Nebula Was Meant to Die in the First 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Thursday, 27 April 2017 - 11:38AM
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Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Thursday, 27 April 2017 - 11:38AM
Nebula Was Meant to Die in the First 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
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While Gamora's blue-skilled, bald stepsister Nebula (played by the fantastic Karen Gillan) has a pretty big role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, we almost didn't get to see her at all in the movie. Karen Gillan has explained that the original plan was to unceremoniously kill Nebula off in the original Guardians, denying us all an opportunity to watch her throw shade at her sister's new friends.

According to Gillan:

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"I definitely had a feeling that there was room for the character to expand in the future, but she was originally supposed to die in the first movie, I think I remember in the script. She obviously did not die, then I found out that she was coming back in the second movie and then I found out we got to explore all these amazing things about her past and her relationship with Gamora, her sister, so I was really happy."
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Among the many weird and wonderful characters introduced in Guardians, Nebula stands out, not least because of Gillan's stellar performance. While we understand Marvel Studios' pathological unwillingness to kill off any character that might sell a few additional action figures in later movies, Nebula is one character that deserves more screen time. There's something about her icy stares, her swagger, and the passionately sadistic delivery of her lines that enables Nebula to steal the show in every scene she appears in.



Let's face it, there wasn't enough of Gillan's character in the first Guardians. Perhaps that was for the best, considering Chris Pratt's wise argument that movies like Suicide Squad spend too much effort trying to give every character equal screen time. Even so, there are plenty of extensive deleted scenes showing Nebula and Gamora butting heads. Hopefully, much of this tension will be brought back in future movies, including Infinity War, which Gillan has confirmed she'll be appearing in.

James Gunn has even suggested that he thinks Nebula deserves her own spin-off movie, so clearly the decision to keep her alive at the end of Guardians is one that all the creators at Marvel agreed on—not that death is ever particularly permanent in the Marvel universe.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits US theaters May 5th, 2017.
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