Note: This article was originally published by Charles Murphy at MCU Exchange on June 12, 2017.
“You are a disappointment sister; out of all our siblings, I hated you least.”
Brutal beatings at each other’s hands. Each loss made a permanent memory by Thanos as he rebuilt them to make them better. It’s safe to say that James Gunn has created a relationship between sisters Nebula and Gamora that went a little beyond the usual sibling rivalry, but the two daughters of Thanos seem to have come to an understanding and have chosen very different paths from the one their adoptive-father intended. However, as Nebula indicated, there are other siblings, other children of Thanos, whom we haven’t yet met and if Nebula and Gamora are any indication, they could be pretty nasty.
We can tell you that when Avengers: Infinity War rolls around, we will meet the other children of Thanos and, in fact, we’ve already seen them on set!
Earlier in the year, actor Terry Notary revealed that he was working alongside Josh Brolin and 3 other actors in Avengers: Infinity War and that his character, the “right-hand man” of Thanos, was “truly evil.” Set photos from Scotland seemed to indicate that we might be seeing some of Thanos’ generals, known in the comics as the Black Order, when Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters.
Our source indicated to us that this iteration of the characters, first seen in Jonathan Hickman’s New Avengers #8, won’t be referred to as the Black Order, but instead will be the siblings mentioned by Nebula! When Thanos goes looking for the Infinity Stones, he’s going to send his children and they’ll be bringing bad intentions with them.
While we can’t confirm which of the characters are being used and which is being left out, we feel confident with our previous prediction that Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight will be among them. We also feel pretty confident that if Nebula and Gamora are the well-adjusted children of the Mad Titan, that the Avengers are in for some serious trouble.
With the inspiration drawn from Hickman’s work and the recent set photos indicating Wakanda will play a role in the film, we are hoping to see something along the line of the Black Dwarf’s Wakandan invasion. In the comics, while Thanos’ other generals had defeated the Avengers around the globe, Wakanda, led by T’Challa and his sister, Shuri, turned back the army of the Black Dwarf, helping stem the tide of the invasion and give hope to Earth.
It’s interesting to see which Infinity-related events the Russo brothers have been using for inspiration and it’s becoming very clear that we are not going to be getting a straight adaptation of any one Infinity story. It’s exciting to see the Russos pull what was a solid concept from Hickman’s recent work and fit it into an opening already established by Gunn. While we don’t know if we’ll get much background on how the Mad Titan collected his children, they will undoubtedly provide an incredible threat to the Avengers and we expect that they may even prove to be too much in some instances!