Held Gaze: Bob and Alice have been spending a lot of time together, causing people to comment on their relationshipbut so far nothing has resulted from it. Often though, they will find themselves gazing deeply into each other’s eyes, one indication of their UST. This can often precede an Almost Kiss, as this is usually what is happening before that. If this is an extremely intense gaze into the other’s eyes, this might be an indication that a Big Damn Kiss is on the horizon.
So something I noticed during my third viewing of Guardians of the Galaxy is that every time some major shit went down, Peter and Gamora looked at each other first. As in, “oh shit, we’re about to get shot or get our asses kicked, are you ready to fight?” Seriously, I don’t even think they noticed it. It was totally unconscious, but it starts right after Peter talks Drax down from killing her. It’s kind of amazing.
I mean, they’ve known each other a matter of hours and they slowly starting building this unsaid attachment. Let me show you some examples:
When the slave girl at the Collector’s place went for the Infinity Stone, Gamora immediately tackles Peter out of harm’s way.
When Ronan shows up after Drax called him, they look at each other and then both bolt.
Gamora is the first person to catch Peter’s gaze and commit to dying among her friends when he gives them his 12% plan.
Once the smoke clears and Ronan is still alive after his ship crashes, Peter and Gamora still meet eyes first as they revel in the horror and try to figure out what to do.
Peter “throws it” to Gamora while he’s dancing (and my God, that might’ve been the funniest scene she had when she just honestly shook her head.) to distract Ronan while Rocket reassembled the device to take him down.
Gamora was the first to take Peter’s hand after he grabbed the stone, even though she knew she would probably die by doing so.
After they killed Ronan and saved the day, there was a seriously heavy gaze and they might have even shared a little victory kiss if Yondu hadn’t interrupted them.
Yet again, we have that strong gaze after Peter says Yondu was probably the only family he had and Gamora says that’s not true.
After Peter reads his mother’s letter and puts on Awesome Mix 2, there is this incredibly sweet, fond look and smile between the two of them as they listen to the music.
I love that this thing between them is just a thread. It’s not a huge romantic plot tumor. It’s a tease. It’s a taste of what might develop into something in later movies, and in a movie where NOTHING is subtle, I think it’s fantastic that their chemistry has actual layers to it. He comes on strong at first, but then you notice that he sees past the beauty and the anger in Gamora and realizes she’s worth fighting and dying for. Aside from the gut-busting one-liners, I think this Held Gaze theme might be my favorite thing in the movie.
Ahem. Or I’m just a dork who thinks too much. Either way, these two idiots make me unspeakably happy.