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"Come and get some, space dogs!"
Rocket Raccoon[src]

The Outriders are a mindless species subservient to Thanos and the Black Order. They were used to fight in the Battle of Wakanda and the Battle of Earth.


Battle of Wakanda[]

"You are in Wakanda now. Thanos will have nothing but dust and blood."
"We... have blood to spare."
T'Challa and Proxima Midnight[src]

In 2018, the Outriders were deployed by Proxima Midnight in dropships to Wakanda on Earth. Several dropships were released from Q-Ships in space and were sent crashing down in and around Wakanda; the doors opened and the Outriders were unleashed upon the Wakandan plains.

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The Outriders furiously attacking Wakanda

The Outriders, along with Midnight and Cull Obsidian, faced Black Panther's army of the Wakandan Royal Guard, Dora Milaje, Border Tribe, and Jabari Tribe, as well as Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, Bucky Barnes, Bruce Banner, James Rhodes, and Sam Wilson. They threw themselves at the dome in an attempt to destroy it, but many were killed as a result. However, as they continued, the force field began to falter. When some begin to circle around the force field, Black panther decided to let them through, prompting the aforementioned army to engage in the battle. At one point, a group of Outriders were crushed when Wanda Maximoff arrived and used her powers to lift Threshers onto them. As the Outriders began to overwhelm them, Thor, Rocket Raccoon and Groot arrived via Bifrost Bridge and greatly turned the tide of the battle. The Outriders and their dropships were then subsequently defeated.[1]

Alternate Reality Versions[]

Battle of Earth[]

In an alternate 2014, Thanos and his army, including the Outriders, traveled through the Multiverse in the Sanctuary II using the Quantum Realm in order to enter October 2023 of the main universe. Thanos then summoned the Outriders to scout the ruins of the Avengers Compound for the Nano Gauntlet.


Outriders are blown up by Hawkeye's arrows

A group of Outriders found the Nano Gauntlet in Hawkeye's possession in the Compound's tunnels and chased him. After Hawkeye drew his bow and fired a flare arrow towards them, the Outriders overran him and he planted explosive arrows along the tunnels. The arrows went off, but the Outriders were unaffected. He then fired a grapple arrow from his wristbow and scaled upwards to safety. The Outriders leaped after him, prompting him to draw his sword and slice them in half.

During the Battle of Earth, many Outriders continued to pursue after Hawkeye, but he was saved by Black Panther, who used his Kinetic Pulse to take them out. When Spider-Man was in possession of the Nano Gauntlet, the Outriders surrounded him, and he used his Instant Kill mode activation to fend them off. As they proved too much for him, he called out for help and Steve Rogers flung Mjølnir towards him so he could escape. However, the battle came to an end when Iron Man used the Infinity Stones to wipe out Thanos and his army, including the remaining Outriders.[2]

As many Outriders had been wounded during the battle, their spilled blood had been collected from the battlefield by Nick Fury's secret Skrull unit. Their DNA was then placed alongside other enhanced DNA in a vial known as the Harvest and was administered by Super-Skrulls Gravik and G'iah, granting them access to the Outriders' physiology.[3][4]

Characteristic Traits[]

"You see the teeth on those things?"
Falcon to War Machine[src]

The Outriders are characterized by their leathery black and yellow skin. Most of the Outriders have four, clawed arms, although some have been shown to have six. Unique to the latter is a pair of pointed protrusions that spread out from their heads. They can adopt both bipedal and quadrupedal postures to walk and run. Their faces lack any visible eyes, and their mouths are equipped with two rows of razor-sharp teeth. All Outriders have blue-colored blood.

The Outriders only follow basic commands that are given by Thanos and the Black Order. During the Battle of Wakanda, they threw themselves in seemingly endless waves against Wakanda's force field, most of them killing themselves in the process. This suggests that Outriders are mindless and operate solely on their bloodlust. Still, the Outriders have some semblance of intelligence and self-preservation, as some of them started fleeing in their dropships when they were losing, after all of their commanders were killed in combat.

The Outriders do not utilize advanced weaponry. However, they possess greater superhuman physical abilities, making them fearsome adversaries in battle. During the Battle of Wakanda, Steve Rogers struggled to fight a lone Outrider, whereas he had fewer problems fighting multiple Chitauri during the Battle of New York.[1]





Appearances for the Outriders
In chronological order:


  • In the comics, the Outriders were a race of genetically engineered humanoid creatures with the purpose of serving their master until they die. Thanos used Outriders to find new planets inhabited by weak species he would conquer.
  • When designing the Outriders for Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel Studios found itself concerned that the creatures too closely resembled another Marvel Comics property, Venom, for which they didn't have the rights. Marvel ended up making minor changes to the Outriders to prevent that from happening.[5]
  • In the non-canon book Thanos: Titan Consumed it's explained that the Outriders are a result of Thanos combining samples of DNA from the Chitauri, himself, and of various species that he killed.[6]


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