For a blockbuster challenged with culminating over a decade of interconnected film franchises, Avengers: Endgame managed to leave quite a few possible routes for upcoming MCU movies to follow. While Iron Man and Captain America’s story arcs were wrapped up tight with a neat little bow (for the most part), the prospects of other characters are still in question, and no one’s future may be more uncertain than that of Guardian of the Galaxy’s Gamora.
The daughter of Thanos met her in end in last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, tossed off a cliff by her own father in exchange for the Soul Stone, and directors Joe and Anthony Russo were adamant she wasn’t coming back. However, Endgame introduced the concept of Time Travel into the MCU, and Gamora showed up once more as a member of the Mad Titan’s army. By the time the big battle ends, Gamora has had a change of heart and Tony Stark has used his own Infinity Gauntlet to snap Thanos and his underlings out of existence, but the film was unclear about her fate; was she snapped away too, or did her change of heart allow her to survive?
According to a new Business Insider interview with the Russo Brothers, that’s going to be up to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 writer and director James Gunn:
“We don’t know whether she was dusted or whether she survived. That’s probably a question that Guardians will answer… Quill doesn’t know either.”
The closing moments of Endgame depict Quill searching an intergalactic database for proof of Gamora’s survival, but he gets sidetracked when Thor pops up on his ship. Considering their line-up is now short one of its best warriors, it sounds like the God of Thunder is going to play a role in the future of the Guardians franchise, but to what extent is unknown.
We know James Gunn was heavily involved in the production of the last two Avengers films though, so it’s likely he had plenty of time to plan for Gamora’s death, resurrection and disappearance, We’re just going to have to wait to see though what the director has in store when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 begins production in 2021.