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Out of all our siblings, I hated you least.
~ Nebula before her attempt to kill Gamora

Nebula is the secondary antagonist of the 2014 Marvel movie Guardians of the Galaxy, and an anti-hero in the sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Nebula is an adopted daughter of Thanos, adoptive sister of Gamora (a Guardians of the Galaxy member), and one of two loyal enforcers of Ronan the Accuser (the other being Korath).

She is portrayed by Scottish actress Karen Gillian (who also played Amy Pond in Doctor Who).

Biography

Early life

Nebula is a Luphomoid assassin, and an adoptive daughter of Thanos, an alien overlord, taken in after Thanos slaughtered the rest of her kind. She was put under the tutelage of Thanos' henchman Ronan the Accuser to become a "Galaxy-Class Killer", and would connect with other Thanos minions like Gamora, a Zephoberei whose race was slaughtered by Thanos too, and Korath. Despite her loyalty to Thanos, Gamora was considered his "favorite daughter"; however, even though she was jealous of her, she apparently liked her to an extent, saying "of all our siblings, I hated you the least". Thanos was obsessed with acquiring the Infinity Stones, objects of great power that he could use for his own purposes, later coming into possession of the Mind Stone and placing it in a spear that channeled its power. Gamora and Nebula were told that they were important to their father, but he was vague about what they could really do so as to avoid them using them to betray him.

In the prequel comic Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude, Nebula and Gamora sparred, and Nebula ended up falling down a cliff, forcing her to have most of her body fitted with cybernetic parts, making her a cyborg. Later in the same comic, Thanos sent Gamora and Nebula to Praxius IX to get the Orb, which contained the Power Stone, but Nebula became trapped in a net. Thanos refused to let Gamora save her, and so Nebula was left with a sharp blade to free herself; she amputated her arm to do so.

Guardians of the Galaxy

Nebula first appears alongside Ronan, her former master. She witnessed the death of The Other, before her meeting with Thanos, her father. When Thanos wanted to obtain the Orb for unrevealed reasons, Ronan sent Gamora to retrieve the orb, but Peter Quill, a.k.a. Star-lord interferes with Gamora, both ending up in prison. Eventually, Gamora joined the Guardians, which left Nebula as Ronan's only enforcer (with the exception of Korath).

Sometime later, Drax, one of the Guardians, contacted Ronan while insane, which Ronan quickly came to Knowhere, searching of who made the call. When Ronan found out it was Drax, he dealt with him while Nebula was in search of the Orb. She made an attempt to kill Gamora, but Star-Lord saved her in time. Nebula was able to retrieve the Orb. They eventually learned that the Orb held an infinity stone, Ronan was going to give it to Thanos, but instead, he betrays Thanos by keeping it to himself, intending use it to destroy Xandar himself before destroying Thanos himself. Out of spite against Thanos for favoring Gamora, Nebula offers to help Ronan destroy a thousand planets in exchange for killing Thanos.

Nebula was still following orders from Ronan to destroy Xandar, which they were planning to destroy with Ronan's behemoth ship. The Guardians, with the help of the Nova Corps, eventually stormed through Ronan's ship and dealt with Korath, who was killed by Drax. Gamora was sent to open a door, but Nebula was sent to defend. Gamora and Nebula had a swordfight during when Ronan was trying to annihilate Xandar. Gamora got the winning hand and cornered Nebula to a cliff on Ronan's ship. Nebula let go and fell to her presumed death. Nebula, however, landed on one of the Ravager attack quads and tried to attack. She then escaped the war and left Ronan's side. She was never seen again in the film.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Nebula will re-appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, fighting alongside the Guardians as a member. According to writer and director James Gunn, her relationship with Gamora will play into the movie's theme of family.

Edits begin May 5th, 2017, release date of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Avengers: Infinity War

Nebula will return in Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel, in which the Avengers, the heroes of Earth, will meet the Guardians of the Galaxy, as they join forces to face Thanos, who is collecting the Infinity Stones so he can "re-balance the universe".

Edits begin May 4th, 2018, release date of Avengers: Infinity War

Personality

Like Gamora, Nebula despised Thanos for his harsh treatment of her, but nonetheless, they both constantly strive for his approval. She became jealous of Gamora for being the one Thanos loved the most, but still liked her to an extent, hating her the least out of "all [their] siblings". Her hatred of Thanos was fueled over this, to the point that she sided with Ronan after retrieving the Orb; since he was now able to kill Thanos with the Orb's power, she decided that she would do whatever he wanted as long as her father was destroyed.

Gamora, however, didn't hate Nebula, and even tried to convince her to help stop Ronan from destroying Xandar; however, she chose not to, and amputated her own robot arm to escape the Dark Aster, escaping on a Ravager ship for parts unknown.

Trivia

  • Her landing on a ship and throwing the pilot out in Guardians of the Galaxy is baring similarities of how the T-1000 threw a pilot out of a helicopter in Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • After the first movie, she retreats from the Dark Aster, just as Starscream retreats in Transformers (2007).
  • In the original Marvel Comics, Nebula is a space pirate and mercenary. She at one point claimed that Thanos was her grandfather. During the Infinity Gauntlet story, she saw him use the Gauntlet's power to kill the cosmic entity Eternity and take his place; Nebula, furious at Thanos for turning her into a grotesque zombie-like creature, took the Gauntlet from him and restored herself to health, banishing Thanos from the universe so she could use the Gauntlet herself. Doctor Strange, however, assembled a team of heroes to defeat her, tricking her into undoing everything Thanos did with the power the Gauntlet gave, and was imprisoned in a Titanian prison.
  • Nebula behaves similarly to Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, both being the children of the primary antagonist before turning on the father and joining the protagonists.
  • In the Prelude comic to the first movie, Nebula's left arm is depicted as robotic, removing it with a blade to escape a trap; however, in the movie, it was seemingly-organic.
  • Prior to Karen Gillan taking the role of Nebula, Gal Gadot, who currently serves as Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe, was up for the role.


 
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