Karen Gillan has appeared in as Nebula in the MCU since Guardians of the Galaxy, but as the Scottish actress signed off from filming the third movie in the franchise, she also cast doubt on whether she will be one of those who continues on after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 hits cinemas next year. The movie will mark Gillan’s sixth main appearance in the Marvel saga, having appeared in all three Guardians movies, the upcoming Holiday Special and the ensemble pieces of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, but her next outings could well be her final time playing the character after, what she calls “one hell of a decade.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 is gradually drawing in on the final days of filming, and Karen Gillan shared a post on her Instagram announcing that she has completed her work on the sequel, and doesn’t know whether she will return again for any more adventures in the Marvel franchise. She wrote:
“And that’s a wrap on Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3!!!!! I don’t know if Nebula will return beyond this, it’s possible that this is her final chapter. And if that’s the case, then I just want to say thank you to @jamesgunn for giving me such an interesting, complex and fascinating character to play. I have enjoyed this exploration more than any other character I’ve played. That was one hell of a decade. Thanks for watching… #nebula #gotgvol3”
Guardians of The Galaxy 3 Will Be An Emotional Ride
While there is very little known about the plot of James Gunn’s final Marvel movie, there have been plenty of rumors and comments made by those who have been involved in the production to know that it is going to be an emotional send-off for the current Guardians team. As the final film for a number of characters, there are going to be a lot of goodbyes to be said, and some of them will not be happy ones.
Additionally, Zoe Saldana, who played Nebula’s sister Gamora, has hinted that there will be a lot of reconciling to be done between the daughters of Thanos in the movie, especially considering Gamora is no longer the same version that was sacrificed during the events of Avengers: Infinity War by her father to secure the soul stone. Saldana previously said:
“She began as this warrior wanting to get out of a very toxic parental relationship, then she finds the Guardians who are dysfunctional-ish as well, but they’re okay. She learns a lot and finds this bigger purpose. Then her dad comes and f***s everything up. She dies, she’s brought back, but it’s not her. I think Gamora’s a little confused, I have to say! But James [Gunn] has weaved this wonderful story around the character and every character in this third film.”
However, the Guardians will be seen first in Thor: Love and Thunder this summer, and while their role in that film is also being kept mostly secret and currently been pitched in the first trailer as having minimal impact on the story, it is likely that their appearance will be more than just a fleeting on as the God of Thunder takes on Gorr The God Butcher and seems to need all the help he can get. Thor: Love and Thunder arrives in cinemas on July 8th, while the Guardians Holiday special hits Disney+ this December and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 arrives in cinemas on May 5, 2023.
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