Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is preparing to take over the world in just over a week, and while they’ve done a good job up to this point of familiarizing wider audiences with the crew of lesser known characters, they show no signs of slowing down before the big day. This latest short featurette introduces you to two of the more interesting players: Zoe Saldana’s green-skinned assassin and Karen Gillan’s blue, bald-headed Nebula. I’ve said this many times, but Karen Gillan looks awesome with a shaved head.
To say these two have a unique, not to mention problematic, relationship may be the understatement of the year. These are the two adopted daughters of Thanos the Mad Titan (now played by Josh Brolin), the mystery man who shows up during the end credits of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. Raised together, their bodies modified, trained to be killers, these are two of the most lethal and notorious individuals, male or female, in the entire galaxy. But as you gather from this video, there are troubles in their relationship, and as many of us know first hand, no one fights like siblings.
In Guardians, Thanos has loaned out the services of both Gamora and Nebula to the film’s primary antagonist, Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace). While Nebula remains steadfast in her duties, watching Ronan cut a genocidal swath through the galaxy gives Gamora pause, causes her to rethink her alliances and loyalties, and strike out on her own.
This his how she comes into contact with the rest of the characters that form the core of the movie, like Star-Lord aka Peter Jason Quill (Chris Pratt), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), and Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel). The plot revolves around a mysterious orb that may or may not be one of the legendary Infinity Stones. Whatever it is, everyone is after this artifact. Some want its power, some are only interested in selling it to the highest bidder regardless of the intended use, but for Gamora it represents freedom and a new beginning. She intends to use it to get out from under the thumb of her adopted father once and for all.
As you probably guessed, Guardians finds a way to throw Gamora and Nebula into direct conflict, and if you’ve been waiting to see them throw down, you won’t be disappointed. You get a taste of this clash here in this video, but it’s nothing compared to the real thing. All of the years worth of pent up aggression, resentment, and bitterness comes boiling violently to the surface, and it is awesome.
Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy also stars Benicio Del Toro, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Michael Rooker, and Djimon Hounsou.