Before we get started, this is your official spoiler warning. If you haven’t seenAvengers: Endgameyet then 1. What are you doing? 2. Proceed at your own caution. It goes without saying but THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD.
Anyway, as I’m sure you’ve already guessed, after a year of waiting,Avengers: Endgameis finally here and boy oh boy was it worth the wait.
If you ask me, which you didn’t but I’m going to tell you anyway,Endgameis the perfect conclusion to an incredible 22-movie franchise. Watching it truly feels like an instantly iconic pop culture moment, and something that will definitely be remembered for years to come.
Of course,Endgameis already receiving rave reviews and looks set to completely obliterate the box office in its opening weekend. Seriously, it could earn more than a billion dollars in less than a week.
But now that the initial wave of fans have seen the movie, one criticism in particular has also popped up, with fans pointing out one character’s lack of screen time…
THIS IS YOUR FINAL WARNING!!!! SPOILERS FORAVENGERS: ENDGAMEAHEAD!!!!
So, Danai Gurira — aka badass Dora Milaje warrior, Okoye — has had a somewhat rough ride in the lead up toEndgame. You remember the poster drama, right?
Back in March, when Marvel revealed the officialEndgameposter, fans immediately noticed that although Okoye was featured amongst the other Avengers, Danai’s name was missing in the credits.
After receiving backlash, Marvel swiftly pulled the original poster and released an updated version with Danai’s name now included.
Things were hunky dory for a little while until people then realised that, although there were a couple of trailers released forEndgame, Okoye didn’t actually appear in any of them.
In fact, people were incredibly confused by it all considering Danai was heavily involved in the promo tour forEndgame.
So, by the time the movie was released, people were desperate to know what role Okoye would play in the movie and how she was dealing with the events ofInfinity War.
But…uh…they might’ve been a little disappointed. Okoye’s role inEndgameis minimal at best, appearing briefly at the beginning in a group scene before disappearing again until the final battle with Thanos. Even then, her role is overshadowed by what the other Avengers are doing. Altogether, Okoye appears only a handful of times in the full three-hour run.
I guess you could say that people weren’t happy.
People said that Marvel had “over-emphasised Okoye’s role” and accused them of doing so to make the cast seem more diverse.
The criticism was made all the worse by the fact that people had been genuinely excited to see where Okoye’s story arc would go, considering what she went through inBlack Pantherand what she lost inInfinity War.
However, not all hope is lost. DuringEndgame‘s final scenes, Okoye is shown standing alongside T’Challa and Shuri, while another scene later shows Wakanda, which looks to be thriving once more. So, here’s to hoping Okoye gets a little more screentime if there’s aBlack Panthersequel in the works.
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