Corvus Glaive

The last member of the Black Order spotted in the new Avengers: Infinity War trailer is Corvus Glaive, portrayed by a yet unknown actor. He can be seen along with his siblings surrounding Loki, came to renew his alliance to Thanos. From the other trailers we can understand that he’s the one sent to hunt down Vision and to retrieve the Mind Stone from his forehead, apparently succeeding in doing so. If he indeed manages to defeat the android and Scarlet Witch, who’s always with him, he’ll definitely be a force to be reckoned with…just as in the comics. Let’s see together.

Not much is known about Corvus Glaive’s past, apart from the fact that he betrayed his own planet and sold his people to Thanos as a tribute, being fascinated by the nihilistic view of the Mad Titan on life and universe. Corvus joined Thanos’ invading forces along with his brother Black Dwarf and with his wife Proxima Midnight, and all three of them became generals in his army, the Cull Obsidian. Corvus, in particular, became Thanos’ favorite for his cruelty and ruthlessness, and his loyalty was rewarded with a unique weapon, a glaive capable of cutting through anything by splitting atoms, a blade that, as long as it remained intact, kept its wielder immortal. Corvus led the Black Order to many successful conquests, winning many planets to his master, gaining the title of Thanos’ right-hand man, entrusted to speak for him. When the turn of Earth came for the Gauntlet, Corvus Glaive was sent along with the other generals to prepare the arrival of Thanos, and he in particular was dispatched along with Supergiant to Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, looking for the Mad Titan’s lost son. While the two were there, they were called back by Ebony Maw to Orollan, as he had located Thane, Thanos’ child. The Black Order gathered in the Inhuman city, just as the Avengers were gathering there as well: as Hulk arrived before the others, Corvus and Proxima proved to be more than a match for him, handling him with relative ease. Then, all the others arrived: during the battle, Captain America deflected some blows from Proxima Midnight’s spear, and some of them hit Corvus instead; this gave Hyperion the opening he needed, and he obliterated Corvus Glaive, apparently killing him. The glaive, however, was still intact, and Proxima Midnight recovered it, just before being frozen in an amber crystal by Thane along with Thanos.

Slowly but steadily, Corvus Glaive started regenerating within the crystal, being visible enough to raise the curiosity of Maximus the Mad who, as part of some secret experiments of his, let some oxygen reach the glaive, thus allowing Corvus to be reformed completely, albeit still prisoner. Freedom came in the form of Namor the Sub-Mariner: after the failure of the Illuminati, Namor wanted to solve the problem of Incursions his own way, by destroying alternate Earths before they collided with his own. For this, he freed Thanos, Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive, along with Black Swan and Terrax, forming a new Cabal whose sole purpose was to destroy worlds, something each one of them excelled at. After months of slaughter and massacres, Namor tried to betray the Cabal, working with the Illuminati to stop them, but he was betrayed in turn by Black Bolt and Black Panther, and the entire Cabal was left on a dying Earth to die with it. Unable to come back to Earth-616, Corvus and the others escaped through a second Incursion Point, that led them to Earth-1610. Here, the Cabal forged an alliance with the Maker, a deranged alternate version of Reed Richards, and along with him they created a “raft”, that allowed them to survive the final Incursion and thus the end of the Multiverse. Corvus and the Cabal awoke eight years after in Battleworld, a new reality created by Dr. Doom with the remains of the dead dimensions: here, they were soon confronted by the Thor Corps, but they easily defeated them. As Doom was about to spot them, Dr. Strange scattered them through Battleworld, but Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight weren’t lucky, as they found themselves in the dominion of Apocalypse and his Horsemen. Despite their power, they were easily defeated by the ancient mutant, and they were kept in stasis for the rest of the war. As Doom was defeated and the universe reformed, Corvus found himself back on Earth-616, with Thanos apparently dead: the Mad Titan’s dominion was his to conquer, and he came back to the Black Quadrant, where he sat on the Titan’s throne as a new, cruel warlord…

