5 Great, Accessible Avengers Runs for Beginners

With the release of the Age of Ultron, the Avengers have reclaimed their post in being one of the most popular superhero franchises. So what better time to get into the comics? There’s a whole 50 years of content worth exploring, with plenty of lore and battles to read about. However, it can be a little daunting to find a good run, or even an easy access point.

We’ve decided to make the job a little easier for you guys. Compiled here is a list of what we think are the most accessible, and also quality Avengers runs. We’ve tried to spread it out over the decades, so you can get a taste of how the team was in every era. Die-hard fans, bear in mind that some of your favourite runs may not be included, as they can be a bit too reliant on past lore. We’ll get to yours later.

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Veteran Punisher writer Garth Ennis returns to the character in prequel series

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Irish comics writer Garth Ennis will be returning to a longtime character of his, The Punisher, but not in a way you’d expect. The writer is infamous for his gory, excessively violent stories (see: Preacher, The Boys), and he got to go all out with this character, for about 10 years.

Now he’s coming back, but with a different approach this time. The series, titles ‘The Platoon’, will focus on Frank Castle’s early days in the Vietnam war, before he took up the Punisher title. It will be published under the Marvel MAX imprint, and will most likely feature no giant white skulls, or significant Marvel characters. Garth Ennis revealed the details at an Avatar Press conference for London Super Comic Con on Saturday, as Bleeding Cool reports. He will be collaborating with previous artist Goran Parlov, who’s since worked on titles like Mark Millar’s Starlight.

It’ll be interesting to see a younger, more inexperienced Frank, as largely all of the titles he’s featured in depict a grizzly, disturbed war veteran. And with Ennis’ penchant for interesting character development, I’m sure it’ll be quite a ride watching him transform into this character. Sure, it’ll be largely a Vietnam War story with Marvel’s deadly vigilante slapped on, but if anyone can make it interesting, it’s Garth Ennis.

Daredevil Trailer is asking forgiveness for what it’s about to do

… and that is, be excellent!

The Marvel Netflix series has released it’s debut trailer following a teaser yesterday, and it’s rather moody and dark for something to come out of this company. I guess with this character you could really go two ways – really dark or absurdly light-hearted, and it’s probably a good thins they went with the former.

We get a few shots of some characters – some which appear to be The Kingpin, Stick (his mentor), and a few others, but most importantly, lots of dramatic shots of our hero in his premier costume. It all looks tonally nice for a Daredevil series – let’s hope it can rid the taste of Affleck’s Daredevil from our mouths.

Daredevil will drop with all episodes readily available April 10th, on Netflix. Make sure you keep an eye out for further news!

“Spider-Man 2099” Cancelled, “Secret Wars 2099” Announced



In some sad yet strange news, IGN announced that another of Peter David’s excellent ongoings, Spider-Man 2099, is coming to a close. Following the recent cancellation of All-New X-Factor, the writer is having a lot of his work wrapped up early. However, this will be replaced by the new Secret Wars 2099 series, depicting a 2099 Avengers that never appeared in the original 2099 line. He’s joined once again by the Spidey collaborator Will Sliney, who has also released some early character designs.

The team will be working for Alchemax, the tyrannical company of the era. It’ll be a bit more corporate than the Avengers of today, but somewhat similar to David’s All New X-Factor.

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Marvel Unveil New Venom Costume


In their effort to streamline and uproot every costume ever, Marvel have announced an all-new, all sleek and space-age Venom costume, for his adventures with the Guardians of the Galaxy. The new look will feature in “Guardians Of The Galaxy #23”, which conveniently, hit the market today.

The design, courtesy of artist Valerio Schiti, gives the character a more heavyweight feel, which is closer to the original than the last costume. Bulky, armoured, and menacing, Venom looks to be acting the ‘hulk’ character in the team now – though I’m not sure how Groot will feel about that. Valerio states that he was trying to emulate the original, saying that it “was a perfect and powerful design indeed and I wanted to keep the final design as close as possible to that look”.
We’ve even been given a look at Flash Thompson sans the suit, which of course is suitable spacesuit and astronaut-like. It’s quite remarkable to see such an abused ‘anti-hero’ type character step out of his villainous legacy and take on so many roles in the last few years. We’re excited to see what Brian Michael Bendis does next with the character in the upcoming issues of the Guardians series.


Pacino to join the MCU?

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Legendary actor, Al Pacino is reportedly in talks with Marvel for a role in their huge cinematic universe.

In a recent interview, he revealed he has had a meeting with Kevin Feige, saying “I would imagine either there’s something he feels is right for me or…”

The interview was unfortunately interrupted by a phone. Which now leaves us all curious to where his ‘talks’ with Marvel will lead.

Pacino has also expressed his enjoyment of James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The director himself saying he is interested in working with him (what director wouldn’t?) but wasn’t sure if there was a spot for him:

“Yeah, for sure. I’m a huge, huge Al Pacino fan and I would love to find a way to work with him, whether it was in a Guardians movie or something else. The truth is that the next Guardians film, I’ve had so much of it worked out for a long time that I’m not sure there is a role to write there for Al Pacino, or for anybody else in particular. But yeah, of course, I always have those guys who I admire and I look up to and I’m always excited to write a role for them.”

Krysten Ritter cast as Jessica Jones


Marvel has reportedly cast Breaking Bad’s Krysten Ritter as the lead in Netflix series set around character, Jessica Jones.

The synopsis is said to involve Jones suffering from PTSD, leading to her giving up the superhero life and opening a detective agency.

Actor Mike Colter is also rumoured to play Luke Cage, who will appear first in the show, then starring in the ‘Defenders’ series.