Black Dwarf (comics)

Black Dwarf is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He is a prominent member of the Black Order, a team of aliens who work for the titan Thanos.

Black Dwarf
Black Dwarf.jpg
Textless variant cover of Infinity #2 (November 2013).
Art by In-Hyuk Lee.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceCameo appearance: New Avengers #8 (September 2013)
Full appearance: Infinity #1 (October 2013)
Created byJonathan Hickman
Jerome Opeña
In-story information
Full nameBlack Dwarf
Team affiliationsBlack Order
Notable aliasesCull Obsidian
AbilitiesSuper-Strength, unbreakable skin

The character appeared as Cull Obsidian in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and Avengers: Endgame (2019), portrayed by Terry Notary.

Publication historyEdit

Black Dwarf first appeared in a one panel cameo in New Avengers #8 (September 2013) and was created by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opeña.[1] His full appearance, along with a number of the other members of the Black Order, takes place in Infinity #1 (October 2013).

Fictional character biographyEdit

Black Dwarf is a member of Thanos' Black Order where he is the powerhouse of the Mad Titan's army.[2]

When Thanos targeted Earth as the next planet he would raze during the Infinity, Black Dwarf arrived in Wakanda.[3] To his surprise, Black Dwarf found great resistance in that country and was forced to retreat. For his failure, Thanos expelled Black Dwarf from the Black Order.[4]

Thanos gave Black Dwarf one more chance to prove himself by sending him to protect The Peak and keep it from being reclaimed by the Avengers following their fight against the Builders.[5] During the fight against the Avengers, Black Dwarf was killed by Ronan the Accuser.[6]

During the "No Surrender" arc, Black Dwarf was resurrected by Challenger who reassembles the Black Order in order to go into a contest against Grandmaster's Lethal Legion.[7]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

Black Dwarf has super-strength, enhanced density, and his skin is impenetrable.

In other mediaEdit



  • The character, renamed Cull Obsidian, appears in Avengers: Infinity War,[9] voiced and motion-captured by Terry Notary.[10][11] He is a member of the Children of Thanos. Obsidian assists Ebony Maw in an attempt to take the Time Stone from Doctor Strange, fighting Iron Man and Spider-Man. After being teleported to Antarctica by Wong, Obsidian jumped for the portal but Wong closed it, severing Obsidian's arm in the process. After getting a cybernetic arm, Obsidian appears in the Battle of Wakanda. Obsidian fights Bruce Banner (wearing Iron Man's Hulkbuster armor). He manages to break off Banner's Hulkbuster arm, but Banner attaches the arm repulsor to Obsidian's body, sending him flying toward the Wakandan shield, which leads to his death when the gauntlet overheats and explodes.
  • Cull Obsidian appears in Avengers: Endgame, with Notary reprising the role.[12] A 2014 version of the character travels through time with Thanos' forces to take part in the climactic battle on Earth. During the battle, Obsidian is crushed to death by Giant-Man. His corpse is disintegrated (along with the rest of Thanos' forces) when Tony Stark activates the Infinity Stones.[13]

Video gamesEdit


  1. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Introducing The Black Order of "Infinity" Part Two". CBR. May 8, 2013.
  2. ^ Infinity #1
  3. ^ New Avengers vol. 3 #8
  4. ^ New Avengers vol. 3 #10
  5. ^ Avengers vol. 5 #22
  6. ^ Avengers vol. 5 #23
  7. ^ Avengers #681. Marvel Comics.
  8. ^ a b c "Voice of Black Dwarf". Behind the Voice Actors. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  9. ^ Hall, Jacob (July 15, 2017). "The Minions of Thanos in 'Avengers: Infinity War' Have Been Revealed [D23 Expo 2017]". /Film. Archived from the original on July 16, 2017.
  10. ^ Shanley, Patrick (March 10, 2017). "'Skull Island': Kong Motion-Capture Actor on Sequel Plans and Seeking Andy Serkis' Blessing". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 10, 2017. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  11. ^ Fullerton, Huwav (April 16, 2018). "Fargo's Carrie Coon to play crucial Avengers: Infinity War villain". Radio Times. Archived from the original on April 17, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.
  12. ^ Hood, Cooper (April 27, 2019). "Every Character In Avengers: Endgame". Screen Rant. Retrieved April 28, 2019.
  13. ^ Russo, Anthony; Russo, Joe (Directors) (2019). Avengers: Endgame (Motion picture). Marvel Studios.
  14. ^ Fahey, Mike (August 23, 2013). "Maybe Avengers Alliance Can Make Sense Of Marvel's Infinity Event". Kotaku. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  15. ^ Staff (March 21, 2016). "MARVEL FUTURE FIGHT THANOS' BLACK ORDER TRAILER". Cosmic Book News. Retrieved August 27, 2017.
  16. ^ "LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Gets Infinity War DLC". 19 April 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  17. ^ "What's New in Marvel Puzzle Quest?". Shacknews.
  18. ^ "CHAMPION SPOTLIGHT – CULL OBSIDIAN". Marvel Contest of Champions. May 16, 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.

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