Marvel Star Karen Gillan On DCU Reunion With James Gunn: "He's Gonna Choose The Right Character For Me"

Marvel Star Karen Gillan On DCU Reunion With James Gunn: "He's Gonna Choose The Right Character For Me"

Karen Gillan played Nebula in four Marvel projects helmed by DC Studios co-CEO James Gunn, and the Guardians of the Galaxy star has now opened up on the possibility of joining the filmmaker in the DCU.

By JoshWilding - Jun 15, 2024 02:06 AM EST
Filed Under: DC Studios
Source: Collider

Karen Gillan put herself on the map with Doctor Who as Amy Pond. However, she later stepped onto an even larger stage - literally if you count a memorable Hall H appearance that saw the Scottish actress reveal her bald head to fans - after joining the MCU as Nebula in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy

The daughter of Thanos was initially portrayed as a villain but later had a change of heart and was less of an antagonist by the time Vol. 2 rolled around. Eventually joining the team, she became a full-fledged Guardian in Avengers: Infinity War and a hero during the five years half the universe was Blipped. 

We don't know what exactly the future holds in store for Nebula beyond last year's Vol. 3, but the threequel delivered what could be viewed as a definitive end to the character's story. Since then, Gillan has said on multiple occasions that she's open to joining the DCU.

James Gunn left Marvel Studios behind to take charge of DC Studios and helm Superman and has admitted on several occasions that he'd like to bring many of the Guardians into the DCU. As for Gillan, a fan-favourite choice to play Poison Ivy, she's just waiting on the filmmaker to find the right role for her. 

"James Gunn is one of my favorite people on the planet, let alone filmmakers, so I would love to work with him again. Of course, I would, and I would do it at the drop of a hat. I also feel like I shouldn’t pigeonhole myself by trying to cast myself in a character. I think he knows better. So, if it ever happens, I feel like he’s gonna choose the right character for me." 

"I’ve learned so much from him. He’s an extraordinary director. He’s actually such a natural leader. He’s gonna keep you on track when you try these big swings. He also really embraces those swings, and embraces improv, and thinks of improv and feeds it to you in the moment over a microphone. I love working like that because it gets me out of my head."

"And then, his shots are all incredible. He’s got that balance of it looking really cool, but also being really actor-focused. Sometimes it’s one or the other, but he’s got both, which is really, really exciting."

Marvel Studios will no doubt be keen to keep Gillan in the MCU, though, and she most recently reprised the role of Nebula for a Blade Runner-inspired episode of What If...? during the show's second season.

"For Nebula, I’m enjoying seeing her take care of other people," Gillan previously said of her hopes for the character beyond Vol. 3"I think part of the healing process is eventually getting to the point where you can help other people heal. And so I’d like to see that in Nebula’s future."

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 ended by introducing a new team led by Rocket and by teasing plans for the "Legendary Star-Lord" on Earth. We've yet to learn what's planned for them, though a role in the upcoming Avengers movies seems likely. 

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Malatrova15
Malatrova15 - 6/15/2024, 3:03 AM
Gunn really make Pom Klementiff parents proud as south american call girl #34 in Suicide Squad ...such a chad.
UniqNo
UniqNo - 6/15/2024, 3:13 AM
"He's Gonna Choose The Right Character For Me"

As an actual quote, even with context, that sounds quite pretentious.
Malatrova15
Malatrova15 - 6/15/2024, 3:29 AM
@UniqNo - he will recast Harcourt of course .
Urubrodi
Urubrodi - 6/15/2024, 5:33 AM
@UniqNo - nah, she said "if it ever happens" right before this quote, it makes all the difference
UniqNo
UniqNo - 6/15/2024, 5:51 AM
@Urubrodi - that's fair, she is human, but I suppose the absence of saying anything about having to audition still isn't that thoughtful for other actors who still have to struggle and grind to be even considered to test.
Urubrodi
Urubrodi - 6/15/2024, 5:56 AM
@UniqNo - I get what you mean, but at the same time after reaching a certain level of success and considering the fact she already worked with Gunn, she has earned that level of confidence, of course in the end of the day it's not up to her anyway
JackBurton1
JackBurton1 - 6/15/2024, 3:19 AM
She'd kill it as Ivy.
CyberNigerian
CyberNigerian - 6/15/2024, 3:45 AM
@jst5 - because of the red hair?

