The Marvel Cinematic Universe is on a collision course. The Avengers have spent the past several years assembling a team of superheroes from Earth. Black Widow is a former USSR spy. Tony Stark and Ant-Man are regular humans with great technology. The Avengers movies have slowly introduced extraterrestrial heroes like Vision and Thor, but the action is still firmly grounded.
Meanwhile, Guardians of the Galaxy is set in a distant corner of space. Aliens and mystical beings abound. There’s no connection to the Avengers storyline beyond the mindless alien threat of the Chitauri. In 2018, these two franchises will combine in the long-awaited epic Avengers: Infinity War.
Fans are already wildly speculating over which characters will be included in the movie. Thanos is rumored to be the big villain of the film. He’s made guest appearances in a few Marvel movies but stayed on his throne, content to sit back and watch others squabble. It looks like it’s finally time for him to stand up and join the action.
His daughter, Gamora, will be present, too. In a recent interview at the Golden Globes, Zoe Saldana confirmed that she’ll be in Infinity War. She told a reporter she doesn’t love her full-body green make-up but always feels “so happy and luck” when she gets to set.
As Thanos daughter, Gamora was originally an antagonist before teaming up with Starlord in the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Her loyalties will be tested in Infinity War, where she’ll be forced to choose between her duty to her father and her newfound role as a protagonist.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released in 2017.