WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Infinity Wars #5 by Gerry Duggan, Mike Deodato Jr., Frank Martin and Cory Petit, in stores now.
It's no secret that Marvel will often release a specific comic book storyline or event designed to loosely tie into a big Marvel Cinematic Universe movie release. For example, when Captain America: Civil War hit theaters in 2016, Marvel released Civil War II, and when last summer saw the release of the MCU's biggest movie to date in Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel wasted no time in releasing a comic which explored a similar subject matter. It started with Infinity Countdown last year, which led directly into the Infinity Stones-heavy event, Infinity Wars.
While the comic book and the movie share some of the same characters and the unparalleled threat of the Infinity Stones, Infinity Wars tells a separate story that stands on its own, a cosmic whirlwind that involves Requiem, aka Gamora, and the mash-up Infinity Warps reality. However, there is one scene in the comic book that seems directly inspired by Avengers: Infinity War.
In Infinity Wars #5, Loki leads his team of Avengers -- which includes Hulk, Ant-Man, Emma Frost, Kang and Ms. Marvel -- against Gamora, who has folded all of reality in on itself and trapped it inside the Soul Stone, in the realm known as Soul World. They are the only ones left standing, and their hope is to retake possession of the Infinity Stones in a reality that is now nothing but a barren wasteland. There, they find a duplicate of Gamora -- only it's not the adult version of the deadliest women in the galaxy they come across. Instead, it's Gamora as a child.
In a scene reminiscent of the ending of Avengers: Infinity War, Ms. Marvel and Emma Frost approach the young assassin calmly, in an attempt to convince Gamora to let them take the Infinity Stones. In the film, after Thanos successfully took control of all six Infinity Stones, he snapped his fingers to annihilate half of all life in the universe. But before we see the result of his universe-altering snap, the Mad Titan is briefly seen in the realm of Soul World, where he comes across Gamora as a child, who asks him about the cost of his actions.
Ultimately, the two scenes play very different roles, but it does appear as though Infinity Wars took direct inspiration from the film for its younger Gamora. And while we don't yet know how either story will end, it does appear like this young Gamora may be the difference between death and victory, in the comic... and maybe even in the film.