James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has added its first new cast member! Pom Klementieff (Sleepless Night, Spike Lee’s Oldboy) has joined the project in an unspecified role. Naturally, that hasn’t stopped the online journalistic and fan communities from guessing who she might be playing. The #1 theory at the moment is Guardians teammate Mantis from the comics. The only thing that gives me pause about such a notion is Gunn’s decree that there will be no Terrans (Earth peeps!) other than Quill in his films. Mantis is of Earth, so her potential inclusion is questionable. That said, origins can be changed!
Who is Mantis? In the source material she was a half-Vietnamese, half-German left by her father in the care of the Priest of Parma, a strange Kree religious sect, and raised to become a “grandmistress of the martial arts”. So basically, she’s another badass warrior woman. What makes her different from some other similar characters is that she can instinctively determine an opponents weak points and use that knowledge to her advantage in battle. She even took down Thor once, so she’s certainly formidable in her fighting abilities.
Klementieff has not been confirmed as playing Mantis, but the character is a strong possibility for Gunn’s Guardians films at some point. Beyond likely furthering our knowledge of Thanos and adding in a few more classic characters, we honestly don’t know much about Gunn’s plans for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at this time. That should change as we get closer to the start of production next year. Until then, feel free to speculate away! Who would you like to see Pom Klementieff play? Mantis or someone else? And who else would you like to see arrive in the next Guardians adventure?