Karen Gillan’s lovely, right?
Everyone loves her—it’s hard not to.
From the moment she burst onto our screens as Amy Pond in Doctor Who, providing a smart and resourceful companion which counters all the thick-as-bricks sidekicks we’d had to tolerate up to that point (Rose always seems to take forever to figure out what was going on), she’s been delighting us in some form for over half a decade.
(Donna was alright too, in fairness, and Martha got dealt a really bad hand. Basically, Amy was less annoying than Rose, and that felt like a big deal at the time.)
Then, of course, after leaving the Who-verse, Gillan stuck to sci-fi by taking on the role of Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy. She’s got about twelve minutes of screen time in total, but what we saw was more than enough to make us fall in love with the idea of an MCU villain who isn’t entirely disposable.
It’s such a shame we didn’t get to see more of her, all things considered.
Thankfully, though, Gillan has now informed us that her role in Guardians Vol 2 is far beefier, and that she even appears in brief roles in Infinity War and whatever comes next.
“What I love about the second movie for Nebula in particular is that we get — We know that she’s a pretty angry woman with some daddy issues. [But] in the second movie, we’re going to start to see how much pain her father actually caused her, and we’re going to delve right into the relationship with her sister Gamora.
“I think we might even feel a tinge of sympathy towards Nebula this time, because we really start to see the emotional crack in her character. I was just allowed to completely explore that and take it to a completely different dimension with her. I was really happy about that.”
Not only is the MCU still somehow woefully in need of nuanced, complex villains who can be reused in the same way that the franchise’s heroes can (you can only throw Loki at your problems for so long before we start to see through you, Marvel), but it’s also great to hear that Karen Gillan will get to do more proper acting.
Just look at the kind of awesome stuff that got left on the cutting room floor last time around! Here’s Gillan acting her pale ginger butt off:
See, not too shabby, right? Maybe this time around we can actually get some of that nuanced sisterly bickering, rather than a single, almost wordless fight that ends in disappointment.
From the sounds of it, James Gunn certainly has realized the full potential of Gillan this time around. He’s spoken about wanting a Nebula spin-off movie, and has written her character a larger role in this movie.
Let’s just all hope that, this time around, all the good stuff won’t be banished to the Deleted Scenes section of the Blu-Ray.