|Marvel Cinematic Universe character|
|First appearance||Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)|
by Jim Starlin
|Nickname||"Fiercest Woman in the Galaxy"|
|Significant other||Peter Quill[a]|
Gamora is a fictional character portrayed primarily by Zoe Saldana in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) media franchise, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Gamora is a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, having escaped her previous life as an assassin after she was forcibly adopted by Thanos after he eliminated half of her planet's race, including her mother. For the next twenty years, she served Thanos as a cybernetically enhanced warrior, until betraying him to join the Guardians. She becomes romantically involved with Peter Quill until her death at the hands of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War (2018). An alternate version of the character appeared in Avengers: Endgame (2019) and now exists within the continuity of the main MCU timeline.
As of 2021[update], Gamora has appeared in four films, as well as the animated series What If...? (2021), in which she is voiced by Cynthia McWilliams. She will return in the upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023).
Concept and creation
Gamora debuted as a comic book character in Strange Tales #180 (1975), and was created by Jim Starlin. She returned in issue #181, Warlock vol. 1 #9, 10, 11 and 15 (1975-1976), and in the 1977 annuals for Avengers and Marvel Two-in-One. In 1990, she returned in Silver Surfer vol. 3 #46-47. She had a minor role in Infinity Gauntlet #1-6 (1991) and co-starred in Warlock and the Infinity Watch #1-42 (1992-1995). She was also featured in the Infinity War (1992) and Infinity Crusade (1993) crossovers. After appearing in Infinity Abyss #1-6 (2002), Annihilation: Ronan #1-4 (2006), Annihilation #1-6 (2006), Annihilation: Conquest #6 (2008) and Nova vol. 4 #4-12 (2007-2008), Gamora costarred in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 #1-25 (2008-2010).
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige first mentioned Guardians of the Galaxy as a potential film at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con International, stating, "There are some obscure titles, too, like Guardians of the Galaxy. I think they've been revamped recently in a fun way in the [comic] book." Feige reiterated that sentiment in a September 2011 issue of Entertainment Weekly, saying, "There's an opportunity to do a big space epic, which Thor sort of hints at, in the cosmic side" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Feige added, should the film be made, it would feature an ensemble of characters, similar to X-Men and The Avengers. Feige announced that the film was in active development at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International during the Marvel Studios panel, with an intended release date of August 1, 2014. He said the film's titular team would consist of the characters Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot, and Rocket.
In early April 2013, Zoe Saldana entered into negotiations to star as Gamora in the film, and it was confirmed she had been cast later that month. Amanda Seyfried had been offered the role, but declined due to the excessive hours of make-up required for the role, and her uncertainty over the film's commercial viability.
Gamora is an orphan from an alien world who seeks redemption for her past crimes. She was trained by Thanos to be his personal assassin. Saldana said that she became Gamora through make-up rather than computer-generated imagery (CGI) or performance capture. On taking the role, Saldana said, "I was just excited to be asked to join by James Gunn and to also play someone green. I've been blue before [in Avatar]." Saldana described Gamora as "... a warrior, she's an assassin and she's very lethal, but what saves her is the same thing that can doom her. She has a sense of righteousness. She's a very righteous individual."
She appears as a member of the original Guardians of the Galaxy, eventually finding love with Quill as seen in Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2. Saldana described Gamora's role in Vol. 2, as the team's "the voice of reason", saying, "She's surrounded by all these dudes who are so stupid half the time," and added that she is the "Mom" of the team, saying that she is "just a meticulous, detailed, professional individual." Regarding Gamora's relationship with Nebula, Saldana described it as "volatile" and added, "we're starting somewhere very crazy but appropriate given where we had ended things off in the first installment".
In Avengers: Infinity War, Gamora is still in a relationship with Quill. She is captured by Thanos and taken to Vormir where she is killed so Thanos can receive the Soul Stone. Ariana Greenblatt portrays a young Gamora in Infinity War in a flashback, as well as when she is with Thanos in the Soul Stone's 'Soul World'.
A version of the character from the 2014 alternate timeline, also played by Saldana, travels with her adoptive father Thanos to 2023 to fight the Avengers, but is later convinced by Nebula to side with them against Thanos. This version of Gamora does not know the Guardians and has no romantic history with Peter Quill due to the events of Guardians of the Galaxy having not yet having occurred in her timeline. She first appeared in the film Avengers: Endgame and is expected to return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Another version appears in the first season finale of the Disney+ animated series What If...?. This version sports Thanos's armor and blade from Avengers: Endgame, and is depicted as having killed Thanos, and taken his title of warlord. The episode featuring this variant of Gamora was planned to air during the first season, but was delayed to the second season due to COVID-19-related production issues.
Fictional character biography
As a child, Gamora's planet was invaded by Thanos, whose forces killed half the population. Gamora confronted Thanos, who admired her courage in doing so, with Thanos adopting her as his daughter. She was trained as an assassin, and raised alongside Nebula, whom she was often pitted against in fights, in which Gamora always won.
