The alternate version of Gamora is what came back in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. As ardent fans of the MCU know, the beloved Gamora died at the hands of her evil adoptive father, Thanos, in the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War.
However, she makes a comeback in 2023’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and helps out her pals as they seek to deal with a mad scientist who ruthlessly experiments with animals in a bid to create what he believes is a perfect society.
What Happened To Gamora?
Gamora was killed by her adoptive dad, Thanos, in his crazed quest to acquire the six all-powerful Infinity Stones. That desire to acquire the stones had long ruled Thanos’ life, and he eventually got the opportunity to fulfill his lifelong desire in the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War.
Standing in his way was his adoptive daughter, whom he had long fallen out with, and as such, he had no qualms ordinarily killing her. To make things even more interesting, he was required to sacrifice a loved one to awaken the power of the Soul Stone, one of the all-powerful Infinity Stones, and as such, he killed Gamora without hesitation.
Did Gamora Die?
Gamora died in the 2018 film Avengers: Infinity War. Both Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy are two different film franchises, but they all belong to the MCU and, as such, have an interconnected storyline. There is also the crossover of several characters, including Gamora.
In Avengers: Infinity War (2018), which chronologically comes after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Gamora’s adoptive father, Thanos, takes center stage as he embarks on his quest to get all six Infinity Stones. He quickly captures the power, space, and reality stones. However, when he wants to get the soul stone, Gamora challenges him. She already knows that he can get the stone by sacrificing her and has asked Peter Quill to kill her if need be.
However, Thanos outsmarts them all. He kills Gamora and then gets the 4th stone he seeks, which is the Soul Stone. He would go on to lay his hands on the two remaining stones, Mind and Time Stones, and complete the infinity gauntlet. Having completed it, he destroys half of all life forms in the universe because of his crazed fear of overpopulation.
Does Gamora Come Back?
An alternate version of Gamora came back in both Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Her ability to come back was due to the plan by the Avengers to undo the damage that her adoptive father had done. After destroying half of the life forms, Thanos destroyed the infinity stones for good measure so that no one could reverse his evil actions.
However, the Avengers surmise that they can return in time to give the stones to their rightful owners so that Thanos never gets his hands on them. There is the initial fear that time travel will affect their present and future lives, but Bruce Banner allays these fears by pointing out that they would only be creating alternate versions of themselves. It is this process that led to the emergence of 2014-Gamora.
This old version of Gamora is the one from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and is still loyal to her adoptive father, Thanos. She wants to defend him, but the present-day version of her sister, Nebula, tells her of all the evil Thanos has done and convinces her not to join his side.
How Is Gamora Alive?
Gamora is alive in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 because an alternate version of her was brought back to life in Avengers: Endgame 2019. That alternate version is what we see in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and she once more helps Peter Quill and co as they battle an evil scientist that uses animals for crazed experiments and disposes of them at will.
This may likely be the last time we will see Gamora in action as the actress who portrays the role, Zoe Saldana, has revealed that this is the last time she will do so.