Little is known about the early years of the Guardians of the Galaxy’s most dangerous woman in the universe, Gamora, aside from the fact she’s referred to as Thanos’ daughter and is the sister of Nebula. But fans will finally get the opportunity to see how and why Thanos kidnapped a much younger Gamora when Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters next month.
The final trailer for the Marvel Studios ensemble film begins with a voiceover from Gamora. “The entire time I knew him, he only had one goal,” she said. “To wipe out half the universe. If he gets all the Infinity Stones, he can do it with a snap of his fingers,” she added while snapping her fingers to really drive the point home. The trailer provides even more scenes of the Mad Titan as he stands triumphant on his home planet of Titan, crushes the Tesseract with his bare hand and arm wrestles with Captain America.
However, there’s one sequence that stands out among all the others, and it involves a flashback to the moment when Thanos and what looks like the Chitauri from 2012’s The Avengers invade and conquer the planet’s inhabitants. It offers our first full look of Thanos in his complete armor from the comics, and Thanos taking the green hand of a small redheaded girl and walking off with her, as the Chitauri keep the residents at bay.
Josh Brolin, who voices Thanos in Infinity War, revealed in an interview that the film will explore a much younger Thanos, which now looks to include Gamora’s origin with the villain as well. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also added that Thanos’ motivations will be almost noble, compared to the ones found in the comics.
“He’s from a planet called Titan that’s no longer inhabited because of things that he thought he could help prevent, and he was not allowed to do that,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “What he feared most happened, and the planet and everybody on it basically went extinct. He vowed not to let that happen again. He thinks he sees the universe going down the tubes. He thinks he sees life expanding outward unchecked. That will bring ruin, he believes, to the universe and to that life.”
Though not depicted in the trailer, we can assume a similar recruitment also took place for Nebula, which is how she and Gamora became “sisters.” The mechanical enhancements to Nebula’s body came about from Thanos forcing the sisters to fight for his own amusement. Every time Nebula lost, Thanos would punish her by removing a part of her body.
Seeing Gamora as a child will be a stark contrast to how she’d depicted in the Guardians of the Galaxy films, where she’s one of the team’s most formidable members. It sets Thanos up as a sympathetic figure, which always makes for the best villains because then fans begin to root for them. Hopefully, Infinity War will include footage of how Gamora and Nebula broke away from Thanos, compared to his children that stuck around like the Black Order.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film opens April 27.
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