While most of Avengers: Infinity War has been shot indoors and away from prying eyes, cameras have been waiting for the few times they’ve strayed outdoors and yesterday, for the first time in months, set pictures were taken that may reveal some major spoilers. If you haven’t seen them yet and you don’t want to be spoiled, stop reading now…
The photos, taken in Atlanta during filming on July 5th, show Cumberbatch, who has previously been on location with Benedict Wong, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr., being attacked by a man in a mo-cap suit. The actor is clearly interested in the Eye of Agomotto, which is worn around the Doctor’s neck and contains the Time Stone. A closer look at the mo-cap suit reveals a patch that reads “EB MAW”, indicating that the actor in question is almost certainly suited up as the Ebony Maw, one of the comic book Black Order, set to appear in Infinity War as the children of Thanos!
Ebony Maw would be the third member of the Black Order we’ve seen on set, with Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive having appeared on location in Scotland back in March. The action in those scenes seemed to center on Wanda and the Vision, with the likely result being the Mind Stone removed from the Vision’s forehead, so this would seem to confirm Thanos has his children out collecting Infinity Stones.
The Maw and Strange have a bit of history in the comics from Jonathan Hickman’s Infinity series. In it, the Maw used his considerable powers of manipulation to control Strange and use him as a tool for quite a while. Given his ability to control the mind of the Sorcerer Supreme, you can see why he’s not much of a fighter. The set pics from Atlanta could be taken to indicate a similar scenario here with the actor leaning close to Strange’s ear.
Funny enough, the presence of the Ebony Maw could explain the scenario that seems to be unfolding in the previous set pics in which Doctor Strange seemed to be entrancing Bruce Banner while also defending himself and the group from Iron Man. Perhaps the Maw, while not caught on set, was influencing the heroes that day as well and it would certainly end poorly for everyone if the Maw were able to get into the mind of Bruce Banner, don’t you suppose?
With the Ebony Maw all but confirmed and Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive as VERY likely suspects, that leaves only Supergiant and the Black Dwarf as members of the comic book Black Order we have yet to see on set. We have speculated in the past the the Black Dwarf may have been involved in some shots involving Wakanda, but until we see some mo-cap suit evidence for it, we’ll keep holding our breath!
What do you think about this incredibly spoilery set of photos? We know the tide has to turn against the heroes at some point, and it certainly seems like we’ve seen quite a bit of that so far.
Source: Just Jared