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).

Advertisement

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:

Advertisement

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

Coming through with this:

Advertisement

With this:

Advertisement

This:

Advertisement

This and this:

Advertisement

And this:

Advertisement

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

Advertisement

Well played Black Twitter. #WakandaForever, indeed.

Advertisement

Avengers: Endgame drops on April 26.

Share This Story

About the author

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.