THE ROAD TO THE AVENGERS Paperback Fills In The Gap Between (And Before) Movies

Ever wonder what happened between Iron Man and Iron Man 2? Always wanted to know a little more about Black Widow? How about how Steve Rogers met Bucky? Well, wonder no more because now you can read what you did not see in the movies.

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By 6of13 - 3/28/2012
With the anticipation for The Avengers next month, Marvel has released a paperback collection called The Road to The Avengers which fills in the gaps between or before the movies. Included is more of Tony Stark's story and adventures as Iron Man as well some history about Steve Rogers. The book also includes Black Widow's spy background. Plus the book also features S.H.I.E.L.D and a decent amount of Agent Coulson.

Overview
Gear up for the upcoming Avengers movie with these official in-movie-continuity stories starring Avengers mainstays Iron Man, Captain America and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! First, it's an expanded re-imagining of the original Iron Man, featuring bonus scenes not in the movie! Then, it's an all-new Iron Man adventure! What happened between the events of Iron Man and Iron Man 2? How did Tony Stark put a new chapter in the history books? And how did Iron Man break and rewrite all the rules? Then, it's Black Widow, Nick Fury and Agent Coulson in espionage action! Think you know S.H.I.E.L.D.? Check out what you DIDN 'T see in the movies! And finally, it's the official comics prequel to the blockbuster Captain America! Steve Rogers is the inspiration for millions during the dark days of World War Two - but where did he get his inspiration from? How did he meet his best friend, "Bucky" Barnes? And what set him on the path to becoming the First Avenger? Experience an all-new Cap adventure on the European battlefields!

The issues included in the collection are Iron Man: I Am Iron Man! 1-2, Iron Man: Security Measures, Iron Man 2: Public Identity 1-3, Iron Man 2: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America: First Vengeance 1-4..

The Road to The Avengers by Peter David, Christos Gage (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Joe Casey (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Justin Theroux (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Sean Chen (Illustrator).


Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures “Marvel’s The Avengers”--the super hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel super heroes Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, & directed by Joss Whedon from a screenplay by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble on May 4, 2012. The film is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. In addition to "Marvel's The Avengers," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Iron Man 3" on May 3, 2013!; and “Thor 2” on November 15, 2013.

Source: Barnes & Noble
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NightWingNut - 3/28/2012, 5:44 AM
I'm picking up my copy, woohoo!
jascurio - 3/28/2012, 7:29 AM
want.
luffycapri - 3/28/2012, 7:36 AM
Gotta check this one out.
PsyGuy - 3/28/2012, 7:39 AM
I will try Iron Man 2: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D!
FUBLU - 3/28/2012, 7:43 AM
What about the "ROADS" traveled through "THOR" & "The Incredible HULK"?

I want all books leading up to and in between these series of stories!
blvdnoise - 3/28/2012, 7:53 AM
Could be an interesting read..
Benjamitesandwich - 3/28/2012, 8:03 AM
I strongly advise that everyone reads Fury's Big Week. It fills in a lot of tiny gaps that I wondered about. Like what happened to Samuel Sterns, Abomination, etc.
Wildaniel - 3/28/2012, 8:05 AM
You should read Fury's big week!!! Alot of cool stuff is in it.
Benjamitesandwich - 3/28/2012, 8:16 AM
What Wildaniel said.
Paulley - 3/28/2012, 8:20 AM
boring... already read all these!... i need new stuff!!!

MCU Timeline: Captain America First Vengeance
ROBBEATZZZ - 3/28/2012, 8:33 AM
what Benjamitesandwich said about what Wildaniel said!!

yeah man a must read!!

@wildaniel did you read the last chapter yet?..i just downloaded it yesterday
Benjamitesandwich - 3/28/2012, 8:35 AM
ROBBEATZZZ

I read it yesterday too. That ending got me so psyched for The Avengers!
Wildaniel - 3/28/2012, 8:41 AM
I have not read the last chapter yet. Did you know that there selling it in the comic book stores? I thought it was just an online thing, lol. There is only 2 of 4 out right now.
GeekyCheekyChic - 3/28/2012, 8:42 AM
I will be picking this up for sure
ROBBEATZZZ - 3/28/2012, 8:47 AM
@Benjamitesandwich...dude!! i know!..the ending was sick!!...


*spoilers***



showed you how loki got to midgard huh!?.lol..wow!

did you see coulson walking past those experiment rooms?..with whiplashes exo skeleton..the study of the wormhole and the nine realms..and..the leader in that tank?

