The decision to include Zoe Saldana’s Gamora character in the upcoming Guardian Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 film is a significant step that could have serious implications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, particularly in relation to potential multiverse-related events.
The reappearance of Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 can create a catastrophic multiverse event for the superheroes in Phase 5 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and beyond. Despite Gamora’s death in Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel resurrected the character through time travel in Avengers: Endgame.
Although a new version of Gamora exists in the MCU, this version has experienced different adventures than the original Gamora, a Guardians of the Galaxy member.
During the climactic battle in Endgame, Gamora betrays Thanos, which allows her to survive Iron Man’s snap. While the rest of the Guardians searched for her, she left to travel through space.
The third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn, will bring the team back together for one last adventure. However, the group’s composition will change significantly, and this could lead to a disastrous situation in the Phase 5 film.
The appearance of the alternative version of Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 can create significant problems for the team. This possibility has been hinted at throughout the MCU’s Multiverse Saga.
In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 Gamora Must Be Responsible For An Incursion
Following the time travel events in Endgame, the Multiverse Saga brought the concept of incursions into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These occur when extended multiversal travel causes multiple realities to collide, likely destroying one or more universes.
The idea of incursions was first introduced in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and expanded upon in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and it will likely play a bigger role in the upcoming Avengers: Secret Wars. However, Gamora’s return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 could also potentially bring up the concept of incursions again, as her presence represents a notable deviation in the MCU timeline.
It was believed that the version of Gamora in the MCU’s Earth-616 would cease to exist when she died in Avengers: Infinity War. Therefore, the presence of a variant of Gamora in the primary MCU reality is concerning.
The upcoming Phase 5 film will be the final installment for the current Guardians group, who primarily operate independently from the rest of the MCU. As a result, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 may not focus extensively on incursions, instead concentrating on the family dynamics within the team.
However, the existence of 2014’s Gamora in Vol. 3 is a mistake that could potentially have multiversal consequences.
Other intrusions prepared for the MCU
Some seemingly insignificant incidents in past Marvel Studios projects could lead to incursions in the MCU. For instance, in the post-credits scene of Spider-Man: No Way Home, a part of the Venom symbiote remained behind, while Vulture, a Spider-Man villain, was stuck in Sony’s Spider-Man universe in Morbius.
The Darkhold was used by Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to manipulate the Multiverse.
In Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Wanda Maximoff entered her variant’s body through a dream and killed the Illuminati team of Earth-838, which had a significant impact. However, Doctor Strange was also responsible for an incursion, as confirmed by Clea.
Marvel is leading up to a significant event that will alter the MCU’s structure indefinitely. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, due to the inclusion of Gamora, ma the next phase in the progression toward a major incursion.
In Guardians of the Galaxy 3: Where Is Gamora?
Despite her absence in Thor: Love and Thunder, Gamora is set to make an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The movie will feature a reunion between the new-old Gamora and Nebula, who has been redeemed, as they join the other Guardians following the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
The search for Gamora will be a significant plot point, and the film may provide answers to what occurred to her in Endgame. Despite the lengthy wait, the time jump from being a servant of Thanos in the past to her role in his demise in Avengers: Endgame will be given appropriate attention.
Additionally, her character will be noticeably distinct from her previous appearances, as hinted by her portrayal in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Four distinct scenes featuring Gamora were highlighted in the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. These scenes show her looking at a mysterious ybePolaroid picture, drawing her blade while on a solo mission, assisting Mantis in carrying a wounded Drax with Star-Lord in the background, and finally standing at the center of an epic shot with the entire team.
The trailer suggests that the movie might begin with Gamora separated from the Guardians, but they reunite by the end of the film to face off against the High Evolutionary, the main villain.
Although there are hints about the fate of the 2014 Gamora, it remains to be seen what will happen to this version of the character, which is significantly different from the one that Star-Lord cared for. Actress Zoe Saldaña has suggested in interviews that the new Gamora in the MCU may have more similarities with her adoptive father, Thanos, than with her “future” teammates. Saldaña has even expressed her interest in portraying an evil Gamora that fully embodies her title as the Deadliest Woman in the Galaxy.
In an interview (reported by CBR.com), Zoe Saldaña expressed her interest in exploring a darker side of Gamora’s character, as she is known to be the most lethal assassin in the Galaxy.
The current version of Gamora in the MCU has not gone through the same character development as the one who died in Avengers: Infinity War, so there is potential for 2014 Gamora’s story arc to further expand the multiverse-based stories of Marvel. Saldaña is curious to see what this “bad Gamora” would look like, as the possibilities for her character are endless.