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Hear me and rejoice! You have had the privilege of being saved by the Great Titan. You may think this is suffering. No… it is salvation. The universal scales tip toward balance because of your sacrifice. Smile... for even in death, you have become Children of Thanos!
~ Ebony Maw after the Black Order's slaughter of half of the Asgardians.

Ebony Maw is the secondary antagonist of the Infinity Saga of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, serving as one of the secondary antagonists of both the 2018 Marvel blockbuster film Avengers: Infinity War and its 2019 sequel Avengers: Endgame.

He is the herald & second-in-command of the Black Order who (alongside Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian, and Proxima Midnight) assists Thanos in his quest to collect the Infinity Stones.

He was portrayed by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.

Appearance

Ebony is a rather unattractive alien. He has grey, wrinkly skin, no hair on the top of his head, a very large nose with no visible nostrils and long bony fingers. He also possesses very large holes on the sides of his head, possibly from previous battles or is merely a trait of his species. His attire consists of black robe with a green necklace and rings on his fingers.

Personality

In all the time I have served Thanos, I have never failed him.
~ Ebony Maw on his relationship with Thanos.
Of all the members of the Black Order, Ebony was the most prominent and was seen the most. Unlike some of Thanos' children, such as Gamora and Nebula, Ebony is utterly devoted towards Thanos, believing all of the genocide Thanos has committed is justice and an act of mercy in the grand scheme of things. His devotion to him is so strong, he has never failed him, and is willing to commit torture to be in his good graces. He also displays utmost confidence in Thanos as well, as seen when Ebony stops Cull from intervening in the fight between Hulk and Thanos, saying to let Thanos have his fun. He has a very high view of himself and the rest of the Black Order, and snidely condescends his opponents and their weakness.

Biography

Avengers: Infinity War

Maw was first seen raiding the Asgardians' ship following the destruction of Asgard by the deceased Surtur. Along with his father and siblings, he slaughtered the Asgardians and tells them to rejoice in becoming children of Thanos, before Thanos is attacked by the Hulk. Although Obsidian intends to help Thanos, Maw tells him to stand down, knowing that Thanos is too strong for the Hulk to defeat. When the defeated Hulk is sent back to Earth by Hemidall (who ends up being killed by Thanos), Maw uses his powers to restrain Thor, making him watch Thanos forcing Loki to surrender the Space Stone (the Tesseract). It is also revealed that Maw was involved in his father's attack on the planet Zen-Whoberi along with the Chitauri, massacred half the Zehoberei population (including Gamora's family) and took in Gamora. After Thanos kills Loki, Maw escaped with his family as Thanos uses the Orb to destroy the Asgardians' ship, leaving a helpless Thor to drift in space.

With two of the Infinity Stones in place, Thanos sends the Black Order to Earth to collect the Time Stone (the Eye of Agamotto) and the Mind Stone while he personally travels to Knowhere to collect the Reality Stone (the Aether) from the Collector and Vormir to collect the Soul Stone from the Red Skull. Assigned to collect the Eye of Agamotto, Maw and Obsidian tracked down its current location in New York City, where they laid down an attack in to draw out Doctor Strange (the current holder of the Eye), also attracting Tony Stark, Wong, Bruce Banner (who had warned the group about Thanos) and Spider-Man. Despite the heroes' efforts, Maw managed to capture Strange and flies away on his ship, intending to deliver the Eye to Thanos at the planet Titan while Obsidian meets up with Proxima and Glaive to later attack Wakanda to get the Mind Stone.

Unknown to Maw, Tony and Spider-Man had snuck on-board to stop him and save Strange. Maw begins torturing Strange to force him to release the Time Stone, while Tony and Spider-Man come up with a plan, leading to Spider-Man asking Tony if he has ever seen the film Aliens. Tony soon confronts Maw, who arrogantly remarks that his abilities are superior to Tony's and he will kill him easily, although the latter states "yeah, but the kid has seen more movies" before blasting a hole in the ship. Maw is then sucked out into space, where he freezes to death while his ship crashes on Titan. His siblings would later meet the same fate along with their army of Outriders during the battle in Wakanda.

