Gamora was rescued by Thanos after the Badoons committed genocide against her species, the Zhen Woberi. This, which in the cinema was turned into Thanos taking her after he himself committed the genocide, may seem surprising, but it does match up to Thanos’s egocentric and selfish but not always evil personality. Either way, he does rescue her, but he does so to train her and to turn her into a living weapon to carry out his will and kill Magus, a malign alter ego of Adam Warlock, but this doesn’t mean that he doesn’t care about her.
In fact, when the young and reckless Gamora is cornered, beaten and gang raped by a gang of criminals, it is Thanos that rescues her and takes advantage of the opportunity to make some genetic modifications to give her superhuman strength and speed. As a result, Thanos is like a father to her and only when she discovers that he is obsessed with death and that his final plan is galactic genocide – no big deal – does she abandon him.
It is then that she begins her galactic journey that leads her to become the bearer of the Soul Gem and to be in the midst of all the fights between the Infinity Watch and Magus to avert the end of the universe. And so, as a saviour, and seeking a life mission as well as to distance herself a little from the influence of Adam Warlock, she ends up joining the Guardians of the Galaxy, travelling with them and becoming one of the mainstays of the group.
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Gamora is very independent and, following her relationship with Thanos, rather mistrusting of everyone else. She is hard and strong, and, in her time as an assassin, totally ruthless. This doesn’t mean that she doesn’t leave space for other softer aspects, for want of better words, of her personality. The company of the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy has led her to develop a rather sarcastic sense of humour.
Friends and Enemies
For a time, Gamora is part of the Infinity Watch, the eclectic community that protects the Infinity Gems, including Thanos, Adam Warlock, Drax the Destroyer, Pib the Troll, Moondragon and Maxam. However, this group is unstable to say the least, and she joins them only to avoid greater evils and to keep in check great powers of the likes of Magus and his Universal Church of Truth.
In addition, Drax was about to kill Gamora and his only aim is to kill Thanos, and Maxam travelled from the future to kill Warlock before he could become Magus, so clearly the Infinity Watch is not a good place to stick around in. Gamora therefore finds more stability in her relationship with Peter Quill’s Guardians of the Galaxy and together with them she faces Ronan the Accuser, the Badoons and the Phalanx empire of the villain Annihilation.
Marvel Cinematic Universe
Although today it is common, and for good reason, to try to subvert traditional tales, Disney films do typically have a prince and a princess. These are the Star-Lord, played by the awesome Chris Pratt, and Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana. That said, they are by no means a prince charming and a helpless princess. The “legendary” fugitive is a shabby old womaniser, capable of leading the group thanks to a mix of bravery, a lack of sense of ridicule and recklessness. Gamora is – deviating a little from the norms for comics – the half kidnapped, half adopted daughter of Thanos and is trained to be his personal assassin. Basically, she is neither helpless nor looking for a prince, but rather revenge.
However, we may see her find both of these things in the coming films. On the one hand, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is more intimate and is focused on the relationships between the characters, which may mean that the sparks that flew between her and Peter Quill become something more. On the other hand, the confirmed presence of the Guardians in Avengers: Infinity War makes it more likely that we’ll see Gamora and Drax, played by Dave Bautista, finally take on Thanos and, who knows, maybe even defeat the purple giant once and for all and achieve justice for the people. Whatever happens, the Marvel Universe is making an effort – although it shouldn’t be one – to present strong and independent feminine characters, and Gamora, together with the Black Widow and the Scarlet Witch, or Hela, for sure is one.
Gamora comes from a race whose physiology in itself gives her a certain measure of superhuman strength and skill. However, Gamora’s powers have been increased by Thanos, Adam Warlock y the Dark Vortex, so her strength is actually undefined and depends on external factors. With all this, Gamora stands out above all for her training that turns her into the most dangerous assassin of the Marvel Universe. With good aim, acrobatics, coordination, resistance and deadliness, Gamora is the full package.
“The most dangerous woman in the Universe”
Nobody holds the title nor the fame of being the most dangerous woman in the universe for their good manners. Even more so when we’re talking about a universe containing women as powerful as Phoenix, Hela and Captain Marvel. Gamora is the perfect assassin and now that she works with the good side, she is one weapon less in Thanos’s arsenal. And just as well because someone who could kill anyone they want to is a good catch to have on any team.