It’s hard to imagine anyone else but Karen Gillan playing Nebula now, it was a role I think in Guardians of the Galaxy, that didn’t necessarily mean she would be back for any future movies. Though looking at it now, Nebula has played as big a part in the Infinity Saga as any of her Guardians co-stars.
Interestingly though, it turns out that Karen Gillan was almost up for a far smaller part in the MCU, that of Agent 13 aka Sharon Carter, the woman who must still be wondering where her boyfriend Steve Rogers has gotten to, unknowing that he went back in time to marry her Aunt Peggy. Talk about rejection, but Sharon was of course eventually played by Emily Van Camp. However, Marvel Studios casting director Sarah Finn recently spoke about this role during the Disney+ special Sarah Finn: Casting a Universe and revealed that Gillan originally auditioned for this role before Van Camp was cast.
“I had been a fan of Karen, she came and she had auditioned for Agent 13 in Captain America. Karen was someone who was an incredibly grounded and solid actor but who was also cooky and charming in the most wonderful way,” Finn says. “Even though she had never played a character like Nebula, I was really interested to see her read. So, she came in and auditioned. James described Nebula as being somewhat childlike and Karen having this kind of cherubic beauty mixed with the darkness that she was able to convey.”
The rest, as they say, is history. Gillan got the role of Nebula, a part which grew in size as the MCU went forward and as such so did Gillan’s star factor. Gillan is now one of the most sought after actresses working in Hollywood and has a string of hit movies to her name including the Jumanji movies. Nebula is also very much alive and well in the MCU, and one would expect here to be a full member of the Guardians team as we move in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, a movie we expect to hit theaters sometime in late 2022 or 2023, but that, as yet, is unconfirmed.
Would Sharon Carter have been a bigger role had Gillan got it, would Nebula have been a smaller role had she not got that? So many questions, leave us your answers in the usual place below.
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SOURCE: Sarah Finn: Casting a Universe (Disney+ Special)