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"We are now in a flying donut, billions of miles from Earth."
Iron Man[src]

Q-Ships are massive spaceships used by Thanos and the Black Order. These ring-shaped vessels were stored inside the even larger Sanctuary II, and Thanos deployed them during his invasions of Zen-Whoberi and Earth.

History

Massacre of the Zehoberei

During Thanos' invasion of Zen-Whoberi, several Q-Ships patrolled the skies of the planet.[1]

Attack on Greenwich Village

"Holy shit. We're all gonna die! There's a spaceship!"
"What's the matter with you kids, you've never seen a spaceship before?"
Ned Leeds and the Watcher Informant[src]

In order to claim the Eye of Agamotto from Doctor Strange, two members of the Black Order, Cull Obsidian and Ebony Maw, flew to Earth in a Q-Ship, where they confronted the Master of the Mystic Arts and Iron Man. Finding himself to be unable to take the Eye from Strange, Maw beamed himself and an unconscious Strange to the Q-Ship, where Maw began torturing Strange for possession of the Eye.[1]

Attack on Vision

Black Order members Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight used a Q-Ship to travel to Edinburgh to claim the Mind Stone from Vision. The two managed to corner the android and Scarlet Witch in a train station before being ambushed by Steve Rogers, Black Widow and Falcon, which resulted with Glaive being gravely wounded. Knowing that the odds are against them, Midnight beamed herself and Glaive back up to their Q-Ship and fled from the area.[1]

Rescue of Doctor Strange

"Turn this ship around."
"Yeah, now he wants to run. Great plan."
"I want to protect the stone."
"And I want you to thank me now, I'm listening."
"What, for nearly blasting me to space?"
Doctor Strange and Tony Stark[src]

Iron Man and Spider-Man broke into the Q-Ship to rescue Doctor Strange and stop his captor, Ebony Maw, from retrieving the Time Stone. They killed Ebony Maw by ejecting him into space and stayed with Strange in the ship, which was traveling to Titan, so that they could defeat Thanos. Iron Man and Spider-Man crashed the vessel on Titan, where it was soon stormed by the Guardians of the Galaxy.[1]

Battle of Wakanda

Having located the Mind Stone in Wakanda, the Black Order sent from a Q-Ship several Outrider Dropships in order to invade the country.[1]

Trivia

  • The meaning behind the name "Q-Ship", first revealed by Entertainment Weekly[2], has not yet been clarified; the ship was never referred to by that name in Avengers: Infinity War. However, the side view of the ship does visually resemble the letter "Q", suggesting that "Q-Ship" is a colloquialism for the vehicle.

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