Nebula Character Profile

Name: Unknown

Superhero Name: Nebula

Created By: Roger Stern

Nebula issue 1 (2020) cover by Mirka Andolfo

Played By: Karen Gillen

Powers: Cybernetic enhancements, such as a bionic arm that doubles as an energy caster and a bionic eye. Outside of the enhancements, Nebula also has superhuman strength and durability (up to and including the ability to fall from the stratosphere and survive and survive in space without a suit). Nebula is also a skilled combatant and excels in space warfare and military strategy.

Mini Bio: Nebula is the alleged granddaughter of Thanos, though it has never been confirmed – all that is known is that she was raised alongside Gamora, Thanos’ adoptive daughter, and Thanos made it very clear that he much preferred Gamora over his possible blood relative.

When Thanos was indisposed, Nebula took her chance to send some underlings to Thanos’ ship, Sanctuary II, to repair its hyperdrive engines and teleport it out of the solar system. The underlings met Monica Rambeau, who was going by the name of Captain Marvel at the time, who tried to stop them.

Monica found out that Nebula was attempting to conquer the Skrull empire, and called the Avengers to attempt to stop her. They were unsuccessful, which led to Nebula destroying the Skrull outpost and the planet Xandar, before being teleported out of the galaxy.

Thanos found her and reclaimed Sanctuary, torching Nebula’s body and leaving her on the brink of death. When Thanos got hold of the Infinity Gauntlet, Nebula claimed it while he was in battle and used it to restore herself to full health.

Adam Warlock got the gauntlet back off of her, before arresting her and putting her in the custody of Starfox. Nebula was in a coma for a while, and when a minion broke her out of prison, tried to restore her to full health. The damage was too great, and several parts of her body had to be replaced with machinery.

Annhilation: Nova Corps Files issue 1 (2006) panel by Renato Arlem

Feeling better than ever, Nebula disappeared for a while, reappearing briefly to help Ronan during the Annhilation wave. Her full return wouldn’t be until Thanos’ son, Thane, brought Nebula, Starfox and a hero called the Champion together to kill him. But Nebula had to kill Thane to stop him from stealing a Phoenix Egg, but the egg was cracked open anyway, releasing the Phoenix Force, who possessed Thane’s body.

The others had to team up with Thanos to fight Thane, and after Thane’s defeat, Nebula found herself trapped in a place called The God Quarry. When she escaped, she was told that Gamora had killed Thanos with a great weapon, which inspired Nebula to create her own.

She kidnapped a dwarf called Urzuul and forced him to create an axe with teleporting capabilities. Kid Loki assembled the Agardians Of The Galaxy to attempt to defeat her – and when her axe was damaged in the fight, she was teleported to somewhere ‘unpleasant’ and not seen again for a while.

Nebula was next seen as part of the Dark Guardians – a team brought together to stop Thanos from resurrecting himself in the body of someone else. It was thought that Gamora would be his chosen body, but it turned out to be Starfox, as he had the body of a Titan. The Dark Guardians teamed up with the Guardians Of The Galaxy to defeat Thanos and were successful.

The last time Nebula was seen, she was apologising to Gamora for attempting to kill her, before leaving for parts unknown.

Interesting trivia: The Nova Corps have given Nebula a ‘universal’ threat level.

First Comic Appearance: Avengers issue 257 (1985)

Most Common Team Ups: Guardians Of The Galaxy

Comic Recommendations: Thanos (2016) by Jeff Lemire, Avengers (1990) by Fabian Nicieza, Asgardians Of The Galaxy (2018) by Cullen Bunn, Nebula (2020) by Vita Ayala (note: this series was cancelled after two issues thanks to the pandemic, but it’s Nebula’s only solo series so I wanted to include it)

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