CONFESSION: When the Dora Milaje, led by Danai Gurira's Okoye, went into battle to support T'Challa's claim against Killmonger, I immediately started tearing up and basically remained emotional for the rest of the movie. I am not a woman of color, but I am another kind of marginalized woman. I am not claiming the experience of women and femmes of color, yet I empathize with a lack of positive representation of one's community. To see women who are normally relegated to being a storytelling prop kick some ass and save the day in the most honorable and inspiring way in a major studio film was a gasp moment. In fact, when it happened there was an audible gasp from the whole theater. And now the Dora Milaje are getting their very own Marvel Comics spinoff!
The official Marvel Twitter account made the announcement on Friday:
The story is being written by famed sci-fi, fantasy, and mystical realism author Dr. Nnedi Okorafor, who is well known for her novels The Shadow Speaker and Zahrah the Windseeker, among many others.
Needless to say, people were excited:
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!! I am so hyped for this!— Thomas McManus (@ThomastheReader) March 16, 2018
WHAT WHAT WHAT!!!! SO amazing! Can't wait to read!!!— Sayantani DasGupta (@Sayantani16) March 16, 2018
Many people offered their congratulations:
Couldn't have happened to a nicer person. Congratulations.— Waterstones Wandsworth (@WaterstonesWand) March 16, 2018
And some already had hopes for the future of the stories:
Congratulations!— Afro Deesiac (@MyAfro) March 18, 2018
...and maybe a Netflix series for the Dora Milaje, too? It'd be nice to see them try to reign in those War Dogs who were sympathetic to Killmonger (they still await the weapons to arrive) in the movie.#DoraMilaje #WakandaForever #netflix @Marvel #MCU @netflix
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