The already massive Avengers: Infinity War cast is expanding. With all the superheroes running around, they are going to need some villains to fight. Thanos (Josh Brolin) is going to be powerful enough once he has the Infinity Gauntlet, but it never hurts to have backup and now we know he’ll have some.
Terry Notary, who did the performance capture for the titular king in Kong: Skull Island, has confirmed his role in the next Avengers film (and possibly the one after it) to The Hollywood Reporter.
“I’m working on four characters right now. I’m working with Josh Brolin and three other actors [in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War], and I’m playing Josh Brolin’s right hand bad guy in the film. I can’t say the name of the character or I think Marvel will sever my head, but I apply those same principals of what it means to drop bullshit and just play a character truly evil. And it’s working. [Laughs] It’s truly working.”
The presence of a “right hand bad guy” and three other actors, which we’ll presume are also baddies for now, could be a big hint at the identity of Thanos’ backup in the film. Back in October 2015, I speculated that the Black Order could be in Avengers: Infinity War after hearing Marvel Studios Vice President of Production Development Jeremy Latcham, who is also an executive producer on Infinity War drop the name of a comic book creator whose work was in the conference room where the story for the film was being broken.
At a press event for the Avengers: Age of Ultron Blu-ray, Latcham mentioned the presence of Jim Starlin material in that conference room, which made sense given that Starlin created Thanos and wrote The Infinity Gauntlet comic book event. Latcham also mentioned Jonathan Hickman, who wrote the 2013 event series Infinity in which the Black Order was introduced. The Black Order, also known by an even cooler name, the Cull Obsidian, is a group of deadly aliens that served as Thanos’ war generals in The Mad Titan’s battle with The Avengers in Infinity.
The Black Order has five members, but Notary only mentioned a total of four actors besides Brolin. Notary could only be specifying performance capture roles, however, so it’s possible the whole squad will be in the film. In case you’ve not read Infinity, here is an introduction to the team.
The grotesque creature at the top whose name was not mentioned in the roll call is Corvus Glaive. He is the character who, at least in the comics, comes the closest to the description of “right hand bad guy” to Thanos. When Thanos isn’t around to give orders, Glaive is in charge. He has the power to regenerate, making him very difficult to kill. He wields a savage blade affixed to a staff that will keep him alive so long as the blade remains intact. Corvus Glaive is cunning and merciless and would prove to be a difficult challenge for any Avenger, or Guardian.
Proxima Midnight, the wife of Corvus Glaive, is arguably even more deadly than her husband. Billed as “the greatest warrior in Thanos’ army,” Proxima Midnight does not share Glaive’s regenerative powers, but she makes up for it with super strength, speed, and durability. When those aren’t enough, she’s got a spear that emits three beams of lethal black light that just don’t miss. She’s also been known to exploit hard feelings between heroes and turn them against one another, which could very well play a factor in a post-Civil War world.
The twisted family affair continues with the Black Dwarf, brother of Corvus Glaive. Literally, he is the big bad of the Black Order. He is the closest to Notary’s most recent role as Kong, but it’s not as if Notary can only play big, strong monsters. Super-human strength, density, and unbreakable skin make him the muscle, plain and simple. He carries around a ferocious battle axe and while the Black Panther got the best of him in Infinity, I’d expect Black Dwarf to take on the Hulk, Thor, or Drax (or any combination of the three) in Infinity War.
The Ebony Maw may not look like much, but his mind makes him as dangerous as any of his pals. He could be moved up the rankings to “right hand” status in the MCU version of the Black Order. His powers are those of suggestion, using his black tongue to say just the right the thing to make a hero do the wrong thing. He took over Doctor Strange’s mind in Infinity to use the Sorcerer Supreme’s mystic powers to get a location on Thanos’ son, Thane. With Doctor Strange being introduced in the MCU next year, we could see this pairing again in Infinity War, but it would also be fun to see a battle of master manipulators between Ebony Maw and Scarlet Witch.
Supergiant is a telepath with the parasitic ability to devour the intellect of her chosen victim. When Thanos needs information, Supergiant is the one for the job, so if she appears in Infinity War, count on her to interrogate at least one Avenger or Guardian to help Thanos gain an advantage.
If the Black Order really is in Avengers: Infinity War, Notary is mostly likely playing Corvus Glaive, Black Dwarf, or Ebony Maw and it’s really hard to guess which one. I also believe there’s a chance that Peter Dinklage’s unknown role in Infinity War could be Glaive or Ebony Maw. There is, of course, also the possibility that my speculation is totally wrong, the Black Order isn’t in the film, and Notary is playing someone completely different.
Regardless, the possibility of seeing the Black Order in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is exciting and I hope it comes to fruition.
Avengers: Infinity War is currently in production and is due in theaters May 4, 2018.