Marvel Comics fans have grown accustomed to certain elements of the comics not making their way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it is never an easy pill to swallow. In the case of the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, one character will be missing from Thanos’ Black Order -- Supergiant, the omnipath who played a pivotal role in the comics. So, who is this villain that did not make the cut and why was she benched?
First debuting in Infinity #1 in 2013, Supergiant was created by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opeña as part of the Infinity arc. Infinity saw Thanos and his Black Order descent upon Earth while the bulk of the planet’s fighting forces were engaged in a space-based war with the Builders, an ancient race of beings responsible for guiding galactic evolution. Earth is left defenseless, which means there is very little in the way of opposition when Thanos and his crew set out in search of both an Infinity Gem (the comic book version of the MCU’s Infinity Stones) and his bastard son, Thane.
Among his ranks is Supergiant, an omnipath so skilled that she and Corvus Glaive go toe-to-toe with the students at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Supergiant uses her psychic powers to briefly take control of Iceman, flash-freezing the remaining X-Men while Corvus Glaive deals with arguably the greater threat: Wolverine. Later, Supergiant uses her powers to take control of Black Bolt, hoping to use a cache of bombs to blow up the Earth. It does not go the way she planned in the least, but we will get to that explosive ending later.
So, why did Supergiant not make it into Infinity War? Chances are because the film is already jampacked with heroes and villains alike, and there is only such much room on the opposing team’s roster. But that does not mean the Black Order will be down a member. It looks as though Loki might be taking on the role Supergiant was intended to play as the fifth member of the Black Order. After all, the trailer puts the Asgardian mischief maker dead center when the sinister group finally assembles. Given that Loki worked with Thanos before, it is not unreasonable to assume that he will revert to his old, conniving ways and work against the Avengers.
While the prospect of Loki acting as the fifth Black Order member is an enticing one, it is a shame that Supergiant will not make it into Infinity War, as she was really the only one among Thanos’ entourage with a genuine backstory. Supergiant’s story starts long before she grew to adulthood, when Thanos was still all about traipsing across the universe killing his children (this is something that has been going on for a while). One of those children was Supergiant’s cribmate at the orphanage she grew up in. While most children would be horrified if their friend got butchered by their own big purple dad, Supergiant was enamored. She begged Thanos to end her in the same way. He agreed, but only if she would help him collect more tributes (see: the heads of children who may or may not be his). Bafflingly, she agrees.
This leads to Supergiant’s final moments, when she is primed to blow up the Earth with the secret weapons cache. It is around this time that she reveals the reason she is trying to destroy the Earth: to end her own life and to punish Thanos, who is also on Earth at the time. The reason she is punishing her master? Because it took him so, so long to kill her. Sadly (for her), she only gets half of her wish. Lockjaw teleports her and the weapons to a seemingly uninhabited ice planet at the last second and she dies alone, though gloriously.
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.