At SXSW, MTV had a chance to chat with Karen Gillan about her work in Marvel’s upcomingÂ Guardians of The Galaxy. The actress spoke candidly about her work in the film as the villain, Nebula. Several topics were covered, including the tone of the film and what we should expect to see.
“I always had total faith in the project, because the people who are making it are so brilliant, and have a long history of great films. So I knew it was in great hands.Â I just think it’s a new direction for Marvel, it’s really, really funny. It’s not taking itself seriously at all. It’s tongue in cheek. And just to see people be excited about that new tone is cool.”
That should make several Marvel Studios detractors roll their eyes, since the humor shown in many of their films has been off-putting to some. Though, with a property like Guardians of The Galaxy, the humor should be expected.Â But what about Nebula? Is she a joke villain? Is she campy or funny?
“Okay, so Nebula does not find herself funny. I find her hilarious. But she can’t find herself hilarious, that’s not scary.”
She was also asked about something that was only glimpsed at in the Guardians of The GalaxyÂ teaser trailer: A brawl with Zoe Saldana’s Guardian Gamora.
“Yeah, there’s a big girlie fight sequence, but it’s not that girlie. They made sure there weren’t any nice pirouettes or anything like that. She’s really experienced in the physical stuff, she was a ballerina. She’s really amazing at all of that stuff. She barely required any rehearsal, she was like, ‘I can do this.’ I required two months of rehearsals every day that I wasn’t shooting, because I looked like spaghetti when I started. [The battle itself]Â is the integral one for my character, because it’s not just a physical battle. Their relationship goes very deep, and there’s a huge history between them. So there’s a lot more to it than just the physical.”
Guardians of the GalaxyÂ arrives on August 1.