Corvus Glaive is a cruel and ruthless warrior and an intelligent and clever general, a man whose loyalty to Thanos and to his death cult is not exactly unshakable, but who has his ambiguity seen as another plus point by the Mad Titan. He’s a formidable tactician, the greatest general ever seen on Earth according to Proxima Midnight; he’s also a superb fighter, unbeatable with his glaive, gifted with superhuman strength, agility, speed and durability; as long as the glaive’s blade is intact, Corvus is immortal, able to regenerate from any damage, even from total annihilation. An extremely dangerous being, pure evil incarnate, Corvus Glaive is rightfully Thanos’ right-hand general, the only man capable of speaking for the most feared being in the universe…aiming to become just as feared, one day.

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Black Dwarf

The second member of the Black Order we see in the Avengers: Infinity War trailer is one that literally stands out in the crowd: as we see Loki approaching Thanos to renew the alliance by giving him the Tesseract (thus the Space Stone), the entire Black Order is around him, and the biggest and bulkiest of them is Cull Obsidian, portrayed by Terry Notary. In the comics, his name is actually Black Dwarf, while Cull Obsidian is an alternate name for the Black Order itself. Apart from the fact that he’s one of Thanos’ adoptive sons, we don’t know much of his role in the movie, but the snippets of a huge battle in Wakanda may be a huge clue, considering his role in the comics. Let’s see together.

The creature known as Black Dwarf was an alien born on an unknown planet, who grew up to be a fierce and fearful warrior, along with his brother Corvus Glaive. Somehow, the two siblings entered in contact with Thanos, an extremely powerful being whose sole aim in life was death, the death of the highest number of sentient beings in the universe, to be offered as a tribute to his everlasting love, Lady Death herself. Black Dwarf entered the Cull Obsidian, the cult of warriors following Thanos (even if among each other they called themselves the Black Order), and even among his peers he was one of the most enthusiast about death and oblivion, a true nihilist who happily embraced the destiny that Thanos was preparing for them all. His blind fundamentalism, as well as his impressive physical might, made him climb the ranks and become a Dreadlord (a general), along with Corvus Glaive. Nobody, even among the other generals, could match Black Dwarf’s might, and he became known across the galaxies as the Black Order’s power house, a wrecking ball that announced the coming of the Mad Titan with death and destruction. When Thanos set his sight on Earth as the next planet he would have razed, Black Dwarf was dispatched to Wakanda, where he would have started the invasion. After a first moment of easy victories, however, Black Dwarf experienced something he had never before: the Wakandans, united under their king Black Panther, fought back, and presented an unexpected resistance to the invaders. For the very first time in his life, Black Dwarf was forced to retreat, and he came back to Thanos defeated and humiliated, the only Dreadlord to experience such a failure. Not only Thanos despised him enough to kick him out of the Black Order, but he also denied him the bliss of death, leaving him alive.

Dishonored and without a purpose, Black Dwarf wandered in solitude and abandonment, until Thanos rewarded him with a second chance: he tasked him with a delicate mission, to protect the newly conquered Peak (an orbital station of S.W.O.R.D.) from being reclaimed by the Avengers. Black Dwarf rushed on site, and met his enemies head-on. He proved to be more than a chance for them, even if the Avengers counted among their ranks powerhouses like Thor and Hyperion, until they were joined by even more powerful allies: the Imperial Guard, led by Oracle, and most of all the Galactic Council, a team that counted extremely powerful beings like Gladiator, the Super Skrull, Annihilus and Ronan the Accuser. Black Dwarf could easily overpower each of them, and for a while he even proved superior to their combined might, but eventually numbers won, and he was slaughtered by Ronan, who executed him on spot. The oblivion of death didn’t last long for Black Dwarf, despite his strong desire to be embraced by it: when a cosmic game involved the Challenger and the Grandmaster, the two chose a number of champions to face each other in their place, and while the Grandmaster chose the Lethal Legion, the Challenger assembled once again the Black Order, resurrecting its deceased members, including Black Dwarf. The two teams were dispatched on Earth, where they would have competed in a Contest to reach and claim two Pyramoids that would have been hid on the battleground planet. The Black Order blew up the Avengers Mansion as soon as they arrived, in a plan by Ebony Maw to grant a distraction to the adversaries during the match. Apparently, the plan worked: as the Lethal Legion was battling the Avengers, Black Dwarf managed to reach the Pyramoid in Rome, Italy. Apparently disintegrated, the behemoth was actually transported into the Grandmaster’s Cosmic Game Room, having won a round. What would have happened next, now, depended entirely on his teammates…

