'The Avengers' Essential Reading: 10 Stories To Inform Your Movie Experience
With The Avengers hitting theaters soon, there's no shame in wanting to do a little research before – or after – seeing Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and Hulk team upon the big screen. Lucky for you, there's almost 50 years of Avengers stories out there.
But don't worry – we won't make you sift through five decades of comics to get the good stuff.
We've distilled The Avengers' long history into ten collections that will give you a nice taste of what Earth's Mightiest Heroes – and some of their most frequent enemies – have been up to over the past 50 years or so, with a focus on the characters that appear in Marvel's modern movie-verse. Each of the story arcs described in this list are available in collected form, so you should have no problem tracking it down at your local comic shop or book store.