Guardian of the Galaxy
Gamora plans to rebel against Thanos when he sends her to aid Ronan the Accuser, a Kree fanatic who wants to destroy the planet Xandar. She travels to Xandar to retrieve the Infinity Stone that has been acquired by Peter Quill in order to sell it for enough money to afford to live the rest of her life. Due to the interference of bounty hunters Rocket and Groot, she is instead captured by Xandar's law enforcement and sent to a space prison called the Kyln, along with Quill, Rocket and Groot. There, she is threatened by Drax the Destroyer, whose family was killed by Ronan under the command of Thanos, but Drax spares her life when Quill assures him that her presence will draw Ronan to them. Gamora then joins Quill, Rocket, Groot, and Drax in escaping the prison. The group form the Guardians of the Galaxy and travel to Knowhere, where Gamora meets with the Collector. After being attacked by Nebula, Gamora and the Guardians are able to save Xandar from Ronan. Because of her heroic actions, Gamora is cleared of her previous crimes.
Some months later, Gamora and the Guardians are hired by the Sovereign to fight off an alien attacking their valuable batteries, in exchange for a captured Nebula. After they leave, they are chased by the Sovereign fleet after Rocket reveals to them that he stole some of the batteries. Crash-landing on a planet, they meet Quill's father, Ego. Gamora, Quill, and Drax decide to go with Ego to his planet, while Rocket, Groot, and Nebula stay behind. On Ego's planet, they meet Ego's assistant Mantis, and Gamora and Quill begin a romantic relationship. While exploring the planet, Gamora is attacked by an escaped Nebula. After Gamora saves Nebula from her burning spaceship, the two sisters reconcile. They meet up with the Guardians and find out about Ego's true evil plans. She and Nebula then help each other get to safety while escaping the planet, and once in space, she and Nebula say their goodbyes, after Nebula tells her that she's going after Thanos.
Infinity War and death
Four years later, Gamora and the Guardians respond to a distress signal in space and end up rescuing Thor from his destroyed spacecraft, thereby learning about Thanos's quest to obtain the Infinity Stones. Gamora tearfully tells Quill that she knows something Thanos doesn't and asks him to kill her if needed. On Knowhere, Gamora, Quill, Mantis, and Drax see Thanos, and Gamora immediately attacks him, seemingly killing him. However, Thanos reveals himself, showing her that Knowhere is on fire and that he already has the Reality Stone. After a failed attempt to kill her by Quill, Thanos kidnaps her and takes her upon his spaceship. He shows her a captured and tortured Nebula to emotionally manipulate Gamora into revealing the location of the Soul Stone. Thanos and Gamora go to the planet Vormir where they are met by the Red Skull who tells them that to obtain the Soul Stone, one must sacrifice what they love. Thanos admits that he truly loves Gamora as his daughter, and tearfully throws her off the cliff to her death. When Thanos later uses the completed Infinity Gauntlet, he briefly reunites with a younger Gamora inside the Soul World.
An alternate variant of Gamora from before the events of Guardians of the Galaxy appears in Avengers: Endgame.
In an alternate 2014, Gamora witnesses Thanos capture Nebula’s counterpart from the main timeline and discovering that his main counterpart succeeded in assembling the Infinity Gauntlet and eliminating half of life in the universe, but that surviving Avengers are preparing to undo it. Gamora, along with Thanos and his army, is then brought through the Quantum Realm to the main timeline. After being convinced by Nebula’s main counterpart, she joins the battle. During it, she is met by Quill, but not knowing who he is, knocks him to the ground. After the battle, she leaves and her whereabouts are unknown.
In an alternate 2015, Gamora, along with Quill and Drax, is killed while trying to defend the Sovereign from Ultron.
In another universe, Gamora killed Thanos and assumed his position as a warlord, as well as his sword and armor. She also became a champion on the planet of Sakaar and befriended Tony Stark, who helped her create the "Infinity Crusher" to destroy the Infinity Stones by reducing them to atoms. While travelling to Nidavellir with Stark to melt the Infinity Gauntlet, Gamora is recruited by the Watcher to join the Guardians of the Multiverse and help stop Ultron from destroying the Multiverse. The Guardians devise a plan to destroy Ultron's Infinity Stones using the Infinity Crusher (which they bring to life using the Soul Stone stolen from Ultron), only to discover that the Crusher does not work outside of Gamora's reality. After Ultron is eventually defeated, the Watcher returns Gamora to her universe, where she resumed her travels alongside Stark.
Saldana has received numerous award nominations for her portrayal of the character.
|Black Reel Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Guardians of the Galaxy||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Movie Awards||Best Actress in an Action Movie||Guardians of the Galaxy||Nominated|
|MTV Movie Awards||Best On-Screen Transformation||Nominated|
|People's Choice Awards||Favorite Action Movie Actress||Guardians of the Galaxy||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards|
|Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||Won|
|Choice MovieShip (shared with Chris Pratt)||Nominated|
|Choice Liplock (shared with Chris Pratt)||Avengers: Infinity War||Nominated|
|Choice Actress: Action||Nominated|
|Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Movie Actress||Avengers: Infinity War||Nominated|
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