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Black Panther is only days away from breaking through the billion-dollar milestone at the global box office. Its financial success is a natural byproduct of the love people feel toward Marvel Studios’ 18th film. Much of that love has been directed toward the Dora Milaje, led by Okoye (Danai Gurira).
The Dora Milaje have long been a staple of Black Panther comics, but now they have become mainstream icons to the delight of many, including Anthony Francisco. A concept illustrator on Marvel Studios’ Visual Development team, Francisco designed the Dora Milaje that director Ryan Coogler and costume designer Ruth E. Carter brought to life in the film.
Francisco, who was not originally scheduled to work on Black Panther, got his opportunity to work on the film during a lull on another project he was on, a little film called Avengers: Infinity War. As Francisco tells me on the latest Marvel Studios News podcast, he is thrilled with the way people have responded to the film and specifically the Dora Milaje.
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