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Does Avengers: Infinity War’s Black Order Have A Major Link To Drax?

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Does Avengers: Infinity War’s Black Order Have A Major Link To Drax?

Speculation has been running amok regarding Avengers: Infinity War, with very few confirmations as to which characters would take part in the massive brawl between Thanos, the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy. But when Disney’s D23 Expo arrived last week, it brought with it some answers, along with a few new questions. Chief among these was the revelation that, as theorized, Thanos wowillld not be facing the Avengers alone. At his side will be the Black Order, aka the Children of Thanos.

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Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw and Cull Obsidian (Black Dwarf, in the comics) have all been revealed as the frightful forces that will answer to their leader Thanos. Created in 2013 by writer Jonathan Hickman and artists Jerome Opeña and Jim Cheung, the Black Order is a fairly recent addition to the Marvel Universe, arriving at a time when Marvel’s series were building towards the Infinity event. The Black Order consisted of various creatures recruited from across the universe by Thanos to help him in his terrible, soul-crushing endeavors. As is usually the case in the MCU, some of these characters will probably have a most or all of their origin and story intact, while others will be slightly tweaked. Here, we look at just how much we think Proxima Midnight might differ from her comic book counterpart.

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It’s likely to the movie’s benefit that not much is known about Proxima Midnight other than she has a bloodied past, she’s married to fellow Black Order member Corvus Glaive, and is a fierce and cruel combatant. Her inclusion as part of Thanos’ army makes a lot of sense, considering that her character is a bit of a blank slate, offering a perfect chance to craft a past and an origin designed to make the character fit into the grander narrative of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What we do know of the MCU’s Black Order is that they’re dubbed the Children of Thanos, a name they did not have in the comic books. This, of course, instantly ties them back to the Guardians of the Galaxy movies’ Gamora and Nebula, who were similarly dubbed Thanos’s daughters. But don’t be fooled – “children” is term without emotion, as Thanos is more of an abusive adopted father than caring parent. He finds these broken children and molds them to his will, forging them into weapons he can later use for his own purposes. Gamora and Nebula managed to break free from his hold, but these four others are still very much his loyal subjects.

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So what could this mean for Proxima Midnight? Not only does she, as well as her three other siblings, have sisters in Gamora and Nebula, but could it also be possible for her to have a father in the ranks of the Guardians of the Galaxy? A father who is quite literal, loves to laugh at the expense of others and is incredibly deadly with dual knives?

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While we know a lot about Drax the Destroyer and his adventures with the Guardians, there’s actually very little we know about his past and origins beyond the fact that he had a wife named Hovat, whom he had met during a war rally, and a daughter, named Kamaria. Both his wife and daughter were tragically murdered by Ronan The Accuser at the behest of Thanos, a horrific event that sent Drax on a rampage across the galaxy, a path of destruction that landed him in The Kyln where he would meet Peter Quill, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Groot. What we don’t know is how much time has gone by between their murder and Drax’s incarceration. In fact, it’s possible his daughter isn’t actually dead at all.

When Drax first faced Ronan in the first Guardians of the Galaxy, The Accuser didn’t even recall killing Drax’s family. Later, when they would face again, Ronan would say that he had been mistaken, that he did in fact remember killing them. But Ronan could easily have been lying either time in order to torment Drax further, but if he doesn’t actually remember killing Hovat and Kamaria, it’s entirely possible that at least one of them made it out alive. Kamaria could then have been found by Thanos, who would have adopted her, to corrupt and change and mold her into his very own soldier.

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Such a revelation would be one that would send an emotional shockwave not only through Drax, but the entire Guardians team. This could make the team’s role in the gigantic team-up movie all the more substantial, and would further deepen the character of Drax. Actually, when looking at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as a whole, an argument could be made that all members of the Guardians saw an emotional journey, from Star-Lord’s relationship with his fathers, to Gamora and Nebula’s bond of sisterhood and Rocket’s affinity for self-destruction. Curiously, Drax saw no such emotional development, save for relating a brief story of how he had met his wife.

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With that in mind, it’s entirely possible that Drax’s major character development was being saved for Avengers: Infinity War. If he were to face the fact that his daughter is alive but corrupted by Thanos, it could send him in a downward spiral, a murderous rage. Such an unexpected link to a member of Thanos’ Black Order could have quite the shocking effect not only on the Guardians, but on the audience as well, and this could only work to further complicate the story going forward.

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In the comics, Drax’s daughter eventually became Moondragon, a superhero and Guardian of the Galaxy herself. But the current clues point toward Kamaria being set up to be revealed as Proxima Midnight. But then, should she be saved, and turned to the side of good, it’s possible then that she might take on the Moondragon moniker. After all, what shines brightly in the “midnight” sky? The moon, of course.

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