Black Dwarf is a pure nihilist, maybe the only one in the Black Order who truly and completely embraced Thanos’ plan to annihilate sentient life in the universe, himself included. He is the most powerful warrior in the Order, gifted with an immense strength and an impenetrable skin that makes him nearly invulnerable; he’s a master in the use of a variety of weapons, the bigger the better, usually an enormous battle axe. Black Dwarf is a cosmic calamity that brings pain and destruction wherever he goes, and he has on his side an invincible weapon: he doesn’t fear death, quite the opposite, he craves for it…

Ebony Maw

A new, breath-taking trailer for Avengers: Infinity War has been released, and we got our first look at the three remaining members of the Black Order. Let’s start with the one we can see the best: Ebony Maw, who’s also the only one we know the actor of. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor will portray this skinny and malicious servant/adoptive son of Thanos, and judging from the trailer he’ll be the one assigned to recover the Time Stone from Doctor Strange…and it appears he made quite short work of the Sorcerer Supreme. If he’s indeed a sorcerer himself, this will be quite a departure from the comics, where he’s known for being mainly a master planner, albeit his intended target remains the same. Let’s see together.

We don’t know much about Ebony Maw, and also the few things we know about him are most likely lies. Allegedly, he was an alien fascinated by Thanos’ nihilistic view on the universe, who joined him as a humble disciple and proved his loyalty enough to become his first and most trusted lieutenant, but even this was proved to be a lie, as he was the one who eventually orchestrated the Mad Titan‘s fall. Also, he is widely believed to be lacking any super power, having in his limitless and Machiavellian intellect his greatest strength, but even this point has never been truly proven, quite the opposite, his “persuasion through words” skills more often then not seems more akin to mind-control than to sheer rhetoric. Being it one way or the other, it’s true he was one of Thanos’ lieutenant, one of the most feared leaders of the Black Order, much more dangerous than his physically superior teammates. Sent to Earth to investigate the presence of Thanos’ son, an Inhuman, Ebony Maw chose to infiltrate the planet’s secret ruling elite, the Illuminati, and he made so through one of their members. He targeted the Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange, and talked his way into his psyche until he completely subjected him, enough to force him to summon the lovecraftian old god Shuma-Gorath. As the crisis gathered the Illuminati together, Maw controlled Strange, and gained access to all their secrets. While Thanos gave his ultimatum, Strange started looking for the warlord’s son, and found him in Thane, a young Inhuman who had just underwent Terrigenesis in a forgotten Inhuman village in Greenland. As soon as the boy was found, Maw made the sorcerer forget about all their interactions, and forced him to leave, while he stayed with Thane, witnessing the manifestation of his powers following Black Bolt‘s release of the Terrigen Bomb. Much to Maw’s surprise, Thane possessed the ultimate power: death. As the boy unwillingly annihilated his entire town, Ebony Maw stepped in, presenting himself as a friend.

