Mantis co-creator Steve Englehart isn’t a fan of the way the character is depicted in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
In an interview with Polygon, Englehart revealed that the character in the Marvel sequel “has nothing to do with Mantis.” Even though Englehart enjoyed the film and thought “the Mantis on the screen was entertaining,” he still couldn’t ignore the film’s wildly different interpretation of her.
“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,” said Englehart. “I liked her, but that’s not Mantis.”