Thanks to an exciting introduction in Captain America: Civil War, fans are already eager to see more of Chadwick Boseman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Luckily, the wait will not be too much longer as T’Challa’s solo movie is already less than a year away. With only a small tease of his homeland’s look coming in his debut, Black Panther will shine the spotlight fully onto Wakanda and its unique design that incorporates their history and highly advanced technology.
One of the areas in Wakandan lore that a more traditional approach is taken is in the design of their army. The Dora Milaje, an all-female warrior squad serving the king directly, were introduced in Civil War as well with Ayo (Florence Kasumba) standing tall against Black Widow. However, with Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira serving in this army, a much larger presence will be felt. Now, a new set photo teases the look of the entire Wakandan army.
Boseman fan account ChadwicksChill on Twitter has found a new photo from the set of Black Panther that gives a small glimpse at the design of the armor that Wakandan warriors will don. The armor itself has a style reminiscent warriors of old, but could likely have vibranium enhancements to make them more formidable. However, there is one other interesting thing about the photo. In the middle of the photo, a woman in red and yellow armor is seen, which potentially could be the first look at the Dora Milaje’s design as well.
The quality of the photo and distance that it was taken makes it impossible to determine who exactly the supposed Dora Milaje member could be. The prime candidate for this could be Gurira as she is playing the head of the group, Nakia, so her being all alone leading the rest of Wakanda’s army would make sense. However, it could also very well be Nyong’o and this is an opportunity for her to show how great of a leader she could be.
Even if it is neither of these actresses, or Ayo for that matter, the armor itself is fantastic. The bright colors that the Dora Milaje could be wearing visually sets them apart from the rest of the warriors. However, it’s unconfirmed that this is even is a Dora Milaje member, but it would be rather surprising for it to be anybody else at this point.
As production continues, there is always a greater chance that better looks at this armor could be made available, whether officially or not. However, if that look never does come, the Dora Milaje should be heavily featured in the marketing and the film itself, along with the rest of Wakanda.