Despite the losses, Thanos shows no regard for Ebony's death when he arrived on Titan and deduced it after seeing Doctor Strange free and waiting for him as he managed to collect the Time Stone after defeating the heroes in Titan; though he did say that Ebony carried his mission anyway by dragging Strange to Titan, implying that he appreciated his adopted son's efforts. Thanos then heads over to Earth to successfully collect the Mind Stone, allowing himself to use the Stones to wipe out half of the universe's populace (including several Avengers and Guardians), much to the surviving heroes' distraught.

Avengers: Endgame

Five years after Thanos' destruction of half of all life, the remaining Avengers and Guardians use the properties of the Quantum Realm to travel back to different points in time to collect the Infinity Stones and use them to undo Thanos' actions; however, due to the sensors of the past and future Nebula interfering, the past Nebula inadvertently reveals to Thanos that the future Nebula and War Machine are on Morag preparing to take the Power Stone. Thanos takes Nebula to Maw to be inspected, and by searching through her memories they learn that Thanos will ultimately succeed in his goal, much to his joy. However, Maw goes further into Nebula's memories, also revealing to them that Thanos will be killed and that the Avengers will still try to reverse his actions.

With this knowledge in mind, Thanos has the future Nebula abducted before she can return to the present and swaps the past Nebula (who is still loyal to him) in her place, allowing her to transport Thanos and his forces, Maw included, into the future; right after Hulk construct and use the Avenger's own Infinity Gauntlet to revive everyone who had been killed. Thanos proceeds to bomb the Avengers' headquarters and, after revealing his new plan to recreate the universe to Thor, Iron Man and Captain America before defeating them, unleashes his forces (including Maw and the rest of the Black Order, the Outriders, the Sakaarans and the Chitauri) to destroy the remaining Avengers and ravage the earth. However, they are opposed by an army of the Avengers' revived allies, who battle Maw and the others as they try to get their hands on the Infinity Gauntlet. Following a massive battle, Iron Man ultimately sacrifices himself by attaching the stones to his armor and using their power to destroy the invaders, resulting in Thanos watching Maw and the rest of his forces disintegrate into nothing before dying himself.

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Trivia

  • During his attack on New York, Tony Stark refers to Maw as "Squidward", in reference to the character Squidward Q. Tentacles from SpongeBob SquarePants.
    • Another alias of him in the French dub is Voldemort, a villain from Harry Potter Franchise
  • Despite being the most prominent member of the Black Order, Maw died before Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian and Proxima Midnight in Avengers: Infinity War. In Avengers: Endgame, he died at the same time as Corvus and Proxima.

