WTF Marvel? Black Twitter Shames Studio Into Putting Danai Gurira’s Name Atop Avengers: Endgame Poster

Danai Gurira attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 24, 2019, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo: He Dipasupil ((Getty Images))

The disrespect of black women continues, even in the fantasy realm.

On Friday, when Marvel Studios released their official trailer for Avengers: Endgame, they also released the movie’s official poster. Shortly thereafter, folks noticed that of the 13 actors in the main cast, only 12 names were given top billing on the poster—including Bradley Cooper, whose face wasn’t even in the flick (as he voiced Guardians of the Galaxy’s animated space raccoon, Rocket).


Guess whose name was missing? Yup, it was the only black woman of the 13. Actress Danai Gurira’s name was left entirely off top billing on the poster and instead shuttled to the tiny print at the bottom.

Gurira, who played General Okoye—all around badass and asskicker in Black Panther—who will ostensibly be avenging the Black Panther in Endgame, was the only one relegated to the back. This is especially galling since Black Panther is Marvel’s highest grossing movie!

Check out the original:


Well, Black Twitter said NOT TODAY will you Rosa Parks our Dora Milaje, Marvel!

Coming through with this:


With this:




This and this:


And this:


Marvel must’ve heard the shots heard round the universe and issued a terse response on Twitter without taking any questions.


Well played Black Twitter. #WakandaForever, indeed.


Avengers: Endgame drops on April 26.

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Angela Helm

Ms. Bronner Helm is a Contributing Editor at The Root. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.