Ten years and 18 (!) movies have come to this – the release of Avengers: Infinity War this Friday, which brings the Mad Titan Thanos to Earth in what is sure to be a battle for the ages.
Wait a second. Hold on. Did I just hear someone in the back row ask, “Who’s Thanos?” Well, he just happens to be the biggest bad in the galaxy, and arguably the biggest villain the Mighty Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy have ever faced. Need more info?
DK can help with that.
Marvel Studios 101: All Your Questions Answered
To help navigate both the fictional and non-fiction Marvel waters, our favourite publisher has released two books to tie-in with the release of Avengers: Infinity War. The first up is Marvel Studios 101: All Your Questions Answered. Written by Adam Bray, this somewhat thin but mighty tome runs through all the previous Marvel Studios films (minus The Incredible Hulk, financed by Paramount and Spider-Man: Homecoming, financed by Sony), giving a chronological history of each movie and their proper placement leading up to Infinity War. Plot summaries, character motivations, connections and more are offered up in this easily accessible book. Perhaps my favourite highlights – infographics breaking down the key moments from the first Avengers film and its sequel, Age of Ultron. Connecting the dots in the mighty Marvel Universe can definitely be a challenge, but Marvel Studios 101: All Your Questions Answered makes it all look easy.
Also out from DK is Avengers: The Ultimate Guide – New Edition, an updated version of the original book written by Scott Beatty, Alan Cowsill, Alastair Dougall, and Melanie Scott. Like previous installment in the ongoing “guide” books from DK, the authors go in-depth on key characters and locations from the entire Avengers comic book history, along with memorable storylines and even specific issues. First published back in 2012, this new edition of Avengers: The Ultimate Guide features updates including recent storylines, including Infinity, Secret War, and Secret Empire, while also looking at characters like the new Captain America and Thor. It’s not easy to make sense of 50 years of Avengers continuity and characters, so kudos to the authors for pulling it all together in a entertaining and graphically gorgeous book.
Heading into Avengers: Infinity War this weekend, there’s no guarantee as to who will survive and whose continuity will come to an end. With these new books, DK ensures that even when the lights come on, the story of all the Avengers will assemble forever in Marvel Studios 101: All Your Questions Answered and Avengers: The Ultimate Guide – New Edition.