Guardians of the Galaxy: Zoe Saldana is Gamora, the film’s real Hero and the best thing to happen to Marvel and Disney

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Although Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill is the focus of the movie, I think one could argue that Zoe Saldana’s green alien Gamora is the movie’s moral center and real hero. She just needs the help of some other unlikely heroes to accomplish her galaxy saving task.

Based on exit polling it’s clear that audiences are responding to this prominent role too. 44% of the audience was female, which is the largest share ever for a Marvel Studios film. The previous holder of that title was The Avengers, which drew in 40% female viewers.

This wider appeal is a big win for Marvel and Disney. It will likely mean not only a longer life at the box office, but bigger sales at the merchandise counter too. Let’s just hope that Disney remembers to product those t-shirts in a women’s cut this time.

Finally, with numbers like these, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Black Widow led film in the near future, or, for that matter one featuring Gamora on her own mission. Zoe Saldana has shown she can carry a film in Columbiana and to a lessor extent Avatar. She’s also playing Nina Simone in a biopic (although that has its share of controversy).

Here’s an brief interview with Saldana explaining how she came to a style of fighting for Gamora that owes a lot to bull fighting moves;

Which movie would you rather see first from Marvel? Black Widow or Gamora?

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2 Responses to Guardians of the Galaxy: Zoe Saldana is Gamora, the film’s real Hero and the best thing to happen to Marvel and Disney

  1. Kitty says:

    Wow. I absolutely LOVED Guardians but I have to disagree on so many levels…

    Gamora was disappointing. Beautiful girl with a sword and can stand toe to toe with any man? Prior to watching the film then my daughters were fighting for who could be Gamora. After the film then they were role playing as anyone EXCEPT her because, in an ensemble piece about 5 misfits, she was the one that was the most overlooked and underused. (Personally, I love Seldana but she has a knack for picking lifeless parts to play.)

    While I’m all for more female heroes getting their own standalone films, Gamora just isn’t a strong enough character to put out there on her own. She’s a background player and theres nothing wrong with that.

  2. Tanner says:

    Ya I have to disagree. Gamora seemed to have got the short stick when it came to character development. Just because the film had the highest level of female viewers doesn’t necessarily mean that was due to Gamora, although I would be interested in seeing what the main reasons were for females to see the movie

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