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Stop the Presses: Danai Gurira Joins 'Avengers: Infinity War'

By Elizabeth MacLeod | Industry | June 14, 2017 |

By Elizabeth MacLeod | Industry | June 14, 2017 |

Okay, we all know Avengers: Infinity War is going to be bonkers, but the film’s latest casting news has upped the badass quotient by 1000 percent. That is saying a LOT considering it will have everything from the Sorcerer Supreme to a trigger-happy walking, talking raccoon who desperately needs an attitude adjustment.

It has just been confirmed this morning that Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) who plays Okoye, the stone cold badass leader of Wakanda’s Dora Milaje in Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther has been cast in Marvel Studio’s kitchen sink superhero magnum opus. This is a textbook example of a situation where everyone wins. Audiences will get to see more of the awesome Dora Milaje, who I predict will steal Black Panther under the nose of an incredibly stacked cast, while Marvel (having smelled blood in the water with the rapturous reception of the Black Panther trailer) continues to sneakily weave their interconnected cinematic web.

While I’m fairly certain Okoye won’t have an enormous about of screen time, a little awesome goes a long way and if Okoye interacts with the equally formidable and deadly Gamora and Nebula, my heart will EXPLODE with happiness. Avengers: Infinity War is slated to be released May 4, 2018; below is the Black Panther teaser trailer to watch repeatedly while we count down the 246 days until February 16, 2018.

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