Watching the boy’s powers up close, Ebony Maw realized that Thane could grow up to be more powerful than Thanos himself, and started conceiving a long-termed plan to be in his future. He offered Thane a containment suit that would have allowed him to control the overflowing energies of a power he couldn’t control, and earned his trust…but in the meanwhile trapped him and alerted Thanos and the rest of the Black Order of his presence. Thanos’ forces gathered in Orollan, and so did the Avengers’ ones, as they clashed in the ultimate battle. While all the others were busy fighting each other, Ebony Maw released Thane from his imprisonment, and presented him two choices: he could escape, hiding as he had always done, or he could become what he had always feared and face his father. Thane chose the latter, and in the following battle, much to Maw’s pleasure, the boy used his right hand’s power to encase Thanos and Proxima Midnight in an amber coffin, in a perpetual state of “living death”. Pleased with the young man’s accomplishments, Ebony Maw hid Thane from the others, and left Earth along with him, offering himself as a mentor for the son of the titan. Thane trusted him, and believed his promises…but then the duo reached the Black Quadrant, a former dominion of Thanos’ that had been conquered by Corvus Glaive, another one of the Mad Titan’s former lieutenants. Glaive had seen through Maw’s machinations, and had enlisted the Covenant to strip Thane of his powers, thus being able to capture him and his “mentor”. During his imprisonment, both Maw and Thane were tortured for the sadistic pleasure of Corvus, but then Ebony Maw did the one thing he did best: he talked his way out of it, managing to barter his own freedom…for Thane. As the young man remained captive, hoping that his “friend” would come up with a plan to save him, Maw was far already, looking for some other way to reach his unfathomable goals…

Ebony Maw is a living enigma: intelligent and cunning beyond measure, he’s always planning something, always devising back-up plans to his back-up plans, in a web of lies, deceits and machinations that sees even the most powerful beings in the universe used as mere pawns. He apparently has no superhuman powers, albeit he disposes of technology that grants him an impenetrable personal force-field and teleportation abilities, but his intellect would be dangerous enough by itself; Maw has a way to talk himself into people’s minds that borders mind-control, and his persuasion skills are enough to bend even the most disciplined minds to his will. The spider at the center of a web of intricate plans, Ebony Maw is the ultimate tactician, who has the entire universe as his personal chessboard.

Proxima Midnight

The second character appearing in the Avengers: Infinity War trailer is barely spotted, but this is the first clear look we get at her since her announcement. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Gamora and Nebula mentioned that Thanos had other children, and one is her: Proxima Midnight. In the trailer she’s seen fighting with Black Widow and Captain America, nearly killing the first one but being stopped by the latter. She’ll help her “father” retrieve the Infinity Stones, and she won’t do it pleasantly. In the comics, she surely is a loyal follower of Thanos, but their relationship isn’t exactly a “father and daughter” one, rather the one of a cultist with her leader. Let’s see together.

Proxima Midnight, real name unknown, was born on an unspecified alien world, where she was raised to be one of the universe’s best warriors. She surely became an unbeatable combatant, but she also became quite a nihilist, wanting nothing more than to see the universe burnt to ashes. With this philosophy, she was unavoidably attracted by the figure of Thanos, the Mad Titan who wanted to offer everything in existence as a tribute to his beloved, Lady Death, and she joined his army. Distinguishing herself even among the most lethal aliens in the galaxies, Proxima Midnight was personally chosen by Thanos to join his Black Order, the elite groups of lieutenants he dispatched all around the universe to find worlds to raze. After imposing heavy tributes on planets in exchange of sparing them, the Black Order finally arrived to Earth…a small planet that hid however a great treasure, as a group living on it, the Illuminati, possessed the omnipotent Infinity Gems. The planet was attacked by Proxima’s husband, Corvus Glaive, Thanos’ right-hand man and a prominent member of the Black Order himself, and Proxima was dispatched there soon after. Albeit tasked with attacking Atlantis, Proxima first arrived in New York City, where she made her presence known by spreading destruction upon her wake. She was immediately confronted by the Mighty Avengers, but she made immediately clear that she wasn’t an adversary to be taken lightly. She immediately gave proof of her worth by crippling one of the enemy leaders, Spectrum, and she even pummeled to the ground the other one, Luke Cage…until the hero, encouraged by the gathering crowd, recovered and fought her to a stand still. That was the moment Thanos arrived.

