Why MCU Couldn’t Show Cull Obsidian and Ronan’s R-Rated Fight

With more than eighty years of comic book history, the Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are never witnessing the cinematic version of every incredible moment from the original comics, however, the battle between Ronan the Accuser (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Thanos’ Cull Obsidian was always meant to not make it to the big screen, thanks to the gory conclusion of the brutal fight.

The comics see the character being known as Black Dwarf, however, the movies call it ‘Cull Obsidian.’ The character has a few hidden depths, despite the fact that it was only introduced in 2013. Being a member of the Black Order by Thanos, the alien is a general in Thanos’ army and is a complex soul who is also secretly in love with Proxima Midnight. On the other hand, Ronan the Accuser was introduced in Fantastic Four #65 (1967) and is an alien antihero – seen as a form of justice, warped by many decades of war. In the comics, Ronan has gone on to threaten Earth on the behalf of the Kree on many occasions, he has also been a hero as when Thanos seized Earth, he even volunteered the Avengers to retake it.

Battle Between Ronan and Cull Obsidian Took Place In Avengers #23

Ronan fighting Cull Obsidian
Ronan taking on Thanos’ general Cull Obsidian

This battle occurs in Avengers #23, which was also a part of the infamous Infinity event. When Earth is threatened by the god-like Builders who plot to destroy it, the Avengers head into space to halt them. While the heroes are away, Thanos attempts to seize the planet. However, the remaining heroes on the planet manage to hold Thanos and his army at bay, and the Avengers successfully defeat the Builders and make their way back, bringing not just the forces of Earth back, but also a variety of alien allies.

Ronan Killed Thanos’ General At The End

Ronan the Accuser
Cull Obsidian gets killed by Ronan

Having been stalled by Shang-Chi, Black Widow, and Manifold, Black Dwarf suddenly finds himself against another wave of cosmic proportions, taking on Annihilus, Gladiator, Ronan the Accuser, and the Super Skrull. While Black Dwarf puts up a really decent fight against the overpowered quartet, the outcome is always certain. As these triumphant protectors go on to criticize Black Dwarf, the general can be seen lashing out, asking the assembled warriors about the values that they claim to represent at the time. However, unfortunately for Black Dwarf, it’s an absolutely wrong thing to ask a Kree Accuser, as the cosmic executioner bludgeons him to death using his Universal Weapon. From killing many notable heroes to a marriage with the Inhuman Crystal, Ronan is very often seen as a noble soul who is often forced to do some ignoble deeds.

Ronan the Accuser in MCU
Ronan the Accuser in MCU

While Marvel Cinematic Universe fans might consider Ronan the Accuser and Cull Obsidian to be villains, in the pages of Marvel Comics, their deadly brawl was way more than the sum of its parts.

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