After years of build-up, Josh Brolin’s Mad Titan Thanos will finally get up out of his space throne and wield the all-powerful Infinity Gauntlet in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel. Once he’s able to warp reality with a flick of his wrist, the villain will surely be in the sights of each of the galaxy’s mightiest heroes. But one of them has a more personal reason to hate him than the rest: Guardians of the Galaxy’s Nebula.
Though she’s often called his adoptive daughter, Nebula harbours no feelings of familial love for Thanos. In order to make her a perfect mercenary, he forcibly augmented her with cyber-enhancements and set her against her sister Gamora. If Nebula got the chance to kill her big bad dad, you can bet that she’d take it.
While we’re not yet sure if she’ll get that chance in the movie, actress Karen Gillan has confirmed that Nebula will have some sort of “moment” with Thanos that acts as a closer to the character’s development over the past two Guardians films.
“I’ve been sworn to secrecy,” she said. “But I definitely think that all of what we’ve been building towards, with all the backstories between Nebula and Thanos, is definitely going to come to a head in the Avengers film, and she’s definitely going to confront all of those traumatic memories. I definitely think she is going to have her moment.”
This is intriguing to hear, as it hints that Infinity War might be drawing from one aspect of “The Infinity Gauntlet” comic book storyline. As fans will know, Thanos punished Nebula by using the Gauntlet to make her a horrifying living corpse. Nevertheless, she managed to steal the Gauntlet from the Mad Titan, restoring herself to full health and seeking to take control the universe. This caused Thanos to turn to the remaining Avengers for help in defeating her.
Naturally, Gillan’s previously said that she’d love to see this scenario play out in the movies as well. But will it? With so many characters battling for screen time, the Russos might decide to focus on the likes of Captain America and Iron Man instead of Nebula. Still, at least we know that the cyborg anti-heroine will get a “moment” of closure.
Avengers: Infinity War arrives in cinemas on May 4th, 2018. Avengers 4 will then land a year later, on May 3rd, 2019.