15 Comics to Read If You Love Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies

Avengers 4 might be a year's away, but with every Marvel Cinematic Universe film based off of the original comics, there's a near infinite amount of material to read, with new issues coming out every week. 


If you can't get enough of the MCU, here's some reading material to keep you busy while you wait for Avengers 4 on May 3rd, 2019.

15. Iron Man and War Machine

Iron Man has a lot of ground to cover with three films, but the most important stories are also chronicled in the first volume of Iron Man comics. Iron Man #198-200 pits Iron Man against the Iron Monger, just like in the first film, but with help from War Machine. Previous issues #120-128 include the story Demon in a Bottle, covering Tony Stark's PTSD during Iron Man 3, only replacing his struggles with alcoholism, and the following issues, #215-232, display tons of different incarnations of the Iron Man armor.

14. Captain America, Red Skull, and the Cosmic Cube

The earliest Captain America comics detail the first film pretty well, with Tales of Suspense #59-81 including Captain America taking down Red Skull, the Cosmic Cube, and even earlier interactions with his good friend Bucky Barnes. These issues also collect the first appearance of Baron Zemo and Batroc the Leaper, characters to later appear in Civil War and Captain America: Winter Soldier, respectively.

13. Thor: Ragnarok

Written by Walter Simonson, one of the greatest Thor writers of all time, The Mighty Thor #337-382 collects the four year run of Ragnarok, Hela, Odin, Loki, and the further adventures of Thor. Furthermore, Jason Aaron's book The Unworthy Thor dives into the despair of the Asgardian god following the loss of his hammer.

12. The Avengers, Vision, and Ultron

The earliest Avengers stories by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas, and John Buscema perfectly capture the formation of the Avengers team, with The Avengers #1-68 encompassing the team coming together, introductions for Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Vision, the fight against Ultron, and several Avengers villains such as Kang the Conqueror and even Thor's brother Loki.

11. Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts

The earliest stories of Marvel's own master of magic, Doctor Strange: Master of the Mystic Arts collects Stan Lee and Steve Ditko's origins for the Sanctom Santorum, Dormammu, Wong, the Ancient One, Mordo, and everything that makes Strange so strange.

10. The Winter Soldier, The Falcon and SHIELD

Written by Ed Brubaker, Captain America: Winter Solider is one of the greatest Marvel stories of all time, as Cap comes face to face with Bucky Barnes, his old friend turned brainwashed enemy. For the rest of the film's stories on SHIELD being overtaken by Hydra, turn to the old Captain America and the Falcon: Secret Empire by Roy Thomas.

9. Guardians of the Galaxy

The Guardians of the Galaxy was a pretty niche comic until they were superbly adapted for film, but Gerry Duggan's recent run of the team of heroes in Infinity Countdown has seen them prepping for an all new Infinity Stone story, one that seems to include fan favorites Adam Warlock and Silver Surfer as well.

8. Civil War

It's Iron Man vs. Captain America as a travesty sets off one of the greatest rivalries in all of Marvel Comics. Recorded in Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar's famous story arcs, Civil War was a major turning point for Earth's Mightiest Heroes, and brought everyone in the Marvel Universe together to choose a side.

7. Planet Hulk

Not just a Thor story, Thor: Ragnarok included massive elements of Planet Hulk by Greg Pak, where Hulk is sent into space following Civil War and forced to fight his way out of the gladiator-style imprisonment of the planet Sakaar. Thor running into Hulk in the film might have been a great way to reintroduce the character back into the franchise, but the full story can be found in Planet Hulk.

6. Black Widow

The perfect material for a Black Widow solo film, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's limited series Black Widow went back into the super spy's past in Russia as a child while incorporating characters like Nick Fury and the Agents of SHIELD.

5. Spider-Man

Tom Holland's portrayal of Peter Parker is the Spider-Man we've all been waiting for, and Spider-Man: Homecoming tackled Spider-Man's very first villain, the Vulture. Collected in the earliest of Spider-Man stories, Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Great Power features all of Spidey's original rogues gallery, but for his relationship with Tony Stark, turn to Civil War: Amazing Spider-Man.

4. Hawkeye

In Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon, Matt Fraction made Hawkeye really, really cool, and a character on the Avengers team not to take lightly, even if he wasn't featured in Infinity War. He looks to have a big role in the upcoming film however, and it might look a little something like Brian Michael Bendis' run in The New Avengers, when he transitions to Ronin following the death of his family.

3. Ant-Man & The Wasp

A new series is set to premiere on June 6th from Marvel veteran Mark Waid, in order to accompany the upcoming film, but you can also find some amazing Ant-Man stories by Nick Spencer with Ant-Man: Second Chance Man and Marvel Origins: Ant-Man & The Wasp. 

2. Black Panther and the World of Wakanda

Written masterfully by Reginald Hudlin and currently Ta-Nehisi Coates, Black Panther comics such as Black Panther Epic Collection: Panther's Rage and Black Panther: A Nation Under our Feet tackle everything from Killmonger to ruling Wakanda, with Roxanne Gay's World of Wakanda exploring the strong women of Wakanda and winning GLAAD awards for LGBTQ inclusion.

1. Infinity Gauntlet

Infinity Gauntlet, the 1991 story by Jim Starlin, is the de-facto comic when it comes to inspiration for the latest film Avengers: Infinity War. Bringing the entire Marvel universe together, Thanos arrives with the Infinity Stones and wreaks havoc upon Earth's Mightiest Heroes. See how they come back from the infamous finger snap, as we wait to see how it'll play out on screen come Avengers 4.