This one’s a doozy! A few weeks ago, Scottish actor Karen Gillan was cast as the female villain lead in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. She will join Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, and Benicio del Toro as a team of super-villains in the forthcoming cosmic superhero movie from director James Gunn and Marvel Studios. When Gillan was added to the film’s cast, her character was unspecified, which led to many questions about who she would play in the new movie. Now a new rumor has suggested her character’s identity…and if true, it’s definitely unexpected.
According to Bleeding Cool, an unknown Scottish newspaper found in the NeoGaf forums claims that Karen Gillan will be playing the “flame-haired, sword-wielding bounty hunter” Angela from Image Comics’ Spawn comics. I know what you’re thinking: what do Angela and Spawn have to do with the Guardians of the Galaxy? From the newspaper clipping:
Karen Gillan will have to be in good shape for her role as a gold bikini-clad alien villain in the Marvel comics superhero film Guardians of the Galaxy. The former Doctor Who star will play Angela, a flame-haired, sword-wielding bounty hunter. The 25-year old Scot — the Time Lord’s companion Amy Pond — begins filming in London later this summer.
Todd McFarlane and Neil Gaiman co-created the character of Angela in 1993 in “Spawn #9.” After legal disputes, Neil Gaiman retained the rights to Angela and announced that he would return to Marvel with Angela, who will appear in issue #5 of Marvel’s new Guardians of the Galaxy comic book this July. She made her debut in the Marvel Universe this past March in Marvel’s “Age of Ultron”, from writer Brian Michael Bendis.
Angela is a bounty hunter working under the patronage of Heaven. Created to be the complete opposite of Spawn, Angela has the abilities of immortality, strength, and flight. She’s a highly trained warrior who would make for an interesting combatant against Gamora (Zoe Saldana), the so-called “deadliest woman in the galaxy.”
It will be interesting to see if this comes to fruition, but it seems like there is far too much going on with this Marvel movie. It’s starting to sound a lot like Patton Oswalt’s version of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Gauntlet of Infinity.
Guardians of the Galaxy will hit theaters everywhere on August 1, 2014, in 3D.