‘Guardians Of The Galaxy': Who Is Karen Gillan Playing?

by Brett White

With filming commencing later this month, casting for Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” has kicked into high gear. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on Friday that former “Doctor Who” companion Karen Gillan will be playing the film’s main female villain, alongside Michael Rooker’s Yondu and possibly whoever Lee Pace is playing.

Gillan joins the cast just days after Glenn Close was announced. Close will be playing a comparative good guy as the head of the Nova Corps, so odds are she won’t be friendly with whoever Gillan is playing. But who could she be? Splash Page, of course, has a few guesses. Check them out below.

As a space pirate and mercenary, the alien Luphomoid known as Nebula would fit in perfectly with Rooker’s Yondu Udonta. She made a big splash when she debuted by destroying the entire Nova Corps in “Avengers” #257. She later incurred the wrath of Thanos himself by claiming to be his granddaughter. He didn’t take to kindly to the false association and used the Infinity Gauntlet to turn her into a living corpse. She eventually got all better and fought alongside the Guardians’ Gamora during the “Annihilation” event.

Angela’s slated to have a big 2013, and it’s possible she could have an even bigger 2014 if Gillan plays the character. This angelic bounty hunter originally debuted as a supporting character in Image Comics’ “Spawn,” until the dust settled on an epic courtroom battle which has now enabled her to live in the Marvel Universe. While the character has yet to make her Marvel Comics debut (that’ll happen in this month’s “Age of Ultron” #10), she’s already scheduled to appear in a few issues of the relaunched “Guardians of the Galaxy” comic book.

The Inhumans have been on Marvel’s mind for a long time, and “Guardians” could be their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As the queen of the Inhumans, Medusa’s prehensile and superstrong hair make her a formidible opponent and would definitely make for an interesting onscreen visual. But Medusa’s long been portrayed as heroic, so unless Gillan’s character is more misunderstood than outright villainous, this one seems like a longshot.

Nikki Gold
Since classic Guardians of the Galaxy member Yondu Udonta has been revealed as an antagonist, then perhaps one of his old buddies will show up alongside him in the film. Genetically altered to live on Mercury, Nikki is highly resistant to heat and is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant. She served with the team during their adventures with the Avengers in the 1970s and starred in the team’s early ’90s comic for its entire run.

If Thanos isn’t a lock for “Guardians of the Galaxy,” then perhaps the object of his desire is. The entity known as Death doesn’t talk much, but you know trouble’s afoot when she shows up. Thanos had a fascination with death, one that led him to use the Infinity Gauntlet to murder everything in an attempt to please her. Gillan as Death could be a way to keep Thanos on movie goers’ minds in-between Avengers films.

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