WARNING: This article contains potential spoilers for Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War.
If skeptical fans required any more evidence about the identity of Thanos' minions in Avengers: Infinity War, a new round of photos leaked from the set of the Marvel Studios sequel undoubtedly provides it.
Theories that the Mad Titan will be assisted by the Black Order -- a team of aliens who in Marvel comics who backed Thanos in his cosmic crusade -- were bolstered in April by photos and video from the film's Edinburgh, Scotland, set that showed actors in motion-capture suits believed to be portraying Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight. Those were followed by speculation that the inclusion of Wakanda in Infinity War could open the door to the introduction of Black Order member Black Dwarf, who invaded the African nation in the comics.
However, there were still no signs of perhaps the most dangerous member of the Black Order, Ebony Maw. That is, until now.
— JustJared.com (@JustJared) July 6, 2017
Just Jared has released photos taken Wednesday on the Atlanta set of Infinity War that depict Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange lying flat on his back, being menaced by an actor in a motion-capture suit. Although the images aren't particularly enlightening at first glance, closer inspection of the actor's right shoulder reveals a patch that reads “EB MAW," which would seem to indicate Ebony Maw.
Introduced in 2013 in New Avengers #8, Maw is a master of manipulation and seduction who can infect the mind of his foes, learning their secrets and compelling them to do his bidding. He has a bit of history with Stephen Strange, as in the comics Maw was sent to pry from the Sorcerer Supreme the secrets of the Illuminati and the location of Thanos' son Thane.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War boasts a sprawling ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives in theaters May 4, 2018, with the untitled sequel opening May 3, 2019.
(via MCU Exchange)