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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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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Source: Marvel