By Anthony Breznican
January 12, 2018 at 02:23 PM EST

Unity vs. division.

Those are the two competing forces at play between the warriors of Wakanda in this new Black Panther featurette from Marvel Studios.

Danai Gurira describes her character, Okoye, as the general of that secretive nation’s armed forces, while Lupita Nyong’o calls her “war dog” secret agent, Nakia, a disruptor.

Even though they are on the same side, technically united, they have opposing views about how their homeland should be protected. “Okoye represents the old guard and tradition, while my character Nakia challenges tradition,” Nyong’o says.

Another compelling revelation: the all-female Dora Milaje, the secret service that swears allegiance to the king (not that T’Challa can’t handle most threats on his own) fights with a kind of collective consciousness.

“Training was very, very interesting,” Gurira says. “The Dora have a way of fighting that was supposed to be inspired by moving as one. The Dora work together.”

Clashes are inevitable, but unity is the only way to take down the big bad.

Black Panther opens on Feb. 16.

Directed by Ryan Coogler, the 2018 superhero film is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the king who rules over the Afrofuturist paradise of Wakanda.
  • Movie
  • PG-13
release date
  • 02/16/18
  • 135 minutes
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
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