- You'll save nothing... Even the god-like powers of yours are still inconsequential compared to mine...
- -- Ebony Maw
- -- Ebony Maw
Ebony Maw is the first and the oldest known member of the Black Order, a league of alien mercenaries and conquerors who served Thanos since their childhood, also making them the Mad Titan's loyal children, in a sense. His preference for strategy and intellect over violence and strength alone makes him one of the, if not, the most dangerous of them all. Ebony Maw, like most of the rest of the Black Order, was a unique and variant member of an overpopulated species known as the Sagittarians, a once dominant race in the planet known as Opeña 3 after emigrating there, which was almost destroyed by a young and ambitious adult Thanos in his long-lasting quest to wipe out half the universe.
Planned to be born as a genetic mutate to his home planet's renowned extremist religious cult known as the Order of the Evolutionary Ascension, Maw was already introduced by the cult priests into a world of both natural and artificial selection, giving him the point of view as a child that everyone else must be in their leagues in order to survive the cruel and flexible nature of reality, but "cleanse" those who would resist their dogmatic ideas and methods of change. Even before the larger threat that was Thanos came to the planet, Maw was already living in a world shaped by a million years war between his organization and the supposed peacekeepers of his home planet due to their differences.
As Thanos had eventually come for their planet in part of his conquest, both the cult and the mediators decided to finally bury the hatchet and join forces against the impending threat of the Mad Titan, something that most of the intergalactic community have always been fearing to cross paths with ever since his infamous role as a warlord has spread. Despite their efforts, the allied inhabitants of Maw's planet were still no match for the greater and stronger army that Thanos had been commanding since his early days as the Dark Lord.
Lost and confused in the midst of chaos after seeing half of his entire people, including most (if not all) of the cult's leaders and members, get executed by the radical forces, Thanos "humbly" took the orphaned Maw and raised him as his own child, training him in helping his implanted powers even more than what was already taught to him and improving his very skills to become a deadly, intellectual, and cynical member of the Black Order. This profound and significant development gave him the role of the Black Order's strategist and tactician for the next following years of Thanos' crusade to cleanse half the universe, as well as with him becoming speechifying messenger and advocate for the extremist organization.
Having assisted their adoptive father in wiping out half the Xandarians on their planet, Maw and the Order was able to strategically combat the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Nova Corps, who were defending the protected Power Stone from the Mad Titan. However, due to the combined strength and determination exerted the the Children of Thanos, the former still failed, and Thanos had proven himself the viscious victor to his first mission of the quest for the Infinity Stones.
The Haven in Ruins
Following the Power Stone, Maw and the rest of the order followed their master in finding the hidden location of the Time Stone, finding it at the core of the immortal benevolent and life-giving planet, known as Haven. As the result, the entire structure of the planet eventually collapses into oblivion afterwards, having the very ultimate source that continuously amplifies the planet for millions of years, gets taken away from it.
Siege of the Sovereign
While his father was dealing alone with the Collector on Knowhere with the intent of getting the Reality Stone from him, Maw and the Order were commanded by their master to obtain the Soul Stone for him, the most precious relic among the Infinity Stones. Arriving on the main planet of the Sovereign, the Order had raided the place, where they slaughtered a few portion of its population and tried to take from the Soul Stone from the Sovereign's messianic figure Adam Warlock, but subsequently fails to do so, after they were all outmatched and overpowered by the latter during the battle. Proving Adam Warlock to be a lot more powerful than they had expected, the Order had to let Thanos arrive, where he manages to combat Warlock all by himself, ending in Thanos' victor, having to successfully obtain the Soul Stone from the Sovereign defender.
Retrieving the Tesseract
Travelling onboard the Sanctuary II to find the next stone, Thanos and the Order were able to track down the cosmic Silver Surfer, after intentionally letting him escape captivity inside the fleet, on his way to the realm of Asgard, as he tries to warn Thor and the Asgardians upon the upcoming threat that was about to be unleashed by the Mad Titan in his quest to obtain the Space Stone inside of Odin's Vault, who was now possessing two Infinity Stones in his Gauntlet's grasp.
Thor and the Silver Surfer even allied themselves with Loki, whom he reluctantly released from imprisonment since the Siege on Asgard, along with Loki's Tricksters of Asgard, but still failed yet all the same, with the Titan eventually succeeding in breaking the Space Stone out of the Tesseract in time, thanks to the clever distraction made and executed by Maw and his fellow siblings.
