Ever since the end credit scene in 2012’s The Avengers, we’ve known Thanos was coming to Earth to fight it’s mightiest heroes. At the time, the Black Order didn’t actually exist in the comic books, they were not introduced to comic readers until Jonathan Hickman’s Infinity comic event in 2014. However, they must have made quite an impact because they now lead his primary fighting force in the film.
While characters like
Black Dwarf Cull Obsidian and Proxima Midnight are incredibly strong and very proficient fighters, perhaps one of the most powerful of the Black Order is Ebony Maw. He is certainly the most intelligent of Thanos’s children, one of the smarter villains the Avengers will ever face and has powers of persuasion and manipulation that are unmatched by almost anyone. His words twist their ways around your thoughts and he convinces you that you want to do whatever it is he tells you to do.
That’s why, in the Infinity event from a couple years ago, Thanos sent Ebony Maw up against Doctor Strange to subdue him.
And now we know the actor playing Ebony Maw — Tom Vaughan-Lawlor.
In fact, it appears that we’ll be seeing a big screen adaptation of the scrap that Maw and Strange had in the comics as the Irish actor has confirmed that he is indeed the one in the leaked photos from a few weeks back where we see a “mystery” actor fighting with Doctor Strange, as played by Benedict Cumberbatch. In those photos, we see Vaughan-Lawlor scrapping with Cumberbatch, reaching out for the Eye of Agamotto, which as we all now know houses the Time Stone, an artifact that Thanos very badly wants.
The actor seems to finally be allowed to talk about this via Marvel’s super secret hush hush policies as he spoke about it with RTE Radio 1 over the weekend, speaking more to Marvel’s publicity policies than anything regarding the role itself.
He has two cats and knows all things about Doctor Strange but little else.