After making her debut in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Karen Gillan reprised the role of the assassin Nebula for last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and will soon continue her quest for revenge against her adoptive father Thanos with appearances in Avengers: Infinity War and the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4.
Speaking to Screen Rant to promote the home-entertainment release of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Gillan has revealed that when she first accepted the role, she had no idea how integral her character would go on to be with regards to both the Guardians films and Infinity War:
“I had no idea that this was where the character was going. I genuinely signed onto the role thinking it was eight days of filming and then I was going to die in the first Guardians. Three movies later and there’s three more to come out it’s, like, crazy. It’s funny because I read the Infinity Gauntlet, which is what the new Avengers films are based on, as research for my character because it’s her sort of biggest moment within the Marvel comic book world, and then to find out they’re making a double-bill feature based on that, I was just so excited actually because Nebula gets some really cool stuff.”
It’s a little unclear which films that Gillan is referring to when she states “three movies later and three more to come” – Infinity War will mark her third outing, and Avengers 4 will take her up to four. Assuming she survives those, a return for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would seem likely. Perhaps there’s something else in store for Nebula in Phase Four, like that all-female team-up that Marvel’s female stars have been pressing Kevin Feige about?
An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Avengers: Infinity War opens on April 27th 2018 and will feature an all-star cast including Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), Paul Bettany (Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Sean Gunn (Rocket, Kraglin), Vin Diesel (Groot), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Benicio Del Toro (The Collector), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Winston Duke (M’Baku) and Peter Dinklage and Terry Notary in as-yet-unrevealed roles.