The Avengers Gets A Prequel (Comic)

Published 3 years ago by , Updated June 13th, 2014 at 10:02 am,

The Avengers Movie Prequel The Avengers Gets A Prequel (Comic)

The next movie coming from Marvel Studios is of course, The Avengers, the most ambitious movie we’ve seen from the genre to date. It’s taken five films to introduce the core team of heroes for The Avengers and while the most recent Marvel movies – Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger - served as lead-ins of sorts, there’s still a lot of backstory to be told in setting up the team-up epic.

So to help set the stage for Marvel’s launch of The Avengers movie and brand, eager fans will be able to learn more about Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the other heroes by reading Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude, a comic book miniseries that serves as a prequel to the film.

Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude is a four issue limited series based on the Marvel cinematic universe that uses the characters and their likenesses from the film to give fans more background information on what The Avengers is all about and how it came to be.

The first issue hits stands in March, written by Chris Yost & Eric Pearson, with artwork by Luke Ross & Daniel HDR.

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  • The Newest Installment Of The Official Marvel Cinematic Universe Tie-In Comics Is Here Just In Time For The Avengers Movie!
  • How Will S.H.I.E.L.D. Maintain The Status Quo In A World Full Of Gamma-Powered Rage Monsters, Hammer Wielding Gods And Men In Iron Suits?
  • What Exactly Is The Avengers Initiative?
  • If You Thought You Knew Everything There Was To Know About Director Nick Fury And The Elusive Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Think Again!
  • 32 Pgs./Rated T+ …$2.99           *Not Final Cover

Marvel launching comics based on the films is nothing new and if anything, they should be using their films to market the dwindling comics lines more. After Iron Man first hit it big with the studio, we saw a massive expansion of the Iron Man line of comics and since then we’ve seen talk and speculation of Marvel relaunching their books in an effort to make them accessible to new readers, something DC is doing successfully with the new 52.

What Marvel should really start doing is advertising their core book series’ at the theaters, whether through ads before or after the films play. They already have an army of fans interested if they’re paying big bucks to sit in a theater and watch these movies, why not get them interested in the source materials they’re based on? Comic book movies are cool, let’s take advantage.

The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard. It is of course written and directed by Joss Whedon, opening in theaters on May 4, 2012.


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  1. They should have made it into an animated short film or something, since many people don’t want to deal with comic books. DC is doing well with their justice league/batman/superman/green lantern animated films so I think Marvel should do the same with the Avengers prequel.

    • Very good idea. I grew up reading a lot of these books that have made the big seen transition but I don’t frequent the comic book stores anymore and an animated tie in would be up my alley.

  2. I’m excited. Easy alternative instead of spending a lot of resources to develop a short film, which would probably end up going downhill since they would have a lower budget and peoples expectations are so high for this.

  3. From my experience… (and I’ve read LOTS) comics acting as prequels or tie-ins to the movies generally suck. Just saying.

    • What? You must not be reading as much as you lead on, just recently Fear Itself released tons of prequels that were great. The prequel X-Men: Beginnings was also worth a read.

  4. I’ll definitely be getting these comics.
    So far, I’ve loved all the other MCU tie-in comics, and I really hope Marvel will continue to make em’

    As for Marvel advertising their comics more (possibly before/after a movie starts): I think it’s a great idea and can really bring in a lot of new readers.

    • What other comics are tied to the movies? I’m interested it taking a look at them.

      • Some of the comics that tie-in to the Marvel movies are:
        Iron Man: I Am Iron Man (adaption of the movie with extra scenes)
        Iron Man: Security Measures (short book mainly featuring the Audi R8)
        Iron Man 2: Public Identity (awesome book)
        Iron Man 2: Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (easter eggs and spoilers galore)
        Captain America: First Vengeance (meh – IMO)
        (All the above comic book mini-series will be re-released as a giant-sizes comic book in March 2012 to accompany ‘The Avengers’ — the book will be entitled “Road To The Avengers” — I’m pretty sure you can already pre-order it on most sites)
        Man… I just sounded exactly like an add ;)

        Then you get loads more great comics that tie-in to movies and games (like Batman: Arkham Asylum and Arkham City for example)

        There are many, many more…

        • Thanks man, this is great!

  5. Someone at Marvel sick? Haven’t seen them put out a comic in a while that is $2.99. Their current $3.99 price is just to much for something I remember being $1 when I was a kid. I didn’t even mind when they were $2.25.

    • Not happy about it either dude, but you have to take inflation into account… nothing costs $1 anymore my friend ;) — not in these difficult times anyway.

      And count yourself lucky: here in South-Africa we actually pay a bit MORE than you guys, for comics, because of shipping and handling…

  6. I thought Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man 1 and 2 were the prequels for next years film….?

  7. What? No Thor movie related comicbook? Boooo!!!!