The creator of Marvel character Mantis, who made her live-action debut in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is speaking out against star Pom Klementieff’s hilarious portrayal.
Steve Englehart who co-created Mantis with Don Heck in 1973 was interviewed by Polygon about his previous work and the Guardian’s of the Galaxy franchise.
He has this to say, “Well, I was not happy with Mantis’ portrayal,” Englehart said. “That character has nothing to do with Mantis.
“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.”
The first Mantis from the comics is a human of German and Vietnamese descent. She was raised by a Kree cult, developed psychic powers, has her brain wiped at some point and is sent into the galaxy to find herself. She eventually becomes a barmaid and hooks up with the Avengers at some point.
The brain wipe, could explain Klementieff’s acting choice to make the character a bit spaced out but according to Mantis’ maker, the similarities end there.
Despite his annoyance he did enjoy the film and thought Pom’s performance was fun, it just had nothing to do with his vision.
With a third Guardian’s movie in the pipeline, hopefully, director James Gunn and Pom can come up with something closer to Mantis’ true self.