Dora Milaje
Dora Milaje in Doomwar #5 (August 2010).
Art by Scot Eaton
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceBlack Panther, vol. 3 #1 (November 1998)
Created byChristopher Priest
Mark Texeira

The Dora Milaje are fictional characters appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. They are a team of women who serve as special forces for the fictional African nation of Wakanda.

Members of the Dora Milaje appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Captain America: Civil War (2016), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022), and the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and What If...? (both 2021).

Publication history

The Dora Milaje first appeared in Black Panther, vol. 3 #1 (November 1998), created by writer Christopher Priest and artist Mark Texeira.[1] Priest, however, claimed that credit for their creation really should go to his Marvel Knights editors Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada, "who thought it would be great if the Panther had female bodyguards."[2] The Dora Milaje share similarities with the Dahomey Amazons (Agoji), the all-female military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey,[3][4][5] which was located in West Africa in what is now the Republic of Benin.

The 2017 series "World of Wakanda" written by Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey, tells the story of the couple Ayo and Aneka, two former Dora Milaje.[6][7]

In the 2018 limited series Wakanda Forever, written by Nnedi Okorafor, the Dora Milaje act in team-ups with Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers.[8][9]

Fictional character biography

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To keep peace in Wakanda, the Black Panther picked dora milaje ("adored ones") from rival tribes to serve as his personal guard and ceremonial wives-in-training.[volume & issue needed][10]


Collected editions

Title Material collected Pages Date Published ISBN
World of Wakanda Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1–6 144 June 27, 2017 978-1302906504
Wakanda Forever Amazing Spider-Man: Wakanda Forever, X-men: Wakanda Forever, Avengers: Wakanda Forever, Black Panther Annual vol. 2 #1 136 November 6, 2018 978-1302913588

In other media


Marvel Cinematic Universe

Main article: Dora Milaje (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

The Dora Milaje appear in live-action media set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Video games


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