Karen Gillan On GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 & AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Appearances, & That Skimpy JUMJANI Outfit
Doctor Who alum Karen Gillan definitely has her plate full. But like any talent in Hollywood, Gillan has spent years working hard to get that hard work, so that’s probably a prospect she meets with a lot of joy. Not only will she be directing her first film — the formerly-titled Tupperware Party (now currently untitled) — next year, but she’s also set to hit the big screen as an actor in the Marvel sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and the adventure sequel/reboot Jumanji this year.
Gillan made her Marvel debut in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy as Thanos’ badass daughter, Nebula — a mean-spirited woman with a real chip on her shoulder. We last saw the blue belle ripping a man from his spaceship and taking off, far away from the climax chronicled in the movie. As with ninety percent of the surviving Marvel characters, she was expected to come back at some point, and given the amount of spotlight she’s getting in the advertising, it seems to be in quite substantial Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 role.
Speaking with THR, Gillan discussed a bit about what we can expect out of Nebula this time around.
“I’m so excited for people to see it! I just feel like it’s all of the best elements of the first one, just amplified. It’s even better – it’s funnier, the music’s even better … the second album is a blinder. It’s great. And in the first one everyone was being established. Now that that’s out of the way, you really get to delve into all of their dilemmas and things like that. I think family would really be the main theme of the thing. And my character Nebula is dealing with a whole lot of stuff there – we see a whole new side to her. A much more human side actually, where we understand how truly awful and difficult her daddy issues are.”
This pretty much falls in line with what we’ve been expecting out of the sequel for some time now — bigger, funnier, and with a little more depth — so it’s great to hear that we’ll be getting to see things a bit more from her perspective as well. In addition to her role in Guardians 2, Nebula will also be popping up in Avengers: Infinity War, as we confirmed a few days back.
“Yeah, she’s making a cheeky appearance there,” Gillan told the outlet. “I don’t know how much I’m allowed to say, but I’m pretty happy with how much she gets to do.”
Given that Thanos is Nebula’s father, it’s not unreasonable to assume she’d have a decent-sized part in that film as well, even if it’s already set to be overcrowded with Avengers. By this point in the game, Marvel has continued to garner good faith, and if last year’s Captain America: Civil War shows just how good the studio is at juggling their characters, we have little reason to worry.
In addition to those two big Marvel Studios movies, Gillan will be gracing the big screen in the Jumanji film alongside Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black. You may recall some months ago, the production for the film released a production still, and while Gillan’s male counterparts had fittingly adventurous outfits, her own character was left with a relatively skimpy, Lara Croft-esque outfit (pictured above).
Needless to say, the backlash was real. Here’s what Gillan had to say about said backlash.
“I’ve experienced something similar when I worked on Doctor Who and there was such an uproar about my costume when that was first revealed, so I thought it was happening all over again. But I have to say, I'd never take on a role that was truly gratuitous for no reason. There’s a really valid reason why she’s wearing that. My character is really not happy about it!”
What are you hoping to see out of Nebula in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? Let us know in the comments down below!
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