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Tom Hardy's Venom closely resembles the Children of Thanos from Infinity War and that's no coincidence

Originally known as the Black Order or Cull Obsidian in the Marvel comics, this fierce team of alien came into existence (in 2013’s New Avengers #8) around the same time as Thanos.
UPDATED JAN 15, 2020
Tom Hardy (Source: Getty Images)
Tom Hardy (Source: Getty Images)

Avengers: Infinity War not only introduced fans to the mighty antagonist, Thanos, but also to his loyal disciples, who go by the moniker of "Children of Thanos" in the cinematic iteration. 

Originally known as the Black Order or Cull Obsidian in the Marvel comics, this fierce team of aliens came into existence (in 2013’s New Avengers #8) around the same time when the Mad Titan's reign began. However, in the books, the group created by Jonathan Hickman, Jerome Opeña, and Jim Cheung is not a streamlined team but a rather large force including Corvus Glaive, Black Swan, Ebony Maw, Supergiant, Proxima Midnight, and Black Dwarf.

In what can be considered a departure from the comic literature, however, Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo stuck to only four of these characters in the third Avengers movie to bring the plans of their megalomaniac master to fruition. The ones who made the cut in MCU included Glaive, Midnight, Maw, and Cull Obsidian (who was formerly known as Black Dwarf). 

Apart from the strength of this sinister cabal, though, the Black Order or the Children of Thanos very much retained their comic book characterization, most importantly the way their physical appearance was carved in the movies. The same grizzly appearance, dark riveting costumes, metallic embellishments and a bunch of fearsome yet ancient-looking weapons - the few aspects about the villainous characters that defined them in the Infinity War.    

Surprisingly enough, though, on close observation one may find a part resemblance, if not entirely, between these henchmen of Thanos and a recently-introduced anti-hero: Venom. Following months of brewing anticipation, an art print of the character was finally revealed on Twitter as part of promotions for Sony's upcoming release, Venom, starring Tom Hardy in the titular role.   

With a blown-up facial depiction complete with stylized eyes and a set of ridiculously large and scary teeth, the alien symbiote - who uses Eddie Brock, the journalist's body (played by Hardy) as the host - is sure to fuel some of your worst nightmares. 

On moving past that, however, it's hard not to notice few physical similarities between the anti-hero Venom and Infinity War's Black Order. Other than sharing a similar skin tone, in fact, the antagonizing characters also seem to have some or the other leaning towards a much-powerful alien race, ultimately giving themselves up in their service. 

Perhaps, the best explanation for this odd resemblance could be their common comic connect - after all they all hail from the same source, the vast reserves of Marvel Comics.