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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[src]

Ebony Maw was a member of the Black Order and an adoptive son of Thanos. Gifted with powers of telekinesis, Maw was deeply loyal to Thanos and gave warnings of his power across the galaxy while assisting in the search for the Infinity Stones. Having assisted with wiping out half the Asgardians, both Maw and Cull Obsidian were instructed to locate the Time Stone, leading to Maw capturing Doctor Strange and torturing him in order to obtain the Stone. However, Maw was killed when Iron Man ejected Maw from his ship into outer space before rescuing Strange.


Black Order

Following Thanos

Ebony Maw, like the rest of the Black Order, was a member of a world destroyed by Thanos in his quest to wipe out half the universe. Thanos took the orphaned Maw and raised him as his own child, training him to be a deadly member of the Black Order. Unlike Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Cull Obsidian, Nebula and Gamora, his adopted siblings, Maw stood out by never failing Thanos during his time in the order.[1] As with his fellow siblings, with the exception of Gamora, Maw was disliked by Nebula.[3]

Invasion of Zen-Whoberi

"Zen-Whoberians, choose a side or die. One side is a revelation. The other is an honor known only to a few. Now go in peace and meet your Maker."
―Ebony Maw[src]

Maw commands the invasion on Zen-Whoberi

Ebony Maw was present during the invasion of Zen-Whoberi, when Thanos took Gamora into his care. Maw heralded to the people of Zen-Whoberi as they were rounded up and herded into two groups. Maw eventually commanded the Chitauri to execute half of the population.[1]

Infinity War

Obtaining the Tesseract

Maw tells the Asgardians about Thanos

"My humble personage bows before your grandeur. No other being has ever had the might, nay the nobility, to wield not one, but two Infinity Stones. The universe lies within your grasp."
―Ebony Maw to Thanos[src]

Along with the rest of the Black Order and Thanos, Maw and the Black Order first attacked Xandar in search of the Power Stone. Thanos eventually stole the Orb from the Nova Corps Headquarters after defeating the Nova Corps. Eventually, the Sanctuary II crossed paths in space with the Asgardian ship Statesman.

Maw holds back Cull Obsidian's temptation

The Sanctuary II attacked the Asgardian ship, and Maw, and the rest of the Black Order boarded the ship and slaughtered the Asgardians in search of the Tesseract, which contained the Space Stone. While Thanos demanded that Loki hand over the Tesseract to him in exchange for his brother's life, Hulk appeared behind Thanos and started to attack him. During the fight between them, Maw kept Cull Obsidian from intervening, instructing him to let Thanos have his fun.

Maw mockingly telling Thor to be very quiet

After Thanos defeated Hulk, Thor attempted to land a strike against the back of his head, but was kicked away. Noticing this interference from Thor, Maw swiftly used his telekinesis to restrain the Asgardian in his place. Right after Heimdall used dark magic to send the weakened Hulk back to Earth, Thanos stabbed and killed him, causing Thor to yell out before being gagged by Maw, who mockingly shushed him to be quiet.

Maw giving Thanos the Tesseract

With all the Asgardians defeated and the Tesseract in hand, Maw then humbly bowed down before Thanos as he presented the Tesseract to his master. Maw mused on how only Thanos has the power and nobility needed to wield the Infinity Stones as the Mad Titan discarded his armor and then took the Tesseract from his hand, proceeding to quickly crush it to unveil the Space Stone before adding it to the Infinity Gauntlet.

Maw and the Black Order teleported away

Having retrieved two Infinity Stones, Thanos ordered his children to retrieve the Mind and Time Stones on Earth and meet them on Titan after their success. Loki then tried to distract them by telling Thanos that he will be an allegiance to him; however, he was then killed and left his corpse on the ship. Using the power of the newly acquired Space Stone, Thanos made a portal which Maw and the Black Order departed through before using the Power Stone to detonate the ship.[1]

Attack on Greenwich Village

Maw and Cull Obsidian arriving on the Earth

"Hear me, and rejoice. You are about to die at the hands of the Children of Thanos. Be thankful, that your meaningless lives are now contributing to–"
"I'm sorry, Earth is closed today. You better pack it up and get outta here."
―Ebony Maw and Iron Man[src]

Ebony Maw next went to Earth with Cull Obsidian in search of the Eye of Agamotto, which contained the Time Stone. Upon arriving in New York City, Maw and Obsidian were confronted by Doctor Strange, Wong, Iron Man, and Bruce Banner. As Maw was heralding to the four, he was interrupted by Iron Man, which irritated him. Maw went on to ask Strange if Stark was speaking on his behalf.

