Dora Milaje

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Dora Milaje
Dora Milaje.jpg
Dora Milaje in Doomwar #5 (August 2010).
Art by Scot Eaton
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Black Panther #1 (November 1998)
Created by Christopher Priest
Mark Texeira
In-story information
Member(s) Okoye

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.

Publication history[edit]

The Dora Milaje first appeared in Black Panther #1 (November 1998), created by writer Christopher Priest and artist Mark Texeira. The Dora Milaje share similarities with the Dahomey Amazons, the all-female military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey,[1] which was located in West Africa in what is now the Republic of Benin.

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][2]

Members[edit]

  • Aneka - The former leader of the Dora Milaje. She was later arrested and stripped of her rank after killing a chieftain who had been victimizing the women in her village. After escaping, she became one half of the vigilante duo known as the Midnight Angels.[3]
  • Ayo - Aneka's partner and another former Dora Milaje. 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.[4]
  • Okoye – One of the former Dora Milaje.[volume & issue needed] Okoye is of the J'Kuwali tribe and acted as a traditional, proper concomitant to the king, speaking only to the king and only in Hausa, an African language not widely spoken in Wakanda and thus affording the king and his wives a measure of privacy.
  • Nakia – Nakia is a Wakandan Mutate with superhuman strength, speed, and agility. She is a former Dora Milaje of T'Challa.[volume & issue needed]
  • 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.[5]

In other media[edit]

The Dora Milaje as depicted in the 2018 film, Black Panther

Television[edit]

Film[edit]

The Dora Milaje appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carter, Terry (February 24, 2018). "The Female Warriors Who Inspired Black Panther's Dora Milaje Are Freakin' Badass". Popsugar. Archived from the original on February 26, 2018. Retrieved February 26, 2018. 
  2. ^ Broadnax, Jamie (February 21, 2018). "Get to know the Dora Milaje, Black Panther's mighty women warriors". vox.com. 
  3. ^ Black Panther (vol. 6) #1
  4. ^ Black Panther (vol. 6) #1
  5. ^ "Queen Divine Justice – Marvel Universe: The definitive online source for Marvel super hero bios". Marvel.com. 2006-06-23. Retrieved 2011-01-06. 
  6. ^ "Voice Of Dora Milaje - Black Panther | Behind The Voice Actors". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved March 12, 2018. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources 
  7. ^ "Voice Of Aneka - Avengers Assemble | Behind The Voice Actors". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved December 14, 2017. Check mark indicates role has been confirmed using screenshots of closing credits and other reliable sources 
  8. ^ "Forest Whitaker Joins Marvel's 'Black Panther'". Marvel.com. October 7, 2016. Archived from the original on October 7, 2016. Retrieved October 7, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Forest Whitaker Joins Marvel's 'Black Panther'". News - Marvel.com. 
  10. ^ Strom, Marc (July 23, 2016). "SDCC 2016: Marvel's 'Black Panther' Confirms Additional Cast". Marvel.com. Archived from the original on August 31, 2016. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  11. ^ Ching, Albert (July 23, 2016). "SDCC: Marvel Studios Reveals Latest Phase 3 Secrets". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on July 25, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2016. 
  12. ^ Marston, George (August 4, 2017). "Report: Arrow Adds Black Panther Actress in Recurring Role". Newsarama. Archived from the original on August 5, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  13. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming (14 June 2017). "'The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira Starring In 'Avengers: Infinity War'". Retrieved 4 May 2018. 

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