Scottish actress Karen Gillan stole the hearts of geeks everywhere after starring as fiery redhead Amy Pond on BBC America’s time-travelling smash Doctor Who for three wonderful seasons, but her next role may endear her to an entirely different but just as rabid fanbase. The actress has endured hours in the makeup chair to portray villainous space pirate Nebula in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, arriving this summer, and director James Gunn (Slither) recently shared an image of the actress in costume to assure us that all her suffering has not been for naught.
The photo, which came courtesy of Gunn’s official Instagram page, gives us our first real look at Nebula, a villain who tracks the titular guardians while in the employ of supervillain Thanos. Check it out below:
Gunn subtitled the pic:
“Hey it’s Karen Gillan as Nebula in #GotG#guardiansofthegalaxy – our interplanetary Clint Eastwood.”
In the comics, Nebula was always a badass, and Gillan has promised that her take on the character will be “sadistic” and “evil” but also layered. Once you factor in Gunn’s tease that Nebula has an “interesting and complex relationship with Gamora” (Zoe Saldana), Marvel’s essentially already got my money.
The image indicates that the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s iteration of the character will be a cyborg. In the comics, Nebula was only transformed into a cyborg after her encounter with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet (which many fans have theorized is where the Marvel movies are headed), so that’s already a pretty significant deviation from the comics. However, Gillan looks awesome enough in the part that I doubt many fans, even the diehards, will be complaining.
In addition to Gillan, Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Benicio Del Toro, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker, Peter Saranfinowicz, Glenn Close and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.
Check out the official plot synopsis below and be sure to catch Guardians of the Galaxy when it soars into theaters in 3D on August 1st.
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team – the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits – Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand – with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.