Who are the Midnight Angels?
The Midnight Angels are villain of the Marvel hero the Black Panther. Ayo and Aneka are former members of Black Panther's loyal personal guard the Dora Milaje who have rebelled.
First Appearance: Aneka -Black Panther #8 (Vol 5-2009) Ayo- Ultimates #1 (Vol 2 -2016)
Real Name: Ayo and Aneka
Alias: Midnight Angels
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Ayo and Aneka were members of the Dora Milaje the highly trained female warriors of the Black Panther. Aneka was a highly decorated member and combat trainer for the Dora Milaje. She was personally tasked by T'Challa to develop fighting styles to battle robots as the nation of Wakanda prepared for the Doom War. Fighting together Ayo and Aneka fell in love despite there being strong prejudice against their relationship. The two slowly grew disgruntled with the rule of the Black Panther and highly jaded after the fall of the Golden City.
During a raid in a Wakandan village Aneka kills a tribal Chieftain who had been abusing women. Queen Ramonda held trial over Aneka. Ayo came to Aneka's defense and explained how the death of the Chieftain was necessary. Queen Ramonda sympathized with her predicament but ultimately found her guilty and sentenced her to death. She was taken away to Fort Hahn to await her sentence.
Ayo was unwilling to allow Aneka to die so she stole two prototype Wakandan armor suits called Midnight Angel suits. She uses one of the suits to free Aneka. While freed both women discuss how they are now dead, knowing that they will be hunted down for betraying the king and stealing the prototype suits. They decide that they should act as dead women should. This means creating a rebellion to take down the Wakandan monarchy.
A monarchy they no longer believe in.
The pair leave with the high tech armors and form a rebellion that initially includes only a few members of the Dora Milaje but continues to grow as disorder in Wakanda mounts. The two are still reluctant to join with the other resistance group known as "The People".
The pair next raid a group of bandits on the northern border of Wakanda where they kill a group of bandits who were kidnapping and raping women. They tell the freed women that everyone deserves better in Wakanda.
In the series World of Wakanda more backstory is provided for various Black Panther characters including the Midnight Angels. Ayo and Aneka are depicted training to enter the Dora Milaje. They are also shown entering a slummish area as part of a Dora Milaje strike force and capturing a woman with blue skin (Perhaps a Wakandan Mutant or Inhuman.) The series then has a flash of the villains Zenzi's childhood. She is apparently a lone survivor of a slaughter of a military force. She uses her power to cause the military soldiers to shoot themselves and flees.
Ayo and Aneka are highly trained in African martial arts being former members of the elite Dora Milaje.
The pair also have a variety of high tech powers due to the armored Midnight Angel suit.
- Super Strength
- Super Armor
- Super Speed
- Pulse beams
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