YA Friday: Prepare for Endgame

It's the end of the world as we know it...

So in case you're new, this entire blog post is a ginormous spoiler if you haven't seen Avengers: Infinity War or Captain Marvel for that matter. Turn back now. You've been warned.

So ever since the big purple guy snapped his fingers last year, we have all be desperate to know how our abandoned (and dusted) heroes are going to get out of this disaster of universe-wide proportions. Thankfully the newest Avengers: Endgame trailer gave us a strong idea that Carol (aka Captain Marvel) and cool matching space suits have little something to do with a thrilling finale to twenty-two films and the third phase of Marvel Cinematic Universe.

But while you wait, or in-between bingeing the first 21 films, I have pulled together a list of Marvel-cannon novelizations and character backstories as well as a couple other superhero-themed side-stories that will appeal to any fan of high-octane action.
Avengers Infinity War Prelude book cover

Avengers: Infinity War: Prelude

Tales from the onset of the Infinity War shows Captain America and the Winter Soldier hunting down a terrorist, Stephen Strange discovering the existence of the universe altering infinity stones, and reveals tales from the past of Thanos.

Thanos: Titan Consumed book cover

Thanos: Titan Consumed by Barry Lyga

Shares the origins of the Mad Titan, including how growing up an outcast on his home planet shaped him into the dangerous villain that not even the Avengers could defeat.

Black Widow: Forever Red book coverBlack Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

Natasha Romanov, called the Black Widow, agent of S.H.I.E.L.D, rescues a young girl from Ivan, the man who once trained her as an assassin--and eight years later she is called upon to protect the teenage Ava from a threat from the past--and possibly from S.H.I.E.L.D itself.

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet book cover

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates

When a violent superhuman terrorist group known as The People spark a violent uprising in Wakanda, T'Challa fights to unite his citizens and show them how to adapt in order for Wakanda to survive.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers book cover

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Cosmic Avengers by Brian Bendis

A team of intergalactic warriors that include Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, and Rocket Raccoon protect Earth from extra-terrestrial threats, including an invasion by the Badoon that threatens London.

Captain Marvel: Prelude book cover

Captain Marvel: Prelude

Meet Carol Danvers, NASA's youngest head of security - but when an encounter with the Kree soldier Mar-Vell gives her amazing powers, she begins a costumed career...as Ms. Marvel! Determined to prove herself the best of the best in a world full of fearsome foes, Carol soon takes on the mantle of Captain Marvel - and the responsibility of protecting the entire planet! But what happens when she comes face-to-face with Mar-Vell...who died years before? Look back at Carol Danvers' early days, and learn what shaped the woman behind the mask!

Further Reading

Ms. Marvel book cover
Battling Boy book cover
Miles Morales: Spider-Man book cover
Zeroes book cover
Renegades book cover
Steelheart book cover

Re-Watch It All

Captain America: The First Avenger DVD cover
Iron Man DVD cover
Iron Man 2 DVD cover
The Incredible Hulk DVD cover
Thor DVD cover
The Avengers DVD cover
Thor: The Dark World DVD cover
Captain America: The Winter Soldier DVD cover
Guardians of the Galaxy DVD cover
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 DVD cover
Avengers: Age of Ultron DVD cover
Ant-Man DVD cover
Captain America: Civil War DVD cover
Black Panther DVD cover
Spider-Man: Homecoming DVD cover
Doctor Strange DVD cover
Ant-Man and the Wasp DVD cover
Thor: Ragnarok DVD cover
Avengers: Infinity War DVD cover