The Mad Titan didn’t hide his disappointment for Proxima’s unauthorized attack, and she was reminded her original mission. Humiliated, she hit Cage one last time before heading to Atlantis. Here, however, she found her supposed enemy, Namor the Sub-Mariner, broken already, defeated in a war with his rival Black Panther. Proxima immediately realized that Namor didn’t own the Infinity Gem anymore, and she questioned him on its whereabouts; not only Namor told her that she could find the Gem in Wakanda, but she also offered her the full support of Atlantis, if she could burn down his hated enemy’s kingdom. Wakanda had been already attacked by another member of the Black Order, Black Dwarf, but he had been soundly defeated. When Proxima brought her intel to Thanos, the Mad Titan himself led her and Corvus Glaive to the African country, locating the Gem in the Necropolis, the sacred Wakandan sanctuary that was also the Illuminati’s secret base. While the Black Order was there, however, the Machiavellian Ebony Maw informed them that he had finally accomplished his mission: he had located Thane, Thanos’ son, in Greenland. Just before leaving Wakanda to retrieve Thane, Proxima learnt of the existence of a new Nova on Earth, and she sent one of her personal minions, Kaldera, to kill him. When she failed, she had her tortured for days in the Midnight Sphere. Finally, Proxima, Corvus and Thanos reached the long-lost Thane…who didn’t want anything to do with his father. As the trio tried to force him to cooperate, the Inhuman used his newfound powers to encase all of them in an unbreakable amber crystal, in a state of living death. Even this, however, wasn’t enough to keep the galaxy’s fiercest warrior at bay…

Proxima Midnight is a fierce and relentless fighter, a woman who lives to serve Thanos and his vision, and who has no restraint whatsoever in killing anyone in her way. She possesses superhuman strength, durability, speed and stamina, and she’s a superb combatant, but her main strength lies in her spear, forged for her by Thanos himself from a sun trapped in a space-time singularity: the spear never misses its target, and changes velocity according to Proxima’s will when thrown; Proxima can also change its density, making it reach the mass of a black hole, a massive weight that can immobilize even the greatest powers in the universe (she even bested Hulk‘s limitless strength with it); the spear is also imbued with a lethal toxin that can kill anyone (even living energy) upon contact. One of the most lethal beings in the universe, Proxima Midnight is a worshiper of Death, who serves her master Thanos with absolute and unflinching loyalty, her faith a force as lethal as the star that gave birth to her weapon…

Peter Benjamin Parker (Iron Spider)

As you may have noticed, a couple of trailers have been released these days, and there’s much to speak about… At the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter Parker declined Tony Stark‘s offer to join the Avengers, as well as a brand new suit of armor the billionaire had built for him…but in Avengers: Infinity War Peter will finally wear it, apparently making the Iron Spider the first line of defense against Thanos and his Black Order (he’s the only one seen fighting the villain directly, in the trailer…and he wasn’t squaring too good, poor thing). In the comics, the Iron Spider is just a temporary identity for Peter, as he soon turns back to his old ways, and it’s later resumed by others. Here, however, we’ll only see the original version.

Life had never been easy for Peter Parker: always on the verge of bankruptcy, barely balancing his private life with his ones as Spider-Man, usually a loner as a superhero, he definitely had his life changed altogether the moment he joined the New Avengers. With a team to support him, he even started to appreciate a never-before-experienced public support, and the advantages of having teammates watching his back. Most of all, Peter found something he had always craved for: his father Richard had died when he was still a boy, and his beloved Uncle Ben soon followed him when he was barely fifteen, and Peter had always been in need for a father figure of sort. He found it in Tony Stark, who became his mentor, and who welcomed him, his wife Mary Jane and his aunt May in the Avengers Tower. Thanks to Stark, Peter’s life underwent the best change ever, and this obviously made the two heroes close. The heroes community was soon split in two by the Superhuman Registration Act, that following Nitro‘s destruction of the town of Stamford and the resulting death of hundreds of civilians, ordered every superhero to become a government-sanctioned agent and had his/her secret identity registered. Peter had obviously some doubts: as Spider-Man, he had always kept his identity a secret, as he thought this protected the people he loved from his enemies’ retaliation. Stark, however, was the public face of the Act, and Peter trusted him; moreover, he truly believed that superheroes needed people’s support to operate at their best, and this could only be achieved if the population was able to trust its heroes. As a sign for all the other street-level superheroes who opposed the Act, Spider-Man appeared in a press conference, and with the support of his family he unmasked himself in front of the entire world, first introducing himself as Peter Parker.

