Danai Gurira’s star is on the rise. Best recognized for her position as Michonne in The Walking Dead, Gurira broke out final yr together with her supporting position as Okoye in Black Panther.
(Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War observe.)
In Avengers: Infinity War, Gurira was one of many few surviving good guys, becoming a member of Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) amongst others from the unique lineup of Avengers. Her king, T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) didn’t survive.
So that was a reasonably large deal. Only a handful of non-Avenger characters made the reduce, together with Nebula (Karen Gillan) and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd). Oh, and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), clearly.
The remainder of the Guardians of the Galaxy are toast. Spider-Man is toast (ignore the trailers for Spider-Man: Far From Home.) Half of all dwelling issues (not together with foliage?) are toast. Thanos actually did a quantity on the universe with that Infinity Gauntlet. Now we’ll get to learn how our heroes cease him and reverse his galactic genocide.
Yeah, Infinity War ended on a bummer notice. But not for Danai Gurira. Being one of many few surviving good guys has its perks, in any case. She is now featured on the brand new Avengers: Endgame poster. After a quick blip yesterday when Disney/Marvel forgot to incorporate her identify on the poster, we acquired this:
That’s . . . a really large deal, certainly. On the one hand, Michonne is a beloved character on one among TV’s greatest exhibits. On the opposite hand, Gurira starred in two of the highest-grossing motion pictures of 2018. Avengers: Infinity War is the fourth largest-grossing film on the field workplace of all time. Black Panther is ninth. Avengers: Endgame might very nicely high Infinity War.
Not solely that, Black Panther was nominated for Best Picture on the Academy Awards. It did not win, however nonetheless . . . if I had been Danai Gurira I would not wish to stick round making 16 episodes of zombie tv once I’ve had an element in a number of the greatest motion pictures of all time. Granted, Okoye is just not a most important character. She’s a supporting character. But she’s robust and fierce and never chained all the way down to the uneven writing we see in The Walking Dead
Even with a significantly better Season 9, The Walking Dead has gone on for 9 years and Gurira has been part of it since Season three. Ratings—while perking up a bit lately—have seen a significant decline after the darkish days of Season 7 and eight. And I am certain it simply will get exhausting after some time, particularly when you’ve different choices.
Now Gurira can put that poster up in her front room in a pleasant body and marvel at it to her coronary heart’s content material. It’s fairly one thing. I can solely think about the sensation.
I’ve had my issues with Michonne’s character since The Walking Dead’s time-jump earlier this season, however I assume we’re supposed to seek out out what precisely made her so bitter on this Sunday’s episode, so hopefully that resolves issues. I am undecided how Gurira will likely be written off the present in Season 10, however with the MCU not exhibiting any indicators of slowing, and a Black Panther sequel someplace on the horizon, nicely, the world is her oyster.
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