Marvel Comics writer is NOT happy with Guardians 2

Ian Sandwell
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From Digital Spy

Marvel Comics writer Steve Englehart had a bit of an issue with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2.

The well-received sequel introduced Mantis (Pom Klementieff) who serves as Ego's (Kurt Russell) kind-of assistant/carer, but Englehart told Polygon that she's not the character he – and co-writer Don Heck – created in The Avengers #112.

"Well, I was not happy with Mantis's portrayal. That character has nothing to do with Mantis," he explained.

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"I will say that I liked the film quite a bit overall, they're doing good stuff and I enjoyed my night at the movies so long as I turned my brain off to the fact that that's not Mantis up there.

"I really don't know why you would take a character who is as distinctive as Mantis is and do a completely different character and still call her Mantis. That I do not know."

In the comics, Mantis is a human woman raised by a Kree cult as the potential mother of their Celestial Messiah. After they trained her, her memories were wiped and she was sent into the world, coming across the Avengers.

She ended up joining the team before realising her true purpose in life and leaving to become the Celestial Madonna, a storyline that was wrapped up by Englehart in the early 2000s with Avengers: Celestial Quest.

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But he is keen to note that Marvel have generally been good when it comes to using his characters.

"I wasn't impressed with what they did with Mantis but the Mantis on the screen was entertaining, I liked her but that's not Mantis," Englehart added.

"I think Marvel's been pretty open-handed about that sort of thing, or I should probably credit Disney for that. They've been good about that kind of thing, so I'm happy when it benefits the creators, not just me for myself but for anybody."

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