‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’: Will Gamora Return?

With death not always being final in the MCU, you can expect at least some of the characters who’ve died in the past to likely resurrect. One case of this that happened already in Avengers: Endgame was Gamora (Zoe Saldana) who had the unique situation of already being dead, yet time-traveling to the present time of Endgame.

Yes, this might sound confusing, but the time travel aspects Marvel opened up have every fan openly discussing time paradoxes all summer.

With these elements of sci-fi now open, everyone wonders if Gamora will return for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 sequel. There isn’t any official word. Regardless, take a minute to see why Gamora returning would create some very interesting situations.

Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana (Gamora) | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Did Gamora change her tragic future?

First-timers might be confused on where Gamora stands in the MCU at the moment. Those of you familiar with the character know she’s the adopted daughter of Thanos who managed to free herself from his clutches by joining the Guardians of the Galaxy.

You also likely know that she had somewhat of a demise by Thanos sacrificing her so he could obtain the Soul Stone. Her soul ended up trapped in the Soulworld, which shows you death in the MCU has numerous variations from how human death occurs.

Was it really death as we understand it? Her pre-death self managed to time-travel to the present time of Endgame after learning about her fate thanks to the Avenger Time Heist.

In the end, she managed to help defeat Thanos in the future with latter ultimately knowing exactly how she showed up. Now everyone’s been wondering what happened to her. She ultimately disappears without anyone knowing where she went, other than one deleted DVD scene showing her distantly watching the Avengers give tribute to Tony Stark.

The Gamora-Peter Quill romance is one of the great space romances

Now everyone’s wondering if Gamora ultimately altered her fate and she’ll show up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Based on the popularity of the character and the MCU’s push for more diversity, most media outlets think she will return.

If she does, it’ll rekindle one of the great romances of the MCU: Her love affair with Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt).

Most sci-fi fans liken this to the Han Solo/Princess Leia love affair in the original Star Wars movies. There’s some similar magic there between Gamora and Star-Lord, even if she’s a different species from the very human Quill.

Fans also want him to continue the search for her to bring a potentially powerful reunion moment much like when Leia and Han met up again in The Force Awakens.

Which version of Gamora would show up in the ‘Guardians’ sequel?

All bets say the past version of Gamora time-traveling to the present would show up in the sequel. Only one problem exists: This past version wouldn’t have the knowledge of her involvement with the Guardians from the past films, no her Peter Quill romance.

When you think about it, however, it brings a lot of fascinating situations for the screenwriting team. It gives somewhat of a Back to the Future scenario in reverse where a past version ends up in the present and has to be filled in on what she did in the past almost as a form of time-travel amnesia.

As a result, would we see the past Gamora fall in love with Quill again in the present? Scenarios like this are what now makes the MCU a lot richer in the storytelling.

Of course, we also have to think about the other time travel paradox: If Gamora altered her fate, then perhaps all memories will return to her in her present form.

As a Latinx actress, Zoe Saldana may make Gamora the most important Guardians figure in bringing added intrigue and expanding the franchise’s diversity.