Maw tells Cull Obsidian to get the Time Stone

After confirming for Maw that Stark was correct, and that he was trespassing on Earth, Maw dismissively sent Cull Obsidian forward to retrieve the Stone for him. After Stark shot Obsidian back at Maw, Maw used his telekinetic powers to effortlessly flick Obsidian aside into some parked cars. When Stark threw a car at Maw, the alien once again used his powers to cleave the car in half. As the fight broke out, Iron Man and Banner mainly fought Cull Obsidian while Doctor Strange and Wong confronted Ebony Maw.

Maw fights the Avengers with Cull Obsidian

Ebony Maw fought with little effort, first using his powers to rip up a chunk of ground under Iron Man as he was explaining his Mark L armor to Bruce Banner, before ripping up a couple of trees along the pavement, throwing them at his opponents. Stark then attacked Maw again, but he calmly sliced a car being thrown at him. As Iron Man headed toward him, Maw tried to stop him by raising concrete and moved his head to the left for Obsidian's Chain Hammer to fling into the Avenger and take him out of the fight.

Maw fighting both Doctor Strange and Wong

Maw continued to confidently use his powers against Strange and Wong, lifting up bricks and turning them into razor sharp needles, before flinging them at Strange and Wong, who used their portals to send the spikes back at Maw. Maw easily blocked most of the spikes with a car, but one slashed him at the side of his head, making him annoyed and aggressive and making his focus more on taking down the two sorcerers.

Maw attempts to take away the Time Stone

Maw angrily made a water pump burst, which flung Wong back into some parked cars. Strange then attacked Maw with an Eldritch Whip, which Maw responded to by lunging at Strange, pinning him to a wall upside down. With Strange trapped, Maw began to muse that Strange's sorcery must be popular with the children of his world. Maw attempted to grab the Eye of Agamotto from Strange, but instead burned his hand. As Strange told him the spell was simple but quite unbreakable, Maw angrily suggested that he would rather take it off from Strange's dead corpse, flinging Strange to the ground.

Maw abducts the unconscious Doctor Strange

Strange attempted to use the Eye of Agamotto, but Maw manipulated underground metal to constrict Strange's hands, preventing his spell, before extending and tightening the metal around Strange's torso and neck, making the sorcerer fall unconscious. The battle now in his favor, Maw levitated Strange and began to return to the ship, but unbeknownst to him, the Cloak of Levitation had a mind of its own, as it slipped through the bondage and pulled Strange's body away from Maw, who expressed his annoyance with the situation. As Maw chased Strange, he used lampposts and traffic lights to try and grab the Cloak off of Strange.

Maw quickly notices Spider-Man on pursue

Eventually, Spider-Man joined the fray by attempting to stop Ebony Maw from getting to the unmoving Doctor Strange. Maw threw a billboard almost carelessly at Spider-Man, temporarily knocking the webslinger down. The chase continued for a short time before Maw successfully pulled the Cloak of Levitation off Strange with a lamppost, and had his Q-Ship pull Strange up, with Spider-Man and the Cloak close behind. Maw himself then boarded the ship, and set a course for Titan.[1]

Torturing Doctor Strange

Maw pilots the Q-Ship to go over to Titan

"In all the time I have served Thanos, I have never failed him. If I were to reach our rendezvous on Titan with the Time Stone still attached to your vaguely irritating person, there would be judgement. Give me... the stone."
―Ebony Maw to Doctor Strange[src]

As the Q-Ship made its way to Titan where it was to rendezvous with Thanos, Ebony Maw kept Doctor Strange restrained at the center of the ship and waited for him to wake from his unconsciousness. Once Strange had woken up from his previous battle, Maw confronted and informed him that in his many years of serving Thanos, he had never failed him.

