Glenn Close
Glenn Close as Nova Prime in Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Studios

People seeing Guardians of the Galaxy with little knowledge of what to expect may have been surprised to see six-time Oscar-nominee Glenn Close in a supporting role as Nova Prime.

Her screen-time didn't amount to much but Close gave enough to the part for us to want to see her return in future films, and it seems she would be up for it as well.

Speaking to USA Today she explained her reasons for joining the Marvel Studios project. "It reminded me of the original Star Wars in that it introduced this great cast but it also had this offhand 'We don't take ourselves so seriously' aspect of it," she said.

"You don't only get introduced into this wonderful world that has a look all unto its own, but the characters make you laugh. You feel some sort of empathy toward them, and people love that and want it."

Close's character Nova Prime is leader of the intergalactic law-enforcement agency Nova Corps, who will likely feature heavily in future Marvel films, and certainly in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in 2017.

The actress explained that due to her reputation as a serious actress, sillier roles like this are few and far between. "I just have to let people know that I always have been up for anything. I love to do stuff that's different. That's what I love," she said. Close is no stranger to ridiculous films, in the 90s she starred in Tim Burton's Mars Attacks, which was even more ridiculous than Guardians of the Galaxy.

"When you play a character who they love and are amused by, hopefully they'll see more of you," she went on to say, apparently open to a return to the character. "Especially at this point in my career, it's fantastic to be in the beginning of literally a whole new universe for people is really fun."

One of Nova Prime's defining features is her wonderfully sci-fi hair, which Close also commented on. "It's so out there, I don't know if people will like this one, but it's really great, now I've really bought into it. This is a great sculpture, a whimsy on my head. I like to think that Nova Prime has that in her, and hopefully we'll be able to see that in the future."