NebulaFinally, the first trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy has been released, and with it we got a first look to some of the characters featured in the movie. First of all, better speak about Nebula, portrayed by Karen Gillan, the bald, blue-skinned woman seen in the trailer with the knives. In the movie, she’ll be a space pirate who shares with Gamora a bitter rivalry, and she’ll be the secondary antagonist in the film. We do not know much else yet, apart that she’ll team up with Ronan the Accuser to hunt down and destroy the heroes. In the meanwhile, let’s see together who Nebula is in the comics.

Nebula’s life prior to her criminal debut is almost completely shrouded in mystery: many believed her to be the daughter of Zorr, a space conqueror from Luphom who had almost completely destroyed planet Xandar. She herself claimed to be the granddaughter nebulacomics1of Thanos the Mad Titan, one of the most dangerous and powerful beings in the universe. Being a Luphomoid herself, she became a space pirate, and formed a small crew with the troll Skunge, the simple-minded Kehl, the genius Gunthar and the weak-spirited Levan, who she commanded through fear and promises of prosperity. Trying to fill in the footprints of her alleged grandfather, Nebula began a destructive spree over the galaxy, first of all completing Zorr’s work and destroying Xandar. When Galactus destroyed the Skrull homeplanet, Nebula decided to attach the last nail on the Empire’s coffin, attacking the already weakened worlds controlled by the Skrulls. In order to strenghten her fame of being Thanos’ relative, she sent her men to hijack and take control of Sanctuary II, former base of operation of the Mad Titan himself, to make it her own. Unfortunately for Nebula, when her crew came back to her with the satellite, an Avenger was aboard: Monica Rambeau, who was going by the name Captain Marvel at that time. Surrounded, Captain Marvel pretended to be joining Nebula and her pirates, while she secretely helped the Skrull warning them of the upcoming attack, and sending signals to her fellow Avengers back on Earth. In a short time, the Avengers located her teammate and joined her in open space…only to find out Nebula had already vanquished the Empire (and destroyed Xandar) thanks to a powerful device, the Infinity Union.

In the following battle, the Avengers allied with the Skrulls in a desperate attempt to defeat the powerful Nebula, and the pirate found herself quite puzzled facing Starfox, brother of Thanos (so her granduncle) and member of the Avengers. However, the nebulacomics2fight was abruptly interrupted by the Beyonder who, trying to help the Avengers, teleported away Nebula and her entire crew. Now in the Andromeda Galaxy, Nebula was free to continue her criminal activity, while Avengers Firelord (hailing from Xandar) and Starfox looked for her everywhere in the known space. Something unexpected however happened: Thanos came back from the dead, and claimed back his Sanctuary II. When aboard, the Mad Titan found Nebula, who renewed her claim of kinship. Thanos, however, proved to be quite irritated by her demands, and, after stating he never spawned any son, he hit her with a blast of energy. She survived, but she lingered for death: Thanos left her disfigured and devoid of any brain function, a mindless zombie who couldn’t do anything but vegetate, the Mad Titan’s “greatest” creation, a being not truly alive, but unable to die. When Thanos got the Infinity Gauntlet and abandoned his body after defeating Eternity, Nebula used her last resources and consciousness to claim the Gauntlet from the Titan’s comatose body: she used its power to regain her abilities and appearance, and to take her revenge on Thanos. Now a goddess, Nebula was able to claim the entire universe for herself.

Nebula is a ruthless and cruel woman, whose ambition is just as limitless as her sadism. An excellent athlete and hand-to-hand combatant, an infallible sniper and a brilliant tactician, Nebula possesses superhuman strength and durability, and an arsenal of alien technology that grants her a vast array of abilities, such as teleportation and shapeshifting. Now a cyborg thanks to Dr. Mandibus, she has an artificial arm and leg, and an artificial eye that improves her vision. She once possessed the Infinity Union, a trio of devices that allowed her to convert any kind of energy into power for herself; she also possessed the Infinity Gauntlet, that allowed her to reshape reality itself. Blinded by overconfidence, pride and rage, Nebula is a lethal adversary, but also a presumptious one: full of herself, she often loses absolute power immediately after gaining it due to her excessive confidence.



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  2. […] of Nova Centurion. While Saal was on a mission outside the planet, unfortunately, space pirate Nebula attacked Xandar and destroyed it, murdering most of the Nova Corps. The Xandarian Worldmind, in […]

  3. […] be an ally to Ronan the Accuser (something that reflects his original allegiance), but also of Nebula and Thanos, and that’s quite weird. Anyway, let’s wait and see. In the meanwhile, […]

  4. […] dispose of the Abilisk (the tentacled monster seen in the trailer), paying them by giving them Nebula, to be put on trial on Xandar. Unfortunately, Rocket steals something from the Sovereign, so […]

  5. […] clear look we get at her since her announcement. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Gamora and Nebula mentioned that Thanos had other children, and one is her: Proxima Midnight. In the trailer […]

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