We begin our epic week of 'Infinity War' related articles with our rundown of the famous four that make up Thanos' sinister Black Order in Avengers III.
The Black Order
The first appearance of the full team was a part of Infinity, the first big crossover of Jonathan Hickman's epic comic book run. They were Thanos's generals, sent to Earth at the head of his invasion force to find the Infinity Stones and also his son.
In the comics, they were also known as The Cull Obsidian, though that's been changed for the movie. In the film, they're being referred to as the Children of Thanos which is odd considering the fact that they were sent to kill Thane, Thanos's son, in the comics; and because Thanos already has a couple of adopted children- Gamora and Nebula.
Now, let's talk more about the individual characters.
Corvus Glaive. The leader of the Black Order and the most trusted general. Glaive is the only member of the Order co-created by Jim Cheung, he has enhanced strength, speed, agility and endurance, and is functionally immortal as long as his signature glaive (visible in pictures and trailers) is unbroken. He's married to Proxima Midnight, and a brother to Black Dwarf.
Proxima Midnight. She was co-created by Hickman and Jerome Opena for Infinity. She has all the powers of her husband, Corvus Glaive, but her spear can turn to light and it almost never misses- anyone think her and Hawkeye should battle it out?
Cull Obsidian (Black Dwarf)
Cull Obsidian. Or should we say Black Dwarf? In this months Avengers: Infinity War movie, the indestructible beast is named Cull Obsidian- the original name of the Black Order in the comics. Again created by Hickman and Opena, Black Dwarf was similar in weight to the Hulk and had unbreakable skin- much like Luke Cage, and yet he was still defeated trying to invade Wakanda in Infinity.
Ebony Maw. The Kilgrave of the PG Marvel Movies. The Meddling Monk who is able to manipulate his victims with the whisper of his voice. His true power, as presented by Hickman and Opena in Infinity, appeared to be "lying." We aren't entirely sure of any physical abilities: just the ability to manipulate anyone and anything into doing what he wants. In the trailers we've seen him manipulating Doctor Strange's powers against him- so we are intrigued as to where the Russo brothers take this devilish being.
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