Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Who are the Midnight Angels and how do they relate to the spin-off series “Okoye”

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever came out and it brought quite a few new characters. Namor was introduced alongside Namora and Attuma. But in Team Wakanda, we have Riri Williams and a new member of Dora Milaje called Aneka. Her presence in the trailers (wearing a specific blue costume) led to believe that she would lead us to the arrival of the Midnight Angels. And that’s what finally happened, but there was a twist in the story. The MCU’s Midnight Angels are very different from the source material.

Midnight Angels in comics

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In 2009, Aneka made her first appearance in Black Panther #8. During Doomwar’s battles against Doctor Doom, she trained the young recruits of the Dora Milaje. And she was pretty loyal to T’Challa and the royal family. Even though it was forbidden, Ayo and Aneka still shared a romantic relationship. Later, these two lovers were assigned to protect Queen Shuri. But after some time, Aneka was imprisoned when she killed a terrible chief in one of the villages. Even though she was right to act, she was still found guilty of murder and faced with the death penalty.

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Ayo and Aneka

This didn’t sit well with Ayo and she stole a prototype Midnight Angel Armor which was designed for use in the Doomwar in order to save Aneka. As Ayo broke Aneka out of prison, the two left the Dora Milaje and formed the Midnight Angels team. They are a group of elite warriors who have sworn to protect and defend the people the royal family does not recognize. But as always, Midnight Angels’ introduction to the MCU is very different.

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Spoiler alert: the rest of the post contains spoilers for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Midnight Angels in the MCU

Okoye and Aneka

First of all, Okoye replaces Ayo in this whole storyline. She is Aneka’s lover in the MCU and she was the one who got Shuri’s Midnight Angel armor. And it was Okoye who asked Aneka to have one too. Like the Black Panther suit, the wearer of this armor gains super strength, speed, agility, durability, and even flight. You may not like the look of these costumes, but you have to appreciate their comedic precision.

Instead of Aneka, it is Okoye who is relieved of her duties within the MCU. She was right on his side, but so was Queen Ramonda. But after being stripped of her title as Dora Milaje’s general, she fought in her enhanced Vibranium Midnight Angel armor alongside Aneka and Wakandan forces. And she even showed up to save Everett Ross in the same blue armor. So, it’s obvious that she keeps it.

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The Okoye spin-off

Okoye – The Midnight Angel

Under M’Baku’s leadership, Okoye could be appointed to lead a new faction of the Midnight Angels alongside Aneka. And that’s what the previously reported Okoye spin-off series will be about. Hopefully they redesign the costume because as Okoye mentioned, this one is really ugly! But it will be interesting to see where the Okoye spinoff, or perhaps the Midnight Angels series, takes Okoye in the future, and what that means for the rest of Wakanda. We can only hope it will feature M’Baku, Aneka, the Dora Milaje, and even Everett Ross.

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