Yesterday, the final trailer for Avengers Endgame hit the internet, further teasing the mysterious Avengers Infinity War sequel. Marvel Studios also shared a brand new poster of the epic, with the stars’ names billed at the top. However, fans quickly noticed that Danai Gurira, who plays Black Panther character Okoye, was the only actor pictured whose name was missing. One fan, whose tweet received a lot of attention, wrote: “Um… why is the ONLY person who appears on this poster that is NOT credited Danai Gurira?”
They added: “I’m pretty sure that needs rectifying quickly Marvel! Mainly because she deserves her name up there just as much as everyone else. And also, because Okoye is Queen.”
In response to the fan backlash, Marvel Studios corrected the poster, adding her name to the top billing.
They tweeted: “She should have been there all this time.”
One fan replied: “Wow. They actually corrected it. Good for them.”
Despite the change, some fans felt it wasn’t necessary, with one tweeting: “She’s a minor character and not even part of the Avengers. She was lucky she was even featured in the poster.”
After all, Benedict Wong (Wong), Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) were billed at the bottom of the original poster with Danai Gurira, but not pictured.
Okoye is also the only character depicted, apart from the villain Thanos, who is not part of the main reassembled Avengers team and didn’t feature in any of the Avengers Endgame trailers apart from in Infinity War flashbacks.
If anything it’s perfectly possible that Marvel Studios, who are rightly pushing for a more diverse future in their franchise, chose to include the character because otherwise, Don Cheadle would be the only non-white actor represented on the poster.
Although if this is the case, why not include Benedict Wong, who featured on the Avengers Infinity War poster?
Of course, another possibility is that Okoye is pictured because she has a bigger role in Endgame than might be expected – so here’s hoping.
Avengers Endgame will be released in UK cinemas on April 25, 2019.
Published at Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:45:00 +0000