|First appearance||Cameo appearance: New Avengers #8 (September 2013)|
Full appearance: Infinity #1 (October 2013)
|Created by||Jonathan Hickman|
|Team affiliations||Black Order|
Ebony Maw first appears in a one panel cameo New Avengers #8 (September 2013) and was created by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opeña. His second one panel appearance came later that month in Infinity #1 (October 2013).
Fictional character biography
Ebony Maw was a member of Thanos' Black Order. He is not a fighter, but a dangerous thinker of the Black Order. When Thanos targeted Earth as the next planet he would raze during the Infinity storyline, Ebony Maw was dispatched to deal with Doctor Strange.
Ebony Maw used his abilities to gain control over Doctor Strange and force him to summon Shuma-Gorath. Then Ebony Maw used his abilities to have Doctor Strange serve as a double-agent for him when he reunited with the Illuminati. When the Illuminati headed to numerous locations around the world to find Thanos' son Thane, Doctor Strange found the boy in a hidden Inhuman city of Orollan (which is located in Greenland). Ebony remained in the location and forced Doctor Strange to forget about the discovery and to leave where he is now freed from Maw's control.
When Black Bolt detonated a Terrigen Bomb which unleashed the Terrigen Mists upon the entire face of Earth, Thanos' son Thane underwent Terrigenesis. The manifestation of his powers annihilated the entire town. Posing as an ally following the incident, Ebony Maw offered Thane a suit to control his powers, but also captured him in a containment field followed by Ebony Maw alerting Thanos to the location of his son. When the Avengers arrived in Orollan in order to defeat Thanos, Ebony Maw tested Thane by freeing him. Thane could escape or could fight Thanos and become what he had avoided his entire life. Thane agreed and embraced his true nature as the son of Thanos by fighting his father. Using the power of his right hand, Thane trapped Thanos and his ally Proxima Midnight in an amber construct which left them in a state of "living death." Upon the defeat of Thanos, Ebony Maw started disciplining Thane into becoming something greater than Thanos and greater than any one would.
Powers and abilities
Ebony Maw has genius-level intellect. He mostly demonstrates his intelligence with his highly skilled abilities of manipulation being described as a "black tongue that spreads mischief and evil wherever he goes." Ebony Maw's skills at manipulation are a result of his superhumanly persuasive voice which allows him to control even the strongest minds such as Doctor Strange. Maw's other abilities includes the ability to use telekinesis and pyrokinesis.
In other media
- Ebony Maw appears in Avengers Assemble, voiced by René Auberjonois. He serves the Black Order under Thanos.
- Ebony Maw appears in Guardians of the Galaxy, voiced by James Urbaniak. While initially a member of the Black Order, he later joins the Universal Believers.
Ebony Maw appears in live-action films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, voiced and motion-captured by Tom Vaughan-Lawlor. He perversely evangelizes to the inhabitants of worlds that Thanos attacks that they are actually being saved and the ones who are dead or dying should "rejoice" in their deaths bringing balance to the universe.
- Ebony Maw is introduced in Avengers: Infinity War. He has telekinetic abilities and acts as Thanos’s herald. In 2018, on the Statesman in space, he restrains Thor, and hands the Tesseract to Thanos. Afterwards, he and Cull Obsidian are sent to Earth to New York City to obtain the Time Stone, where they battle Tony Stark, Wong, and Doctor Strange. Maw captures Strange and leaves for space in his spaceship. However, Stark and Peter Parker infiltrate the spaceship and use explosive decompression to send Maw into the vacuum of space, killing him.
- An alternate version of Maw appears in Avengers: Endgame. In an alternate 2014, Maw mass-produces Pym Particles from a captured Nebula’s quantum device allowing for them to time-travel via quantum realm to 2023. During the final battle, Maw tries to prevent Black Panther from getting the Stark Gauntlet. At the end, Stark uses the Stones and Maw disintegrates.
- Ebony Maw appeared as an NPC in Marvel Avengers Alliance.
- Ebony Maw appears as a boss and unlockable playable character in Marvel Future Fight.
- Ebony Maw appears as an unlockable playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. He is available through the DLC "Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War Movie Level Pack".
- Ebony Maw appears as a support character in Marvel Puzzle Quest.
- Ebony Maw appears as an unlockable playable character in Marvel Contest of Champions. He was also featured as a mini-boss during the story event "Avengers Forever" and a boss during the event "Last Stand: Save the Battlerealm".
- Ebony Maw appears as a boss in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, voiced by Todd Haberkorn.
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- New Avengers Vol. 3 #8
- Mighty Avengers Vol. 2 #2
- New Avengers Vol. 3 #10
- Infinity #4
- Infinity #5
- Infinity #6
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- New Avengers Vol. 3 #11
- New Avengers Vol. 3 #9
- Black Order #1
- Thanos Vol. 3 #1
- Avengers #676
- Black Order #2
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