Marvel’s Black Panther movie annihilated box offices during its debut weekend last month, and has continued to break records ever since, but the movie’s success is due, in part, to the spectacular warrior women featured in the film called the Dora Milaje.
While the Marvel superhero flick was full of awesome characters, many fans left the theater intrigued by the superior tribe of women who fought powerfully alongside Black Panther, sometimes even coming to his rescue. It has since been confirmed that the Dora Milaje will be getting their own spinoff in Marvel’s new comic book Wakanda Forever: The Amazing Spider-Man, according to Blavity.
Award winning sci-fi and fantasy author Nnedi Okorafor has been helmed to write the three-part series, which features the Dora Milaje traveling to New York in order to investigate a threat to national security. Illustrations for the comic book are by Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque and Terry Dodson.
“Typically when you see them, they’re with T’Challa, representing and protecting him,” Okorafor said. “Now you’re going to see the Dora Milaje for the first time as an independent entity; they’re not under the shadow of the throne.”
Okorafor’s work is predominantly focused on the themes of afro-futurism and mythology. The first book she wrote for Marvel over a year ago was Black Panther: Long Live the King –– of which she describes the experience as being an enjoyable challenge that was extremely satisfying.
“It’s been amazing, and I’ve learned so much along the way,” says Okorafor. “Presenting a vision of the African continent through the sci-fi lens felt completely natural. I like to write the future; the Africa I feel can be and the Africa that will be, that has always been my vision, and with Wakanda, a place set in the present, but with a futuristic outlook, it wasn’t a hard transition — it made a lot of sense.”
Okorafor recalls enjoying the challenge of writing the Dora Milaje characters. Her goal was not only to display their superwomen-like powers, but also showcase their eternal struggles. “I’m always interested in a challenge, so writing a narrative where it doesn’t feel heavy-handed but I can develop the characters through little subtle things [creates] my favorite moments,” said Okorafor. “You feel that you can relate to these characters, and feel they are real, not just iconic, but also human.”