Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been announced to release in May 2017, and after such an amazing and financially successful first film, people are only going to expect more out of the franchise. A little while back, writer and direction of GOTG 1, James Gunn announced that they had planned to introduce a new guardian to the team in the sequel, and it seems as though they’ve found who they were looking for.
It’s been revealed that french actress Pom Klementieff (Oldboy, Hacker’s Game) has been cast as the new addition to the cosmic avengers. Her role in the film has yet to officially be announced, but a noteworthy source, Deadline, claims that they have been told that Klementieff will be playing a live-action version of Mantis, a half-Vietnamese, half-German daughter of the antihero Libra, and a martial arts expert with psychic abilities and ties to the alien Kree race. Mantis first appeared in #112 of the Avengers comic book series in 1973. She has played a key role in recent Guardian storylines, in the comics, and she apparently has close ties to Thanos (played by Josh Brolin) as well. If true, that could provide for a unique encounter in the sequel, if Gunn planned to use the source material as inspiration, that is.
While not officially confirmed, seems very likely that Klementieff will end up taking on this role for the sequel. Mostly because she has issues with her father -like Peter Quill/Star-Lord- and since the sequel is focusing on parental relationships, it would make sense to include her. Also, we just have to say that Pom has a pretty close resemblance to the character in general (minus the green skin..and the antennas, of course). If that’s not enough to make you believe she would be a good fit for the role, here’s a quote from Screen Rant’s Rob Keyes expanding on why she’d be a good fit:
“A telepath and a master martial artist who can locate physical weak points on opponents, Mantis takes on a special role on Peter Quill’s band of antiheroes and is even part of Quill’s shady plan to bring the team together – by using Mantis’ abilities to forcefully motivate them to enlist in the Guardians team. Did we mention she can even partially see the future? That might come in handy when the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins exploring time-travel, an important plot device in the Guardians of the Galaxy comics.”
Whether or not Klementieff’s role in the film will be Mantis should be shown in due time, although it seems fairly likely. Still, there have been other female characters to join the ranks of the Guardians over the years, so she could be up for another role. We’ll just have to wait and see how these rumors unfold.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is scheduled to release on May 5th, 2017