Though the Silver Surfer might have escape the battle on Asgard to warn the courageous heroes of Earth for the Titan's incoming arrival, the cosmic surfer's efforts still ended in great failure, since Thanos already had the five stones within his grasps through the Infinity Gauntlet. In his success against the heroes of Earth that was the great decimation, Thanos had ultimately triumphed once he completed the Infinity Gauntlet with the Mind Stone, using this to finally complete his goal and destroy half of the life within the universe at the snap of his fingers.
Maw was among those who survived Thanos' snap by probable chance, along with his last fellow sibling standing Supergiant, but was left alone on Asgard with an enraged and traumatized Thor, among with several other Asgardians, who just witnessed some of their families, allies, and fellow people slowly fade into dust. However, despite the Asgardian deity's power with the non-hesitant intent of killing Maw, the remaining children of Thanos were still rescued by the remainder of their fleets, operating his own Q-Ship as they escape Asgard to reunite with the Mad Titan in his victory.
As the remaning fleet of Thanos' forces return to the Sanctuary, they could only stare at pure horror and disbelief as they see their master going mad with universal power, seeing him starting to abuse the ultimate power of the Infinity Gauntlet. Despite his original conquest to eliminate half of all life across the universe, the Maw himself had realized that his father was no longer himself at the moment, as if he was willing to literally offer everything he has just to please the cosmic embodiment of Death herself, his long-time one-sided lover.
Despite his sister's pleas to convince Thanos that he had gone insane after wielding the gauntlet for too long, Thanos barely had any hesitation to blast her, forcing Supergiant to defend herself, though Maw decided to retain his loyalty towards the Mad Titan despite his instantaneous obsession with Lady Death, taking his own sister down as he uses Eldritch Magic, subsequently transporting her to somewhere else far from the Sanctuary. From that moment on, Maw was willing to stood by Thanos and help his in his newfound goal for his lover: recreating the universe in his own image, or at least in Lady Death's "image."
As an act of loyal contribution towards his master by conjuring a powerful spell from the combinations of all the magic he has learned all his life to create an enormous, deadly force field similar to the Mirror Dimension to protect Thanos' actions during his recreation and prevent others from ever bothering his reconstruction of half the cosmos, and as the Titan , the force field would gradually grow and spread throughout the unaffected areas of the universe, eventually covering it entirely in literal, foreboding darkness if no one else could have stop it in time.
Clash on the Sanctuary
Maw's efforts apparently paid off having to serving his master, right until the child of Thanos was suddenly ambushed by the Sorcerer Supreme himself, Doctor Strange, who used the Eye of Agamotto to slow down the spread of the force field. The two then intensely clashed in a mystical duel, while the Mad Titan could only be entertained sitting at his throne as Maw seemingly fights the sorcerer to the death once he finally gets his hands on the Eye of Agamotto. Strange triumphs against Maw in combat, thanks to the all-out combination of the alien's vast magical knowledge and prowess. However, when Strange tries to confront Thanos in his throne, Maw had use this situation to his advantage. Lurking behind Strange, Maw had finally used his ultimate power of persuasion at Strange, finally putting him under his and the Titan's coercion.
Unfortunately, the rest of the alliance of the surviving heroes, antiheroes, and several redeemed villains (including Supergiant) had intercepted Maw from using Strange as a brainwashed agent and helper and immediately battled Thanos afterwards, aided by the Cosmic Entities. In the process, he overlooked his adoptive daughter Nebula who was able to wrest the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos' hand. Her first act was to undo all that has occurred, which inadvertently freed the heroes and the cosmic entities and resurrected most of those who have once withered away into ash by the Titan's snap of changing reality. The battle resumed, and in the end it was Adam Warlock who finally possessed the Gauntlet, ending the cosmic conflict for the Infinity Gauntlet, for now.
A Desperate Escape
In the aftermath of Thanos' defeat and apparent death, Maw was last seen to be piloting a damaged-but-still functioning Q-Ship, travelling to an unknown location, when he sees something far away from the distance following his ship from behind, revealing to be a small fleet of the Nova Corps' ships known as the Star Blasters. Realizing who he was going to have to face, Maw could only frown in disappointment for himself for not being too careful in his travel across the cosmos. Although he was already found by Nova, Maw used his intellect to find a way out of the unexpected ordeal, to which he would by having his ship enter the nearest interstellar jump point, estimating the odds of him surviving the trip, aware of the great possibility that his ship may obliterate into existence from lightspeed, which could certainly kill him. Either way, Maw to the risk and jumped into the jump point, taking him to parts unknown.
