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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has plenty in store for fans over the next couple years, considering that Guardian's of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 hits theaters in May and will be followed shortly by Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok.
Then, at the beginning of 2018, fans will be delighted by the solo Black Panther film which leads us into the epic superhero crossover that the MCU has been preparing for in Avengers: Infinity War. And Infinity War might have a few surprise villains in store for us too, we're learning from the latest set photos.
We know that the Infinity War is primed to be the most epic superhero ensemble film to hit theaters, and #Marvel has been planning for that moment since the beginning of Phase One. And considering that it's going to be so immense, it's easy to understand why the production timeline is taking quite a bit longer than the normal solo comic book film adaptation.
Official production for this massive venture began in February, and will likely continue for several months across numerous locations. But currently, Avengers: Infinity War is filming in Scotland, and will be for another six months. Several pivotal characters have been confirmed on set including Elizabeth Olsen (#ScarletWitch) and Paul Bettany (#Vision) and likely we'll learn of more as the behind-the-scenes photos trickle in.
Corvus Glaive All But Confirmed As A Side Villain
Yet, some of the most intriguing news has been of several stunt doubles in full mocap suits with some seriously impressive looking weapons standing atop the cobblestone roofs of Edinburgh, Scotland.
Two characters have appeared along the rooftops, one carrying a trident-shaped weapon and the other a double ended spear with a curved blade for one end. The latter is believed to be Corvus Glaive, who will be played by Kong: Skull Island actor Terry Notary.
The official IMDB credits list Notary as Cul Obsidian, but any Marvel fan knows the reference of that name as an alias to the Black Order.
And in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Notary had this to say about his role with Marvel:
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.
His hinting towards playing Thanos' right hand make it a fair bet that he will in fact be Corvus Glaive - who throughout the comics proved to be one of the most evil, and powerful villains to come against the Avengers.
What Is The Black Order?
The Black Order is a group of lethal aliens gathered by Thanos himself in order to further his quest for total universe domination and control. In the comics, the Black Order, is composed of 5 incredible villains:
- Corvus Glaive - Brilliant tactician and strategist and warrior
- Proxima Midnight - Incredible fighter able to hurl her spear with pinpoint accuracy
- Supergiant - Omnipath able to devour the minds she controls
- Black Dwarf - Powerhouse with nigh-unbreakable skin
- Ebony Maw - Deceptive, super-genius able to manipulate others.
These 5 villains are some of the most deadly creatures in the universe, and from what it looks like they've arrived on Earth and are looking for the Infinity Stones that several characters within the #MCU currently are in possession of. The Black Order will obviously be a bit different from their comic book counterparts, but it's very exciting to see that these characters will be making an appearance in the Infinity War story.
Now, it seems as though The Black Order will play a fairly important role in the development of Avengers: Infinity War considering how integral they are to Thanos' ultimate plans throughout the comics, so only time will tell as we approach the May 2018 release.