Nebula star Karen Gillan discusses what the daughter of Thanos will be dealing with when she returns in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Audiences last saw Karen Gillan’s Nebula in Avengers: Endgame, facing off against her father Thanos with the rest of Earth’s Mighiest Heroes. But when the character returns for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, she’ll have some severe emotional baggage to get through as she begins to rebuild her life. Gillan explained on a virtual GalaxyCon Live panel that she drew from psychology essays written about Nebula’s abusive family dynamic she had with Thanos and Gamora.
“I was able to use a lot of psychology essays on that character, because she’s someone who has dealt with abuse from her father from such a young age, Not to make it too heavy, but he pitted the siblings against each other — she would be inferior and the scapegoat, while the other one was the golden child. It’s actually a quite common thing to happen within families and siblings. I don’t have any siblings, so it’s something I really had to read up on.”
The star went on to discuss where Nebula’s arc will take her in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, pointing out that she has to figure out who she’s going to be know that Thanos isn’t a part of her life anymore. Since Nebula and Thanos’ relationship was incredibly complicated, she’s going to have conflicting feelings about his death in Endgame. Gillan added that she’s interested to push her to a place where she can heal and rebuild her life.
“In Avengers, she had to face the source of her abuse, then actually watch him get eliminated from her life. I’m sort of thinking about future Nebula in the sense like, ‘What is she going to be like now that that person’s abuse has gone out of her life? How is she going to build herself back up again?’ Because it’s an odd feeling, I think, for someone who’s been abused by a parent, because they still love them and they’re sad that they’re gone, but also they hate them and they’re glad that they’re gone. I’m interested to maybe try and take her to a place now where she’s starting to rebuild her life.”
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While production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was scheduled to begin early this year, the project was put on hold following Disney’s decision to remove James Gunn as the director of the final chapter in the trilogy. Now, Gunn will begin production on the third film after completing work on The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros. and DC, which he is currently editing from the safety from his home due to the ongoing crisis. Details on the third chapter of Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy are currently unknown, though the film will likely explore the ramifications of the universe-changing events in Avengers: Endgame.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is expected to star Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki and Sean Gunn.
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