While Avengers: Infinity War spent a considerable portion of its running time exploring the character and motivations of Thanos, his Black Order – Corvus Glaive, Promixa Midnight, Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian – weren’t so fortunate, with their screen time pretty much restricted to several fight scenes with various members of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
During a Q&A at Iowa City High School, Joe Russo has explained the decision not to delve into the backstory of the Black Order:
“I think people have been waiting 10 years to have the Marvel heroes together in a 2 and half hour film,” said Russo. “So If I started to go into the history of them- that’s a whole another movie all together. I felt like they did their jobs in the film. And the audience got enough of them in the film- as much as they needed them in the film. As much as I like those characters – and as much as I like comic books – I feel that if I started delving into their backstory it would become unwatchable. There’s only so many characters you can keep in your head.”
“Thanos is the true bad guy of the movie you don’t want the sub villains overshadowing the super villain,” he continued, when asked why all four members were killed off. “We wanted to save Thanos for the final showdown between him and the heroes. They weren’t easy to dispatch, all of them. It certainly took a few nasty fights.”
What did you make of the Black Order and their role in the film? Did you want to know more about the characters, or do you agree that it would have detracted from the rest of the movie? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…
An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time. The Avengers and their Super Hero allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.
Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther), Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Paul Bettany (Vision), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Don Cheadle (War Machine), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Sean Gunn (Rocket), Vin Diesel (Groot), Karen Gillan (Nebula), Pom Klementieff (Mantis), Tom Hiddleston (Loki), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Benicio Del Toro (The Collector), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Letitia Wright (Shuri), Winston Duke (M’Baku), Terry Notary (Cull Obsidian), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (Ebony Maw), Carrie Coon (Proxima Midnight), Michael James Shaw (Corvus Glaive) and Peter Dinklage (Eitri).