Avengers: Infinity War
– the most successful box office superhero movie of all time – releases on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 14. Check out the titles below to learn more about the story behind the movie and the one and only Mad Titan Thanos and his plans for the universe!
Infinity War: The Cosmic Quest, Vol. 1
connects the stories of the Guardians of the Galaxy
films and Thor: Ragnarok
by telling the tale of two brothers, The Grandmaster and The Collector, who were minor characters in those movies. In so doing, it bridges the gaps in the cosmic side of the MCU and provides a background on the history of the Infinity Stones – the powerful items that Thanos is trying to collect in Avengers: Infinity War
. Recommended for older kids through adults.
Infinity War Prelude and Infinity War: The Heroes’ Journey are great ways to get caught up with what’s going on in the MCU – where the heroes are and who Thanos is. Prelude provides comic book adaptations of key moments in the films connected to Avengers: Infinity War, as well as some older issues of comics that give the reader more background on the Mad Titan. The Heroes’ Journey novel is a series of short stories from the perspectives of the various heroes who fight against Thanos in the film, including Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy. These stories provide a refresher of what is going on in the characters’ lives when the movie begins. Recommended for older kids through adults.
Throughout many different runs of comics, Marvel heroes have come into conflict with Thanos. While in many ways drastically different from the film, these books form the basis for the overall plot of the movie. Infinity Gauntlet
, for instance, is where you find the (spoiler alert!) infamous SNAP!
of Thanos’ fingers and the results of that seemingly small act. A major notable difference is how important the character of Adam Warlock is to nearly all of the comics related to Thanos, however there has only been one reference to Adam Warlock in the films: the post-credits scene of Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
. Recommended for teens through adults
Infinity Incoming and Thanos Rising are great if you really want to know more about who Thanos is, and why, at least in the comics, he has such a morbidly destructive obsession. Infinity Incoming features a story about a young Thanos growing up on Titan, and Thanos Rising expands from there as he grows older and begins his quest. Recommended for teens through adults.
What would the far future look like if Thanos does indeed win? In the comics his obsession is an impossible love for Death herself and to win her love he must kill everything. However, what happens when he is all that is left, and Death comes to him, finally? Recommended for teens through adults.
Avengers vs Thanos tells of the Avengers first battle with the Mad Titan Thanos, before The Infinity War or The Infinity Gauntlet. This a fun collection featuring comics from the 1970s and the various run-ins with Thanos by a wide variety of Marvel heroes, including the Avengers, Daredevil and Spider-Man! Recommended for teens through adults.
Who does Nick Fury reach out to after the credits of Avengers: Infinity War? Her name is Captain Marvel, and her movie next summer will be the first MCU film lead by a female superhero. You should probably expect her to appear the untitled Avengers 4, before that, however, as the Avengers continue to take on Thanos. Recommended for teens through adults.