Marvel Comics shamed after ‘Avengers’ poster omits name of Black actress

Avengers: End Game poster without the name of Danai Gurira (Image Source: Twitter/@MarvelComics)

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has seen unparalleled success with its superhero franchise. By far the biggest box office hits have been the Avengers series and Black Panther. Black fans of both series were excited to see the return of T’Challa and Okoye, the leader of the Dora Milaje, played by actress Danai Gurira. But when the movie poster came out for the next movie, Avengers: End Game, Gurira’s image was one the poster, along with the other main characters, but her name was not.

The backlash from fans of the actress was intense, with many leveling claims of discriminatory exclusion of the Black actress.

Some of the comments included:
BLACK PANTHER star Danai Gurira is the only actor pictured whose name isn’t billed at the top. Her image is larger than some actors who do get that billing. The only one from the franchise’s best and most profitable movie, and yet? @MarvelStudios, this isn’t difficult. Fix this. https://t.co/22miymysgj

Marvel heard the voices of fans and has now reissued a new poster for Avengers: End Game. This poster now shows Danai Gurira’s name at the top along with the other stars.

Avengers: End Game poster with the name of Danai Gurira (Image Source: Twitter/@MarvelComics)

This move was greeted with delight by fans and Marvel Comics posted the following on its Twitter page:

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Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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