February 27, 2024

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Slightly Misplaced Comic Book Characters Case File #457: Supergiant

Hey, remember the Children of Thanos from the MCU? There was one that only appeared in the comics.

I did a streak over the summer for this series where I looked up the backstory for the different members of the Guardians of the Galaxy and how they differed from their MCU versions.  It was actually rather fun, showing Rocket as more kid friendly, Star-Lord as your standard space opera hero, and Groot as a world-conquering alien invader, among other things.  Now, most MCU heroes outside the Guardians movies are much more accurate to the source material, but not entirely.

Like, remember the Children of Thanos?  Well, they were originally called the Black Order, and one of their original line-up never made it to the movies.  That would be Supergiant.

Supergiant first appeared in the Infinity crossover by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Jerome Opeña.  She was among the five members of Thanos’s Black Order, the original line-up being Supergiant, Proxima Midnight, Black Dwarf, Corvus Glaive, and Ebony Maw.  All of these characters would first appear in Infinity #1 in August of 2013 as Thanos’s top lieutenants in a vast army that was going around the universe, wiping out all the various children Thanos had fathered by various alien races.  Thanos would show up and basically ask for a certain number of dead people of a certain age (to make sure he got them all when he wasn’t even completely sure which of the locals were his children), and if he didn’t get them, he’d unleash the Black Order and various other horrors to kill a whole lot more people, and these were beings who would kill or die at the whim of the Mad Titan.  Most races gave up the kids.

By the by, Infinity was a somewhat unique crossover because Hickman used it to bridge issues of his Avengers and New Avengers series.  The Avengers, a very large team at the time, went off to space to fight some aliens called the Builders while Iron Man (and the reformed Illuminati) kept an eye on the Earth.  Seeing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes gone, Thanos saw it as an ideal time to take his show on the road to Earth and take out the Inhuman child he had, a young man named Thane.  The Black Order would go on to be the MCU’s Children of Thanos…sort of.

As it is, the Children of Thanos didn’t really have much in the way of distinctive personalities.  Their comics counterparts were only a little better, with one noteworthy exception, but the rest were essentially just Thanos’s minions.  As for the changes made:

  • Corvus Glaive was basically just a guy with a bladed staff in the movie.  His comic book version was functionally immortal as long as he held on to his weapon, and he was married to Proxima Midnight and was possibly the brother of Black Dwarf.
  • Proxima Midnight had a dark energy spear that would always hit and kill her targets.  Apparently, she and Corvus are sitting together and holding hands as they turn to dust in Endgame.
  • Black Dwarf for the movies was renamed Cull Obsidian, and Cull was basically just a big monstrous brute.  Black Dwarf had superdense skin and great strength, and he was somehow the Black Order’s punching bag, the only member of the Order to lose a battle to one of the Illuminati (namely Black Panther) and later killed by the combined might of Ronan the Accuser, Annhilius, Gladiator, and the Super-Skrull.
  • Ebony Maw had the biggest change from the comics to the movies.  Movie Ebony Maw has what looked like telekinesis.  Comics Maw had the power of persuasion, in that he could talk anyone into anything for reasons unknown, making him the one member of the Black Order Thanos didn’t quite trust.

But then there was Supergiant.  She was a very powerful telepath, powerful enough that, when she and Corvus attacked the X-Men at the Jean Grey School, while Corvus seemed to easily defeat Wolverine, Supergiant used her telepathy to take control of both Rachel Summers and Iceman to force them to attack the other mutants.  Considering the X-Men have a lot of experience with telepaths, that Rachel is herself a powerful one, that Supergiant managed to telepathically take over two of them in quick succession should say a lot about her power levels.

Naturally, she was killed by Lockjaw.  OK, it was a bit more complicated than that.  She was telepathically controlling a captured Black Bolt while a planet-destroying bomb was counting down to zero when Maximus the Mad wandered in, distracting Supergiant just long enough for Lockjaw to teleport her and the bomb far, far away from Earth.

Yes, the dog killed her.

That may be why she didn’t make it to the movies.  That and she was easily the most powerful member of the group.  Plus, in the comics, she wasn’t quite dead when two of the Elders of the Universe got into a contest involving putting two groups together, leading to the Black Order to take on the Lethal Legion while various Avengers were stuck in the middle.  Supergiant returned for that, but only in the form of a being of pure mental energy, one that was disrupted and presumably destroyed by a telepathic member of the Lethal Legion.  So, I suppose it might have been nice to see Supergiant in the MCU with the others…but if I didn’t tell you, dear reader, those characters’ names, would you even know?

It doesn’t really matter in the end.