Where Gamora Was In Phase 4 (And Where She’ll Be In Phase 5)
What happened to Gamora in Endgame? Avengers: Endgame saw the return of the heroes that vanished after Thanos’ snap in Avengers: Infinity War, but not of those who died before it, such as Gamora (Zoe Saldaña). However, Endgame brought her back through the time heist, allowing her 2014 self to jump to the present. Gamora’s future was left uncertain, and it’s unknown where she went after the events of Endgame – but there are a few options. While most of The Guardians of the Galaxy returned for Thor: Love and Thunder before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Gamora didn’t join them, and nor was she in the Guardians the Galaxy Holiday Special on Disney+.
The 2014 Gamora from Endgame — who was convinced by present-day Nebula (Karen Gillen) to betray Thanos (Josh Brolin) — is the Gamora who’ll be in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is expected to explain Gamora’s missing MCU Phase 4 story. As the first Gamora’s dead and the 2014 variant didn’t know any of the Guardians, the Avengers, or any other heroes, 2014 Gamora’s future in the MCU is unclear, though it’s confirmed that she’ll be returning for the last Guardians movie. There’s also evidence pointing to how Gamora will be with the Ravagers in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which actually makes sense considering the background of the new Gamora. Here’s everything viewers need to know about where Gamora is now and which movie she’ll appear in next.
Marvel Theory: The Planets Gamora Could Have Gone To
Gamora was Thanos’ adoptive daughter and her home planet is Zen-Whoberi, which was on the verge of collapsing due to overpopulation and could be Gamora’s current location. As a result, poverty was commonplace, many children were homeless, and the planet was later invaded by Thanos and the Black Order, who wiped out half of its population. This was when Thanos adopted Gamora, who, despite being a child, already displayed the grand ambition Thanos was looking for in a successor. By killing those residents, Thanos claimed that he saved the planet, as resources were no longer reduced — but Thanos is not that reliable. Gamora’s dead people could have compelled her to return to Zen-Whoberi after Endgame, as the planet contains so much of Gamora’s identity. Gamora knew that a pre-Infinity-Stones Thanos massacred her people and that he didn’t do any good to the planet. Gamora could be in Zen-Whoberi to keep a low profile for a while and help the population.
Another option is the “Garden”, the planet where the surviving Avengers killed Thanos. The Mad Titan had planned to retire there once he brought balance to the universe, and Nebula knew about it — and as Gamora was Thanos’ favorite daughter, she surely knew as well. Gamora’s current whereabouts are a good excuse to explore more planets in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 as well as her backstory, especially since she seems to be headed toward a possible heel-turn. It will be interesting to see how much her mentality and perspective of the universe have changed since Avengers: Endgame. With the original Gamora dead, anything is possible with 2014 Gamora.
Why Gamora Wasn’t In Thor Love And Thunder
Is Gamora in Thor: Love and Thunder? No — but it’s for the better. Without Gamora, there was less risk of the Guardians actually distracting from Thor: Love and Thunder‘s main narrative. As it’s an entirely different Gamora, it makes sense to let her character settle in the wider universe for a while and refocus her story around the Guardians tentpole. This is basically why Gamora wasn’t in Thor 4 — there needs to be much more space for Gamora’s return, who is essentially a new character still coming to terms with a heroic identity she has nothing to do with. The first Gamora’s dead, and new Gamora’s story has only begun.
Where Gamora Is In Guardians Of The Galaxy 3
She wasn’t in Thor: Love and Thunder, but Gamora is in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. It’s been confirmed that not only will the new-old-Gamora and redeemed Nebula finally reunite with the rest of the Guardians in the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but also that finding her will be a key story thread. The third Guardians movie may even answer exactly what happened to Gamora in Endgame. It’s quite the wait, but it does mean Gamora’s time jump from being Thanos’s servant in the past to killing him in Avengers: Endgame will get the focus it deserves. Indeed, Gamora’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 look suggests that she will be starkly different.
Notably, the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 trailer showed Gamora in four separate sequences. This includes Gamora looking at a mysterious polaroid picture, Gamora drawing her blade during a lone mission, and then Gamora helping Mantis carry a wounded and limping Drax with Star-Lord in the background — all four wearing identical orange jumpsuits. Finally, Gamora is in the center of an epic shot with the entire team, just before the trailer hints at a final showdown. Though Gamora might not be with the Guardians at the beginning of the movie, it’s likely to end with the team reuniting to fight Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’s main villain, the High Evolutionary.
Despite these clues, it’s ultimately unclear what’s in store for 2014 Gamora, a version of the character that’s far different from the one Star-Lord loved. Zoe Saldaña has hinted in interviews that the MCU’s new Gamora might be morally more in line with her adoptive father Thanos than her “future” self’s teammates. Saldaña has expressed a desire to explore an evil Gamora, one that lives up to the title of Deadliest Woman in the Galaxy.
“There’s (also) a part of me that wants to explore a bad Gamora,” she explained (via CBR.com). “I’ve never seen that and she’s, you know, she’s considered the most lethal assassin, the most lethal woman in the galaxy, so I would want to see what that wrath looks like.” Gamora’s character softened and opened up over the course of her MCU appearances. That Gamora is dead though, the green-skinned living weapon currently in the MCU hasn’t gone through any of that growth, and the endless possibilities of 2014 Gamora’s story arc can continue to expand the limits of Marvel’s multiverse-based live-action stories.
Marvel’s What If…? Had A Lost Gamora Episode
Marvel’s What If…? gave a satisfying, alternative answer to the question of what happened to Gamora in Endgame. Curiously, the What If…? episode in question showed Gamora in Thanos’ Endgame armor and wielding his same weapon, and according to producer Brad Winderbaum, the backstory of this Gamora was in a missing episode that was pushed to What If…? season 2 due to the pandemic. It wasn’t just Gamora with strange, new gear either — combined with What If-Tony’s Sakaarian armor, these clues have led audiences to deduce that this missing episode likely answers the question “what if Iron Man landed on Sakaar after the Battle of New York?”
As the theory goes, Tony would rise to become Sakaar’s champion in the Grandmaster’s arena, until Thanos sends Gamora there to kill Tony. When the two finally face each other, that would be the beginning of Gamora’s path towards earning the titles of “Survivor of Sakaar” and the “Destroyer of Thanos,” which The Watcher calls her in What If…? season 1. With What If…? season 2 on the horizon, more will be revealed soon enough.
As for Gamora in the main MCU continuity, her story will continue in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. It might just be that Gamora wasn’t in Thor: Love and Thunder because James Gunn has her younger self reserved for a much more crucial role in the third and final Guardians movie. In any case, there’s might be no better way to cap off such a beloved trilogy than with Gamora’s return.
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