Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 promises even more crazy characters and space adventures. One of these new characters is Mantis, and don't worry if you've never heard of her before, we've got everything you need to know right here…
In the comics, Mantis was born and raised in Vietnam by the Priests of Pama, a peaceful sect of the alien race, Kree. You might have heard the Kree mentioned before, and that is because the bad guy of the first Guardians movie, Ronan the Accuser, was a Kree rebel.
The Priests of Pama might have been a peaceful race, but Mantis was trained in martial arts before being sent to Earth to live among humans. Comic book origins are never anything straightforward, and some of Mantis backstory is truly bizarre. To many she was also the prophesied saviour to a race of alien trees (because why not!), and with Guardians of course featuring the tree with the best dance moves in the galaxy, Groot, it is possible Mantis and Groot might have some kind of connection in the films.
Appearing in the Marvel comics since way back in 1973, Mantis has teamed up with both the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy, and has had several run ins with the big bad, Thanos. How she will come to be a part of the Guardians in the new movie remains to be seen, but we can’t wait to see her in action!
She's got the power
As seen in a hilarious clip in the trailers, Mantis is able to sense the emotions of others, which lands our hero Star Lord (Chris Pratt) in a little bit of an awkward situation when his feelings towards Gamora (Zoe Saldana) are divulged for all to hear!
As well as this power, the Mantis in the comic books also has superior agility, extraordinary martial arts skills, and the ability to heal herself quickly after injury. She should prove to be a badass asset to the Guardians in their latest adventure... although they might be a little wary of showing emotions around her!
With her telepathic skills and her martial arts background, the character of Mantis proved valuable to the Guardians both on and off the battlefield, so in the movie it could be that she plays a vital part in both the family dynamic of the group as well as kicking butt.
Where have we seen her before?
Pom Klementieff will be bringing Mantis to life in Guardians Vol. 2, and is a relative newcomer to big-screen blockbusters. Her previous credits include a number of independent French and Korean films (her father was Russian/French and her mother Korean), and also an appearance in the 2013 remake of Oldboy, directed by Spike Lee. In that movie, she had the opportunity to show off some kick-ass martial arts skills, so there’s no doubt that she’ll be the perfect person to bring this awesome new character to life.
What does the future hold?
Having teamed up with the Guardians in the comic books, and given her prominent role in the new movie, it is fairly safe to assume that Mantis might end up being a permanent part of the team. She is already set to appear in the all-out battle of Infinity War so there’ll be plenty more Mantis action to come.
Director James Gunn was keen to have even more female characters in this latest film, with Mantis joining the already badass sisters Gamora and Nebula (Karen Gillan), plus brand new baddie Ayesha played by The Night Manager's Elizabeth Debicki.
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuing to expand, Mantis is just one of the characters from the Guardian comic book back catalogue that will be joining the crew, so strap yourselves in because Vol. 2 is going to be one hell of a ride!
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Sarah Buddery is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.