The MCU fixed the huge problem of Dora Milaje from Black Panther Comics

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The MCU made a major adaptation of Black Panther’s deadly Dora Milaje, and the movies fixed a weird Marvel Comics problem in the process.


When doing Black Panther, director Ryan Coogler and Marvel producers changed important details about the Dora Milaje. Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole wrote the script to incorporate a lot of characters and stories from the Black Panther comics, but they had to change a big issue with the Dora Milaje in order for the story to work. Fortunately, their changes ended up improving the characters compared to their comic book counterparts.


Coogler’s Black Panther it broke box office records and became the 14th highest grossing film in the world, earning $1.3 billion. The film incorporated the story and characters from the Black Panther comics into the film and brought King T’Challa and his kingdom of Wakanda to life. The Dora Milaje were an important part of the comics that were included in the film. Okoye, the leader of the Dora Milaje, plays a major role in it Black Panther as T’Challa’s strongest defender. Even though the Dora Milaje was in the comic books, Coogler and Cole had to solve a big issue with them when they were writing the script.

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Making the teenage Dora Milaje in Marvel Comics was a mistake

Okoye in Christopher Priest's Black Panther Marvel comic

In some prominent Marvel series of Black Panther Comics, the Dora Milaje were actually teenagers. They were women and girls between the ages of 15 – 20. Every tribe would send the most worthy woman to the Dora with the intention of not only protecting King T’Challa but becoming Queen. For Black Panther, the MCU transformed the Dora Milaje into adults with the sole purpose of protecting the king instead of also being wives in training. This benefits the film by eliminating sexual overtones from the comics.

The Dora Milaje was first introduced to the comics by writer Christopher Priest in Black Panther book 3 #1 in 1998, 32 years after the creation of Black Panther in 1966. world, it was an addition strange to the Black Panther canon at the time of his debut and has not gotten worse with age. It was clear that T’Challa was uncomfortable with the situation and always rejected any ideas of romance between him and the Dora Milaje, so it’s better that Marvel remove this part of their character.

Growing older Nakia And Okoye allowed the MCU to explore more interesting Dora Milaje stories

The Dora Milaje in Black Panther

In the comics, Nakia and Okoye were both members of the Dora Milaje. By aging both into adult women and making the purpose only to serve Wakanda allowed Ryan Coogler to use their characters to support the story much more effectively. Since the Dora is not aiming to marry King T’Challa in the movie, Okoye was able to be with W’Kabi, the leader of the border tribe and the ultimate supporter of T’Challa’s enemy Killmonger. Coogler was able to tell the story of a couple who were on both sides of the conflict and strengthen the plot.

Nakia was Dora in the comics but a spy for the Wakandan government in Black Panther. Since she was also made an adult woman and not a teenager like in the comics, Coogler was able to create a better love story between her and T’Challa. Nakia was in love with T’Challa in the comics, and kissed her once while experiencing a hallucination. Fortunately, Coogler and Cole’s changes meant that the films were able to keep some elements of the character but also show Nakia as a strong character as well as a love interest for T’Challa.

Marvel’s choice to change the age of the Dora Milaje and their purpose to make them adult women who only protect the king paid off, because it allowed them to use the characters from the comics. more efficient. Marvel’s changes to the Dora Milaje Black Panther one of their strongest films to date and added to the film’s legacy.

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