When Thanos comes to Earth to take on the Avengers in Avengers: Infinity War, he's not going to take on the dozens of confirmed heroes teaming up against him alone - he'll also have his cadre of elite lieutentants, the Black Order at his side.
But who are the individual members of the Black Order? Little has been seen of them in trailers, and some of the roles remain shrouded in mystery, with each of the Order having separate motion capture body actors and voice actors - and some of those still going unnamed.
Though the Black Order has mostly been seen as a unit, here’s a rundown of their individual powers and personalities - along with a look at Thanos himself.
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.
Glaive has been seen in trailers teaming up with Proxima Midnight to take on the Avengers in pursuit of Vision's Mind Gem. He's physically played by Michael James Shaw, with no confirmed voice actor.
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 Thor: Ragnarok). In Infinity War, Proxima Midnight is played (or at least voiced) by actress Carrie Coon. Her body actress has not been named.
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. He's been seen torturing Doctor Strange in trailers for Infinity War. Ebony Maw is played physically by Tom Vaughan-Lawler, though no voice actor for the role has been named.
The final member of the onscreen Black Order, Cull Obsidian is the team’s powerhouse. Possessed of strength and nigh-invulnerable skin, he's also the brother of Corvus Glaive. In comic books, Cull Obsidian is called Black Dwarf. His Avengers: Infinity War name is an alternate name for the Black Order in comic books.
When the Black Order separated to invade Marvel’s Earth in Infinity, Cull Obsidian went to Wakanda, wreaking havoc on the hidden city - a battle that will be at least partially recreated for Avengers: Infinity War. Cull Obsidian's body actor is Terry Notary (who was also the film's Teen Groot body actor) though his voice actor remains unidentified (he's the big guy all the way on the right below.
Then there's the Mad Titan himself. Driven failure of his agents to collect the Infinity Stones, Thanos will come to Earth to claim them himself, alongside the above elite warriors, his Black Order. But his motivation to obtain the Infinity Stones runs deeper than simple lust for death.
So far in Infinity War, Thanos sees himself as a great equalizer who will use the Infinity Stones to save the universe - by killing half its population. So far in trailers, he's been seen wielding an Infinity Gauntlet equipped with the Power Stone and the Space Stone, but to complete his Infinity Gauntlet, he'll also need to retrieve the Mind Stone, Time Stone, Reality Stone, and Soul Stone (more on their current whereabouts right here).
Thanos is played physically and in voice by actor Josh Brolin.
Avengers: Infinity War is due out in theaters April 27.
Catch up on the characters of Avengers: Infinity War with our series on the film’s heroes. You can read one which covers Team Iron Man right here, and part two which covers Team Thor right here. Part three, covering Team Guardians of the Galaxy, is right here. And finally, Part Four, covering Team Captain America/Black Panther, is right here.