Guardians of the Galaxy’s Pom Klementieff Teases Potential Role In James Gunn’s DCU

At San Antonio’s Superhero Comic Con, Guardians of the Galaxy actress Pom Klementieff, known for her role as Mantis, shared insights into ongoing discussions with James Gunn about a potential role within the DC Universe (DCU).

As the DCU embarks on a new era under the guidance of Gunn and Peter Safran, it’s becoming clear that familiar faces from Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy tenure may appear in this evolving superhero universe. Gunn, having directed the Guardians series for nearly a decade, is keen on integrating these actors into the DCU in roles that are well-suited for them rather than merely for cameo appearances.

Responding to queries about her preferred DC character, Pom Klementieff playfully dodged giving specifics but expressed enthusiasm for continuing her collaboration with Gunn. “Do you really think I’m going to answer this question?” she remarked on X (formerly Twitter). “I just want to keep working with James [Gunn], so we’re going to keep trying to find ways to do that. Yes, we’ve been talking about one specific character, but I can’t talk about that right now.”

Reflecting on her journey, Klementieff recounted her aspirations of joining a Marvel film, which came true with her casting in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017). “It was always my dream to be an X-Men or part of a Marvel movie. Then, I saw the first Guardians of the Galaxy, and it became my first Marvel movie ever. Then, I got cast in the second one. I feel so lucky,” she said. Klementieff has since become a staple in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), appearing in multiple Avengers films and Thor: Love and Thunder (2022).

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While she remains open to reprising her role as Mantis, her involvement in the DCU is yet to be confirmed. Klementieff even made an uncredited cameo in Gunn’s The Suicide Squad (2021), hinting at her versatility and readiness to explore new characters.

Under Gunn’s leadership, who took the helm at DC Studios alongside Safran in 2022, there has been a fresh vision for projects like Superman: Legacy. Gunn’s openness to casting actors from the MCU and his musings about a possible crossover between the DCU and MCU showcase an ambitious future for DC, though he notes, ‘That’s many years away, though. I think we have to establish what we’re doing [at DC] first. I would be lying to say that we haven’t discussed it. But all discussions have been very, very light and fun.”