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The Dora Milaje, Wakanda’s all-female special forces from Black Panther, are being developed to have their own Disney Plus series. Sources indicate they are among the Marvel projects Black Panther co-writer/director Ryan Coogler has lined up for the streamer.
Led by Okoye (Danai Gurira), the Dora Milaje are tough, elite female bodyguards. They were among the highlights of Black Panther. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige saw their commercial potential in the film as a possible spin-off.
The Dora Milaje may not have enough box-office appeal for a theatrical franchise of their own; however, on Disney Plus they will have the opportunity to see how popular they can be. Furthermore, the series will provide audiences a thrilling way to see more of Wakandan culture outside of its male warriors.
As revealed in a previous report, Coogler’s Proximity Media reached a five-year exclusive TV deal with Disney Plus. I am still unsure if this is the first show he is producing, though; nevertheless, insiders assure me the Dora Milaje will be among them.
Black Panther’s The Dora Milaje May Be Coming To Disney Plus
Created by writer Christopher Priest and artist Mark Texeira, the Dora Milaje made their comics debut in Black Panther, Vol. 3 No. 1 in 1998. Their scene-stealing appearances in Black Panther lead to subsequent adventures in Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).
A Dora Milaje series further shows Marvel Studios’ focus on inclusion and diversity in future installments for the MCU.
I’ve learned that the plan is to have it set after the events of Black Panther 2.
For all the universal praise Marvel Studios has gotten since 2008’s Iron Man, there has been some criticism on how long it took them to release a female superhero movie, Captain Marvel, in 2019. (The second, Black Widow, keeps getting pushed back due to COVID-19.)
A Dora Milaje show is another step in the right direction.