Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo have finally revealed who is playing Corvus Glaive in the film; Michael James Shaw, an actor better known for his small-screen roles.
Thanos isn’t coming to Earth alone. He’s accompanied by his adopted “children,” the Black Order, and each one of them will be a terrifying threat for the Avengers. Three of the four voice actors are now known; Carrie Coon is Proxima Midnight, Terry Notary is Cull Obsidian, and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor is Ebony Maw. The final member of the Black Order, however, has remained a mystery. A brief clip released last week left many fans believing the part was played by Peter Dinklage.
In an interview with Cinema Blend, Joe and Anthony Russo finally revealed the truth. The actor in question is one Michael James Shaw. Shaw isn’t exactly a household name, and is more experienced working on the small screen. He has done a little work in the superhero genre before, though, playing Papa Midnite in NBC’s short-lived Constantine TV series. According to Joe Russo, “We cast a wide net for these characters.”
Anthony Russo stressed that every mo-cap character had been created using the same process that will bring Thanos to life.
“In the same way we were approaching Thanos with Josh Brolin to bring sort of a very grounded, realistic performance, we wanted to do that with everyone in the Black Order. So we cast very, very good actors for those. And we had Terry Notary, so Terry worked very closely with every one of them to help them understand, including Josh, to help them understand movement, what the relationship between their body and their characters’ bodies are, almost like a puppeteer.”
The reveal is something of a relief. Dinklage has been connected with Infinity War since January 2017, and viewers are eager to see the popular actor play a major role. The most popular theory is that Dinklage is actually playing Eitri the dwarf, an important character in Thor mythology. Eitri is the one who forged Thor’s hammer. Given Thor gains a new weapon in Infinity War, Jarnbjorn, it would make sense for the dwarf to be involved in forging that too. Regardless of whether this theory is accurate or not, it would certainly be disappointing to find Dinklage essentially playing a voice-only role. Meanwhile, this casting choice marks the moment Michael James Shaw steps on to the big screen in a major way.
Corvus Glaive is arguably one of the most important of the Black Order. In the comics, he’s celebrated as a skilled military leader, architect of Thanos’s greatest triumphs. It’s unclear how the character will be adapted for Avengers: Infinity War, but he’s sure to be a terrifying threat. And now it’s finally confirmed who’s playing this key role.
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