MAJOR spoilers ahead for Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Endgame has been in theaters for weeks, providing countless plot twists and major payoffs for the hardcore Marvel fandom. The Russo Brothers brought an end to the Infinity Saga, killing off beloved characters and bringing back everyone who got dusted by Thanos in Infinity War. But there’s one hero’s fate that’s currently unclear: Zoe Saldana’s Gamora.
Gamora perished in Infinity War not through the snap, but by Thanos killing her on Vormir in order to procure the Soul Stone. But the fans were delighted to see her return in Endgame, although it was the 2014 version of the character who was still serving Thanos. She ultimately united with current day Nebula to take the Mad Titan down, although she wasn’t seen after the battle ended. Now The Russo Brothers have addressed the ambiguity of Gamora’s fate, saying:
Tricky, tricky. The Russo Brothers purposefully didn’t reveal whether or not Tony dusted Gamora in the final moments of the Endgame battle. Although since she was so prominently featured in the epic battle and all-female moment, that fate would be a disservice to the character.
The Russo Brothers’ comments to Business Insider help to get a glimpse behind the curtain of the MCU, and the co-directors’ methodical way of filmmaking. Avengers: Endgame included just about every character imaginable, and the Russos had to juggle countless narratives. But Marvel characters also have their own franchises, so there was a tricky balance regarding how much ownership the brothers could take.
Because of this, Gamora’s death in Infinity War it was truly a gut punch. And since she wasn’t dusted by Thanos’ snap, it didn’t seem likely that she’d return from the dead once it was reversed. Luckily, time travel was a major macguffin in Endgame, and allowed for Zoe Saldana’s signature Guardian to brought back to life.
Gamora had always hated Thanos, so it made sense that she would help out the future version of her sister, and try to stop him from getting the Infinity Stones again. This also reunited her with Peter Quill, although he was a total stranger to her. Gamora was last seen fighting alongside women of the MCU, as Captain Marvel got the Gauntlet through Thanos’ army.
The Russo Brothers’ tease about Guardians 3 was set up during the final moments of Endgame, as Star-Lord was shown searching for Gamora’s location back onboard The Benatar. Smart money says that’s a major plot line in the upcoming threequel, as Gamora’s family tries to find her. But since she doesn’t know any of the motley crew besides Nebula, they’ll be starting from scratch. That includes Peter Quill, who had finally broken down her walls and convinced the green girl to dance.
James Gunn is back behind the director’s chair for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and has teased some big things for Rocket in the upcoming threequel. But he’s no doubt got plans for every member of the group, including Gamora.
It’s currently unclear when Guardians 3 will hit theaters, but you can watch Gamora and the rest in Avengers: Endgame now. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.