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Movies
Iron Man: Iron Monger | Ten Rings (Raza Hamidmi Al-Wazar, Abu Bakaar, Ahmed & Omar)
The Incredible Hulk: Emil Blonsky | Strategic Operations Command Center (Thunderbolt Ross & Kathleen Sparr) | Samuel Sterns | Tough Guy Leader
Iron Man 2: Whiplash | Hammer Industries (Justin Hammer, Jack & Hammer Drones) | Ten Rings (Ten Rings Agent) | Senator Stern | Black Widow | Anton Vanko
Thor: Loki Laufeyson | Frost Giants (Laufey, Grundroth, Hailstrum, Raze & Jotunheim Beast) | The Destroyer | Jasper Sitwell
Captain America: The First Avenger: HYDRA (Red Skull, Arnim Zola, Heinz Kruger, HYDRA Lieutenant & Velt) | Adolf Hitler | Roeder | Hutter | Schneider
The Avengers: Loki Laufeyson | Chitauri (The Other & Leviathans) | HYDRA (Gideon Malick & Jasper Sitwell) | Georgi Luchkov | Thanos
Iron Man 3: A.I.M./Extremis Soldiers (Aldrich Killian, Eric Savin, Trevor Slattery, Ellen Brandt, Sweat Shop Agent & Maya Hansen) | Vice President Rodriguez
Thor: The Dark World: Dark Elves (Malekith the Accursed & Kurse the Strong) | Loki Laufeyson | Marauders (Duhg & Kronan Marauder) | Jotunheim Beast | The Collector
All Hail the King: Trevor Slattery | Herman | Ten Rings (Jackson Norriss & The Mandarin) | White Power Dave | Justin Hammer
Captain America: The Winter Soldier: HYDRA/STRIKE (Alexander Pierce, Winter Soldier, Brock Rumlow, Jack Rollins, Jasper Sitwell, Russo, Senator Stern, Arnim Zola, Wolfgang von Strucker, List, Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver) | Georges Batroc | Ferdinand Lopez | Gerald Durand
Guardians of the Galaxy: Kree Empire (Ronan the Accuser, Nebula, Korath the Pursuer, Sakaaran Mercenaries & Exolon Monks) | Yondu Ravager Clan (Yondu Udonta, Kraglin Obfonteri, Horuz & Vorker) | Garthan Saal | Eson the Searcher | Chitauri (The Other) | Moloka Dar | Monstrous Inmate | The Collector | Dark Elf | Thanos
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Ultron | Ultron Sentinels | HYDRA (Wolfgang von Strucker, List, Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver) | Ulysses Klaue | Madame B | Chitauri (Leviathans) | Thanos
Ant-Man: Yellowjacket | HYDRA (Mitchell Carson & HYDRA Buyer) | Winter Soldier
Captain America: Civil War: Helmut Zemo | Thunderbolt Ross | Winter Soldier | Scarlet Witch | HYDRA (Vasily Karpov & Winter Soldiers) | Hero Mercs (Crossbones)
Doctor Strange: Zealots (Kaecilius & Lucian) | Karl Mordo | Dormammu
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Ego | Sovereign (Ayesha, Sovereign Admiral, Zylak & Sovereign Chambermaid) | Yondu Ravager Clan (Yondu Udonta, Kraglin Obfonteri, Nebula, Tullk, Oblo, Taserface, Gef, Retch, Halfnut, Brahl, Vorker, Narblik & Huhtar) | Abilisk | The Grandmaster | Thanos
Spider-Man: Homecoming: Bestman Salvage (Adrian Toomes/Vulture, Phineas Mason/Tinkerer, Jackson Brice/Shocker #1, Herman Schultz/Shocker #2 & Randy Vale) | Mac Gargan | Aaron Davis
Thor: Ragnarok: Berserker Army (Hela Odinsdottir, Skurge & Fenris Wolf) | Sakaaran Guards (The Grandmaster & Topaz) | Loki Laufeyson | Fire Demons (Surtur & Fire Dragon) | Thanos
Black Panther: Erik Killmonger | Ulysses Klaue | W'Kabi | M'Baku | Linbani | Linda | Dave | Sambisan Militants (Sambisan Captain) | Winter Soldier | Helmut Zemo | N'Jobu
Avengers: Infinity War: Black Order (Thanos, Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian & Nebula) | Outriders | Chitauri (Leviathans) | Red Skull | The Collector | Loki Laufeyson | Winter Soldier | Scarlet Witch | Thunderbolt Ross
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Ghost | Sonny Burch | Bill Foster | Uzman | Anitolov | Knox | Stoltz | Elihas Starr | Thanos
Captain Marvel: Kree Empire/Starforce (Supreme Intelligence, Yon-Rogg, Korath the Pursuer, Minn-Erva, Att-lass, Bron-Char & Ronan the Accuser) | Skrulls (Talos & Norex) | Thanos
Avengers: Endgame: Black Order (Thanos, Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian & Nebula) | Outriders | Sakaaran Mercenaries | Chitauri (Leviathans) | HYDRA/STRIKE (Red Skull, Alexander Pierce, Crossbones, Jasper Sitwell & Jack Rollins) | Loki Laufeyson | Winter Soldier | Scarlet Witch | Dark Elves | Thunderbolt Ross | Akihiko

