Infinity War Director Confirms Major Soul Stone Theory

WARNING – Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers: Infinity War co-director Joe Russo confirms that despite Gamora's death at the hands of Thanos, she's still alive inside the Soul Stone. Avengers 3 ended with half the universe being wiped out, but it seems safe to assume many of those lives will be restored in Avengers 4. After all, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man both have films coming up and it's unlikely the massively popular Black Panther is gone for good. But there's a few deaths in Avengers: Infinity War that are real.

Vision, Heimdall, and Loki could all very well be gone for good - and it doesn't appear as if the Black Order is going to be bouncing back. But one death in particular that came as a shock was Thanos killing Gamora. Aside from the emotional punch, it brought into question whether Gamora would be gone from the Guardians and the MCU as a whole. But with James Gunn saying Gamora is a big part of Guardians of the Galaxy 3, fans have wondered if something else is at work: namely, Soulworld.

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Joe Russo recently stopped by Iowa City High School and spoke to the students about Avengers: Infinity War. While there, Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the co-director of the film fielded a question about whether the orange void Thanos visits - and sees a young Gamora in - is actually within the Soul Stone.

"Yeah it’s implied [that] it’s the Soul Stone. It’s all orange around, then he’s inside the Soul Stone with the amount of power that it took to snap his fingers - he has this out of body experience with Thanos. When he goes inside the Soul Stone he has this kind of conversation with the younger version of his Gamora."

Unlike the other Infinity Stones, the Soul Stone houses its own reality. Dubbed Soulworld, the location first appeared in 1977's Avengers Annual #7. It's a place that's been inhabited by a few Marvel characters, with Gamora and Hank Pym trapped there now in the lead-up to Marvel's Infinity Wars comic event. And when Russo was asked if the MCU's Gamora is still alive inside the Soul Stone, he had this to say:

"She in fact is, yes. It was an attempt on our part - because we don’t like two dimensional roles or three dimensional villains every villain is a hero in their own story and as insane and psychotic and brutal and violent as Thanos is he’s a more complex villain if you go on a journey with him emotionally. He does care for things and it is complicated for him to execute his plan and it cost him something. He said at the end that it cost him everything and that it was the only thing he loved which was Gamora which is why we put him back with her at the end. I just want to reiterate with the audience that he does feel true emotion even though he is a monster."

The Russos and writers Markus and McFeely strived to make Avengers 3 a film about Thanos first and foremost. The end result is one of Marvel's most complex villains to date, something Joe Russo explains was a key part of realizing the antagonist. What's more, it looks as if a major piece of comics lore has joined the MCU in the form of Soulworld and Gamora may defeat Thanos as part of Avengers 4's plot. In the comics, it's her sister Nebula who does this, but it looks like things will be changing a bit when the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War arrives.

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Source: Iowa City Press-Citizen

Key Release Dates
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
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