Karen Gillan on Nebula’s return

Star-Lord and Gamora won’t be the only characters dealing with their daddy issues in James Gunn’s forthcoming sequel to his 2014 hit Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Karen Gillan, who starred as the villainous Nebula in the first of Marvel’s space adventures and who be returning to the screen in April’s follow up, has confirmed that she too will be bogged down with some serious father-related fallout.

“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,” the actress told TheWrap. “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.”

Gillan also seemed relieved that she didn’t have to shave her entire head to reprise her role in Vol.2. “I shaved half of my head this time, but they took away the butt – like, the underneath-half of my hair, and then left the top part. That was the best gift ever.”

Previously, director Gunn made no secret of the fact that Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 will see legendary outlaw Star-Lord run into his biological father, and it looks like there are tumultuous times ahead for Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), along with a little bit of the angst that comes part and parcel with your less space-based daddy issues.

“To let somebody love you is a very difficult thing, especially when you’re damaged goods. And all of the Guardians are damaged goods,” Gunn told USA Today. “It runs the gamut of emotions for [Star-Lord], wanting to understand why his father wasn’t around to quickly idolising him and ultimately learning the reality of the relationship and comparing the man who sired him to the man who raised him.”

The first movie certainly had plenty of daddy issues for both Peter Quill and Gamora (Zoe Saldana) to deal with. While the former ended up betraying his volatile father figure and reluctant collaborator Yondu (Michael Rooker) on a handful of occasions peppered throughout the story, the latter also chose to step out of her own adoptive father’s shadow to choose a lighter path alongside the galaxy’s newest gang of protectors.

How Star-Lord’s father will fit into the events of the second film in the franchise is only likely to be revealed when the film is released in April, however.


Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 reaches UK screens on 28th April 2017. It’ll open in America on 5th May 2017.