Marvel released a poster for Avengers: Endgame, the follow-on to Avengers: Infinity War, yesterday and it came with a particularly problematic omission.
Fans were quick to point out that Danai Gurira was the only actor appearing on the poster whose name was not included in the top billing.
Gurira, who portrays Okoye in the MCU, was the only one of the thirteen actors appearing on the poster to be omitted from the top billing. Billing is usually something negotiated ahead of time by an actor's agent, but it still seemed odd that she was the only one not named.
People noted that if they could make room for 12 names, they could almost as easily make room for a 13th.
Fans wasted no time in calling Marvel out about the omission, questioning what the reasoning was.
Why is Danai Gurira not named @Marvel? She’s on the poster 🤔 https://t.co/U8hyoqSn08— Colpetty (@Colpetty)1552568880.0
@kxIIer @Marvel If she was just another cast member (which she isn’t, she’s one of the main characters in Marvel’s… https://t.co/ICe4mdK2mQ— Colpetty (@Colpetty)1552580543.0
@Colpetty @Marvel Yes, why's her name omitted? We need answers please.— Seun (@Seun)1552587345.0
leaving out danai gurira's name on the poster while bradley cooper's name is there i- https://t.co/KefStY3AoQ— 𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙞 𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙖 (@𝙩𝙤𝙧𝙞 𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙖)1552585549.0
Some assumed it was human error that led to the exclusion.
You got to have a meeting with your photoshop team. Danai Gurira isn't credited on top lol https://t.co/UbFU3pJQGc— Von Don (@Von Don)1552567967.0
Really does look like Okoye’s thinking “Yeah great, so you headline mention every other person on the poster except… https://t.co/HkL3VTnrrf— ReadItDaddy (@ReadItDaddy)1552576797.0
Others were less shocked and more jaded.
@Colpetty @Marvel I'm about as shocked as I was when I learned that rich white people pay to get their kids into college...— Mrs. Savvy Esq. (@Mrs. Savvy Esq.)1552588082.0
@Complex https://t.co/aOydmYeyXv— Gían Franco (@Gían Franco)1552586304.0
Marvel has since re-released the poster, this time with Gurira's name included.
She should have been up there all this time. Check out the official Marvel Studios' #AvengersEndgame poster.… https://t.co/5ayV2Vi6eP— Marvel Studios (@Marvel Studios)1552592351.0
@MarvelStudios @DanaiGurira Fans threw that first poster back at Marvel like: https://t.co/187V1n9MM4— April 26th = Thanos' funeral (@April 26th = Thanos' funeral)1552593535.0
@MarvelStudios @DanaiGurira HELL YES SHE SHOULD HAVE!!!!!!!! Clearly you STILL DON'T GET IT!!!!! #WakandaForever https://t.co/CFBJvkWWT8— Diva3102 (@Diva3102)1552605141.0
@Colpetty @Marvel Super glad they fixed it. She’s amazing.— Gerald Mansfield (@Gerald Mansfield)1552620623.0
Whatever the original reason for Gurira not being included, it is good that Marvel were quick to fix the error.
The company was willing to listen to its fans and not afraid to admit when it was wrong.