Back in Avengers: Infinity War Thanos sacrificed Gamora on the planet Vormir to get his hands on the soul stone. This scene turned out to be quite a tear-jerker for many in the audience, especially since Zoe Saldana’s character was just at the start of a budding, yet long-awaited romance with Quill played by Chris Pratt. Gamora did return in Avengers: Endgame but was a different variant of the character, traveling through time.
Now, with the upcoming release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Zoe Saldana is all set to continue playing the elite combatant. Although fans are excited to see Gamora back in action, it might be the last they see of the character, with the end of the GOTG franchise. However, the actress did leave some hope out for the fans!
Will the GOTG 3 be the End of Zoe Saldana’s MCU Run?
In an interview with Variety, actress Zoe Saldana answered the much-anticipated question – is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 her last MCU movie? To this Saldana replied that while she couldn’t say no to anything as of yet, she certainly isn’t going to miss the iconic green makeup, should that be the case.
“I can never say no to anything, but that green makeup? I wouldn’t be upset if it didn’t happen again. I miss Gamora but I don’t miss 3:30 a.m. calls and five-hour makeup sessions and trips to the dermatologist afterwards.”
The one thing that Saldana will miss though, is how she has impacted the generational fans of Marvel through Gamora. She keeps coming back to the Marvel Studios, especially because of the connection her character has made with the audience. There’s surely truth in her words as the audience’s reaction to Gamora’s death speaks volumes about the space she has made in the hearts of the fans. She further added that the younger audience shouldn’t be overlooked for liking something others think is “immature or cheeky.”
“Every time that you know that 8-year-old or that dad and mom or those generational fans that remind me that what I did was special to them, it makes me not be cynical about Marvel. It makes me understand that younger audiences should stop being overlooked. They have feelings too and if something impacts them, just because we consider it stupid or immature or cheeky, doesn’t mean it’s not special.”
As of now, nothing is confirmed about Saldana staying in the MCU or not. However, the immense love she has for her audience might keep her from leaving the MCU so soon. Even though GOTG Vol. 3 is the last addition to the franchise, it would be foolish to think the squad won’t be returning. Who knows, maybe the fans get to see the uniquely put-together heroes return in Avengers: Secret Wars?
What’s Next for Zoe Saldana?
The Gamora actress was recently seen as Amy in From Scratch, a Netflix limited series based on Tembi Locke’s namesake memoir. The series shot to the number one spot on Netflix‘s Top 10 in no time. This year, Saldana also starred in David O’Russell’s Amsterdam. Apart from this, Saldana has several interesting projects lined up for the future, including Star Trek 4 which will release late next year.
However, the most anticipated movie starring Saldana is undoubtedly Avatar: The Way of the Water, releasing on December 16, 2022. While the actress had already set foot in the industry before Avatar, her role as Neytiri in the movie was certainly one which made her known around the world. Now, she’s all set to reprise her role for the sequel which has extremely high expectations.
Looks like Saldana keeps on hopping from one iconic role to another!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 will play in theatres on May 5, 2023.