Marvel's Avengers First Prequel Comic Is Available Now

Tony Stark's technology is in the wrong hands again.

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Ahead of the release of Marvel's Avengers on April 15, 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia, the comic book giant is releasing a series of prequel comics that tell the story of the iconic superhero dream team prior to the events of the game. The first issue, called Marvel's Avengers: Iron Man, is out today. [Update: You'll now have more time to read it, as the Avengers game has been delayed until September 2020.]

The comic's store page sheds some light on what to expect from the brand new Marvel story, at least in the build-up to the game. The Avengers will be going up against the Lethal Legion, an odious group of villains that have appeared throughout Marvel comics history, reforming with a new leader each time they return. They're not the most well-known antagonists, with the group consisting of the likes of Porcupine, Metal Master, Man-Ape, Batroc The Leaper, and even demonically-enhanced versions of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin and Nazi official Heinrich Himmler. It's probably a safe bet to say the latter two won't be making a reappearance here.

"When Tony Stark discovers his enemies have co-opted Stark technology for nefarious purposes, it's up to him to stop the leak," the synopsis says. "But can his teammates be trusted, or is something more sinister at play? Featuring the debut of the game's Avengers, as well as never before seen takes on some classic villains, you won’t want to miss this landmark moment in comics history!"

Marvel has plans to release more comics in the series, with each member of the game's Avengers getting their own starring role. Thor #1 releases on January 8, 2020, followed by Hulk #1 on February 5. Both Captain America and Black Widow will see their comics released in March.

Marvel's Avengers was first announced back in 2017, but we finally got our first glimpse of the game in action at E3 earlier this year. It's a third-person action title with some RPG elements, letting you take control of Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, and Thor. Somewhat surprisingly, however, Kamala Khan's Ms. Marvel is the real star of the game. We've played it, and finally understand what exactly it is.

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