Spider-Man received some unexpected advantages from being one of the main supporters of the Superhuman Registration Act: first of all, he was free to operate everywhere as a federal agent, without cops shooting at him; then, he received a brand new costume from Stark, who had been building it in secret after Peter was killed by Morlun (and later resurrected by the Great Weaver, a spider-god). Being on Stark’s side, however, meant to fight the many heroes who had chosen to oppose the Act and to follow Captain America as outlaws. Among them there were many of Peter’s greatest friends, including the Human Torch. Dubbed the Iron Spider due to his new armor (and to his not too subtle bond with Iron Man), Peter fought against his former allies, and even tried to convince some of them to change sides…until he realized he may have been the one making a mistake. There were many things Stark didn’t tell him: the fact that he had built with Reed Richards a prison for anti-registration heroes in the Negative Zone, for example, or that he had created an uncontrollable clone of Thor, Ragnarok, who eventually killed Bill Foster in battle. All these things left a bad taste in the hero’s mouth, but the final straw came when he realized that Stark had been tracking and controlling him through the new armor. Feeling betrayed, and realizing how wrong he had been, Peter escaped the Avengers Tower with May and MJ, but was soon confronted by Stark, who tried to override his armor. A great student for a great mentor, Peter overrode Stark’s command, and flew. Maria Hill, however, sent the Thunderbolts after him, and even with the Iron Spider armor on Peter wasn’t a match for all those villains. Followed in the sewers by Jester and Jack O’Lantern, he was nearly killed by the villains, but suddenly The Punisher intervened, killing both assailants. The vigilante took a badly beaten Peter to the secret base of the anti-registration heroes, where he was nurtured back to health. It was time Spider-Man came back to his old self, joined the right side, and exposed to the world the horrors he had contributed to create.

Peter Parker is always the old selfless, heroic, maybe naive man who’s always ready to be on the first line to defend the right cause and to protect the people he loves…unfortunately, this time the “right cause” is something nobody’s so sure about. As the Iron Spider, he possesses his usual Spider-Man powers (superhuman strength, durability, agility and reflexes, Spider-Sense, the ability to stick to any surface, regenerative healing factor), the ones granted to to him by the Great Weaver (retractable razor-sharp stingers, night vision, organic webbing), and the ones granted by Stark’s armor, such as three retractable “spider-arms” that can be used as offensive tools or for scouting, as they have cameras implanted in them, a glider, a mask filter that can protect him from any poison or gas, lenses that improve his vision specter, a radar and a sonar, a camouflage device and much more. More powerful than he has ever been, Peter surely has a lot to be grateful for, but he still has to make clarity within himself on what he truly believes to be the right thing to do…

Cindy Moon (Silk)

Among the many schoolmates of Peter‘s we meet in Spider-Man: Homecoming, one is quite a surprise: Cindy Moon, the Asian girl portrayed by Tiffany Espensen. She’s one of the members of the decathlon team of Midtown School of Science and Technology, and she’s the one who appears to be the more upset when Sally tells her Peter is not coming to the nationals in Washington D.C. Albeit being quite a young character in terms of publication history, Cindy has become pretty relevant in the comics in a very short time, mostly under her alias of Silk. The fact that she’s still attending school in Homecoming hints at a very different fate for her movie counterpart, as the original one was already leading a very different life by that point: let’s see together.

