With the release of The Avengers: Infinity War on digital comes new information regarding the direction of the Black Order of Thanos, which consists of Ebony Maw, Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian and Proxima Midnight.
Joe Russo touches upon why the Black Order were weaker in the movie compared to their comic book counterparts in the Director’s Commentary bonus feature.
“The Black Order, in particular, we worked hard to adjust them to the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” Russo explained. “In the Hickman run, I thought the characters were too powerful. And nobody wants the sub-villain to outshine the villain. And we adjusted their power sets so that they lined up in a way that was more interesting with our heroes. Which is why Maw is a wizard… he can control things on a molecular level.”
While I didn’t have a major problem with the powerset of the Black Order, my one complaint would be that I wanted to see more from them, which Joe Russo also touches upon.
“There were earlier drafts of the script, I think, with the Black Order… in a more stylized draft, where we did backstories for each of them,” Russo said. “Ultimately the movie was getting too crowded, too hard to follow. In the books there’s a backstory between Proxima and Corvus, that they’re married. Only hinted at in the slightest way [in Infinity War] by the fact that they are paired up to retrieve a Stone, and the way she responds when Corvus gets stabbed by Natasha.”
While it seems as if the Black Order is dead (it is comics we are talking about here), some fans have put it forth that Ebony Maw, Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian and Proxima Midnight could return in some type of Infinity War prequel movie, with me suggesting a Richard Rider Nova film as Infinity War didn’t show Thanos attacking Xandar.
The Avengers: Infinity War becomes available on Blu-Ray on August 14.