Maw torturing Doctor Strange with needles

Maw continued to tell Strange how if he were to arrive on Titan with Strange still in possession of the Stone, he would be punished by Thanos. Drawing closer to Strange while as he floated helplessly, Maw told him to give up the Time Stone, as he began to torture Strange with a microsurgery needle, telekinetically stabbing Strange's left cheek from the inside.

Maw threatens Iron Man for his interference

As Strange kept himself quiet, Maw continued to torture him, whispering to Strange that the needles were originally for microsurgery. Unbeknownst to Maw, Iron Man and Spider-Man had snuck aboard the Q-Ship. As Maw tortured Strange, he heard Iron Man behind him and guessed if was he was trying to save his friend. As Iron Man told him that Strange was not his friend and he was only saving him out of mere professional courtesy, Maw telekinetically picked up pieces of debris of his ship in preparation for battle.

Maw being frozen to death within outer space

Maw then stated that he could kill Strange in an instant and that Iron Man's powers were inconsequential compared to his. However, Iron Man replied that "the kid has seen more movies," at which point, he blasted a hole in the side of the ship, flushing Maw out into the vacuum of the space and quickly freezing him to death.[1]


Thanos' Disappointment

"I take it the Maw is dead? This day extracts a heavy toll. Still, he accomplished his mission."
"You may regret that. He brought you face-to-face with the Master of the Mystic Arts."
Thanos and Doctor Strange[src]

Following his obtainment of the Soul Stone, Thanos arrived on Titan to retrieve the Time Stone, assuming that Ebony Maw was successful in claiming the Time Stone from Doctor Strange. Thanos swiftly deduced that Ebony Maw had been killed upon seeing Strange free and waiting for him. Thanos remarked that the day had extracted a heavy toll, and showed regards for Maw for accomplishing his mission. Strange insisted that Maw had brought Thanos to him, to face the Master of the Mystic Arts. Ultimately, Maw's death wasn't in vain as his adoptive father ultimately managed to recover all the Infinity Stones, embedded them to the Infinity Gauntlet and snapped his fingers, causing half of life in the universe to fade away into nothingness.[1]


"It's a simple spell, but quite unbreakable."
"Then I'll take it off your corpse!"
Doctor Strange and Ebony Maw[src]

As one of Thanos' most trusted lieutenants and chief thinker within the Black Order, Ebony Maw was calm and calculated during his service to his father, which was often in direct contrast with the bloodthirsty attitudes of the other members of the Black Order. Maw held great respect for Thanos, to the point of speaking quite reverently of the Mad Titan as he announced their arrival on various worlds and prostrating himself deeply before Thanos when addressing him directly. He also restrained Cull Obsidian during Thanos' fight with the Hulk aboard the Statesman, confident in his master's ability to prevail against his enemy. Maw was displeased by any offenses against Thanos, as seen by Maw silencing Thor when the latter vowed vengeance against him for killing Heimdall.

Due to the great amount of rivalry amongst the members of the Black Order for Thanos' favor, most of them despised each other, and Maw was no exception. Due to Nebula's mention that Gamora was so far the only of her adoptive siblings whom she less hated, it is thereby inferred that Maw was well hated by his adoptive sister, and such a feeling was mutual. When the future Nebula came to 2014 during the Time Heist and thus shared her memories with her past self, leading Maw to analyze the Nebula of his time under his father's orders, he immediately proposed to have his adoptive sister killed by strangling her with his telekinesis, showing his deep hatred towards Nebula, but was ultimately unable to do so due to Thanos' intervention.

Maw was well aware of Thanos' goal, and how important it was to him that he succeed. During Nebula's interrogation, Thanos and Maw witness 2018's Thanos die at the hands of Thor, and while past Gamora was shocked to see her father perish, Maw is calm, and merely tells Thanos that it is his destiny to succeed.

Maw was also quite haughty, as was seen by his referring to the lives of those killed during Thanos' quest as "meaningless." When he encountered the Avengers in New York City, Maw spoke contemptuously towards Iron Man and Doctor Strange, openly referring to the former as an "animal." He leisurely deflected their attacks while launching attacks of his own, only becoming serious after Strange and Wong managed to wound him. His frustration when Strange continuously denied him the Time Stone exposed his sadistic side as he slowly tortured the sorcerer, relishing Strange's pain. He held some respect for Strange for being a Stonekeeper, but would have killed him anyway in order to obtain the Stone.

