Even though much of the tonal and stylistic inspiration for the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes directly from the publisher’s Ultimate universe line, it’s rare that its comics and movies interact all that directly aside from a handful of film tie-ins. But the new issue of Infinity Wars is raising our eyebrows just a bit. The stories coming out of the House of Ideas do exist in a kind of larger conversation with one another. Marvel’s movies come out at a markedly slower pace, but they’re met with the steady ebb and flow of mini-series that are designed to capitalize on their hype, whether directly or indirectly. That was the case with Rise of the Black Panther and Wakanda Forever, two Black Panther-focused series that dropped earlier this year, and Marvel’s seemingly stuck with this strategy with its current Infinity Wars event. This week’s Infinity Wars #1 opens up with quite the bang that’s sure to surprise anyone who might not have been following the buildup to the issue, but what’s even more potentially fascinating is what the comic might portend for next year’s follow up to Avengers: Infinity War, the as-yet-untitled Avengers 4. Pull up a chair, slip on that tin-foil hat, and let’s theorize a little bit, shall we? Like all of Marvel’s sprawling events, there’s more than a bit of backstory to consume in order to get the full picture of what Infinity Wars #1 sets the stage for. The most important bits to bear in mind, though,… [Read full story]
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