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The term plot hole for movie criticism, generally fan criticism, is an extremely problematic, flawed terms. Plot holes have become a catch-all term for anything that someone doesn’t like or feels like didn’t make sense to them. It’s like “hipster” as a pejorative, a meaningless catch-all term that means dozens of things to dozens of people (people have even made video essays to explain you have no f*cking clue what you’re talking about when you’re complaining about what you think is a plot hole; most of the time anyhow). But if there’s ever a time where the term plot hole seems to fit—a gigantic inconsistency that seems to fundamentally break the logic of a movie—Gamora (Zoe Saldana) coming back to life after perishing in “Avengers: Infinity War” sounds like fair use of the term given the rules applied to other characters in similar circumstances.
As stated by Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye in the movie and backed up by the ‘Endgame’ directors, the Russo brothers in several of the long form spoiler special podcast interviews: the Soul Stone exchange is everlasting and cannot be undone. Banner said in the movie when he used the Iron Gauntlet of infinity stones to break the vanished back, he also explicitly tried to bring Natasha, the Black Widow, back from the dead, but his wish didn’t work.
Order - Stone - Exchange - Soul - Soul
“In order to take the stone, you must lose that which you love. An everlasting exchange. A soul, for a soul,” as the Red Skull says. Aka, once someone dies during the Soul Stone exchange, they are dead for good, and there’s no coming back. This seems to match. Scarlett Johansson is doing a “Black Widow” prequel, but all the filmmakers have basically stated the character is dead and never coming back.
But this leaves us to the loophole paradox of Gamora...
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