Over the weekend, Disney’s D23 Expo offered the first footage from Avengers: Infinity War in which every Marvel hero seen in film so far bands together to fight Thanos - the massive cosmic threat that’s been built up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the first Avengers film.
Though the footage hasn’t made public yet, one big reveal has – a first look at the Black Order, Thanos’ back up for when he takes on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
It makes perfect sense that the Mad Titan would bring friends to take on, well, everyone. But unlike Thanos, the Black Order aren’t exactly household names. Introduced in New Avengers #8, the Black Order are a group of evil aliens (much like Thanos himself) who act as Thanos’ enforcers
While we don’t yet know much about the Black Order as they’ll appear in the movie, Marvel’s Ryan Penagos called them the “Children of Thanos” while sharing photos of the revealed characters on Twitter. This could mean that, in the film, they share a similar origin to that of Guardians of the Galaxy’s Gamora and Nebula.
But who are the individual members of the Black Order? Though they’ve mostly been seen as a unit, here’s a rundown of their individual powers and personalities.
Corvus Glaive may be the member of the Black Order who is the most similar to Thanos himself – and in fact even once led the Order in Thanos’ absence – a choice that proved to be ill-fated on Thanos’ return.
As for his powers, Glaive possesses a spear-like weapon that can cut through almost anything – and which makes him theoretically immortal while holding it. That last power was never really put to the test – Glaive killed himself to avoid Thanos’ wrath after taking his place at the head of the order.
Proxima Midnight has often been seen as one of Thanos’ chief generals from the Black Order. The wife of Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight also possesses a special weapon, in this case a bladed lance that turns into light.
In comic books – like most of the Black Order – Proxima Midnight is dead, having been killed by Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death (and the villain of the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok.
One of the most vicious of the Black Order, Ebony Maw is also perhaps the most beguiling. Rather than a physical power like Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive, Ebony Maw’s powers are more centered on manipulation, infiltration, and mind-control.
Along with his teleportation abilities, Ebony Maw used his skills in subterfuge to successfully infiltrate Doctor Strange’s Sanctum Sanctorum during Infinity, the crossover that introduced the Black Order.
Black Dwarf/Cull Obsidian
The final member of the onscreen Black Order, Black Dwarf is the team’s powerhouse. Possessed of strength and nigh-invulnerable skin, Black Dwarf is also the brother of Corvus Glaive. Black Dwarf is called "Cull Obsidian" in Avengers: Infinity War, which is an alternate name for the Black Order in comic books.
When the Black Order separated to invade Marvel’s Earth in Infinity, Black Dwarf went to Wakanda, wreaking havoc on the hidden city in a scene that could easily be transplanted into Avengers: Infinity War.