SPOILER WARNING: This story reveals major plot details of Avengers: Infinity War.
The only thing more shocking than the return of Red Skull in Avengers: Infinity War is Thanos (Josh Brolin) pushing his daughter Gamora (Zoe Saldana) off a cliff just so he can procure the Soul Stone. When the Titan says, "I'm sorry, little one," you might just find yourself tearing up a bit, even though Thanos is murdering the only thing he loves just so he can murder half of the universe. It helps make the film's main villain more nuanced, proving that he can show weakness, while also killing off one of the frickin' Guardians of the Galaxy in an extremely shocking move.
Gamora's death also has a heavy bearing on the rest of her teammates, causing Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) to botch the assault on Thanos while on the villain's home planet of Titan. Mantis (Pom Klementieff) has him subdued and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) nearly have the Infinity Gauntlet off when Quill learns of the death of his love, Gamora. Distraught, he begins punching Thanos, hoping that it's all a lie, but the antagonist wakes up and lays waste to the heroes.
While it came as a true surprise for Infinity War audiences, Saldana's been harboring the secret of Gamora's fate for quite some time now.
"I learned very early on," she said in an interview with The Los Angeles Times. "The producers called me and they told me. And of course there's a shock to your system. I'm so grateful, this run has been amazing, but you're so not even ready for that. But then once some of the things were discussed, I understood that it just makes sense. In order for you to understand the degree of evil that lies within the core of Thanos, you have to circle in on his own children. So I completely understood. I loved being a part of this unforgettable journey."
It must have been maddening for her to keep such a massive moment under wraps, but at least she got to speak openly with her husband and fellow castmembers. Hopefully, there's a chance she'll be revived in Avengers 4, along with all the other characters that fell at the hand of Thanos.
During the interview, Saldana also touched on comments made by her Avatar director James Cameron, who said that "Avenger fatigue" would soon take hold. The 39-year-old actress will be reprising her role of Neytiri in all four Avatar sequels.
"My advice for people is to read full articles and not just believe a soundbite," she said. "Because usually, soundbites are very mean-spirited and they're just done for the intention of getting more likes and more views — it's not really with the intention of educating and informing the public. So for all those educated intellectuals out there that like to stay current with news, just read the full article and you will understand where James Cameron was coming from. I know that all the Marvel producers did because they read it."