Karen Gillan Talks Nebula And "Bonkers" Thor: Love & Thunder

Karen Gillan's Nebula will feature in Thor: Love & Thunder.


Thor: Ragnarok didn't just break the mold for its stoic hero, it shattered it like Hela did Mjolnir. Director Taika Waititi is set to do the same with his second go-round in Thor: Love & Thunder, and Karen Gillan's Nebula will be part of that "bonkers" atmosphere, the actress said in a new interview with Collider.

"Taika really brought out the bonkers side [of Nebula]," Gillan said. "I think everyone is just really, really funny and bonkers and wild."

Nebula joined the MCU in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy. As Gamora's sister and Thanos' daughter, she was a major antagonist for the Guardians and later the greater MCU as she struggled between loyalty to Thanos and then to Gamora, finally breaking out of that mold in Avengers: Endgame. While the Guardians movies are undeniably funny, Gillan has always had to play it straight as the dour cyborg. While the overall atmosphere of Thor: Love & Thunder is wild, Nebula probably won't be the one making the jokes.

"I don't know if it's [personal] levity," Gillan continued. "Like I don't think she's finding herself funny or being funny, but in her seriousness I think we will find her funny, and just that pure aggression that we've tapped into."

Thor: Love & Thunder wrapped filming earlier this month according to Chris Hemsworth, and is currently scheduled to hit theaters on May 6, 2022. The film has an equally bonkers cast. Along with stars Chris Hemsworth and the returning Natalie Portman, a number of Guardians characters including Nebula, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Kraglin (Sean Gunn) will appear; we're expecting to see other mainline Guardians as well. Christian Bale will play Gorr the God Butcher, and Russell Crowe will graduate from gladiator to Greek god as Zeus in the film. The Asgardian Actors are returning as well, including Matt Damon and Sam Neill as Loki and Odin, who appeared in the play scene in Thor: Ragnarok. Melissa McCarthy will join them as Hela.

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