SPOILERS FOR AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR BELOW. READ AT YOUR OWN PERIL.
“Everyone’s got a gimmick now,” an annoyed Sam Wilson says upon seeing a 15-year old kid scale the walls of Leipzig Airport. The same thing can be said of fan theories surrounding the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Everyone seems to have one and most of them reach way too hard. But there are a few that make a ton of sense like the one about Gamora’s and Thanos’ scene at the end.
At the end of Thanos’ snap, he is confronted by a young Gamora who questions his decision to eliminate half the universe and the things it cost him to do it. This confrontation takes place in a vast open field surrounding by darkness enveloped by an orange-lit sky. Fans are theorizing that this may actually be the inside of the Soul Stone. Well, Joe Russo confirmed this theory when asked about it in a Q&A in his alma mater:
Yeah it’s- it’s implied 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.
So she’s there?
She’s in fact, yes.It was an attempt 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 about things and it is complicated for him to execute his plan and it cost him something. He said at the end “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.
So this is pretty big confirmation. Watching it a third time yesterday, I noticed how deliberate that entire moment was composed. From how the location was designed to the simple fact that Gamora, the person who was sacrificed for the stone, was there to meet Thanos. This confirmation opens up the possibility of Gamora returning back to life in Avengers 4. Now, the Russos and screenwriters have stated numerous times that the deaths in Avengers: Infinity War stay permanent. But what if there was a way to bring back Gamora at the cost of someone else’s life? What if someone else had to pay the price to bring back Gamora and all the other dead souls? What if that someone had to be Tony Stark?