Linda Cardellini belongs to a short list of actors who have portrayed multiple roles within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actress will soon be seen lending her voice to the sapiens otter Lylla in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3. Her character is to be Rocket Raccoon’s significant other in the movie.
Based on what the trailers have shown so far, the third movie will bring an emotional close for the Guardians, especially for the weapons specialist in the crew. According to the official synopsis from Marvel Studios:
Our beloved band of misfits are settling into life on Knowhere, but it isn’t long before their lives are upended by the echoes of Rocket’s turbulent past.
Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him on a dangerous mission to save Rocket’s life – a mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.
Casting Linda Cardellini as Lylla is not a difficult decision to make. The actress has appeared in Marvel projects as Laura Barton in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Endgame and Disney Plus’ Hawkeye.
Linda Cardellini Takes The Role Of Lylla
According to Giant Freakin Robot, Cardellini will portray Rocket’s love interest in the movie. Quite possibly, an emotional reunion occurs, and perhaps the rescue premise also includes her being with the crew.
In the comic books, Lylla is the protector of her home world, the planet named Halfworld. She has an animal alliance that supports her in her task to take care of it, especially what they call the Loonies. Loonies are humans who are hopelessly insane whom she defends even if it is at the risk of her own life.
It would be interesting to see how Gunn has written Lylla into the universe of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Apparently, in the comic books, she is, in fact, romantically linked to Rocket, but her backstory involves being an heiress to a toy manufacturing company aside from being a protector of her world.
By the looks of the trailer, the sapient otter Lylla could have an origin story that is similar to Rocket. That is a result of a series of experimentations of the High Evolutionary portrayed by Chukwudi Iwuji. How much of the comic book Lylla will be written into the movie still remain to be seen.
Linda Cardellini Takes A Second Role In The MCU
Fans now expect that the movie will cover certain deeper aspects of Rocket’s life in terms of details as to his origin. Furthermore, fans look forward to finding out what is to become of the group that they have grown to know and love. It is anticipated that this is the last movie that this group of Guardians will ever have together. In the Hero Nation podcast via People last year, Gunn said:
This is the end for us, the last time people will see this team of Guardians.
It’s so, so big and dark, and different from what people might be expecting it to be. I just want to be true to the characters, the story and give people the wrap-up that they deserve for the story.
Perhaps it is because of what the MCU had planned down its pipeline at the time it was true. But now, a good portion of the reason is that the writer-director, James Gunn, is co-CEO of the movie company that has the capacity to contend with the MCU, DC Studios. Although, Gunn’s appointment came many months after the announcement that this upcoming movie was truly the end for his team of Guardians.
Be that as it may, Gunn has maintained an amiable relationship with the people he has worked with back at Marvel. However, certain demands as one of the top two honchos of a company naturally need attending to.
Now, his power to cast actors whom he is fond of would play highly on the DC table. Perhaps Cardellini will also get cast in one of the projects he has in DCU’s future.
As for Marvel, there are other Guardians of the Galaxy teams based on the comics. Maybe they also have other projects planned for the franchise to be led by another set of characters. Who knows?
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