Effective villains don’t have to wreak all of the havoc themselves. They have a team of baddies to do some of the heavy lifting for them.
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In Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos will do some sitting back as his minions seek out the Infinity Stones for him, if the most recent reveal by Marvel Studios is any indication. After revealing the Mad Titan’s appearance from the upcoming ensemble film, the studio has not only confirmed the Black Order will appear in the film but revealed their appearances, as well.
The Black Order is a group of cosmic villains Thanos enlists to help him seek out the Infinity Stones across the cosmos of the Marvel Universe on the pages of Jonatan Hickman’s Infinity event story from 2013. The group consists of Ebony Maw, Corvus Glave, Proxima Midnight, Supergiant, and the Black Dwarf. The group is also referred to as Cull Obsidian on the pages of Marvel Comics.
After the first footage from Avengers: Infinity War was released, the characters were unveiled at Disney’s D23 Expo in the Anaheim Convention Center over the weekend…
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Ebony Maw’s most dangerous weapon, despite what it may look like in the photo above, is his thinking ability. Working in Thanos’ Black Order, Ebony Maw was sent to Earth to deal with Doctor Strange, one of the smartest Earth-based heroes, in the Infinity comic story.
After getting the best of Strange, Ebony Maw summons Shuma-Gorath, and uses the Sorcerer to find Thanos’ son. Upon finding the Mad Titan’s son, Ebony Maw frees Strange from his control.
On the pages of Marvel Comics, Ebony Maw first appeared in New Avengers Vol. 3 Issue #8. The character is now set to make a cinematic debut in Avengers: Infinity War.
“I am a servant of my master, Thanos– a destroyer of worlds, a breaker of kings. I am one of the five, Corvus Glaive,” said the character on the pages of Jonathan Hickman’s Infinity series. In this case, he’ll be one of the four members of the Black Order, unless Supergiant is introduced later.
Corvus Glaive, a member of the Black Order, is married to Proxima Midnight. When Thanos decided he would raze Earth in search of his son, Corvus Glaive was sent to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. When Thanos’ son was not there, he left. The X-Men characters do not reside in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, meaning Corvus Glaive will be on a separate mission.
As long as Corvus Glaive’s blade remains unbroken, the character cannot die.
Corvus Glaive first appeared in the Free Comic Book Day preview book of Infinity #1.
Proxima Midnight, a member of Thanos’ Black Order, is one of the strongest and best skilled fighters of the bunch.
When Thanos sets his sites on Earth in the Infinity comics, the wife to Corvus Glaive is sent to Atlantis, where she is to retrieve an Infinity Stone from Namor. After winning a battle with the stand-in protectors of Earth in New York City while the Avengers were off in space, Proxima Midnight earns the allegiance of Atlantis when Namor reveals the last Infinity Stone to be in Wakana — Black Panther’s home.
Proxima Midnight sets out for Wakana, along with Corvus Glaive, Ebony Maw, and Thanos, to retrieve the final Infinity Stone.
Proxima Midnight first appeared in New Avengers Vol. 3 Issue #8.
Originally, Wakanda was to be Black Dwarf’s responsibility. This member of Thanos’ Black Order would run into more trouble than his teammates, however.
When Black Dwarf arrived in Wakanda, he met a resistance much greater than he anticipated. Ultimately, he was forced to retreat. For his failure, Black Dwarf was expelled from the Black Order by Thanos. He is given a new mission later on, with which he also fails.
Black Dwarf was first introduced in New Avengers Vol. 3 Issue #8.
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Avengers: Infinity War is described by Marvel Studios as the culmination of everything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Iron Man in 2008. The movie is filming now under directors Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
The expansive confirmed cast includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bethany, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Pom Klementieff, and Josh Brolin as the villain Thanos.Avengers: Infinity War and its as-yet-untitled sequel are filming back-to-back for a May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019 release, respectively.