DISCLAIMER: Before I even begin with why I feel a "Gamora" film is now a distinct possibility given the announcements the past 10 days, please realize this is just based on what is now reality and on Marvel's moves in the past. No, Marvel has not made any concrete announcements or left any hard clues. But I feel they are dropping subtle hints and will take us by surprise later. If you disagree, please do so rationally and without vitriol.
Could a "Gamora" film be coming our way?
I certainly think so.
There are several reasons.
1.) If Marvel is indeed starting a "Civil War" story arc, with Iron Man joining the fun in " [Captain America 3](movie:994409)", Marvel Studios is definitely going to have to double-down on their cosmic movie entries. Seriously, with serious personal and political intrigue going on in the "Avengers"-related movies and possibly others - Marvel movie fans may want more lighthearted cosmic, space soap-opera fare. Given the geek cred of Zoe Saldana and the popularity of "Guardians of the Galaxy" right now, a solo film or two from that franchise would make sense and expand the Marvel brand even further - which will likely be important to those Disney/Marvel Studios execs who feel that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has become too dependent on Downey.
2.) Marvel will want to strike while the iron is hot. How much sense do you think it makes to some Marvel Studios execs that there have been 8 solo films - with more to come - to explore the characters in "Avengers", but none scheduled for "Guardians of the Galaxy"? With the incredible success of Star-Lord and Company, you have to think it is being given serious consideration to make at least one - soon.
3.) Gamora may be the perfect female character to headline a solo film for Marvel. After three films - and a fourth on the way next summer - Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow may be considered TOO familiar with audiences for a solo film. (PLus, Scarlett Johansson seems to be leaning toward doing the live-action version of "Ghost In The Shell" for her next project). "Ms. Marvel" and other female leads (besides Scarlet Witch) would be brand new to audiences at this point. Gamora is still fresh enough that we get the feeling like we have just scratched the surface with her.
4.) Zoe Saldana is a big enough actress to have a following - but likely would not command as big a salary as Johansson. This HAS to be a consideration for cost-conscious Marvel.
5.) There is still a lot to explore about Gamora - perhaps even more than with Star-Lord. Let's see. Gamora is the adopted daughter of the supervillain Thanos, who of course is being touted as the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Big Bad. She is the last of her species. Her powers include superhuman strength and agility and an accelerated healing factor. She has appeared as the occasional love interest of the superheroes Adam Warlock and Nova - both of whom seem guaranteed to be introduced before the final showdown with Thanos and a member of the group known as the Infinity Watch in the comics.
The character played a role in the 2007 crossover comic book event "Annihilation: Conquest", and became a member of the titular team in its spin-off comic, "Guardians of the Galaxy". In other words, she has been integral to the revitalized "Guardians" franchise in the comics. She has also been deemed to be popular enough been featured in a variety of associated Marvel merchandise AND has been part of Marvel's recent major comic book crossover, "Original Sin". Oh, yeah, and speaking of comics...
6.) The woman most responsible for there being a "Guardians of the Galaxy" film in the first place will soon be writing a "Gamora" comic! Nicole Pelman wrote the story that made Gamora - and the rest of the Guardians - known in households around the globe. It was announced last week at New York Comic-Con that Perlman will be writing a soon-to-be-launched "Gamora" solo series.
Perlman was a screenwriter for the "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie. It will be her first comic book writing work.
Perlman is responsible for "Guardians of the Galaxy" to the big screen. She worked worked for Marvel from 2009 to 2011 as part of their film studio's writing program. It's there that she picked out Guardians of the Galaxy as a potential movie, and developed a treatment that caught the attention of Marvel's higher-ups.
Although critics of Perlman say that Marvel was considering a "Guardians of the Galaxy" film anyway and that director James Gunn revised a great deal of her script, no one disputes her treatment is what got the ball rolling.
Also, although it could be Perlman just writing a character she likes, we all know comic book stories have been the main inspiration for movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What better way for a smooth transition from page to screen than to have someone write both the comic and screenplay?
It's not like Perlman is untalented or desperate for more writing work. In 2006 she was named one of Variety's "Top Ten Writers to Watch," and has written several other screenplays both prior to and after " [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073)" that have yet to be filmed.
But what better way to be part of another big movie than writing one of the characters that gave Perlman her breakthrough.
7.) Some people were confused and some were disappointed when Gunn was listed as the lone screenwriter for "Guardians of the Galaxy 2". But if Perlman is busy working on a "Gamora" script, that makes sense.
8.) Zoe Saldana is due for a film in which she can really strut her stuff. Plus, it's time to really show why Gamora is called "The Most Dangerous Woman In The Galaxy".
What do the rest of you think?