Who Are the Midnight Angels? Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Okoye

The action packed Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever gives us a glimpse into life in the futuristic land of Wakanda. The highly anticipated sequel to the Oscar-nominated film also introduces many new characters such as Namor and RiRi Williams. But many MCU fans are wondering: who are the Midnight Angels?

The second Black Panther The film follows Shuri (Letitia Wright), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and other leaders of the Kingdom of Wakanda as they fight to save their nation from a threat posed by the underwater nation of Tlālōcān and their leader Namor (Tenoch Huerta). the death of King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman). The Midnight Angels play a major role in the battle, and their appearance may portend greater involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Read below to see who the Midnight Angels are and WARNING: spoilers below.

Who are the Midnight Angels?

Dora Milaje

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Who are the Midnight Angels? The Midnight Angels are an elite group within the Dora Milaje, consisting of Okoye and Aneka. As a refresher, the Dora Milaje are the Black Panther and Wakanda’s all-female special forces personal bodyguards. After T’Challa’s death, the Dora Milaje serves his mother, Queen Ramonda, who is quick to defend her country’s Vibranium resources.

In the sequel film, Shuri designs new suits for Okoye and the general of the Dora Milaje keeps complaining about the suit’s design (she called it “ugly” and kept rolling her eyes at it) and decides not to use it. When Okoye is stripped of her title of general by Queen Ramonda after failing to protect Shuri while rescuing RiRi Williams, she returns to civilian life and Ayo (Florence Kasumba) is installed as general. However, when Shuri orders an attack on Namor’s forces, the former general and her teammate Aneka (Michaela Coel) decide to disguise themselves as the Midnight Angels. The suit enhances their combat abilities, grants them superhuman strength, and gives them the ability to fly. Okoye uses the suit to her advantage a lot and at the end of the film we see her donning the suit while saving Everett Ross from jail.

The new suit could indicate that the new Dora Milaje subset will be included in future MCU projects. according to sort, Black Panther Director Ryan Coogler is developing a couple centered around the fictional country. His production company, Proximity Media, is developing several series for Disney+ set in the African kingdom and is producing Dominique Thorne’s spin-off, Ironheart, starring Riri Williams Wakanda forever.

Who are the Midnight Angels in the comics?

Black Panther

Image: Eli Ade, © Marvel / © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection

According to Marvel’s website, the Midnight Angels are the “best of Dora’s best” and have pledged their allegiance to King T’Challa and the royal family. As in the film, the Midnight Angels use stealth suits which enhance their abilities and allow them to fly. They also use Kimoyo beads for communication, various Vibranium weapons, and a stealth Quinjet called the Dolch for their missions. The team mainly consists of Aneka, Ayo and Teela.

The Midnight Angels are used heavily in the Doctor Doom storyline in Doomwar, where the supervillain Wakanda steals Vibranium. King T’Challa gathers the elite group of warriors along with the notorious anti-hero Deadpool to prevent their enemy from using the resource against them and preventing him from taking over their homeland.

The Midnight Angels begin to grow suspicious of the royal family and decide to protect the country as a whole. They primarily targeted corrupt chiefs and bandits who enslave and defile women, risking their own lives in the process. Things quickly began to escalate when the Midnight Angels defied King T’Challa’s orders. Aneka kills a chief who was known for defiling villagers, and T’Challa immediately apprehends Aneka. Ayo then steals the Midnight Angel armor and breaks her lover Aneka out of custody. The pair left the Dora Milaje and set out to liberate oppressed Wakandans whom the Crown neglected.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is now in cinemas. The first Black Panther The film is available to stream on Disney Plus. Here’s how to watch it for free.

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For more about Black Panther and Chadwick Boseman, Read Mia Johnson’s 2020 Biography, Chadwick Boseman: Our King Forever. The book, released four months after Boseman’s death from colon cancer on August 28, 2020 at the age of 43, takes Marvel fans through Boseman’s career and life, from his cast as King T’Challa in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Black Panther franchise about his secret diagnosis of colon cancer in 2016, two years before the premiere of the first Black Panther Movie. The biography, which will donate a portion of its proceeds to Fight Colorectal Cancer, an organization dedicated to colorectal cancer research and awareness, also includes dozens of color photos and details about Boseman’s childhood in South Carolina and his final days before his death. “If you love Chadwick Boseman and who doesn’t, you need this book,” wrote one reviewer.

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