**Warning Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War Below**
Avengers: Infinity War director Joe Russo had seemingly confirmed a major theory about the Soul Stone following the events of the film. The theory went that once Thanos performed the snap with the Infinity Gauntlet he was transported into the Soul Stone. In the film, Thanos performs the snap and then enters some kind of ethereal plane where he is confronted by a young Gamora. Many believed this ethereal plane was the Soul Stone and presumed Gamora’s soul resided within it.
Russo spoke at his alma mater confirming Thanos was inside the Soul Stone, but he also seemingly confirmed that Gamora was also within the Soul Stone.
However, the directors clarified their statements in an interview with ComicBook.com. Joe Russo explained:
“The power that it took Thanos to click his fingers, he’s so dramatic that if you look closely at the film and the damage of the gauntlet. You look closely at the very last scene, it damages his arm dramatically. And that moment when he clicks his fingers sends him into this ethereal plane inside of the Soul Stone where as part of his quote unquote hero’s journey in the film, he has one last moment to convey a sense of guilt about what he’s done. It illustrates what a complicated character he is. So, to clarify, it’s a spiritual representation of her and obviously that’s something that the Soul Stone has power to do. But really it’s there to illustrate his pain and his guilt. I wouldn’t read much more into it beyond that.”
That is drastically different than Gamora actually being within the Soul Stone. In the comics, the Soul Stone houses a pocket universe called Soulworld. The universe houses the souls of dead characters including Adam Warlock, Gamora, and Pip the Troll among others.
In fact, in current Marvel Comics continuity part of Gamora’s soul is still trapped within the Soul Stone along with Hank Pym.
Do you think Gamora’s soul is still alive within the Soul Stone or has Thanos permanently killed her?