Coming to a crashing crescendo and capping off 17 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Avengers: Infinity War builds off of classic Marvel Comics series The Infinity Gauntlet and The Infinity War, as well as introducing new soon-to-be favourite characters.
We decided to focus in on eight fan-favourite Marvel characters from Infinity War and make comic recommendations to help you get to know them better.
If you liked the humour (and soundtrack) of Guardians of the Galaxy, you can learn more about your favourite intergalactic jokesters and get vital clues on quest for the infinity stones. If Captain America and the Avengers are more your thing, dig into the origins stories of two of the closest friends on the team—the ones with two of the most cloaked stories.
If you liked the science and technology behind Iron Man and Black Panther, but wanted to know more about those suits and the heroes inside them, we’ve got recommendations for that. Or if you liked Thor: Ragnarok and the expansion of the MCU into the moors of space, we’ve got comic picks for that too.
1. Rocket Raccoon
Read about Rocket Raccoon’s origins—including the broken hearts he’s left behind—and ascertain just how he got the know-how to make complicated DIY weapons in two seconds flat.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
Did you know that Iron Man is intergalactic? Yep. In volume 1 of the Guardians of the Galaxy: Tomorrow’s Avengers series Tony Stark joins the team.
3. Black Widow
One of the most unsettling scenes in The Avengers is Loki’s attempt to manipulate Black Widow. We later learn she’s been playing him all along, but her cryptic comment about the “red in her leger” is haunting.
You might be surprised by what you discover about Hawkeye. For one, Clint Barton is not always as serious as he appears. Two, he has an adopted dog named Lucky (a.k.a. Pizza Dog). Look for Lucky’s first appearance in issue 4.
Then there’s issue 11, Pizza is My Business, told entirely from Lucky’s point of view and considered by many to be one of the best comics in recent publication because of the way it subverts the traditional comic book narrative.
5. Black Panther
The Warriors of Wakanda comic series—featuring the incredible women of Wakanda—comes out in summer 2018. Until then, learn more about T’Challa’s origins, his family and all the technology behind those suits in the Black Panther series, written by award-winning author Ta-Nehisi Coates (most famous for his groundbreaking work Between the World and Me). Also, have you heard the Black Panther soundtrack?
The Vision, a family man? Yep.
7. Planet Hulk
Find out more about Hulk’s exile in space, as seen in Thor: Ragnarok.
Read The Incredible Hulk: Planet Hulk series volumes 1 to 4 are available as graphic novels and eBooks. There's also a companion film to the MCU called Planet Hulk that's worth checking out. It's available as streaming video.
8. Captain Marvel
Appearing for the first time in the MCU in Infinity War, Carol Danvers is a pivotal Marvel comics character and the soon-to-be star of her own film, Captain Marvel.
Learn more about fighter pilot Carol Danvers, her abilities as an Inhuman and what the Kree Empire (that we were introduced to first in first The Guardians of the Galaxy film) has to do with Inhumans on planet Earth…
And like the Marvel movies, let us leave you with two teasers at the end.
Teaser No. 1: Captain Marvel may not be the only Inhuman in the MCU. How much do you know about the Champions, the break-off group of disillusioned teenage superheroes? Hint: one of them has an ENORMOUS companion. Is it a dog? What else could it be? Find out in Ms. Marvel No Normal, available as an eBook.
Teaser No. 2: cut to a lab somewhere. A scientist labours on a new experiment. The camera shifts and we see that it isn’t any of the famous scientists we know from the MCU: no Tony Stark, Bruce Banner or Shuri in sight. Hint: Dinosaurs are involved... Find out more in Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, available as an eBook.
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