Cindy Moon was born in Washington HeightsNew York City, the daughter of employee Albert Moon and his scientist wife Nari. A very gifted child, Cindy developed an eidetic memory since she was a kid, and her mother took this as a sign she had to focus on her studies only; her father, on the other side, was very supportive of her, and he insisted she also engaged in other acitivities, such as sports (he perfectly knew Cindy played with her school hockey team just to be with Hector Cervantez, her “secret boyfriend”, and he was perfectly ok with it). Cindy grew up with a little brother, Albert Jr., and she always tried to live a normal social life balancing her mother’s tyrannical order to give priority to her studies over everything else. Unfortunately, Nari eventually found out about Hector and, enraged, she forced Cindy to abandon hockey, and she even signed her up for a school field trip she wasn’t interested in, but that she believed could widen her daughter’s scientific horizon. Along with her schoolmates from Midtown High School, consequently, Cindy went to visit the East labs of General Techtronics Corporation, full of grudge for her mother. The exhibition, actually, would have changed Cindy’s life forever: during a demonstration of how to handle safely nuclear wastes, a spider was hit by radiations and, before dying, bit her on the ankle (it was the same spider that had just bitten Peter Parker on the hand). Not paying much attention to it at first, Cindy realised she had been changed radically when, back home, during a fight with her parents she spontaneously emitted an organic web from her fingers that enveloped them. Scared by what she had become and not knowing how to control her powers, Cindy was quite shocked, and even her parents didn’t know what to do…that’s why the man who came knocking to her door looked like a blessing to the Moons, a man who offered to take the girl with him to train her in the use of her abilities. The man introduced himself as Ezekiel Sims.

Ezekiel had spider-like powers as well, and he told Cindy both their abilities came from different circumstances, but from the same Spider-Totem that made them alike. For six years, the man trained her and taught her what he could, until he discovered the Inheritors, a race of immortal vampires who hunted down people with totemic powers; one of them in particular, Morlun, was on Earth-616 looking for spider totems. In order to protect Cindy from Morlun (and possibly to use her as a trump card against the Inheritors), Ezekiel locked her in a special room that blocked the vampire’s detection, a hidden cell in his tower filled with food and water several years worth. Cindy also had books and tapes, and she used them to expand her knowledge and to do something in the endless hours she spent there. Albeit she knew the code to get out of the room, she never used it, as she knew Morlun would have killed her for sure. In fear and in boredom, thirteen years passed: Ezekiel had been killed in the meanwhile, so nobody knew about Cindy. The one who discovered her was Spider-Man, who was on the Moon investigatin Uatu the Watcher‘s death: as the eye of Uatu was retrieved, it released on the world knowledge of secrets long hidden or forgotten, and Spider-Man saw Cindy’s story. The hero arrived to Ezekiel’s tower and ignored Cindy’s plead not to open the door: he managed to convince her only when he told her Morlun was long dead. Free at last, Cindy created an improvised costume of webs and, naming herself Silk, she left to look for her parents…who had obviously moved, after almost twenty years. Speaking with Spider-Man, Silk realised that Morlun had come back from the dead twice already, and she immediately felt he had come back once again, this time accompanied by all the other Inheritors. She attacked Spider-Man, blaming him for wasting her sacrifice, but she agreed to stay with him to prepare for Morlun and the others. As Silk, he even help him against Electro and Black Cat, knowing that their greatest challenge ever was arriving at full speed, threatening a life she had just conquered back.

Cindy Moon is an extremely smart young woman, gifted with an eidetic memory and brilliant enough to have been accepted to Oxford University…in another life. As Silk, she possesses superhuman strength, speed, agility, stamina, durability and reflexes; she can stick to any surface, crawling even on vertical walls, and she can release extremely strong organic webbing from her fingertips, which she uses for swinging around, for creating clothes, and even for creating artificial claws to augment her offensive abilities; she also possesses what she calls a Silk-Sense, an augmented variant of the Spider-Sense, which allows her to sense danger even if not immediate, bordering in clairvoyance. Disoriented in a world that moved over in her absence, Silk is still trying to put back together the pieces of her sacrificed existence, clashing with the fact that the time she has lost is indeed lost forever…

Sally Avril (Bluebird)

Among the many classmates of Peter Parker, in Spider-Man: Homecoming, there’s also a chubby girl portrayed by Isabella Amara (she’s the one who sadly announces that Peter isn’t going to the competition in Washington D.C.); she’s quite smart, as she’s a member of the school’s decathlon team. Amara already confirmed she’s going to appear again in Avengers: Infinity War, so we haven’t seen the last of her…albeit it’s unlikely she’ll start wearing a costume and fight crime like Sally did in the comics. Even the first live action version of Sally didn’t do much in this sense: Kelsey Chow in fact portrays her in The Amazing Spider-Man, the hot girl who asks Peter if he can take pictures of her and her boyfriend on Friday night, laughing at the fact he believed she was asking him out. In the comics, Sally’s story is more deepened…and eventually more tragic. Let’s see together.

