Thanks to new art for Avengers: Infinity War, we have our best look yet at Black Order members Ebony Maw and Proxima Midnight. Marvel Studios has been having a strong 2018 so far, with Black Panther estimated to open big in less than two weeks. The buzz and early reactions have all been positive and the cultural impact of the film looks to be on an order above Wonder Woman. Then there’s the Ant-Man & the Wasp trailer that dropped last week and managed to actually pull some attention from Wakanda with its snappy action and comedy.
No matter how well Black Panther and Ant-Man 2 do in theaters, however, there’s no escaping the pull of Avengers: Infinity War. Last year’s teaser took the Internet by storm and the Avengers 3 Super Bowl spot helped remind Marvel fans just how much MCU they’ll be getting this year. The new look at the film offered even more intriguing character pairings, teasing yet more possibilities for future superhero team-up films. But the TV spot was sadly short on villains, merely providing a signature smirk from Thanos and no new look at his fearsome children. Luckily, some new promotional art has come through.
Redditor whatshyped got their hands on the latest issue of German magazine Panini Vorschau, which features promotional art for Avengers: Infinity War as its cover. Resembling the poster given out at San Diego Comic-Con last year, the image brings together most of the MCU heroes and spotlights Thanos and some of his Black Order.
UPDATE: A different version of the artwork reveals Thanos’ full Black Order.
Whether cut off or simply missing, we don’t see Hawkeye or Ant-Man at all. Of course, the Ant-Man & the Wasp teaser seemed to confirm Scott Lang may be sitting out the big battle, despite what we have previously heard. As for Hawkeye, we know he’ll be in the film yet he’s been absent from both trailers for Avengers 3 so far. When it comes to the villains, however, we finally get a better look at Thanos’ minions.
The Black Order in the comics are five elite warriors who help Thanos invade Earth. In the MCU, four of them are being reimagined as the Mad Titan’s ‘children’ (similar to Gamora and Nebula). We’ve seen glimpses of some of them in the first Avengers: Infinity War trailer, plus statues at D23 and some small images of them in last year’s poster. This new art, though, gives us our closest look at both Ebony Maw (left) and Proxima Midnight (right).
Maw, who uses psychic powers to manipulate his opponents, looks strikingly similar to his eerie comic book counterpart. Proxima Midnight is also fairly faithful, though her horned helmet has been turned into actual protrusions from her forehead. Not pictured is her spear, which is said to never miss its target. We have, however, seen it do just that, as Captain America dodges it in the Avengers 3 trailer. Hopefully, the release of Black Panther will be followed by a full trailer that will feature Hawkeye, more of the Guardians, and the Black Order in all their glory. Until then, this Avengers: Infinity War artwork should hold over fans.
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