The follow-up to Marvel’s surprise smash hit “Guardians of the Galaxy” is set to hit theaters in a little under two weeks, with most of the original cast returning to reprise their roles for the film. However, if the film had the first film stuck to its original script, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” would have been short one key player — Nebula, played by Karen Gillan.
While speaking to Digital Spy recently, the actress revealed that, while she saw room for the character to grow going forward, the script for the first film originally called for the death of Nebula.
“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,” Gillan said. “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.”
Of course, the character obviously didn’t die and has instead become a huge part of the story for “Vol. 2.” No longer playing a villainous side-kick, Gillan confirms that the sequel will also explore Nebula’s backstory, providing the character with more depth ahead of her next appearance in “Avengers: Infinity War” — a film that Zoe Saldana is hoping will explore the sisters’ life with Thanos.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, “Avengers: Infinity War” brings together many of the key players from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to confront the threat posed by Thanos. Opening May 4, 2018, the film’s sprawling ensemble cast includes Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.