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Everything you need to know about Thanos (and friends) before Avengers: Infinity War

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Apr 19, 2018

SYFY WIRE's Infinity War Roundup is your go-to guide for everything you need to know about Marvel's massive superhero crossover, Avengers: Infinity War. In the weeks leading up to Infinity War's April 27 premiere, SYFY WIRE will be rounding up every important character arc and plot detail you need to know from the past 10 years and 18 movies.

Today's entry will wrap up our Infinity War roundup series by taking a look at the stone-hunting Titan of the hour and his evil cronies — Thanos and the Black Order. Since not much is known about Thanos' "children," we must speculate on their whereabouts and actions in the run-up to the movie.

Let's take a look at the MCU lives of the biggest and worst villains this comic book-inspired world (and universe) has ever seen.

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THANOS (JOSH BROLIN)

Unless you were a hardcore Marvel fan in 2012, you might never have heard of the Mad Titan Thanos. His cryptic smile at the end of the first Avengers movie sent audiences into a Google frenzy online, and ever since, Thanos has been pulling certain strings behind the scenes of the MCU. To date, he's appeared in only three films, two of them in short post-credits sequences.

Damion Poitier played Thanos at the end of The Avengers (2012). Josh Brolin first appeared as Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), in which the Mad Titan strikes a deal with Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) that allows Ronan to destroy the Nova Corps if he brings Thanos the Power Stone. Following the events of Age of Ultron (2015), he finally dons the Infinity Gauntlet and says that he'll "do it" himself. While not present a lot of the time, Thanos' sadistic nature is evident in the way he raised his two adopted daughters, Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan), both of whom start off as emotionless warriors intent on killing anything and everything, including each other.

According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, Thanos' backstory was tweaked to turn him into a member of the planet Titan. A terrible disaster occurred, which he could have stopped… and since that point, he's been obsessed with death and restoring "order" to the universe.

Right before Infinity War: This is an easy one. Last we saw, Thanos' ship towered menacingly over the Asgardian ship at the end of Thor: Ragnarok (2017). He must somehow know that Loki's got the Tesseract (aka the Space Stone) and apparently destroys the Asgardian vessel. That's why Thor is floating out in space and is rescued by the Guardians of the Galaxy. We just hope Korg is okay.

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CORVUS GLAIVE (ACTOR UNKNOWN)

Corvus Glaive is the alien commander of the Outriders, those xenomorph-esque aliens you see attacking Wakanda in the trailers. As the chief of Thanos' generals, Glaive discovers new worlds to be conquered.

Right before Infinity War: He could be scouting out the Earth for total destruction while breeding the Outriders so their numbers are enough to overpower the Avengers. Based on the tie-in LEGO sets unveiled, we know Corvus arrives in Wakanda not just with his Outriders but with a thresher machine as well.

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PROXIMA MIDNIGHT (CARRIE COON)

Proxima is Corvus' wife, and while he is the top general within the Black Order, Proxima is "the greatest warrior in Thanos' army." She's capable of killing anyone and anything with her bare hands, but prefers a spear that contains "both the power of a star and a supernova." It's powerful enough to bring down a fully rampaging Hulk, which does not bode well for the Avengers.

Right before Infinity War: She's probably chilling with Corvus and training up for her battles against the Earth's "mightiest heroes."

Ebony Maw

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EBONY MAW (TOM VAUGHAN-LAWLOR)

Yeah, he's the dude creepily putting a finger to his lips as Doctor Strange's (Benedict Cumberbatch) boy is pierced by crystalline needles. His taciturn nature is a reference to the fact that he’s a "whisperer," a genius thinker and persuader. He may not be trained in combat like Corvus and Proxima, but his intellect and penchant for strategy and manipulation are beyond anything yet seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He even once used Doctor Strange to summon a Lovecraftian deity by the name of Shuma-Gorath.

Right before Infinity War: He's most likely studying dossiers on all of the Avengers and their abilities, pinpointing the best ways in which to weaken and manipulate them.

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BLACK DWARF/CULL OBSIDIAN (TERRY NOTARY)

Originally named Black Dwarf in the comics, Cull Obsidian is the muscle behind the Black Order. Think of him as the anti-Hulk, and considerably more powerful and dangerous. He's got extremely tough skin, super strength, and a battle axe. However, Obsidian has failed Thanos on at least two occasions. The first instance occurred when he could not defeat the Wakandans and was expelled by Thanos from the Black Order. The second instance came when he was killed by Ronan the Accuser when tasked with guarding The Peak from the Avengers.

Right before Infinity War: Cull Obsidian's got the brawn, but does he have the brains? Probably not. We figure he's out in the universe somewhere wiping out an entire species on Thanos' orders or honing his combat skills on some war-torn world like the ones glimpsed in Thor: The Dark World (2013). 

Supergiant

SUPERGIANT (ACTOR UNKNOWN)

Supergiant hasn't been mentioned in any of the marketing materials, so there's a good chance she's not featured in Infinity War, which is already bursting at the seams with characters. However, here's some background on the villain if she does show up: Supergiant can not only absorb any knowledge from one's mind, she can also take control of it and any superpowers the individual is in possession of. Mix this telepathic parasitism with mental instability and you've got one dangerous follower of Thanos.

Right before Infinity War: If Supergiant exists in the MCU, she could be, like Ebony, brushing up on each Avenger, their powers, and their weaknesses.

For a full and detailed rundown of the Black Order, click HERE.