That's not very inspired.
JackBurton1
JackBurton1 - 6/15/2024, 3:48 AM
@CyberNigerian - No...she gives off Ivy vibes for numerous reasons.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/15/2024, 7:06 AM
@CyberNigerian - Nah, she has demonstrated to also have all the acting skills to pull off the role of Ivy and if it matters has a body shape that would fit too although if wanna get nitpicky Poison Ivy is about 5'6" in the comics and Karen is 5'11" and spose can question if she has the right sort of voice for it but that's what vocal coaches are for.
SonOfAGif
SonOfAGif - 6/15/2024, 2:09 PM
@jst5 - What about as Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl?
RolandD
RolandD - 6/15/2024, 2:29 PM
@SonOfAGif - Yes!
JackBurton1
JackBurton1 - 6/16/2024, 1:47 AM
@SonOfAGif -I could see that...but she plays a villain a bit better from what I've seen of her but she's a very likeable person so I can't see her having an issues playing Gordon.
Mrtoke
Mrtoke - 6/16/2024, 6:54 AM
@Apophis71 - Tall ass girl
JDL
JDL - 6/15/2024, 3:39 AM
Hell recast her in the MCU. She wore so much stuff on her head she would be damn near unrecognizable. Honestly she deserves something nice.
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/15/2024, 7:26 AM
@JDL - Something that everybody can look at and say...
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HermanM
HermanM - 6/15/2024, 3:58 AM
Lana Lang or Iris West
BobbyDrake
BobbyDrake - 6/15/2024, 9:25 AM
@HermanM - She would be perfect for Iris West. Good call!!!
DocSpock
DocSpock - 6/16/2024, 5:11 AM
@HermanM -

Those would be great choices, but West could never happen. A character that has been changed to black could never be made white again. Hollywood would lose its collective mind.
HermanM
HermanM - 6/16/2024, 5:13 AM
@DocSpock - True. What a waste. We will likely never see the Infantino version in live action or even animation again.
DocSpock
DocSpock - 6/16/2024, 5:20 AM
@HermanM -

Tiny beautiful Zoey Saldana Wonder Woman incoming.
Batmangina
Batmangina - 6/15/2024, 7:00 AM
Poison Ivy or Cheetah


What about GIGANTA? Automatic GIANT TITS!!!
harryba11zack
harryba11zack - 6/15/2024, 7:56 AM
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Thing94
Thing94 - 6/15/2024, 11:47 AM
@harryba11zack - That would be stunning and brave!
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 6/15/2024, 9:49 AM
How about her as Mera?.

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Also depending on how established Batman and the family are in the DCU , could see her as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl aswell..

Not too sold on her as Ivy but that’s because I have never seen her play a seductive type character.
HulkisHoly
HulkisHoly - 6/15/2024, 10:57 AM
People joked about nepotism with Gunn but she probably could have pulled off a good Lois.

Maybe Zatana or really obscure DC character we’ve never seen. 🤷‍♂️
RolandD
RolandD - 6/15/2024, 2:31 PM
@HulkisHoly - Unfortunately most of them here aren’t joking, just bitter.
HulkisHoly
HulkisHoly - 6/15/2024, 2:32 PM
@RolandD -

I know and I don’t get it. I wonder if they are like Snyder fans who are mad cavill is out or they just hate the guardians movies. I don’t know what it is🤷‍♂️
McMurdo
McMurdo - 6/15/2024, 3:43 PM
Nebula is one of the best characters in the MCU in terms of characterization and arc so hopefully Feige doesn't drop the ball because Gunn will scoop.
NinnesMBC
NinnesMBC - 6/15/2024, 4:24 PM
I like her as an actress, but if she does appear one day in their DCU I hope it's because she earned it by auditioning and not what was pseudo lowkey implied in the quote.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 6/15/2024, 9:36 PM
@NinnesMBC - you do know not every actor auditions for a role?.

They are just offers sent out to ones they think fit the role which will likely be the case with Karen if or when she joins the DCU
UniqNo
UniqNo - 6/16/2024, 4:30 AM
@NinnesMBC - 100% agree with everything you said
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/16/2024, 1:05 PM
@NinnesMBC - Nothing is implied at all, folk are just looking for egocentric behaviour in all actors even when non is present thus putting spin on everything these days...

States she trusts Gunn's decisions but if asked would say yes to working with him again, that's it, and won't even say what role she would she would be interested in and 'if it ever happens' leaves ample room that it won't happen ever and/or it may require an audition process.
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