Warning: Spoilers from Avengers: Infinity War.
Avengers: Infinity War director Joe Russo recently spoke with a group of students at Iowa City High School and confirmed some interesting theories from the film. Chief among them, a revelation about the surreal vision Thanos has following the infamous finger snap that wipes out half the universe.
It’s implied it’s the Soul Stone. It’s all orange around, then he’s inside the soul stone with the amount of power that it took to snap his fingers — he has this out of body experience with Thanos. When he goes inside the Soul Stone, he has this kind of conversation with the younger version of his Gamora.
The conversation Thanos has with young Gamora in that sequence denotes Gamora exists inside the Soul Stone itself:
She in fact is, yes…. It was an attempt, an attempt on our part — because we don’t like two dimensional roles or three dimensional villains, every villain is a hero in their own story and as insane and psychotic and brutal and violent as Thanos is, he’s a more complex villain if you go on a journey with him emotionally. He does care for things, and it is complicated for him to execute his plan, and it cost him something. He said at the end ‘It cost him everything,’ and that it was the only thing he loved which was Gamora. Which is why we put him back with her at the end. I just want to reiterate with the audience that he does feel true emotion, even though he is a monster.
Although the chances for characters like Black Panther and Spider-Man to stay dead following the events of Avengers: Infinity War seems unlikely (Black Panther was the highest grossing MCU movie of all time before Infinity War came around the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is slated for a July 5th, 2019 release and begins filming next month — Gamora’s death seemed more deeply-rooted and invariable due to what the sacrifice meant to Thanos and the manner of her downfall.
Does her existence within the Soul Stone imply that a resurrection for her might be possible as well? Or should the character stay dead to lend more gravity to the narrative? Sound off in the comments.