A brutal space pirate and mercenary of the starship Sanctuary III, once the flagship of Thanos' armada. . She and her mercenaries massacred the Xandarians. She has laid claim to be the granddaughter to Thanos. She is also rumored to be the daughter to Zorr. She accomplished what her rumored father could not, she destroyed the remaining planet, Xandar. Later, she would wreck havoc upon the Skrull Empire.
When she denied Thanos' return he blasted her, seemingly killing her, She was rescued by a crew member and taken to be healed in a hidden spot on her ship. Thanos soon discovered her and resurrected her.
Altered by Thanos while he wore the Infinity Gauntlet, she was simply a tactic to impress Thanos' love, mistress Death. She was a rotting body, neither alive nor dead, virtually no strength at all, yet she was still aware of everything that was going on around her. Seeing her opportunity, she snatched the gauntlet off Thanos' hand and gained ultimate power. She trapped Thanos in an unbreakable casing, then made everything as it had been 24 hours before that, and in doing so made a few mistakes, all of which she corrected. First off, she was turned back into a rotting body, then turned herself back into her normal self again. Then she realized that she had released all the cosmic beings that Thanos had trapped. Amazingly enough, she trapped them again, and turned them all into stone. Ultimately she lost the gauntlet when Adam Warlock reached out from Soul World and separated the gauntlet from her and gained it temporarily for himself.
Nebula was then taken to Titan as a prisoner. She was confronted by Firelord, who swore vengeance against her for destroying his homeworld, Xandar. Starfox uses his powers to stay his hand. He then used his powers on Nebula, trying to stop her suffering and eventually putting her in a catatonic state. She was then sent to rehabilitation. When her former second in command Geatar was revived by the Titans, they allowed him to continue serving Nebula. He eventually gained their trust. He killed a guard and escaped with her, taking her to someone he believed would help her more than the Titans - Doctor Mandibus. He was able to repair her mind and parts of her were made mechanical, including her entire left arm and half of her head.
Her first action was to get her crew back. She and Geatar travelled to Annoval 14, a prison planet known as the Anvil. She planned to break her crew out of the prison. She tricked Chancellor Stipe into believing that Geatar was turning her over as a prisoner. After being strip searched and harassed, she kills the guards holding her. She is soon met by Geatar with the Chancellor hostage. The Silver Surfer interferes but backs down when they threaten to kill the Chancellor. They are taken to her crew and are about to board the largest ship and escape loaded with weapons when they are surprised by the Jack of Hearts. They are no match for him and the Surfer, and Geatar is injured. Nebula refuses to loose her first officer and starts up the ship, killing her entire crew with the jets to escape.
She travels to Sylloqonia in an attempt to hide from the law and lead a normal life in peace. When the Silver Surfer and Legacy arrive, she assumes they have tracked her down and runs from them. When they catch up to her she attacks them and tries to use her shape shifting devices to escape. She eventually resorts to attempting to harm citizens to make the Surfer choose between her and the safety of others. The Surfer is not deterred for long and uses his power to turn her body armor into a cocoon to encase her. She is then taken by the police and loaded on their ship to return her to the Anvil.
Nebula is a Marvel Comics character created by Roger Stern and John Buscema who first appears in The Avengers #257.
Powers & Abilities
Nebula's wrist blasters are able to fire both concussive blasts which knock out opponents and heat blasts that simply incinerate them. Nebula wears a device that allows her to change the appearance of her body and clothes. Otherwise she relies on her skills on armed and unarmed combat. She is supposedly of "gifted" intellect and has been described as a master strategist.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Doctor Who star Karen Gillan portrays Nebula in the film Guardians of the Galaxy. She will be the principle antagonist of the film.
Silver Surfer (1998)
In the Silver Surfer animated series, Nebula and her space pirates were intent on finding the Universal Library of the Watchers and selling all warfare information to the Kree and the Skrulls for massive profit. Having stolen one of the beacons to the location from Mentor, her entire crew were consumed by primitive beings on arrival. They soon learned these beings were the Watchers themselves, now called the Virals, and they were trapped. Nebula, Geatar and Mentor all transformed into Virals to become a part of their collective consciousness.
Nebula was voiced by Jennifer Dale, who also did the voice of Mystique on the X-Men animated series.
The Super Hero Squad Show (2009)
Nebula appears in several episodes of the show, working to get the Infinity Gems. After a failed plot, she is captured by Thanos and appears as her prisoner. Thanos keeps her gagged in order to prevent her from speaking, but later uses the Infinity Gauntlet to remove her mouth entirely. Her mouth is later restored by Molecule Man.
In this series, Nebula was voiced by Jane Lynch of Glee fame. Lynch only voiced Nebula in two episodes, as the character was usually either gagged or missing her mouth during her other appearances.