When discovering the existence of Time Travel after Nebula overloaded, Maw remained calm and collected, only speaking when spoken to by Thanos.

During the Battle of Earth, Maw remained loyal to the end, alerting his father to Hawkeye taking the Nano Gauntlet, and after Iron Man's snap, Maw's final act was to kneel before his father, before being reduced to dust alongside Thanos' armies and then Thanos himself. Maw shows no love or desire for anyone, only immense respect and loyalty for his master.

Powers and Abilities


"Your powers are inconsequential compared to mine."
―Ebony Maw to Iron Man[src]
  • Telekinesis:

    Maw traps Doctor Strange in a brick wall

    Maw was able to move and otherwise manipulate inanimate objects to his will to an immense degree, employing this power offensively, able to swiftly send Iron Man flying skyward, to knock aside Spider-Man by sending a billboard flying into him without even looking at him, and to angle away the trajectory of Cull Obsidian after the latter was sent flying at him. His precision with his power was enough to allow him to cleanly slice apart a car hurled at him as well as effortlessly sculpt sharpened spikes out of debris before launching it at the combined might of Doctor Strange and Wong. Maw was also able to use his telekinesis to restrain and muzzle a defeated Thor with panels from the walls of the Statesman. He was also able to manipulate the environment to hinder Doctor Strange and Wong, crushing part of a fire hydrant to send a stream of highly pressurized water at Wong to knock him away, immobilizing Doctor Strange in a brick wall, twisting metal rebars to prevent Doctor Strange from moving his hands to activate the Eye of Agamotto before further constricting Doctor Strange around his torso and neck, knocking him out by asphyxiating him, and using various lampposts and traffic lights to stop the Cloak of Levitation from whisking the unconscious Strange away. He then cut through brick and shaped it into darts that he threw at Doctor Strange and Wong.
    • Levitation:

      Ebony Maw levitating in the air

      Maw could use his telekinesis to levitate, occasionally using this skill as a means of transportation, even able to make himself hover upside-down. He was also able to telekinetically take people with him while levitating himself, as seen when he lifted Doctor Strange into the air against a wall.


  • Genius-Level Intellect: Maw was among one of the most intelligent minds in the universe. Knowing his intelligence, Thanos had Maw speak to the dying Asgardians on his behalf.
  • Expert Tactician: Although he was not typically deployed in direct combat and whilst not as skilled in tactics as his adopted father, Thanos, Maw was able to quickly deduce his enemies' weaknesses and manipulate the environment to incapacitate them. He bound Strange's hands after observing how he used his powers.
  • Pilot: Ebony Maw knew how to fly a Q-Ship on his own, attempting to take one to Titan after he captured Doctor Strange.



"Painful aren't they? They were originally designed for microsurgery."
―Ebony Maw[src]
  • Microsurgery Needles: Ebony Maw used thin microsurgery needles when he tortured Doctor Strange in order to get the Time Stone. The needles were able to penetrate through Strange's skin thanks to Ebony Maw's telekinetic powers.







Appearances for Ebony Maw

In chronological order:

Out of time:


  • Ebony Maw being sucked out into space is a reference to the Xenomorph Queen's death from Aliens (suggested by Spider-Man, when he is discussing how to dispose of Ebony Maw). Maw drifting towards and past the camera leaving the Q-Ship behind is nearly a shot-for-shot recreation of the Queen drifting away from the USS Sulaco after being ejected.
  • Ebony Maw bears the telekinesis and levitation powers from Supergiant, who in the comics is also a member of the Black Order.
  • Ebony Maw's portrayal in Avengers: Infinity War was inspired by that of Mephisto as Thanos' right-hand in Jim Starlin's The Infinity Gauntlet comic book storyline, which both Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame adapted.[4] His phrase to Thanos: "My humble personage bows before your grandeur." is a reference to the Infinity Gauntlet Vol 1 #1 where this phrase was said by Mephisto.
  • Ebony Maw is the only member of the Black Order whose 2014 and 2018 versions were killed by the same person (Iron Man).

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