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Avengers: Infinity War Will Reveal The Terrible Truth Of Nebula's Past

The true story of Thanos's most disfavored daughter will finally be told. 

The upcoming Marvel mega-crossover Avengers: Infinity War, an unprecedented collision of storylines and characters from 18 different movies up to that point, will take time to delve deeper into the past of the character Nebula, who first appeared in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy. Played with rage and menace by Scottish actress Karen Gillan, up until now her character has exclusively been associated with the Guardians of the Galaxy and their cosmic corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That's all going to change when Infinity War sails into theaters next year.

Speaking recently at the Florida Supercon, as reported by Comicbook.com, Gillan said her character will have a major role in the upcoming one-sided clash of titans. "Without giving away any spoilers," the actress said, "we're definitely going to continue the arc for Nebula and find out more about her past. And actually, we're going to find out that it's even worse than we know."

That makes perfect sense. Nebula is, after all, the adopted daughter of Infinity War's long-teased big bad, Thanos (Josh Brolin), and to say their relationship has been abusive would be an understatement. As revealed in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the sadistic Thanos used to amuse himself by forcing Nebula and her sister Gamora (Zoe Saldana) to engage in brutal combat with each other, with each loss of limb from Nebula resulting in her being transformed ever more into a hate-filled cyborg shell of her former self. With all this pent-up malice between father and daughter, it'd be downright criminal if we didn't get to see a confrontation between the two. Fortunately, such an encounter seems thoroughly in the cards.

"We're going to see her confront all of it." Gillan said, straying away from spoilers. "It's going to be like an emotional explosion."

The emotional fireworks (and probably the destruction of more than a few planets) are on their way to theaters on May 4, 2018. Until then, remind yourself of just how many superheroes we can expect to see make an appearance in what is certain to be the most epic Marvel movie yet.