Sally Avril was born in New York City, in Forest HillsQueens. When she was a kid she attended the local Elementary School, where she met and became friends with a group she would have grown up with, consisting of Jason Ionello (her best friend), Liz Allan, Peter Parker, Tiny McKeever and Seymour O’Reilly. The group was quite inseparable, but when they arrived to Midtown High School everything changed: the new social division had quite an effect on her, and she immediately realised the new school was clearly divided between “winners” and “losers”, and she had no intention of being part of the second group. She did her best to be one of the popular girls, taking a distance from some of her old “best friends”…including Peter Parker, who was now the favourite target of bullies like Flash Thompson. Instead of defending her friend, Sally started dating Flash, and when Peter asked her out she laughed in his face and proclaimed she preferred “dream boats” like Thompson. She even arrived to the point of isolating Peter when his beloved Uncle Ben died, convincing Liz Allan not to be friendly with him even in such a delicate situation, so obsessed she was with high school’s role game. She finally obtained all the fame and the popularity she craved by winning all the school’s competition as a gymnast, but it still wasn’t enough, she wanted more…and Jason gave her the perfect idea to achieve it, as J. Jonah Jameson offered a big sum of money to whoever brought him the secret identity of the superhero he despised, Spider-Man. The two friends decided they would have been the ones to take money and glory.

Armed with binoculars and camera, Sally Avril and Jason Ionello started “hunting” for Spider-Man, and they found him during a meeting with Batwing. Spider-Man realised he had been followed, and warned the two kids not to, as it could be very dangerous; Jason wanted to follow his advice, but Sally decided to ignore it, as she was sure they would have succeeded. Next, they spotted Spider-Man as, brainwashed by Dr. Winkler, was stealing money for Electro. The two followed the hero, and prepared to take a picture just as Electro was about to unmask him…but their camera’s flash broke the hypnosis, and Spidey came back to his senses just in time. In the following fight, when Spider-Man was about to be defeated, Sally intervened in first person incapacitating Electro with a kick to the head, allowing the hero to knock him out for good: thankful, Spider-Man took a picture of Sally and Jason standing over the defeated criminal, a photo that would have been published on The Daily Bugle under the title: School Kids Foil Super-Villain. Intoxicated by the experience, Sally presented herself to Jameson asking for the position of free-lance photographer, but she was shocked in discovering that the job was already taken…by Peter Parker. Her former friend confirmed it, but she asked her not to tell anybody at school he was the one who took pictures of Spider-Man. This, however, brought Sally to change her plans: instead of becoming a photographer, she used the experience with Electro to decide to become a superheroine herself. She created a costume and built some (highly inefficient) gadgets, and named herself Bluebird, ready to take on New York’s criminality with her athletic skills. She even elected herself as Spider-Man’s partner, but the hero wasn’t too happy of having such an inexperienced and vulnerable sidekick “aiding” him…

Sally Avril is an extremely ambitious and glory-carving girl, a young woman quite obsessed with popularity who’s overenthusiastic over pretty much every single initiative she takes. As Bluebird, she’s an extremely skilled athlete and acrobat, but she doesn’t have any superhuman power; she has a number of gadgets, some useful ones such as insulated boots and her rope line, and some unuseful and dangerous ones like her Bluebird Eggs, “bombs” filled with ether that usually explode before even reaching their target. First a bully ready to forget any friendship and to step on anyone’s feelings for a little popularity, now Sally is a danger for herself and others, a rookie vigilante who’s too arrogant to realize that as an amateur she risks her life without being of any kind of help to her unwilling mentor Spider-Man.