Marvel Studios’ latest Black Panther featurette describes the Warriors of Wakanda, also known as Dora Milaje, or the Adored Ones, a group of highly trained female royal bodyguards.
“They are women who pledge their lives to the throne and to the security of the kingdom,” Danaye Gurira, who plays Okoye, the General of the Armed Forces of Wakanda, says in the featurette. She adds that the all-female group fights together with a collective consciousness. “The Dora have a way of fighting that was supposed to be inspired by moving as one. The Dora work together,” Gurira says.
Black Panther will be released in India on February 16.
Black Panther will feature the traditional Okoye locked in an ideological conflict with young warrior Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o). “Okoye represents the old guard and tradition, while my character Nakia challenges tradition,” Nyong’o says of her character.
Set in Wakanda, a fictional kingdom in Northeastern Africa, Black Panther chronicles the events that follow after T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) returns home as king, but finds himself confronting an old adversary in a battle that could potentially have global ramifications. Directed by Ryan Coogler from a screenplay by him and Joe Robert Cole, the film is the eighteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.