When Marvel’s next Avengers movie is released this May, Nollywood fans will have an extra reason to get excited about the franchise blockbuster.
Funke Akindele, one of the biggest stars in Nigeria’s Nollywood movie industry, has been listed among the full cast of the Avengers: Infinity War on IMDb, the movie database website owned by Amazon. Akindele is currently listed to play a role as a member of Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s all-female special forces unit from the Black Panther comics.Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled for release on May 4, 2018. A sequel is planned for May 3, 2019.
Right now it seems likely Akindele will make the final cut of the movie. Even if it ends up being a minor role relative to her Nollywood superstar status it would still be a major breakthrough for the homegrown movie industry which has blossomed rapidly in recent years.
Avengers 4 is a climax of sorts after a decade of build-up in Marvel’s earlier movies and will be released nearly 10 years to the day when Iron Man, the first movie in Marvel’s cinematic Avengers universe, debuted. It will see several superheroes from different franchises which are part of the cinematic universe appear together in a movie for the first time. As such, Akindele will star alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Don Cheadle, Zoe Saldana and Chris Pratt.