If there's one thing the DC Extended Universe is doing better than the Marvel Cinematic Universe right now, it's representing its female superheroes. Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman/Diana Prince gets her solo movie as the third in the DCEU, while Marvel gals have had to wait 11 years and 21 movies for Brie Larson's Captain Marvel, the first female-led movie of the MCU.
Marvel Studios has been getting better recently with the inclusion of great female characters like Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and directors Anthony and Joe Russo have done wonders for Black Widow's (Scarlett Johansson) characterization after Avengers: Age of Ultron. But even Guardians of the Galaxy — which introduced Gamora (Zoë Saldana), Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Glenn frickin' Close as Nova Prime — unfortunately still wasn't great for the gal of the ensemble group.
Being the lead female, Gamora is repeatedly called a "whore" by Drax (Dave Bautista) for comedic effect — this is despite the fact that his problem to do with her has nothing to do with anything sexual, it's just a gendered slur. If she had been a male character, that label wouldn't have come into the equation at all.
And — despite being an excellent movie — Guardians fell into that narrative trap wherein the lead male shows up and takes over the mission that should've been played out by the lead female. Marvel is guilty of this again in Ant-Man, when Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) shows up and is the given the mission, responsibility, and the suit that was the birthright of Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). She'll finally fly in Ant-Man and the Wasp, but only with the permission of her father.
But we digress. Gamora and the rest of the Guardians will return in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and again in Avengers: Infinity War, and recent news has put the spotlight on Guardians' lead Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt).
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According to unconfirmed sources, there's a big part being bookmarked for Star-Lord when Infinity War rolls around. This rumor was started by a "leaked" report via Schmoes Know that has now been removed from their website, but not before being picked up by various other publications. Star-Lord is rumored for a "sizeable" role alongside the Avengers, who "join up with him as they take on a new cosmic threat."
This doesn't come as the biggest of surprises, given Peter Quill's popularity and his de-facto position as head of the Guardians. Infinity War is set to bring together the cosmic and the Earth-bound sides of the MCU, and the Guardians are going to have quite a bit to do with that.
But don't forget, the main villain of the piece makes the Guardians very important indeed. Thanos (Josh Brolin) has been the big purple shadow looming in the background ever since he first popped up in The Avengers post-credits scene, before coming into the frame properly in Guardians of the Galaxy. And he has a very particular connection to one Guardian, his "favorite daughter," Gamora.
But there's no love lost between Thanos and Gamora, as we learn in Guardians of the Galaxy. Gamora doesn't go into great detail about what Thanos did to her, but if it's anything like the way he treated Nebula in the comics, it wasn't good. As she says:
"Whatever nightmares the future holds are but dreams compared to what's behind me."
In the comics Gamora is "rescued" and adopted by Thanos after her entire race is wiped out, and a healthy dose of brainwashing blinds her to seeing Thanos and his evil deeds for what they really are. She does eventually break from him, and goes onto become a hero and a member of Infinity Watch and the Guardians. Nebula, on the other hand, suffered a worse fate.
After offending Thanos by claiming to be his granddaughter, the Mad Titan tortured her and kept her alive as a living corpse, her body burnt and broken to the point of unrecognition. Basically, he's the galaxy's world parent.
The events of Guardians of the Galaxy unfold because of Gamora's mission to keep the Power Stone from falling into Thanos's hands and — as with Ronan (Lee Pace) — Gamora has the inside track when it comes to dealing with these bad guys.
So, will Gamora get her time to shine in Avengers: Infinity War? We don't really know all that much about her role yet aside for the fact that she's in the movie, and she doesn't have a huge role in any of the Infinity comic sagas that we can draw from — although she does appear in the Infinity Gauntlet ensemble in a minor role.
In Infinity Gauntlet it is Nebula who manages to turn the tide against Thanos when she gets her hands on the gauntlet, using it to restore herself and weaken Thanos. Gamora may end up taking on the role of Nebula here, as the abused "daughter" of the Mad Titan who finally is able to take her revenge.
Because of what Thanos did to her, she is the one who may also be his undoing. To find out for sure though we'll have to wait until May 4, 2018 when Avengers: Infinity War releases in the US.
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(Source: Schmoes Know)