Nebula is a deadly Luphomoid assassin who features in the MCU movies as the Daughter of Thanos and sister of Gamora. But the Nebula of the Marvel comics has a differing past than that of the movies.
Nebula in the comic is an infamous space pirate who may or may not be the granddaughter of Thanos.
While Nebula played by Karen Gillan in the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy movies is an adopted daughter of Thanos who has been upgraded to increase her abilities.
Nebula In Marvel Comics
Nebula first came to prominence in Marvel Comics when she hijacked Sanctuary II which was used by Thanos as a base.
Not much of her life is known before this time. She and her trusted aides teleported Sanctuary II out of the solar system after they had repaired the hyperdrives.
First Appearances Of Nebula
Nebula made her first appearance in Avengers #257 at a point when Thanos was not even in the picture. Although he was not dead, he had been turned to stone and therefore was not causing any problems.
She met Captain Marvel when her minions warped a space ship out of the solar system which just happened to have Captain Marvel onboard. The two met when Nebula joined her minions on this space ship.
The Skrull empire was in chaos after Galactus had destroyed its throne world. Nebula planned to take advantage of this and conquer the empire. Captain Marvel pretended to go along with her plan but actually helped to evacuate the Skrull.
When the rest of the Avengers eventually found Captain Marvel they teamed up with the Skrull in order to defeat Nebula. Starfox was part of this battle and it was at this point that Nebula first mentioned that she was Thanos granddaughter.
As Starfox was the brother of Thanos, then he believed that Nebula was his grand niece.
Nebula eventually escaped from the Avengers when she was teleported out of the Androdema galaxy by Beyonder.
What Race Is Nebula?
Many people assume that Nebula is Kree because of her blue skin but this is not the case. She is part of a race called the Luphomoids. Not many members of this race survive because their planet was destroyed by Galactus.
There have been other Luphomoids that have featured in the Marvel comics and most of them have been villains. However, Nebula is a bit different from the rest of them.
Zorr is an example of one of these villains and his sole aim was to find a new home for his race after their planet was destroyed. Nebula never seemed interested in helping the rest of her species and was content with becoming a space pirate.
Is Nebula Thanos’ Daughter?
In the movies Nebula is a key part of the story because she is Thanos adopted daughter. However, no such connection exists in the comics.
She claims to be his granddaughter but this is nothing that has ever been proven. A common theory is that this was just something she said to Thanos in order to gain an ally.
When Thanos was reborn one of the first things he did was try to reclaim Sanctuary II, which Nebula was in control of at the time.
It is not clear whether Thanos believed she was his granddaughter or not, but he certainly did not treat her well. He torched her body to the point where she was almost dead and and then left her in this state.
Nebula claimed the gauntlet for herself once Thanos had defeated Eternity and used it to restore herself back to life.
Adam Warlock eventually gained the gauntlet from her and once again she was left in a catatonic state. This came to an end when one of her crew rescued her from Titan and she had surgery to return her physical state to what it was before.
The next time that Nebula was seen she was part of the Graces, an all female warrior group led by Gamora. During this time she was severely wounded when she fought Ronan the Accuser.
Thane enlisted the help of Nebula to try and kill his father, Thanos. However, she was tricked into helping Thane steal a Phoenix Egg.
When she found out the truth, she killed Thane in order to stop him hatching the egg, but his death actually caused the egg to hatch and his body was used by the Phoenix Force as a new vessel.
In the beginning of the Infinity Gauntlet story line Nebula can be seen in the background, wandering around but not interacting with anyone.
The fact that Thanos kept her around in this state showed just how cruel he had become.
Nebula appears in the Annihilation mini series as a member of the Graces. This is where she learns more about Gamora, someone who was raised by Thanos as his daughter.
When Nebula joined the Graces she was trying to move on with her life after everything that Thanos had put her through.
The Graces fought against the Annihilation Wave but it was never discovered what happened to the team after this.
However, eventually the Guardians of The Galaxy were founded and Gamora was a member.
Thanos helped Thane’s former allies to defeat his son by using the God Quarry to provide him with the power that he needed to overcome Thane.
Thane was defeated but Nebula was left behind and it was some time before she was able to escape. When she did, she learned that Thanos was dead and it was Gamora that had killed him.