Move over, Guardians — Mantis has arrived! On his Twitter, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” director James Gunn unveiled a new storyboard sketch of the character, in which she sports her trademark antennae. This appears to confirm that she will maintain her classic comics appearance for the film, though there’s a chance this may change between conceptualization and the final product.
Filming is now well underway, and Gunn’s hashtag on the Tweet — #WhatWeShotWednesday — means his sketch is currently in the process of coming to life.
– James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 27, 2016
Pom Klementieff was first cast in the film back in October, her role shrouded in secrecy. Rumors emerged immediately after that pegged the actress as Mantis, a frequent ally and sometime member of the comic iteration of the Guardians, and Gunn confirmed the casting last February.
Created by Steve Englehart and Don Heck, the comic version of Mantis is a half-Vietnamese, half-German woman who was left with the Priests of Pama, a sect of the Kree, as an infant. These Kree, who believe her to be the Celestial Madonna, taught her martial arts. She possesses the ability to instinctively sense weak points in an opponent as well as superhuman strength. Gunn has stressed that Peter Quill will remain the only true Earth-born human in the cast, so it’s likely that Mantis’ Earthly origins will be altered in a fashion similar to how Drax’s were for the first “Guardians.”
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