Marvel once again completely obliterated the expectations of its fanbase this afternoon when Kevin Feige revealed first footage from the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. (You can see a full breakdown of the footage from our friends over at Superheronews.com below). This included an appearance from co-director Joe Russo (Anthony Russo remained in Atlanta to complete production) along with multiple cast members, including Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Anthony Mackie, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, and Thanos himself Josh Brolin.
We’ve of course known that the “Mad Titan” Thanos is the Big Bad of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, but after today we also know that he won’t be alone when he come for Earth and it’s Mightiest Heroes.
That’s because this afternoon at the Marvel booth at the D23 Expo, Marvel also revealed statues of Thano’s four Children who will appear in Avengers: Infinity War next year. And they are Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, and Cull Obsidian.
The children of Thanos. #InfinityWar pic.twitter.com/erI5pGrC0d
— Dustin Sandoval (@DustinMSandoval) July 15, 2017
Josh Brolin then revealed the Infinity Gauntlet in front of a crowd of excited fans. Here’s a video showing how it went down:
Josh Brolin just unveiled the Black Order and Infinity Gauntlet at D23. #InfinityWar pic.twitter.com/UHrH68Ax0c
— Brandon Davis (@BrandonDavisBD) July 15, 2017
It had been speculated for some time that Thanos’ Black Order would make it’s debut in Infinity War. But, now that they’ve been confirmed you might be wondering who they are.
The Black Order, created by writer Jonathan Hickman and artists Jerome Opeña and Jim Cheung, are relatively new additions to the Marvel comic book universe. The original incarnation of the team appeared in New Avengers #8 in 2013 and played a major role in the Infinity crossover, where Thanos and his army invade an undefended Earth, due to the Avengers fighting elsewhere in the Universe at the time.
The Black Order are confirmed to be #AvengersInfinityWar Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, and Cull Obsidian. #D23Expo pic.twitter.com/kOUDPWmkv6
— MrVicks (@MrVicks) July 15, 2017
Unlike the comics, the Black Order seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe won’t be a collection of recruited aliens, but rather Thanos’ own children. Making them the siblings to Gamora and Nebula. This is an interesting twist on the comic book canon and one that could make the conflict a bit more personal.
Either way, with Avengers: Infinity War due out on May 4, 2018, it seem as though Marvel and the Russo brothers are about to raise the bar again.