Dora Milaje

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Dora Milaje
Dora Milaje.jpg
Dora Milaje in Doomwar #5 (August 2010).
Art by Scot Eaton
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceBlack Panther, vol. 3 #1 (November 1998)
Created byChristopher Priest
Mark Texeira

The Dora Milaje are fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. They are a team of women who serve as special forces for the fictional African nation of Wakanda.

Members of the Dora Milaje appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Captain America: Civil War (2016), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and Avengers: Endgame (2019), the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the Disney+ animated series What If...? (both 2021), and the upcoming sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022).

Publication history[edit]

The Dora Milaje first appeared in Black Panther, vol. 3 #1 (November 1998), created by writer Christopher Priest and artist Mark Texeira.[1] Priest however added creation credit really should go to Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada : "...actually came from his Marvel Knights editors Quesada and Palmiotti who thought it would be great if the Panther had female bodyguards."[2] The Dora Milaje share similarities with the Dahomey Amazons (Agoji), the all-female military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey,[3][4] which was located in West Africa in what is now the Republic of Benin.

The 2017 series "World of Wakanda" written by Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey, tells the story of the couple Ayo and Aneka, two former Dora Milaje.[5][6]

In the 2018 limited series Wakanda Forever, written by Nnedi Okorafor, the Dora Milaje act in team-ups with Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers.[7][8]

Fictional character biography[edit]

To keep peace in Wakanda, the Black Panther picked dora milaje ("adored ones") from rival tribes to serve as his personal guard and ceremonial wives-in-training.[volume & issue needed][9]


  • Aneka - A former leader of the Dora Milaje. She was arrested and stripped of her rank after killing a chieftain who had been victimizing the women in her village. After escaping, she became half of the vigilante duo known as the Midnight Angels.[10]
  • Asira - The princess of the Jabari tribe.[11]
  • Ayo - Aneka's lover and another former Dora Milaje.[9] After Aneka was arrested and sentenced to death, Ayo broke her out of prison. Using a pair of prototype armored suits, the two became the Midnight Angels.[10]
  • M'yra - A member of the Dora Milaje who lost her right arm. She was reassigned to protect Shuri.[12]
  • Nareema - A Dora Milaje member who helped Storm fight the V-Series Doombots.[13]
  • Nakia – A Wakandan Mutate with superhuman strength, speed, and agility. She is a former Dora Milaje of T'Challa.[14]
  • Okoye – A former Dora Milaje.[14] Okoye is of the J'Kuwali tribe and acted as a traditional, proper concomitant to the king, speaking only to him and only in Hausa, an African language not widely spoken in Wakanda and thus affording the king and his wives a measure of privacy.
  • Queen Divine Justice – The street-smart queen of the Jabari tribe of Wakanda raised in Chicago, and former Dora Milaje of T'Challa.[volume & issue needed] She originally went by the name Chanté Giovanni Brown.[15]
  • Zola - The headmistress of the Dora Milaje who trained Aneka, Ayo, and Nakia.[16]

Collected editions[edit]

Title Material collected Pages Date Published ISBN
World of Wakanda Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1–6 144 June 27, 2017 978-1302906504
Wakanda Forever Amazing Spider-Man: Wakanda Forever, X-men: Wakanda Forever, Avengers: Wakanda Forever, Black Panther Annual vol. 2 #1 136 November 6, 2018 978-1302913588

In other media[edit]


Marvel Cinematic Universe[edit]

The Dora Milaje appear in live-action media set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Video games[edit]


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