5 Avengers Comic Book Stories to Read Before Seeing 'The Avengers' Movie

While Brian Bendis is oft-criticized for writing every single member of the Avengers the exact way he would Ultimate Spider-Man – hey, it's a semi-valid criticism – there's no denying the mark he left on the Marvel universe with Avengers: Disassembled and its follow-up, New Avengers.

Disassembled depicted Earth's Mightiest Heroes amid catastrophe -- the Scarlet Witch turned out to be a crazy person with uncontrollable reality-shaping powers; She-Hulk became savage, a la her cousin, and she ripped The Vision in two; Iron Man returned to his drunken ways (sort of); Avengers members were killed, including Hawkeye (at least temporarily); and, ultimately, the Avengers were disbanded, leading to the creation of the New Avengers with, among other characters, Wolverine and Spider-Man.

The quality of Bendis' Avengers stories has certainly diminished in recent years, but his initial work with the team was monumental in rebranding The Avengers as "must-read" material in a way it hadn't been for years.

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