Marvel Featurette Showcases the Badass Female Warriors of ‘Black Panther’
Another morning, meaning we’re another day closer to Black Panther. While I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers for the movie, I couldn’t turn my eyes away from this video. Because if we’re being honest here, Lupita Nyong’o is a personal queen of mine. I can’t wait to see her kicking ass and taking names in this movie.
The featurette gives us a great look at the Dora Milaje, the all female warriors that act as the king’s guards in Wakanda. Danai Gurira, who plays Okoye, goes into more detail about how the Dora Milaje function as a unit. She gives some insight on her character following the more traditional path. My Queen, Lupita Nyong’o, explains that her character, Nakia, challenges Wakandan traditions. Both women are fierce warriors and forces to be reckoned with.
They also released the “Entourage” TV Spot where Okoye and Nakia help “grab the attention” of Martin Freeman’s character, Everett K. Ross.
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The Mary Sue wrote up a great summary of the history of the Dora Milaje:
Within in the comics, the Dora Milaje or “Adored Ones” first appeared in Black Panther Vol.3 #1 in 1993, and they are the royal bodyguards and “brides-in-training” who are trained in everything from martial arts to espionage. In-universe, the “Adored Ones” came from a tradition of the 18 Wakandan tribes submitting a potential wife for the king. Over time, and under kings like T’Challa, the idea of them being “brides-in-training” became more symbolic and they are instead trained to be warriors. They are usually the best, brightest and most furious of the tribe’s women. Their loyalty is both to the king and also to Wakanda itself.
Much like the Amazons in DC take inspiration from the mythical Greek Amazons, the inspiration for Dora Milaje can be found in the N’Nonmiton or Dahomey Amazons. The N’Nonmiton were a group of warrior women founded by King Agaja of Dahomey (present-day Republic of Benin) in the 18th century trained with muskets. Just like the Dora Milaje. they were considered “brides to the king” and were to remain chaste and refrain from having families.
As they stated in their article, I doubt that the movie will be play up the bride aspect of things. After the Amazons in last year’s Wonder Woman, I’m so happy we’re continuing to get non-sexualized, badass, strong woman warriors.
Black Panther hits theaters February 16th, 2018.