers of her history in it's beloved sequel. It turns out that her issues with Gamora stem from their childhood, where Thanos forced the sisters to train against each other. Every time Gamora won, Thanos would replace another one of Nebula's body parts with a mechanic version. The sisters seemed to reach an uneasy alliance by the end of the sequel, but Nebula departed on her own to find and kill their father.
It should be interesting to see how Nebula is utilized by The Russo Brothers in the next two Avengers films. Since she's not with the Guardians when they meet up with Chris Hemsworth's Thor, she'll have to enter the narrative separately. She also didn't appear in the Infinity War trailer, adding to the mystery surrounding her role. Hopefully we'll get to see her interact with some other Marvel favorites, preferably one of the more comedic ones. Her no nonsense attitude makes for a great juxtaposition with characters like Rocket Raccoon, so it would be great to see her attempt to navigate the quips of someone like Ant-Man or Tony Stark.
While we'll have to wait until May for Infinity War to arrive, you can watch Karen Gillan kick ass and takes names in just a few weeks. Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle debuts in theaters December 20th, complete with Gillan's Ruby Roundhouse. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your trips to the movies in the New Year.
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.