Television
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 1): HYDRA (John Garrett, Grant Ward, Ian Quinn, Raina, Edison Po, Jasper Sitwell, Deathlok, Debbie, Vanchat & Scorch) | Camilla Reyes | Franklin Hall | Blizzard | Lorelei | Marcus Daniels | Christian Ward | Jakob Nystrom
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 2): HYDRA (Daniel Whitehall, Grant Ward, Wolfgang von Strucker, List, Sunil Bakshi, Absorbing Man, Agent 33, Blizzard & Kebo) | Jiaying | Gordon | Calvin L. Johnson | Raina | Alisha Whitley | Lash | Vin-Tak | Katya Belyakov | Christian Ward
Agent Carter: Johann Fennhoff | Dottie Underwood | Whitney Frost
Daredevil (Season 1): Kingpin | James Wesley | Leland Owlsley | Vanessa Marianna | The Hand (Madame Gao & Nobu Yoshioka) | Bill Fisk
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Season 3): HYDRA (Grant Ward/Hive, Gideon Malick, Kebo, Werner von Strucker, Giyera, Lucio, Hellfire, Alisha Whitley & Primitives) | Lash | Absorbing Man | Watchdogs (Felix Blake, Holden Radcliffe & Aida)
Jessica Jones (Season 1): Kilgrave | Will Simpson | Dorothy Walker | Audrey Eastman
Daredevil (Season 2): Nobu Yoshioka | Punisher | The Hand (Madame Gao) | Elektra Natchios | Blacksmith | Kingpin
Luke Cage (Season 1): Diamondback | Cottonmouth | Black Mariah | Shades
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Season 4): Eli Morrow | Holden Radcliffe | Aida | Lucy Bauer | Watchdogs (Anton Ivanov, Tucker Shockley, Ellen Nadeer & Hellfire) | Dr. Leopold Fitz | Alistair Fitz
Iron Fist (Season 1): Harold Meachum | The Hand (Madame Gao & Bakuto) | Jim Pierce
The Defenders: The Hand (Alexandra Reid, Elektra Natchios, Madame Gao, Bakuto, Murakami & Sowande)
Inhumans: Maximus
The Punisher (Season 1): Punisher | Agent Orange | Jigsaw | Lewis Wilson | Blacksmith
Runaways: The Pride (Jonah & Geoffrey Wilder)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5): Kree Empire (Kasius, Sinara, Faulnak, Vicar & Tye) | Grill | Samuel Voss | Graviton | HYDRA (General Hale, Ruby Hale, Qovas, Werner von Strucker, Anton Ivanov & Absorbing Man) | Thanos
Jessica Jones (Season 2): Alisa Jones | Karl Malus | Pryce Cheng
Cloak and Dagger: Roxxon Corporation (Peter Scarborough & Terrors) | Detective Connors
Luke Cage (Season 2): Black Mariah | Bushmaster | Shades
Iron Fist (Season 2): Steel Serpent
Daredevil (Season 3): Kingpin | Bullseye | Vanessa Marianna
The Punisher (Season 2): Punisher | Anderson Schultz | John Pilgrim | Jigsaw | Eliza Schultz | Krista Dumont
Cloak & Dagger (Season 2): D'Spayre | Lia Dewan | Mayhem | Detective Connors
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 6): Sarge | Snowflake | Jaco | Pax

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Movies
The Avengers: Loki Laufeyson | Chitauri (The Other & Leviathans) | HYDRA (Gideon Malick & Jasper Sitwell) | Georgi Luchkov | Thanos
Avengers: Age of Ultron: Ultron | Ultron Sentinels | HYDRA (Wolfgang von Strucker, List, Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver) | Ulysses Klaue | Madame B | Chitauri (Leviathans) | Thanos
Avengers: Infinity War: Thanos | Black Order (Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian & Nebula) | Outriders | Chitauri (Leviathans) | Red Skull | The Collector | Loki Laufeyson | Winter Soldier | Scarlet Witch | Thunderbolt Ross
Avengers: Endgame: Thanos | Black Order (Ebony Maw, Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian & Nebula) | Outriders | Sakaaran Mercenaries | Chitauri (Leviathans) | HYDRA/STRIKE (Red Skull, Alexander Pierce, Crossbones, Jasper Sitwell & Jack Rollins) | Loki Laufeyson | Winter Soldier | Scarlet Witch | Dark Elves | Thunderbolt Ross | Akihiko