Last night, Marvel Studios released a major teaser for Avengers: Infinity War, which began filming in January.
There was plenty to pour over in the teaser, including Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, and Chris Pratt standing together on set, the first look at the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy teaming up together, and new concept art of Thanos.
With all of that going on, it may have been easy to overlook a large book that was also featured in the video. The book had no title on it, but it did have some classic Marvel Comics artwork on the cover and was heavily bookmarked.
This book is The Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus. This massive hardcover was published by Marvel Comics in July 2014. The Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus reprints the original six-issue The Infinity Gauntlet miniseries by Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim, which is still considered to be the definitive tale of Marvel's Mad Titan.
In addition, the expansive volume also includes several issues that led up to The Infinity Gauntlet event: Silver Surfer #34-38, 40, 44-50, The Thanos Quest #1-2, and Cloak and Dagger #18. The Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus also collects main event tie-in issues Silver Surfer #51-59, Spider-Man #17, Hulk #383-385, Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #31-35, Quasar #26-27, and Sleepwalker #7, and aftermath issues Silver Surfer #60 and Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #36.
The Infinity Gauntlet is the major inspiration for the coming of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. There is also a sequel comic book series titled The Infinity War, but it is unclear how that story factors into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Perhaps it will have more bearing on the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War.
In the meantime, if fans are looking to do some reading in preparation for Avengers: Infinity War, this seems like the place to start. Some of the characters involved in the comic book stories, like Silver Surfer, are off-limits to Marvel Studios, so it will be interesting to see how Avengers: Infinity War works around those absences. On the other hand, tie-in issues for Spider-Man, Hulk, and Doctor Strange may hint at those individual characters' roles in Avengers; Infinity War, even presenting a possible tie-in for the upcoming Cloak and Dagger TV series.
Unfortunately, The Infinity Gauntlet Omnibus is currently out of print, so it may be difficult to get your hands on. Luckily, much of the content is available through Marvel Unlimited.
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