Just seen “The Avengers“? About to see “The Avengers” for the fourth or fifth time? Not entirely sure who these “Avengers” folks are and just what all the fuss is about? Don’t worry about it - Den of Geek has your back.
DoG’s writer James Hunt has compiled a handy cheat sheet for reading material which might tickle your fancy after viewing Joss Whedon‘s face-meltingly awesome superhero adventure and I heartily concur with some of Hunt’s choices. Just be forewarned that the list can be considered rather spoiler-filled if you’ve not yet seen the film and have been observing radio silence prior to its release.
Right off the bat – check out “The Ultimates“ volume one and two. You’ll find them very familiar if you’ve seen any of the Marvel Studios films. Whedon’s film feels like a cover version, to some extent – bits and bobs from the original comics appear in the film, but he hasn’t slavishly copied anything and invents some other plot strands which are as satisfying as the ones weaving their way through Mark Millar‘s story. Whedon’s tone is also distinctly different from Millar – compare Buffy The Vampire Slayer to Hit Girl from Millar’s “Kick Ass” and you might sense that the two writers approach an empowered heroine from distinctly different viewpoints.
The Whedon run on “Astonishing X-Men“ is also worth your time – it fell victim to scheduling delays, which rather rankled, but was quality storytelling for the most part from a writer who genuinely loves the comics medium and its history.
I was really into the Marvel event “Civil War”, which would arguably make a better movie than comic – the spectacle and hero against hero conflict is inherently dramatic and there’s a chance to fix the somewhat underwhelming ending of the story if it gets a big screen makeover, too. You can almost see the roots of this story being set down in “The Avengers” – I’ll not spoil your experience of the film by saying any more…