The heroes and villains of the Marvel Cinematic Universe got snap-happy in Avengers: Endgame, and one click of the fingers created a potential problem for a much-loved character: Zoe Saldana’s Gamora. Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo have addressed the green-skinned heroine’s fate, but their answer isn’t as crystal-clear as most fans might hope.
After Avengers: Endgame leaps forward five years to the year 2023 following the fallout of Avengers: Infinity War, the surviving heroes concoct a plan to travel back in time, collect the Infinity Stones ahead of when Thanos took them, then jump to the present to equip their own Infinity Gauntlet and resurrect their fallen compatriots.
The time heist is successful, despite a number of hiccups along the way, and the heroes who were dusted in Infinity War came back to life to fight a final battle against Thanos. But those characters weren’t the only ones who returned to the MCU in Endgame: Gamora did, too – but as the 2014 version of herself prior to Guardians of the Galaxy and prior to her death in Infinity War. She showed up in 2023 after Professor Hulk used his Infinity Gauntlet to bring back the dusted heroes, and before Tony Stark snapped his fingers to decimate Thanos and his army.
This raised a pressing question: If 2018 Gamora was killed when Thanos sacrificed her to obtain the Soul Stone in Infinity War, what happened to 2014 Gamora after Tony’s snap?
Chatting with Business Insider’s Travis Clark, the Russos said that there’s an equal chance that 2014 Gamora was spared in Tony’s snap as there is the possibility she died alongside Thanos and his supporters. Additionally, Marvel fans will likely have to wait until Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hits theaters sometime in the future to learn what really happened to Gamora after Tony’s snap.
Shutting down any speculation about whether Gamora’s fellow Guardians know the answer, Anthony Russo added that Star-Lord is just as in the dark as fans are. Joe Russo then noted that he’s confident “future films will answer that question.”
When Clark commented that it’s up to Guardians Vol. 3 director James Gunn to fully unravel the mystery, Anthony agreed, saying, quote, “Exactly, we’ve done our job.”
It’s not all that implausible to think that 2014 Gamora may have survived the climactic battle between Thanos and the Avengers, despite her seemingly being considered a part of Thanos’ intergalactic army and not appearing in physical form after Tony’s snap. She does, however, show up on a screen map in the Guardians’ ship the Benatar at the end of the film. It seems evident that Star-Lord and the rest of the team will embark on a mission to locate Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Considering how pivotal to the franchise Gamora has been, it’s only right that she would emerge once more for the trilogy-ender.
If and when Gamora returns in the third Guardians film, it’s basically guaranteed that the heroine will be the 2014 Gamora who flashed forward in time in Endgame. The Gamora who played a part in the first two Guardians movies and Avengers: Infinity War is dead and cannot be revived. Keep watching the video to learn more as the Endgame directors address Gamora’s fate after Tony’s snap!
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