Zoe Saldana gave fans their first look at her getting back into makeup to play the green-skinned alien Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The actress, who has played the comic book character since the 2014 debut of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy shared a collection of selfies she took throughout the course of 2021 in anticipation of the New Year. Most were vacation photos as well as her doing ridiculous over-the-top duck faces for fun. However, Zoe Saldana’s first image in her collection appeared to be her in the makeup chair on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after getting her face completely made up in green. Gamora’s alien-like marks are also visible on her forehead.
While it isn’t much and it’s certainly not a teaser of what’s to come in the movie (we already know Gamora is green), it’s still one of the only images that fans have received of the third installment in the popular Marvel space franchise. Beginning in 2014, Zoe Saldana joined Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper as the actors and voices behind one of Marvel Comics’ most unlikely teams of heroes. Since then, she played the character in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and and its follow-up Avengers: Endgame. You can see the image below.
Unfortunately, James Gunn didn’t do those two Avengers movies but his film’s characters’ were affected a great deal — perhaps none more so than Zoe Saldana’s Gamora. For those unfamiliar, Thanos killed his favorite daughter in order to obtain one of the Infinity Stones. The other Guardians only had a short time to mourn Gamora’s loss before they were impacted by the infamous blip that saw half of existence vanish for five years. A time-displaced Gamora was brought in to help rescue those who were blipped. However, when she reunited with the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy, she did so without remembering any of their previous adventures or her budding romance with Peter Quill.
It seems there are no hard feelings about what happened to Zoe Saldana’s character, though. Speaking in an interview with Collider, James Gunn explained that he understands these characters are destined for arcs in the larger MCU. Yes, he’ll have to do some work to explain Gamora’s situation in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, but the tradeoff is that he’s rarely asked by Marvel boss Kevin Feige to include too much world-building in his standalone movies.
However, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 can’t spend a ton of time explaining how Gamora is coping with being a time-displaced person. After all, in addition to telling whatever story James Gunn has in store for his fans, some real estate in the movie will be taken up with the introduction of Adam Warlock. The character was previously teased at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but it was announced in October that actor Will Poulter will officially be the first person to bring the comic book character to life for the first time in live-action.
While it’s exciting to see Zoe Saldana back in action as Gamora, fans of the franchise know that there is a lot of ground to cover surrounding her character and her future in the MCU that needs to happen fast in order to make way for exciting new things on the horizon.