Fight for the Order
At some time a few years later on, Maw had seemingly escaped being chased by the authorities of the intergalactic communities, having to find himself living within a city of an unknown planet as an underdog criminal for so long, when he was unexpectedly approached by his former brother at arms and fellow Order member, Corvus Glaive, coming to Maw for a proposition to join him in finding the others and reforming the dismantled Black Order, even without the help of their former master, who was still already revealed to be alive at the time and was also on the verge of changing some of his old ways. Maw finds interest in his offer, but immediately knew that he would not easily join him without a catch, to which he threatens Glaive what the latter would be, otherwise he would have no hesitation of killing him. Having enough tired of Maw's suspicions towards him, Glaive had no other choice but to formally ask for Maw's assistance in breaking his wife, Proxima Midnight, out off a Nova-based mega-prison located somewhere within the Andromeda Galaxy.
Afterwards, the two finally set their journey to the Nova prison, but not before they traveled to Sakaar where they effortlessly freed Black Dwarf from the Contest of Champions, and executed their plan to release Midnight and eventually bring back the Order into action. Maw even went to great lengths by causing a massive riot within the facility due to his persuasion, biding them a lot of time to track the imprisoned warrior and save her, to which they successfully did. However, their success was abruptly interrupted by the power-hungry and egotistical Nova Centurion Adomox, who was willing to kill them all for the sake of gaining more recognition among the Corps and his long-time hopes of finally being promoted as the position of Nova-Prime.
Maw and the Order tried to fight off and kill Adomox for their freedom, but each were all fairly matched by the cosmic power of the Centurion alone. Thankfully, just as the moment where he could have crushed the skull of Maw, Adomox's head fell off out of the sudden before dropping on the ground, dead, immediately revealing that he was decapitated from behind by a hooded giant with a sword similar to the Godslayer, showing to be none other than Thanos himself back from the dead, much to Maw and the rest's surprise.
The Black Quadrant
A few months have passed by since the events of Infinity Crusade, Thanos was able to fully conquer a group of crime-ridden planets and moons located at under his own domain, with the help of his recently-reunited servants, the Black Order themselves, without any trace or awareness from the Nova Corps or any of the Mad Titan's greatest enemy forces in the universe. Following his succeeding conquest, the Titan once again have decided to return to his role into becoming a cosmic warlord surrounding the domain that he has conquered, finally calling it the Black Quadrant.
On his new conquest on conquering the entire region of the quadrant, Thanos was feared by most of its inhabitants, which were all consisting of the most dangerous criminals and warriors that have yet to be discovered by the larger intergalactic community. Thankfully, none of those criminals and even those criminal organizations were able to match and even take on Thanos and the Black Order, and as he has shown no mercy on his newly-discovered adversaries. In the end of it all, Thanos has shown his true power, and with it, he was able to exterminate every single who dared to challenge him and was able to banish those who were too frightened of him and his associates, out of the quadrant itself, now claiming the domain of the Black Quadrant as his, and only his, with no one else to challenge the Mad Titan.
Mutiny Against Thanos
Eventually, after another few weeks of ruling over the Black Quadrant, Thanos himself was unfortunately unaware of his own subordinates, the Black Order's secret agenda, led by Corvus Glaive, into overthrowing his newly-ruled domain, burning it down into ashes, and killing him. However, though the Order's plan might have been guaranteed into fully succeeding, they seemingly forgot of how dangerous and terrifying Thanos could be and what he can do if an individual tries to challenge him, especially if those individuals were once his followers, traitors who dares to overthrow everything that he has accomplished.
Despite two of the Order's members who never participated in Glaive's mutiny against Thanos, Supergiant and Maw, and how their warnings to the rest of the Black Order were truly convincing, the rest of the rebellious Order ignored their pleas and have decided to proceed with their schemes against their former master. During the very day the Black Order have decided to assassinate Thanos, the Mad Titan was surprised of how all of the sudden, most of his closest followers would turn against him without any reasons. As the Order finally attacked Thanos out of the blue, Thanos had no other choice but to devastating and desperately defend himself from their series of attacks, until he was finally weakened by the combined efforts of his recent traitors.
