Gamora is one of the most savage and intimidating heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is portrayed by the talented Zoe Saldana in “Guardians of the Galaxy” who perfectly fit the character’s description. MCU fans know that Gamora is Thanos’ adoptive daughter from the planet Zen-Whoberi whose over-population was half-wiped by the Mad Titan. Gamora was killed was in Avengers: Infinity War as a sacrifice by Thanos to attain the Soul Stone. She did return in “Avengers: Endgame” but as a different Gamora from the past. Tony Stark aka Iron Man consciously saved Gamora while wiping out Thanos and his army. Nobody knows what will happen of this colder Gamora. We will find that out in “Guardians of the Galaxy 3”. But for now, let us dig into her past and learn about her upbringing. Here are 10 facts from Gamora’s childhood you have forgotten.
Gamora’s origins were retconned in every comic book version. However, one thing always remained constant; she ended up an orphan only to be adopted by Thanos. Her full name is Gamora Zen Whoberi Ben Titan. She was born and spent half her childhood on her planet Zen-Whoberi. Her blood family was also Zehoberei that consisted of her mother, father, and elder brother. Things were peaceful on her home planet until they were hit with over-population and lack of resources or offered a different faith to follow. You will find out more below.
Adam Warlock and The Universal Church of Truth
Adam Warlock’s evil Alter ego was Magus who ran the Universal Church of Truth and forced all the civilizations to convert their faiths. This Church served the primeval entities of the universe. They traveled from planet to planet, offering their faith in the exchange for peace and freedom. Whoever rejected, be it the whole planet or an individual was destroyed.
When The Universal Church of Truth Attacked Zen-Whoberis
Even though Gamora and Adam Warlock were love interests, her people were destroyed by his faith. In “Warlock Vol 1 10- How Strange My Destiny”, Thanos discovered Gamora in the future and brought her back in time with him. He had traveled 20 years ahead to Earth-7528 and saw the agents of the Universal Church of Truth called Grand Inquisitors doing away with Zen-Whoberi for rejecting their faith. Everyone was killed on the planet except Gamora who was rescued by Thanos.
Her Skin and Physique
Gamora was born on Zen-Whoberis and inherited all their attributes. Her famous green skin is supposed to be thicker than that of humans, rendering it more resistant. Zen-Whoberians are also born with more strength and an additional liver. However, the overall body structure of the facial bones are not so different from human beings on earth.
Why Did Nova Corps List Her As Last Surviving Zen-Whoberi?
Continuity errors and discrepancies are common in franchises like X-Men and DCEU. But it rarely happens in the MCU where every plot element is a product of deep brainstorming. However, one major anomaly in the universe comes from “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Gamora is often considered as the last living Zen-Whoberi after the massacre. It was even written on her rap sheet in the first film. However, later in “Avengers: Infinity War”, Thanos says that he wiped out half the population from the over-crowded planet which is now a “paradise”.
Who Are The Badoons?
So who were the Badoons exactly and why did they want to destroy Gamora’s people? In this timeline, Badoons were a reptilian race who followed Thanos’ dirty orders. They were separated by gender where the males wreaked havoc in the world with their society on planet Moord while the females had no link with the destruction of violence. The Badoons and Thanos complimented each other in their needs. They worked for Thanos by slaying off people and in return got to keep some of them as prisoners.
When Badoons Massacred Zen-Whoberis
Badoons were reptile creatures who were responsible for killing Zen-Whoberians in one of their conquests in “Warlock and the Infinity Watch Vol 1 1”. Yes, in this one, Gamora’s origin story was changed again and the existence of the Universal Church timeline was completely wiped off. In this timeline, Gamora was on Earth-616, the original Marvel Comics universe. However, the Zen-Whoberis’ eventually land Gamora in Thanos’ hands. Later, in the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series, Gamora is able to seek vengeance for this species.
When Chitauri Destroyed Zen-Whoberis
Thanos Vol 3 1 of 2019 modified the fate of Zen-Whoberis yet again to run it parallel to the MCU movies. This reflects exactly what we saw in the film where Thanos takes an oath to restore balance in the universe after watching Titan crumble due to lack of resources. He started with Gamora’s planet Zen-Whoberis and sent the Black Order of Chitauri to carry out his brutal orders and slay half the population, including Gamora’s parents.
How Thanos Found Her
Zen-Whoberis was destroyed thrice in different timelines. According to the MCU storyline when the Black Order was sent to execute Thanos’ orders, little Gamora was seen fighting one of the Chitauri soldiers in the movie flashback. This display of valour caught Thanos’ attention and encouraged him to speak to her. He explained his actions and motives to restore balance in the universe to her and took her in.
How Thanos Raised Her
In “Guardians of the Galaxy”, Gamora said, “When Thanos took my homeworld, he killed my parents in front of me. He tortured me, turned me into a weapon,”. She had the same fate in the comic books, perhaps even worse with and without Nebula. She may be called “the deadliest woman in the whole galaxy” now but she wasn’t born that way. Gamora was mere a little girl when Thanos took her in and inflicted a brutal childhood on her. She had to undergo extremely painful physical and mental training to emerge powerful, strong, and cunning, and an expert in combat.