The final theatrical trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hit the Internet early this week, and, like its predecessors, it failed to disappoint. With new clips from the movie, new looks at Baby Groot, some awesome one-liners and even a badass Fleetwood Mac song, the trailer truly showed us how amazing this space opera sequel is going to be.
Did the trailer also reveal something else, though? Something a bit spoiler-ific? Director James Gunn works tirelessly to make sure that no major spoilers are revealed in the trailer, but did one may have slipped through, possibly on purpose.
To get into this potential spoiler, we need to look into the relationship between two important characters...
Gamora & Nebula
These two adoptive sisters have always held a grudge against each other, as they constantly tried to one-up the other while being raised by Thanos. Thanos never treated them like his actual children, but more as warriors who would do his bidding.
In Ayesha's line of dialogue, the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer hinted that the jealousy between these two will still be apparent in the second film, and may actually play a major part in the plot. In fact, we even saw some acts of violence between the two sisters during the trailer, which takes us to one major theory:
Did Nebula Seemingly Die In The New Trailer?
During the title-card sequence of the trailer, we see Nebula flying a ship similar to the Milano, which is likely a Ravager ship that she hijacked. During this scene she is chasing after Gamora, firing at her, and shouting "Idiot!"
Gamora escapes the line of fire by leaping off of a cliff into a darker region of the area. If you look at the landscape of the land, it appears to have a dark tan, clay-like ground. There appear to be caves nearby, as Gamora runs through one at one point. It has been hinted for a while now that Nebula would join the Guardians of the Galaxy and become a hero, as she did in the comics. But if she is trying to kill one of their most prominent members, is she really doing good? Or is she just continuing to follow her own agenda?
Earlier in the trailer, after Gamora's title card, we see her shooting a large machine gun while screaming passionately. The target of her blast appears to be a Ravager ship. Is this some random Ravager ship, though, or is it the one that Nebula was in?
Based on the passion behind Gamora's scream, we can imagine that it was actually her sister she was shooting down. Gamora is a former assassin who has had no trouble killing in the past. The passion in her scream shows that this is more than just some regular kill; this is one with emotion, be it rage or regret. The only possible explanation for this I can think of is that she is firing upon her sister.
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Additionally, if you look at the landscapes of the two scenes, you will notice that they are similar. The ground in each is the same shade. The only glaring difference is the lighting. In the scene where Nebula chases Gamora, it is bright and day time, whereas the scene with Gamora shooting the ship, it is dark.
This can be explained, however, by noting that the location of Gamora shooting the ship appears to be in a cave. At one point when we see Nebula chasing Gamora, we see her run into a cave. Gamora could have easily lured Nebula and her Ravager ship into a cave until she crashed, and then finished her off. The landscape seems to fit this theory rather well.
The Major Issue
It seems like a Nebula vs Gamora battle is definitely going to play a role in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 — but will Gamora actually kill her sister with that massive gun? There's one major issue with this theory, and that is that Karen Gillan (who portrays Nebula) is confirmed to return next year in Avengers: Infinity War. However, this is the world of comics, and there are ways for us to see Gamora K.O. her sister, only for her to re-appear in Avengers: Infinity War.
1. Nebula Is Only In Flashbacks
Perhaps Nebula does actually die at the hands of her sister in the second Guardians of the Galaxy, and all of her scenes in Infinity War are just flashbacks. This is actually possible, as Thanos will be one of the most prominent characters of the film.
Nebula worked under Thanos for years as his daughter, along side Gamora. Perhaps we will see flashbacks of Thanos's past in next year's film, including the upbringing of his two daughters, and the rivalry the two shared growing up.
2. Nebula Dies And Comes Back
Marvel is notorious for "killing" characters off and bringing them back at a later time. Take for example, Bucky, Nick Fury, Loki (twice), Pepper, and Phil Coulson. It is entirely possible that this scene will make the audience, and Gamora, believe that Nebula is dead, only for her to emerge alive & well later. We saw Nebula escape death numerous times in the original Guardians of the Galaxy. It is entirely possible that she will survive this instance as well — but suffer a classic Marvel fake-out death.
Additionally, it would fit her character if she made a triumphant return. She is seen in the trailers standing alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy, and in the comics, she eventually turns good and even helps take down Thanos. Perhaps the "death scene" we saw in the trailer serves primarily as her rebirth into her new character arc where she fights for good.
Regardless of whether or not Nebula dies, it seems apparent we'll see her and Gamora duke it out in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Why else would Gamora be screaming so passionately as she blasts apart what appears to be the same ship her sister was in?
Whether or not Nebula dies, I am looking forward to seeing more of the feud between the two sisters, and to see if it is resolved peacefully or with violence. It's looking more and more like it will be on the violent side, though.
What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!