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"We are now in a flying donut, billions of miles from Earth."
Iron Man[src]

Q-Ships were massive spaceships used by Thanos and the Black Order. These ring-shaped vessels were stored inside the even larger Sanctuary II and were deployed during his invasions.


Massacre of the Zehoberei

Q-Ships in Zen-Whoberi

Several Q-Ships patrolled the skies of Zen-Whoberi during Thanos' invasion.[1]

Quest for the Orb

In 2014, Gamora and Nebula invaded Korbin. Once their task was complete, they returned to their Q-Ship. Shortly, Thanos teleported aboard the Q-Ship, and informed them that Ronan had located the Power Stone and that he was assigning them to the Dark Aster as his wardens.[3]

Infinity War

Attack on Greenwich Village

"Holy shit. We're all gonna die! There's a spaceship!"
"What's the matter with you kids, you've never seen a spaceship before?"
Ned Leeds and the Watcher Informant[src]

Q-Ship arrives in New York City

In 2018, two members of the Black Order, Cull Obsidian and Ebony Maw, flew to Earth to New York City in a Q-Ship, where they confronted the Master of the Mystic Arts and Iron Man. Finding himself to be unable to take the Eye of Agamotto from Doctor Strange, Maw beamed himself and an unconscious Strange to the Q-Ship, where Maw began torturing Strange for possession of the Eye.[1]

Attack on Vision

Q-Ship in Edinburgh

Concurrently, two other members of the Black Order, Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight used a second Q-Ship to travel to Earth to Edinburgh to claim the Mind Stone from Vision. The two managed to corner Vision and Wanda Maximoff in a train station before being ambushed by Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, and Sam Wilson, which resulted with Glaive being gravely wounded. Knowing that the odds are against them, Midnight beamed herself and Glaive back up to their Q-Ship.[1]

Rescue of Doctor Strange

Tony Stark, Peter Parker, and Doctor Strange inside the Q-Ship

"This ship is self-correcting its course. Thing's on autopilot."
"Can we control it? Fly us home?"
Tony Stark and Doctor Strange[src]

Tony Stark and Peter Parker broke into the Q-Ship to rescue Doctor Strange from Ebony Maw. Taking inspiration from Aliens, Stark and Parker managed to eject Maw into space and stayed with Strange in the Q-Ship, which was en route to Titan. Though Strange wished to return home, Stark convinced him that it would be best to fight Thanos where he would not be expecting them.

Q-Ship crashes onto Titan

When they arrived on Titan, Stark, Parker, and Strange were unable to stop the Q-Ship, causing it to crash. As the three took stock, the destroyed Q-Ship was stormed by Peter Quill, Drax, and Mantis. The two groups had a brief scuffle until they realized that they were all on the same side and left the Q-Ship.[1]

Battle of Wakanda

Q-Ship deploys Outrider Dropships to Wakanda

"Multiple bogies, over Wakanda."
"Same energy signatures as New York?"
Maria Hill and Nick Fury[src]

Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, and Cull Obsidian flew the second Q-Ship to Wakanda where they deployed several Outrider Dropships from the Q-Ship, which was hovering just above Earth's atmosphere.[1]

Alternate Universe Versions

Cosmic Time Heist

Kidnapping of Nebula

Thanos, Gamora, and Nebula inside a Q-Ship

When Nebula traveled via Quantum Realm to an alternate 2014, her implants began syncing with that reality's Nebula, allowing that Thanos, who had just boarded a Q-Ship, to learn about what his main counterpart had achieved. The Q-Ship was then docked inside of the Sanctuary II.[3]

Battle of Earth

Q-Ships fall out of the Sanctuary II

"The Avengers were trying to save the world, but if we're being honest here, they were losing, badly. Alien ships invading, Thanos being a jerk about magical Stones."
Kamala Khan[src]

The Q-Ships were brought by Thanos along with the Sanctuary II to the main universe after they used the Quantum Realm to travel there. When Captain Marvel destroyed the Sanctuary II, the docked Q-Ships fell down to the ruins of the Avengers Compound. The Q-Ships were later disintegrated when Iron Man used all six Infinity Stones to turn Thanos, his allies and their weaponry to dust.[3]


Appearances for the Q-Ships

In chronological order:


  • The meaning behind the name "Q-Ship", first revealed by Entertainment Weekly[4], has not yet been clarified; the ship was never referred to by that name in Avengers: Infinity War. However, the side view of the ship does visually resemble the letter "Q", suggesting that "Q-Ship" is a colloquialism for the vehicle.


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