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Marvel adds Danai Gurira to Avengers poster after backlash

MARVEL CONTROVERSY: Danai Gurira was not named at the top of the original Avengers: Engame poster

MARVEL HAS added Danai Gurira to the top of the Avengers: Endgame poster after fans expressed their outrage that she was the only featured star not given top-billing.

Gurira, who plays Okoye in Black Panther, was pictured on the poster alongside other characters from the Avengers including Captain America (Chris Evans), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), but her name was listed at the bottom.

The Zimbabwean-American actress is the only member of the Black Panther cast and the only black woman on the poster.

Fans were quick to point out that Gurira’s name had not been positioned at the top, with some initially thinking hers had been omitted altogether.

“You guys really dropped the ball with this by omitting Danai Gurira’s name. I understand black women are always the afterthought but for a movie this big?? On your poster? Seriously,” one film fan said on Twitter.

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,” Jamil Smith, a senior writer at Rolling Stone tweeted.

Hours after first revealing the new promotional poster, Marvel added Gurira’s name.

It said: “She should have been up there all this time.”

The incident has led some fans to believe that Gurira’s role in the film could be less significant than previously thought and that she may only be on the poster to help Marvel pull in audiences.

“We know Okoye on the poster is token Wakandan representation but the least you can do is put Danai Gurira’s name up top like everyone else’s. Pay your diversity tax,” writer Nichole Perkins said.

Director Matthew A Cherry tweeted: “Wow, Black Twitter shamed Marvel into adding Danai's name on the poster. Now I done seen it all on this app.”

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