It's an exciting day to be a Marvel fan. With Captain Marvel officially in the rear view, all eyes are on what will go down when The Russo Brothers' Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters next month. The MCU can be a bit more forthcoming with footage now that audiences have met Carol Danvers, and the studio debuted a final trailer and new poster for the Endgame today.
The fans have been pouring over every frame of the new Endgame trailer, in an attempt to figure out what The Russo Brothers have in store for us. The new poster was also epic, but the public (myself included) noticed one thing missing. While Okoye is featured in the group shot, Walking Dead star Danai Gurira's name wasn't listed with the rest of the starring cast. In fact, she was the only actor on the poster that was left out. But Marvel has already updated the poster, and released another that prominently features Gurira's name, check it out:
As you can see, Danai Gurira's name was added to the end of the list next to Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula in the Guardians of the Galaxy. Bradley Cooper and Josh Brolin each get special credits with their characters' name, which puts them behind Gurira's name. But now Okoye is as featured as the rest of the surviving heroes, who will fight back against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.
All of the trailers for Avengers: Endgame have been void of the characters who died as a result of Thanos' finger snap of death (aka The Decimation). While the fans assume that the affects of the snap will be reversed eventually, Marvel Studios is advertising an upcoming blockbuster with a focus on the survivors. All of the OG Avengers failed to fade to dust, alongside a few supporting characters including Black Panther's Okoye and M'Baku.
This new Avengers: Endgame poster once again proved how Marvel truly hears the rabid fanbase. Rather than ignoring feedback or backlash, the studio has largely adjusted in order to ensure the droves of moviegoers who see each movie are happy. There were quite a number of tweets about Danai Gurira's lack of billing on the first poster, so the studio quickly correct itself. Furthermore, the new post indicates it was an error, and Gurira was always supposed to be credited as such.
It is important to note that while Danai Gurira's name wasn't at the top billing alongside (literally) everyone else on the poster, she wasn't totally ignored. The first draft featured her name at the bottom of the Avengers: Endgame poster, alongside the rest of the credits. But the visibility of the actress' name was noticeably different, which is why some fans took umbrage with the poster.
Okoye and Wakanda haven't been especially featured in the Avengers: Endgame trailers, so it should be fascinating to see how the technologically advanced society is faring in the wake of The Decimation. With T'Challa dust, the country is in need of a ruler. But who could be on the throne? Shuri? Okoye? M'Baku? And with the heart-shaped herb seemingly destroyed by Killmonger in Black Panther, it's possible that the powers of the panther could be lost forever.
All will be revealed when Avengers: Endgame arrives in theaters on April 26th, complete with Danai Gurira's Okoye. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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