Danai Gurira has yet to debut as Okoye, but has already locked down her second MCU appearance in Avengers: Infinity War. The star of The Walking Dead joined the cast of Black Panther last summer as the leader of the Dora Milaje. Since her casting was announced, fans were eager to see what Michonne could do in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Just a few days ago, everyone caught a glimpse of her character in the first teaser trailer for Black Panther, in which she was shown standing side by side with Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa but also in her own awesome action scenes.
Recently, the presence of Black Panther has continued to be felt on Infinity War. Over the last few weeks, it has been reported that Letitia Wright will reprise her role as Shuri, and Winston Duke will do the same as M’Baku. But, it crescendoed with Boseman reporting to the set for some Wakandan-based scenes.
With so many Black Panther stars already reported to set, it should come as no surprise that Deadline is now reporting that Gurira will be among them. Oddly enough, the Deadline article does not confirm that it will be in the same role but speculates that it will be. It would be incredibly surprising for Gurira to have two different roles in back-to-back MCU releases, so unless something unprecedented is happening here, this should be Gurira’s second appearance as Okoye.
Gurira being confirmed to return for Infinity War bodes very well for her character. Unless this is for a flashback scene to times prior to Boseman’s solo flick, it confirms that she makes it out of the standalone alive. While some may consider that to be a spoiler to a degree, it shows that Marvel is loving what she brought to the universe already and is anxious to bring her back into the fold. Plus, it supports the speculation that previous Avengers: Infinity War casting calls were meant to feature multiple members of the Dora Milaje.
Furthermore, the inclusion of all these supporting characters from Black Panther continues to show just how massive of a production Infinity War is going to wind up being. There is already an incredible amount of MCU stars set to appear in the film not counting the supporting roles, so if the Russo brothers are planning on featuring nearly every single available MCU actor, this will be truly unlike anything audiences have ever experienced. Considering the build up the MCU has had to get to this point, it will be all the more rewarding for hardcore viewers to see all these supporting characters involved even for the tiniest of scenes.