“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” introduces fairly a couple of new heroes, together with Riri Williams, aka Ironheart (Dominique Thorne) and Namor (Tenoch Huerta). We additionally meet certainly one of the Dora Milaje, Aneka (Michaela Coel), a bit higher. Aneka joins with Okoye (Danai Gurira) to turn out to be the Midnight Angels, sporting particular fits made for them by Shuri (Letitia Wright). Ahead, we’re breaking down simply who the Midnight Angels are, Aneka’s historical past in the comics, and the place we’ll see these characters once more going ahead in the MCU.
Who Is Aneka in the Marvel Comics?
In the comics, Aneka is a member of the Dora Milaje. She kills a Wakandan chieftan due to his abusive habits towards the ladies in his village. Despite these mitigating circumstances, Queen Ramonda sentences her to demise. Another Dora Milaje, Ayo, who’s performed by Florence Kasumba in the MCU, cannot let it stand and steals Midnight Angels armor to interrupt Aneka out of jail. Ayo offers her the different Midnight Angel armor. In the comics, Aneka and Ayo are in love and in a relationship with one another. Coel has stated that she was enthusiastic about enjoying Aneka as a result of she’s queer.
Who Is Aneka in the MCU?
Aneka makes her debut in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” as a loyal Dora Milaje. We be taught she is a little bit of a insurgent; Okoye chastises her for utilizing particular daggers Shuri made her as a substitute of the conventional spear that every one Dora Milaje carry. During the film’s closing battle, she and Okoye — who Queen Ramonda faraway from the Dora Milaje — put on the Midnights Angels armor to defend Wakanda.
Who Are the Midnight Angels in the Comics?
In the comics, Aneka and Ayo put on stolen Midnight Angels armor and function as vigilantes, correcting injustices they see with out Wakanda. Most of these injustices need to do with the therapy of girls and women. They are sometimes annoyed with the state of affairs beneath King T’Challa, they usually lead their very own military of Dora Milaje, who they are saying are loyal to the nation and its folks, to not the whims of the king. In the comics, they take management of the Jabari-Lands. Eventually, they do make peace with King T’Challa.
Who Are the Midnight Angels in the MCU?
The daybreak of the Midnight Angels performs out very in another way in “Wakanda Forever.” Okoye is faraway from her place as common in the Dora Milaje after she brings Shuri to America along with her to search out Riri Williams, just for Shuri to be kidnapped by Namor. After Shuri and Riri are rescued by Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o), Okoye nonetheless doesn’t return to the order. When Shuri plans an assault on Namor and his fighters, Okoya and Aneka swimsuit up in the Midnight Angels armor as a substitute of the Dora Milaje uniforms. The armor not solely enhances their combating expertise, however it additionally permits them to fly.
It’s not clear what Marvel’s longterm plans for the Midnight Angels are but, however there are some potential clues. Marvel beforehand introduced an untitled Wakanda collection that will come to Disney+. There are only a few particulars about the collection, besides that Gurira will return as Okoye. Producer Nate Moore advised Collider on Nov. 1 that the collection is not that far alongside as a result of the producers have been specializing in “Wakanda Forever” and the “Ironheart” collection, however it would not appear to be an enormous stretch to guess that the collection may concentrate on the Midnight Angels. If it occurs, it’s going to in all probability match into Marvel’s Phase 6.
Director Ryan Coogler additionally confirmed in a November interview with Variety that his manufacturing company has a number of collection set inside Wakanda in growth. Those collection may additionally concentrate on or at the very least characteristic the Midnight Angels.