The Black Order or also referred to as the Children of Thanos was first seen in the comics New Avengers that was released last 2015. Their first animated debut was in the 2015 Avengers Assemble on “New Frontiers” episode. They are group of deadly aliens who helps Thanos in achieving his crusade on getting all the infinity gems. Of course, Thanos won’t be coming to earth all by himself against all the mighty Avengers. He needs someone to assist him. These group of elite lieutenants are all adoptive children of Thanos that consists of Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, Black Dwarf and Supergiant. Aside from Supergiant, these four are the only characters seen in the movie Avengers: Infinity War. Gamora and Nebula from the Guardians of the Galaxy are also the adopted daughters of Thanos, but unlike the Black Order, they are not as wicked as them.

So over the years, conquering different worlds, Thanos recruited these defeated civilization as his adopted children. So the Black Order is Thanos’ generals. The best of the best kind of like how Colonel Nicholas “Nick” Joseph Fury assembled the Avengers. So who are these individuals?

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Corvus Glaive

The leader of the group. The right hand of Thanos. Among all members of the Black Order, he is the one most favored. He has this super strength, speed, stamina, durability and with his main weapon, glaive. As long as his glaive stays intact, he cannot die. He is immortal with it. Just like what happened in the comics, he was at one point obliterated but the glaive brings him back to life. His glaive is super powerful that it can spilt the atoms in half and has the ability to cut Hulk’s skin. In the Infinity Wars trailer, he uses his glaive to claw the mind stone out of Vision’s forehead.

His name Corvus is Latin for “crow”.

Proxima Midnight

The wife of Corvus Glaive. The predatory general. She has the ability of super strength, speed and durability. Her main weapon is her spear. She yields a special spear that was forged by the energy of a supernova and a black hole made by Thanos himself. This spear can transform into light and change its size. It never misses its target but in the trailer, Captain America was able to dodge and get a hold of it. How was Captain America able to do that? That is a question that will be answered after seeing the movie.

Ebony Maw

The mental manipulator. The master torturer. Unlike the two mentioned above, he really does not have that power over physical abilities, he just basically lies but he is one of the deadliest. He is the black tongue, a skilled manipulator. Aside from his teleportation abilities, his manipulation and mind control is his great asset. He is that powerful that he was able to completely break and effectively control the mind of Doctor Strange. In the trailer, Ebony Maw was able to make Doctor Strange use his own mystical shards to stab his own face while creepily shushing Doctor Strange’s scream. To think that Doctor Strange is always the most powerful mind in the Marvel Universe. He was able to torture one of the strongest members of the Avengers. Look how lethal he is. He was also seen in the trailer where he was walking over some corpses. Scarlet Witch and Dr. Strange will be particularly at risk to themselves. Ebony Maw might infiltrate them and might be used as weapon against other avengers.

Black Dwarf

The brother of Corvus Glaive. The powerhouse. Although his name is the total opposite to his physical appearance, Black Dwarf is the largest and biggest in the group. He is the brute of the group. He possessed this super strength that he was named as the strongest and most powerful in the Black Order. He has super density and durability. His skin is impenetrable. He is also called Cull Obsidian in the movie Avengers: Infinity Wars but in the comics, Cull Obsidian is the alternate name of the Black Order. With his size, he would make a good match against the Hulk. Aside from his physical abilities, he also carries a battle ax type weapon. In the comics, he was also the one who lead the invasion of Wakanda which I think will be partially adapted in the movie Avenger: Infinity War. In the comics, Black Dwarf was to eliminate and kill King T’Challa but somehow failed to do so. He was expelled from the group Black Order after failing on conquering Black Panther’s nation.


The intelligence operative. The mental parasite. She was the chief telepathic of the group. Although she is not in the movie Avengers: Infinity Stone, I will still discuss the last villain. Having said as the mental parasite, she has the ability to steal and devours the intellect of her victims. As what the Marvel describe her “A telepathic “puppeteer” whose intelligence is funneled directly to Thanos.” In the comics, the reason why she came to earth was to wage war.

Thanos having his generals is likely to neutralize the threat of the most powerful Avengers. With all the descriptions above, among all members of the Black Order, who do you think is the most dangerous villain? Will they be able to overpower the Avengers team in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie?