Yes, Maria Bakalova will make her MCU debut in the James Gunn-directed sequel, according to Deadline. The Borat Subsequent Moviefilm star will play a mysterious Marvel character, and it’s not clear if she’ll be a hero, a villain, or something in between. Interestingly, Deadline reports that she’s not the “unheralded actress” Gunn has been teasing for some time – the director clearly has a lot of secrets up his sleeve for Vol.3. But considering this is his last appearance with the Guardians, it’s understandable that he’d want to pull out all the stops for his grand finale.
Bakalova’s comedic talent in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm was praised by critics and her performance earned her an Oscar nomination, although she lost to Youn Yuh-jung for a role in Minari. Audiences will remember that she plays Borat’s (Sacha Baron Cohen) daughter Tutar and that she made headlines after interviewing Rudy Giuliani as part of the film. Considering Gunn has always infused the Guardians of the Galaxy films with his trademark devilish sense of fun, it will be interesting to see what he has in store for Bakalova when the film finally releases on May 5, 2023 in the cinemas is coming.