An Iowa native is returning as a fan favorite in the Marvel Cinematic Universe this year.

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Iowa has no shortage of representation in some of your favorite superhero movies. Obviously we're all pretty familiar with Jason Momoa, aka Aquaman himself, who grew up in a town right outside of Des Moines.

You can see some of our coverage of the actor here.

13. Aquaman (2018)
Warner Bros.

There is even a superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe who is returning to the screen this year for the sequel to the highly anticipated 'Black Panther' sequel 'Wakanda Forever.'

You might recognize this Eastern Iowa native from her various appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Danai Gurira, plays Okoye one of the powerful warriors in Wakanda. She is the body guard for the Black Panther.

According to the official Marvel character page she is described as, "One of Wakanda's greatest warriors, Okoye proudly protects her country's king alongside the Dora Milaje."

Gurira has appeared in the following three Marvel movies so far:

  • 'Black Panther'
  • 'Avengers: Infinity War'
  • 'Avengers: Endgame'

She is set to return for 'Wakanda Forever' which is premiering on Tuesday, November 1st.

Gurira is originally from Grinnell and is the youngest child of four. Her parents both worked in academia; with her mother being a college librarian and her father being a chemistry professor at Grinnell College. 

You might also recognize this talented actress from her work in the cult hit 'The Walking Dead' as the character Michonne Hawthorne. She is set to return to this universe in a spinoff series sometime in 2023. Gurira will be also taking on the mantle as Executive Producer.

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