ROBBEATZZZ - 3/28/2012, 8:57 AM
@Wildaniel yea i found out yesterday..i've downloaded all chapters to my phone via marvel app..they put a chapter out a week..first one was free..the rest was .99 cent
ROBBEATZZZ - 3/28/2012, 9:17 AM
FURYS BIG WEEK and this is a must read
Wildaniel - 3/28/2012, 10:01 AM
I just read the spoilers ROBBEATZZZ posted, lol, I cant wait to read it.
hoodedjester - 3/28/2012, 10:08 AM
so how many tie in books have they done and are they doing total?

I just picked up Fury's big week and that seems to be the big tie in, everything in that Road to Avengers book seems to be re-releasing the tie in stuff from the first few movies.
SuperJoe - 3/28/2012, 10:24 AM
i would like to fill scarjo's gap....
ROBBEATZZZ - 3/28/2012, 10:31 AM
FURYS BIG WEEK!!

***SPOILERS****








STEVE ROGERS IS DISCOVERED A YEAR AFTER THE EVENTS OF..IM2..THOR..AND HULK..THOSE FILMS EVENTS OVERLAP OR HAPPEN AT THE SAME TIME..


ROBBEATZZZ - 3/28/2012, 10:41 AM
***SPOILERS PRE AVENGERS!***



FURY HAS SENT WIDOW UNDERCOVER TO TRACK HULK..SHE WAS THERE DURING THE CULVER UNIVERSITY FIGHT..

SHE WITNESSED THE ABOMINATION ON THE LOOSE

AND SHE DISCOVERED DR STERNS(MR.BLUE)AKA THE LEADER IN THE LAB AFTER THE BLONSKY'S TRANSFORMATION..

WIDOW IS IN ASIA UNDERCOVER SOMETIME DURING THE BEGGINING OF THE AVENGERS FILM..

HAWKEYE IS POSTED AS A OVERSEER OF DR SELVAG AND THE COSMIC CUBE EXPERIMENT @ P.E.G.A.S.U.S..IN THE MOJIVE DESERT..

CONNECT THE DOTS!...LOL




Benjamitesandwich - 3/28/2012, 10:42 AM
Another spoiler






The Destroyer armor is the key to Loki's return.
ROBBEATZZZ - 3/28/2012, 10:59 AM
@Benjamitesandwich..really??



*spoiler*




i know SHIELD took it and coulson has scientist experimenting on it

coulson told the scientist to break the destroyer down and make it a 100 times smaller and put a trigger on it!!..lol..


@ the end of furys big week..Hawkeye is introduced to selvag @ PEGASUS where he is working on the cube.

they show the cube in circular contraption..

near by is the circle platform we see loki in screen shots kneeling..

loki has begun to mind control the DR...

i think they got the cube to open a portal so loki can physicaly appear on migard..

goldenavenger77 - 3/28/2012, 11:10 AM
Basicually everthing I already own is coming out in one package... great.

I am enjoying Furys Big Week. It's kinda fun to read.
6of13 - 3/28/2012, 11:15 AM
@Gusto...it's an "Avengers" article not "Peverts gone Wild"
ralfinader - 3/28/2012, 12:28 PM
@anyone! Where does a person get Fury's Big Week?
pucrepeap - 3/28/2012, 12:34 PM
Is this an essential piece to enjoying the movie itself? I hope that casual movie goers don't feel lost.
CoolantTech - 3/28/2012, 2:13 PM
BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 3/28/2012, 3:08 PM
I Want One
ROBBEATZZZ - 3/28/2012, 5:07 PM
@ railfinader.... got the marvel app from the android market..the 1st chapter is free..all other chapters r. 99cents a piece
a must read...check my earlier comments on this in the thread
ROBBEATZZZ - 3/28/2012, 5:11 PM
@pucrepeap.. avengers will be easy enough to follow ..but this does tie in directly..a real treat for us fanboys/ girls
Eduardo - 3/29/2012, 9:18 AM
The TPB collects all the "canon" comics prior to the Avengers ones:

- I Am Iron Man 1-2 (movie adaptation)
- Iron Man 2 : Public Identity 1-3 (originally solicited as Iron Man 1.5)
- Iron Man : Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1, Phil Coulson, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1, Black Widow, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1)
- Captain America : First Vengeance 1-8 (or 1-4 in the printed version)

That leaves:
- Marvel's The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week 1-8 (or 1-4 in the printed version)
- Marvel's The Avengers: Black Widow Strikes 1-3 (upcoming)

If I am not mistaken, the "Security Measures" comic is not included as it was deemed as "inspired by the MCU, but not canon". It is not listed in the current description of the TPB at Marvel.com. Same deal with the recent Captain America/Thor Avengers one-shot, inspired by the movies but not canon. Will Corona & Ryan Penagos from Marvel clarified all this on Twitter recently.

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