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Avengers: Infinity War – Who are the Black Order?

Everything you need to know about The Black Order

With the release of the first Avengers: Infinity War trailer, hype is at an all time high for the highly anticipated two-part film.

While flashes of Thanos’ “Black Order“, or “Cull Obsidian” as they’ll be referred to in the film, were fleeting, it’s important to understand who exactly these characters are and just how deadly they can be. This elite group has a skill set comparable to each Marvel Hero and therefore will surely pose a formidable threat; the likes of which the Avengers have never seen before.

Commonly known as the Black Order and sometimes referred to as the Cull Obsidian in the comics this Elite group of 5 sinister beings make up Thanos’ most trusted generals. These generals first made their appearance in the 2013 Infinity series and were tasked with retrieving the Infinity Stones for Thanos. While they don’t mind doing the dirty work themselves, they have an army of ‘Outriders‘ they command as well, which will also be featured in the film.


Infinity War - The Black Order Outriders Panel

These parasitic beings are pretty much mindless drones, pre-programmed with a singular task, which they either succeed in doing and are then dispatched of, or die in the process, what a life. Corvus Glaive, Thanos’ right hand and leading member of the Cull Obsidian describes them best..

“Outriders are not born, they are made. A genetically engineered parasite-assassin solely devoted to the whims of its maker. These creatures have no names, just a binary existence defined by whether they complete the task given to them, or whether they fail.”

While it is yet to be seen what powers they’ll have in the movies, they’re quite the worthy opponent in the comics. Capable of telepathy, invisibility, intangibility and flight these Outriders are far more threatening than the Chitauri from the first Avengers film.

Corvus Glaive

Speaking of Corvus, lets start with him. As I just mentioned he is Thanos’ right hand man and most trusted General.

Infinity War - The Black Order Corvus

Corvus sold his soul to the Mad Titan and betrayed his own kind in the pursuit of glory and power. He is a master tactician possessing incredible strength and speed, wielding a deadly blade capable of cutting through atoms, you know, the things that make up everything? Oh and the best part? As long as the glaive is in Corvus’ possession, he can not die, so that’s fun. Corvus can kind of be found in the new Infinity War trailer…

Infinity War - The Black Order Corvus Trailer Appearance

Well, his foot and spear can be anyways.

Proxima Midnight

Infinity War - The Black Order Proxima Midnight Artwork

Next up we have Proxima Midnight. Generally portrayed as “a predator in every sense of the word”, she has god-like strength, agility and fighting abilities. She also has a spear, but when this one is thrown, it transforms into three deadly light tracers that never miss their target. If you know where to look, she can be briefly seen in the new Infinity War trailer, throwing said spear, but whats interesting is that Captain America DODGES that shit!

Infinity War - The Black Order Proxima Midnight Trailer Still
Proxima Midnight throwing her spear that never misses…
Infinity War - The Black Order Proxima Midnight Screen Spear
Cap catching the spear that “never misses”

Ebony Maw

Infinity War - The Black Order Ebony Maw Artwork

Ebony Maw is considered the most powerful member of the Cull Obsidian. Capable of going toe to toe with Doctor Strange, and even at one point manipulating him and turning him into a double agent. Described as “having a black tongue that spreads evil and mischief where ever he goes”. Ebony Maw is a master of deception and manipulator who can corrupt even the purest of hearts, reveal their secrets and get them to do his bidding.

The final member that will be in Avengers: Infinity War, but not the last member of the Black Order is:

Black Dwarf

Infinity War - The Black Order Black Dwarf Artwork

Black Dwarf, obviously, is by no means a dwarf. His shear strength is comparable to that of the Hulk. He’s a dense and durable “celestial nihilist”. When Thanos set his sights on Earth it was the Black Dwarf that led the assault on Wakanda (Home to Black Panther). Sadly for him, this assault ended in failure and his expulsion from the Black Order. The second half of the Infinity War trailer is blatantly said assault.

The last member of the Black Order, who, for some reason is not in the film is:


Infinity War - The Black Order SuperGiant Artwork

This mentally unstable telepathic parasite is known as an “omnipath”, an extremely powerful psychic being with the ability to devour souls. She mainly goes for intelligent, cosmic beings that she deems worthy of her corruption. Why she is being left out of Infinity War is beyond me, but its a damn shame, she has some truly cool moments in the comics.

So there you have it, that is the Black Order in a nut shell! For more information on them, check out Marvel’s Infinity series or just wait to see how they translate to the big screen. For all of your Avengers: Infinity War needs, keep checking back with us at n3rdabl3, we’ve got you covered!

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