Pom Klementieff’s Mantis has been one of the most talked about new characters in Avengers: Endgame, and it’s no wonder why — she might look like an assassin, but Mantis actually doesn’t want to hurt anyone. The character also helps the Avengers remember their past and move on from their grief over the loss of their loved ones; as well as playfully flirting with Iron Man and Thor throughout the movie, which has led to a lot of fun fan theories about Mantis’ romantic preferences. Mantis is a lot more than meets the eye
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The Guardians of The Galaxy’s most enigmatic character, she starts off as one of our protagonists, but her backstory and motives are shrouded in mystery. In fact, all we really know about Mantis so far is that she used to be married to Thanos. But with Infinity War ending on a cliffhanger, what we do know about Mantis could easily change — especially considering Marvel boss Kevin Feige has confirmed there are some significant scenes being left out of Avengers: Infinity War.
In Guardians of The Galaxy, Mantis (aka Pom Klementieff) had telepathic and empathetic powers, in addition to being super strong and having precognitive abilities. We don’t know too much about her powers in Endgame just yet, but what we do know suggests that Mantis will probably be one of our best shots at defeating Thanos. In Infinity War, she was able to calm down Thor and even communicate with his dog.
Her Personality Mantis is a lot more than meets the eye
Onscreen, Mantis’s personality (and even her motives) are hard to make out. Part of that is due to Marvel’s over-reliance on post-credit scenes, but another part of it is because Klementieff doesn’t speak English in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 . That said, her character has been radically simplified from its comic book incarnation.
Why should you be excited about her?
She’s an OG Avenger! And in order to pull off her role in Endgame, Pom Klementieff had to undergo martial arts training, as well as hours of choreography to practice acting and reacting. To get ready for Avengers: Endgame, Pom Klementieff went through intense training. As Mantis, she’s able to hold her own against any adversary – including superheroes.
What do we know about her in Avengers Endgame?
We already know that Mantis was trained by Thanos and was given to Thor as his guide on their journey in space. It is still unclear why she has decided to leave him and join Captain Marvel’s team. She knows where all of Thanos’ infinity stones are and she can feel disruptions in time. It is not really clear what her powers are, but it has been said that she can channel energies into beams or blasts from her antennae.
Potential spoilers ahead!
First introduced in Guardians of The Galaxy, Mantis was deemed as one of Marvel Studios’ most successful female characters. (Her story even motivated folks to create an online petition for her to appear in future Marvel films.) As fun as she is charismatic, and at times weird, Mantis has slowly become one of GOTG’s main fan-favorites due to her wacky demeanor and unique perspective. Though she was originally just intended to be comic relief in Vol.
5 Questions I Had After Watching Mantis In ‘Endgame’
Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel, who was introduced in ‘Infinity War’, had an awesome cameo in the final MCU installment, ‘Endgame’. I really liked her as Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel and think Brie did an awesome job with the role! Mantis was played by Pom Klementieff, who had previously played the green-skinned assassin in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’. After watching ‘Endgame’ this past weekend, I came away with a bunch of questions about Mantis, so I thought I’d share them here in this blog post! (Minor spoilers ahead!) Mantis is a lot more than meets the eye
1) Where was she?
Although she is well established in the comics, moviegoers were only introduced to Mantis in Avengers: Infinity War. Her appearance seemed brief enough, but that didn’t stop fans from wondering if her role would be expanded for Endgame. For now, it seems that audiences will get more of her background and how she fits into Avengers lore. And what about her mother?
2) Why wasn’t she on Wakanda?
Though she wasn’t featured in Black Panther or Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos did manage to get his hands on Vormir. And if we know one thing about Vormir, it’s that you can only speak to it with a particular person, which is why Vision was there in Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man (Scott Lang) was sent there in Endgame. Why didn’t Thanos send Mantis as well?
3) What happened to her hair?
In nearly every shot of Klementieff as Mantis, she’s got her head shaved. However, it’s obvious that her hair has grown back since we last saw her in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Why does Marvel Studios insist on hiding Klementieff’s natural hair? Is it because she looks too foreign without it? How did Peter Quill feel about his girlfriend completely shaving off all of her hair?
4) How much screen time did she get in Avengers?
Klementieff has said she spent about a month on-set shooting Endgame, but it’s unclear how much time was actually devoted to her character. But don’t worry—she got some face time with her family: When we were on set, [my nieces] were around me quite a lot and they would come see me in my little tent thing and stuff, she told io9. They had so much fun doing that.
5) Is Mantis the only character missing from Endgame?
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn recently revealed on Twitter that Pom Klementieff’s character, Mantis, was cut from Endgame. While we only see a handful of characters in Thanos’ post-snap reality (no Star Lord!), it is surprising that Marvel left out one of their most popular Guardians actors. Is Mantis really dead? Is there another reason why she was left out? We may never know for sure.