Now that we’ve finally seen the first trailer for the upcoming Marvel Studios blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War – the most watched YouTube trailer ever – we’ve noticed a few questions come up about the threats assembled against the Avengers by Thanos, played by Josh Brolin. Some of those threats were teased in the trailer and we know more are coming from the statues and posters revealed at this year’s SDCC, so it’s time to take a look at the army behind Thanos as he attempts to gather the Infinity Stones together.
If you caught our 10 favorite moments from the Infinity War trailer, you’d have seen a few quick glimpses of Proxima Midnight, one of the Children of Thanos. In the comics, she is a member of a group known as the Cul Obsidian or The Black Order. We’ll take a look at that group today and what we can expect from their cinematic counterparts when Infinity War hits theaters on May 4.
The Black Order first appeared in the Jonathan Hickman-scripted 2013 event known as Infinity, which saw the Avengers occupied off-planet in a galactic war while Thanos and his Cul Obsidian attacked the Earth in search of the son of Thanos. He used the Black Order against the various players left on Earth – Black Panther in Wakanda, Namor in Atlantis, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, and Mr. Fantastic in New York – before their eventual defeat upon the return of the rest of the Avengers and their new allies earned in the Builders War. This storyline gives us a bit of insight into what we can expect from the Black Order in the MCU, who are known so far as the Children of Thanos. Nebula and Gamora from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise would also be considered Children of Thanos, though presently estranged from their “father.”
As for the rest of the Children, let’s take a look at the bios released with their introduction in Infinity #1:
The First of the Five. Thanos’ most favored. Corvus is cruel, arrogant and the most loyal of the Black Order. A warrior who betrayed his people and sold his soul to Thanos to pursue a different kind of glory.
POWERS: Strength, speed…As long as his otherworldly blade remains whole, he cannot die.
Corvus is a nasty individual and a devout follower of Thanos. In the Infinity storyline, Corvus was tasked with accepting a tribute from the various planets and civilizations under the control of Thanos, which usually included a select group of their community offered up for slaughter. We see a brief glimpse of Corvus’ unique blade during the scene where Vision’s Mind Stone is being forcibly removed. Corvus is also married to the next member of the Black Order…
The cruelest of Thanos’ generals. A predator in every sense of the word, Proxima Midnight is the greatest warrior in Thanos’ army.
POWERS: Savage hand-to-hand fighter. Her spear, when thrown, transforms into three tracers of black light that never miss. These beams are lethal to most creatures.
Proxima is the only member of the Black Order we’ve actually seen in action, however briefly. Her first appearance was a little overtaken by the return of Captain America (and his beard) but we can definitely expect quite the fight from Proxima in Infinity War. In the comics, she took over the undersea kingdom of Atlantis and caused Namor to bend the knee, which is no easy task.
When compared to others of the Black Order, Black Dwarf seems almost normal. Feigning joy and contentment, in reality, this celestial nihilist is simply more at peace with the oblivion Thanos seeks than the others of the Black Order.
POWERS: Super-strength, super-dense, unbreakable skin
Known as Black Dwarf in the comics, Cul Obsidian is a bruiser, though one of the first members of the Black Order in the comics to return to Thanos defeated. After attempting to take on Wakanda and the Black Panther, Balck Dwarf and his forces retreat, leading to Black Dwarf’s loss of favor with Thanos. We predict his name was changed to keep the insanely cool sounding Cul Obsidian title in the mix, instead of the somewhat generic Black Dwarf.
A thin razor of a man. Not a fighter, a thinker. A black tongue that spreads mischief and evil wherever he goes. He seems to be the weakest of the Black Order, but in truth, he is the most dangerous of them all.
POWERS: Believed to be none, but that, like most things about him could be a lie.
Ebony Maw is often left up to his own devices when it comes to implementing Thanos’ will. in the comics, Maw takes control of Dr. Strange and uses the Sorcerer Supreme to both find the son of Thanos – their reason for attacking the Earth in the Infinity storyline – and keep the other heroes at a disadvantage using both Strange and his spells. We’ve seen set photos that tease a similar matchup between Maw and Strange, so expect some big things from this evil manipulator.
Of course, there is a member of the Black Order that doesn’t seem to have made the jump to the MCU’s Children of Thanos, and that is Supergiant. Supergiant is described as a “mentally unstable omnipath and telepathic parasite,” who “seeks out intellect and devours it. What she knows, Thanos knows.” Her removal from the team is likely due to a similar powerset/threat as Ebony Maw, who we can expect to take over some of Supergiant’s duties in Infinity War.
Finally, we’ve seen another large threat for the Avengers to take on in Wakanda, with the team racing to war against a swarm of alien creatures, which you can see from the trailer below:
While there is no official confirmation, these alien creatures resemble the race known as Outriders, who live only to serve and die for Thanos and the Black Order. Note the sloped and extended head, sharp teeth, and four arms ending in claws:
In the comics, the Outriders operated with stealth and were able to appear invisible to the various heroes of the Marvel Universe, though it looks like their design has been repurposed for the new invading army of Thanos. That role was previously held by the Chitauri race, though Loki’s failure with the aliens from The Avengers could be the reason Thanos has a new army backing up the Black Order. We can expect an all-out war with these creatures during the Battle of Wakanda that was teased in the trailers.
And that wraps up our brief look at the new threats from Avengers: Infinity War. While some of the backstories and characteristics of the Black Order might not make it onto the big screen, we still expect the Children of Thanos to prove to be quite a match for the Avengers, and we can’t wait to see it.
Stay tuned to GEEK this week as we take a closer look at the Infinity Stones of the MCU, and why Thanos is on a quest to find them.
Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters on May 4, 2018.
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