The greatest warriors of Wakanda, the Dora Milaje also known as the adored ones are a team of black women who serve as the personal bodyguards of the Black Panther.  Recruited from every tribe of Wakanda, the Dora Milaje are also potential queens for an unmarried king.

The Black Panther film will take a different approach on the Dora Milaje with Okoye as the leader of the warrior group and Nakia, a Wakandan spy as the forefront for the group.  In the comics, Okoye and Nakia were around the same age and Okoye was not the leader of the Dora Milaje.

In addition, Nakia was deeply in love with T’Challa but he did not feel the same way which caused her to eject the woman he loved from a plane, then she was expelled and later becomes an obsessive stalker under the alias of Malice.  I highly doubt the film will go that route with Nakia.  She is described as a former flame to T’Challa, so I assume that they have had a relationship or she liked him or he liked her.

Whatever the case may be, we will see these woman in action when Marvel’s Black Panther hits theaters on February 16, 2018.

Black Panther follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.  But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king-and Black Panther-is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk.  Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa aka Black Panther alongside Michael B. Jordan, who will play Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Forest Whitaker, as elder statesman Zuri, Daniel Kaluuya as T’Challa’s confidant W’Kabi, Florence Kasumba reprising her role as Ayo, Winston Duke as M’Baku, aka Man-Ape, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, and Angela Bassett as Ramonda, mother of T’Challa.


Chris McCall

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