Today is an interesting anniversary for the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it was one year ago today that the MCU version of Thanos’ Black Order was officially unveiled to the public.
July 15, 2017 was the day of the Live Action Studios presentation at the 2017 D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA. That’s the first place footage from Avengers: Infinity War would be unveiled to the public including the first look at the Black Order fighting the Avengers in Scotland.
Prior to the footage reveal, Marvel Studios had statues of the characters (and Thanos) in their booth on the floor hidden under black cloths. Because there were four of them, many sites, podcasts, and YouTube channels began a false rumor that Marvel would be unveiling the MCU Fantastic Four at the convention. That rumor went viral and for most of the day of July 14th YouTube videos and social media posts went wild speculating about the Fantastic Four being shown off at the convention.
Of course, most sane people realized that Fox still owned the rights to the Fantastic Four back then and most people did expect it to be a reveal of the Black Order. I was there and as soon as the statues were uncovered I took pictures of each one, which you can see in the gallery below: