James Gunn Reveals Avatar Impacted Guardians of the Galaxy's Gamora Color

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Posted:
Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Avatar

The current iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy is poised to ride into the sunset when they venture into their third adventure in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, especially after James Gunn teased that the threequel is “probably the last with the current team.” However, there is still a lot to look forward to for this ragtag group of cosmic heroes. 

The team was first introduced in 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy, and their debut was an instant hit not just in the box office but also in the eyes of many fans. As a result, a sequel was greenlit, thus leading to the emotional follow-up that further elevated the team to greater heights. 

One of the major players of the Guardians franchise is Zoe Saldana's Gamora. The character played a major role in the last two Avengers films due to her connection to the chief villain, Thanos.

Unfortunately, Gamora died during Avengers: Infinity War because Thanos sacrificed her for the Soul Stone. Despite that, due to the time travel shenanigans of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, an alternate version of Gamora became part of the prime timeline of the MCU, thus leading the rest of the Guardians to search for her in Vol. 3. 

While fans wait on the next chapter of Gamora's story in the franchise, an interesting tidbit about the character has emerged. 


Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn revealed new details about Gamora while answering a question from a fan from Twitter. 

When asked if he experienced difficulty in terms of crafting the live-action version of Zoe Saldana's MCU character, the outspoken director shared that it's a “total pain,” admitting that he “almost turned her blue:” 

“The worst. A total pain. I almost turned her blue. But, you know, Avatar vibes.”


Based on James Gunn's comments, it's safe to assume that turning Gamora blue is simply an obvious nod to Avatar considering that the actress played the lead role in that film. However, the director's “total pain” remark could allude to the lengthy make-up process for Zoe Saldana and the rest of the crew. 

In an alternate universe, turning Gamora blue could prove controversial to some fans, especially to those who are hardcore comic book enthusiasts. 

Meanwhile, back in 2014, Marvel Studios Director of Visual Development Andy Park revealed an alternate design for Gamora, showing off the Marvel hero infused with purple instead of green. 

Gamora Concept Art from Andy Park
Andy Park 

Another version of the fierce Guardian was also showcased by Park, showing off a different shade of green for the character. 

Nebula and Gamora Concept Art from Andy Park
Andy Park

This goes to show that Marvel Studios toyed with the idea of not pushing through with the green color for the character, but ultimately, the shade that is closer to the comics prevailed.

Fans will find out what happens to Endgame Gamora when Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hits theaters on May 5, 2023.

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Release Date
May 05, 2023
- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.