Weakened, Corvus and Midnight also have finally explained to Thanos that ever since he started growing soft during the events of the Infinity Crusade after he chose to cooperate with the Infinity Watch and the heroes of Earth, they realized that Thanos was no longer the great master they used to know and deserved, giving Glaive to come up with the idea of overthrowing Thanos as the ruler of his domain all around the universe, once they have already killed him. Furious and confused at the same time, the betrayed and almost-defeated Thanos unleashes his full rage and anger, finally gong berserk against Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, and Black Dwarf, without any hesitation of mercy on them.
As the final battle advances, Thanos was just close towards defeating the Order using his sheer strength, brutally beating Black Dwarf to death until his skull was crushed, when Maw himself suddenly shows up to back up the rebellious Order from the powerful Titan, finally realizing that they were truly right all along, now believing that the Black Quadrant deserves better leadership and ruling than their former master, whom he believe now that he was far too weak to handle his own domain since the end of Infinity War. Witnessing Maw's betrayal, Thanos' fury grows only worse, only to slowly weakened by Maw's persuading magical abilities, giving the Order an advantage to finally take down Thanos, and slit through his thick throat once and for all.
Miraculously, the only remaining Black Order member who never left Thanos' side, Supergiant, was able to save her master in time, using her telepathic abilities to counteract Ebony Maw's persuasion. As Supergiant handles the rest of the Order all by herself, this gave Thanos the remaining time to escape as the main headquarters that he once have established started burning and collapsing down due to the following destruction that they've caused.
Duel to the Death
After Supergiant stood her guard and remained her utmost loyalty to Thanos by trapping them inside the burning and collapsing headquarters, Maw and the mutinous order felt their disappointment towards their comrade before aggressively charging towards the latter to try and take her down in order to get to Thanos. Together with Maw, Midnight, and Glaive's combined efforts, they were able to counteract Supergiant's psychic might and barrier, ultimately weakening her in the process.
However, just at that moment of opportunity for the Order, the loyal daughter of Thanos used the last of her greatest might to stop the three from getting to her father. As a result, Supergiant uses her telekinesis to severely break the following damaged foundation of the Quadrant headquarters nearing its exit, causing the whole structure above to completely collapse below them. In consequence to Supergiant's last resort, the critically wounded Maw could only struggle getting himself out of the fallen debris as he, along with Midnight and Supergiant (who were both apparently deceased due to the fall), are subsequently engulfed in flames.
After the restoration of the Multiverse at the hands of the benevolent Beyonder in order to compensate the disastrous and convoluted Secret Wars, Ebony Maw and the Black Order, along with the rest of the Prime Earth's surviving residents would later resurface in his own native universe, which was eventually brought back to existence together with the rest of the Multiverse.
Powers and Abilities
Mutated Sagittarian Physiology: Ebony Maw was a genetically-altered member of his already endangered extraterrestrial race, a Sagittarian, who artificially possesses the power of telekinesis as his genetic code was already modified by the Order of the Evolutionary Ascension even before birth, giving themselves the ability to move and otherwise manipulate objects to his own will to an immense degree. However, despite his unique status as a genetic mutate within his species, the Maw's whole race were often to be more known as the natural "whisperers," having the advantageous prowess to take hold of a person's thought process and make them serve his own goals with nothing but his words.
- Molecular Telekinesis
- Force Field Generation
- Matter Transmutation
- Regenerative Healing Factor
- Illusion Casting
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|* Heightened stats represents using powers at a maximum rate|
- Super-Genius Class Intelligence
- Trained Occultist & Magical Knowledge
- Eldritch Magic Manipulation
- Asgardian Magic Manipulation
- Master Torturer
- Martial Artist
- Experienced Pilot
- Variety of Alien Technologies
- Microsurgery Needles
- Teleportation Device
- Sanctuary II
Weapons: None known.
- No special notes.
- ↑ Modern Comics: Infinity Quest Vol 1 1
- No trivia.
- Appearances of Ebony Maw (Earth-61615)
- Character Gallery: Ebony Maw (Earth-61615)
- Quotations by Ebony Maw (Earth-61615)
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