It’s hard not to love Guardians of the Galaxy. Even though it was a critic darling and commercial success, it still carries the underdog banner for its focus on a misfit gang bouncing through a world that’s as much Avengers as it is Fifth Element and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s like the class clown realized his potential with both the academics and athletes without ever changing who he was at his core. So we’ve pretty much spent the last two years waiting for any kind of look at its sequel, which still won’t come until next summer. But we can finally glaze over the sequel’s concept art that reveals Mantis.
Played by Pom Klementieff, Mantis has bounced through Marvel comics since the ‘70s, but her place in the sequel will only be the character’s second time on screen. The one other instance of Mantis screen time is an episode of the Guardians of the Galaxy animated TV adaptation.
Executive producer Jonathan Schwartz gave Entertainment Weekly the rundown of Mantis (who, for reference, is pictured between Star-Lord and Nebula in the concept art).
She has never really experienced social interaction. Everything she learns about dealing with people, she learns from the Guardians of the Galaxy, which is a very weird group to learn your social intricacies from.
Technically, Mantis might not be the only new member of the crew. This (reborn/baby) Groot isn’t exactly the same tranquil creature we encountered in the first flick, according to Schwartz.
“He doesn’t have the wisdom and experience of that Groot. He’s a younger Groot and a more rambunctious Groot. The question is, is he the same Groot, just smaller? Or is he a different Groot that’s sprung up from the seed of the first Groot?”
Man, if I had time travel capabilities, seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 would be top priority. Then I’d get to the whole fixing history thing.