In Avengers: Infinity War Cull Obsidian responds verbally to his mates but it seems hard to comprehend. At least for me I have no clue as to what he says. What were his responses or what language does he speaks?

  • "In contrast with his siblings, he was apparently the least intelligent of the Black Order, as he was only able to communicate in grunts and growls." from the MCU wiki. Considering one of the other henchmen (Corvus Glaive) is apparently his biological brother and speaks English, might be accurate? May 12, 2020 at 18:18
  • Yeah possibly but he says something when ebony maw says "he exhausts me". I thought possibly that it was not heard well due to poor editing.
    – Ericallday
    May 12, 2020 at 18:42
  • You're right, he's not just grunting or growling. May 12, 2020 at 18:54

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Cull is speaking in his own native tongue. We don't know what planet that is, but at least we know that he's using words.

Cull Obsidian added something vicious sounding in his native tongue, which sounded more like a series of grunts and growls. As Tony grew more and more impatient. Maw continued. "Be thankful that your meaningless lives are now con—"

... [later]

Ebony Maw sighed in exasperation. Sensing Cull's desire for a fight, he waved his thin hand toward the quartet facing them. "He exhausts me." Cull Obsidian answered Maw in his own unintelligible language, bringing his weapon up into battle stance. "Bring me the Stone." At Ebony Maw's words. Cull Obsidian grunted in agreement, and slammed his massive hammer into the New York pavement, cracking it as if it were made of the thinnest sheet of ice.

Infinity War: Destiny Arrives

  • I knew it sounded like a grunt. I thought that I was going crazy
    – Ericallday
    May 12, 2020 at 22:12

Unfortunately, we don't know. I initially thought he was only grunting but after paying attention and re-watching the introduction scene with him and Ebony Maw on Earth he certainly is making words not just noises. I've checked all the common places and no information is given. The closest we get is the subtitles on Disney+ which simply say:


The Road to Marvel's Avengers: Endgame - The Art of the Marvel Cinematic Universe very briefly says:

As brutish as he is big, Cull Obsidian is a creature of few words, preferring his fists to do the talking.

Again this implies that he does actually speak but once again no mention is made of what language.

In fact of the loyal members of the Black Order we don't get any back story to them just that like Nebula and Gamora they were taken as children from their home planets. Unlike those two though we don't know what planets they are. The Black Order's backstories just aren't filled out in the MCU as far as I can tell.

  • Good insight. I thought that at least the the lines of the cast word have some help but neither do.
    – Ericallday
    May 12, 2020 at 22:13

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