Marvel changes Avengers: Endgame poster after backlash over Danai Gurira omission
15 March 2019, 15:44 | Updated: 15 March 2019, 16:01
"If her picture is up top, her name should be as well." Fans react to the Avengers: Endgame poster after noticing Danai Gurira's photo appears at the top of the poster but her name does not.
This week, Marvel Studios unveiled a first look poster of the upcoming Avengers: Endgame film. Heroes of the franchise appear in the poster for the follow up to last year's Infinity War. Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Brie Larson, and Danai Gurira can all be seen on the key art. However, fans noticed that Danai Gurira's name wasn't actually on the top of the original poster released by Marvel Studios.
Danai, who plays Okoye in Black Panther, is the only one who appeared on the poster but whose name wasn't included in the list of actors across the top. Danai's name did appear across the bottom of the poster with other actors in smaller print.
Fans soon noticed the omission and called for Marvel to add Danai's name to the top of the poster.
I came here to say just this! WTF @MarvelStudios?! She made the poster but isn’t worth the billing?— Annie (@oito_otto_ocho) March 14, 2019
Um... why is the ONLY person who appears on this poster that is NOT credited Danai Gurira? 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 🙌🏻— Emily Jayne (@EmiJaye) March 14, 2019
If her picture is up top, her name should be as well.— Wanda (@dixon003) March 14, 2019
Me looking for Danai Gurira's name on the poster pic.twitter.com/jRkgU6L94J— ESainte (@ESainte) March 14, 2019
Danai's role as Okoye in 2018's Black Panther earned her a SAG award in January. The film itself was also heavily celebrated, earning 7 Academy Awards and winning 2. Considering how well Black Panther performed at the box office and during awards season, the one actress depicted in the poster from BP should really have appeared at the top from the start.
Soon after fans spoke out, Marvel released another poster with her name listed at the top.
"She should have been up there all this time. Check out the official Marvel Studios Avengers Endgame poster," the studio said on Twitter.
Wakanda forever, indeed. The changed poster now features Danai's name between Karen Gillan and Bradley Cooper's.
Fans threw that first poster back at Marvel like: pic.twitter.com/187V1n9MM4— April 26th = Thanos' funeral (@Blue_Wallflow3r) March 14, 2019
Thank you for fixing the poster so fast! Danai is a true warrior and I’m glad she’s getting the recognition she deserves. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/XIZg1GKDFR— Noelle Kelly (@noellekelly7) March 14, 2019