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Infinity War: Why Proxima Midnight Is the Black Order's MVP

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No good old fashioned interplanetary conquest can hope to succeed without the appropriate muscle. Avengers: Infinity War will soon bring Thanos to Earth, but the Mad Titan will not be traveling alone. He brings with him a crack team of alien masochists called the Black Order, each with their own particular set of gruesome skills. Perhaps the deadliest member of the Black Order is Proxima Midnight, set to be voiced by Fargo and The Leftovers star Carrie Coon. Proxima’s ferocity on the battlefield is the stuff of legend, but just who is Thanos’ most valuable killer?

Little is known about the big screen adaptation of Proxima Midnight, though there are a few details to be gleaned. Various trailers and TV spots have revealed that the villain will throw down with Captain America, Black Widow and Falcon at some point in the film. Her design does not appear to have been changed much from the comics -- she still has her wickedly powerful spear and can go toe-to-toe with the best of the Avengers. Aside from that, though, Infinity War’s Proxima Midnight is a mystery. So, naturally, there is only one place left to look: the source material.

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In the comics, Proxima Midnight is the Black Order’s most effective killer. She is strong, lithe, fast and almost unkillable, but what truly makes her extraordinary is her spear. As with her husband Corvus Glaive, a great deal of power rests in Proxima’s weapon. Crafted from a sun trapped in distorted space-time, Proxima’s spear is the essence of life and death combined into one deadly weapon. The spear can also impart its density on enemies, rendering even a creature like the Hulk immobile. Also, in case that is not bad enough, the spear splits into three tracers of black light when thrown. These deadly rays cannot be avoided, no matter how fast their quarry. Oh, and the spear can turn Hulk back into Bruce Banner. Yikes.

First introduced in New Avengers Vol. #8, Proxima Midnight was created by Jonathan Hickman for the Infinity arc. The Infinity arc saw most of the Avengers leave Earth to deal with the universal threat of the Builders. The absence of Earth’s heroes left the planet open to attack from Thanos. In a change from the film’s premise, though, Thanos was less focused on the Infinity Gems and more interested in locating his bastard son, Thane. Nonetheless, the Mad Titan is downright obsessed when it comes to Infinity Gems, so, after getting wind that there may be a single surviving gem left on Earth, he dispatches his Black Order to key points rich with the remaining Marvel heroes.

Proxima makes a quick landfall in New York City, where she is routed by Luke Cage. After that, the villain goes on to rack up win after win. She heads to the newly-defenseless Atlantis, which quickly surrenders under threat of her might. Proxima then goes to Wakanda to clean up Black Dwarf’s mess -- the Black Order’s giant was repelled by Wakandan forces when he first challenged the city. Being the monster she is, Proxima takes the city with the remaining might of the Black Order. In the end, the Black Order’s members are either killed or flee. Proxima Midnight, though, still stands, encased in a living death beside Thanos. She later breaks free and goes back to doing what she does best -- killing fools and surviving.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston and Josh Brolin, among others. The films opens April 27.

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