Marvel Studios 101: All Your Questions Answered (2018) – Adam Bray

Avengers: Infinity War is just a few weeks away, and DK Canada is going to make sure you are completely prepared for it with their handy new reference guide, Marvel Studios 101.

Laying out the Marvel Cinematic Universe the book gives you the proper viewing order, as well as in-depth look at characters, locations and events that form the tapestry of the MCU.

There are some glaring omissions that are jarring in their absence, 2008’s The Incredible Hulk is briefly mentioned, and 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming is completely absent. I imagine that Spidey’s absence is due to legal restrictions between Disney and Sony.

The rest of the films are laid out, and the major ones are highlighted and explored for not only how they affected the characters involved but how they impact the MCU overall.

As a reference tool the book is indispensable, because even if you haven’t seen, or don’t want to see a couple of the films (like that’s a thing) the book will fill you in on all aspects of things you may need to know going into Infinity War, and beyond into Phase Four.

You can explore Wakanda, learn why New York City is such a focal point for trouble, and get information on things only glimpsed in the films.

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The real thing this book made me want to do is work my way through all the films again, watching the MCU build before my eyes, watching story arcs and threads be created, seeing first appearances of beloved characters, and anticipating their development in later films.

The book breaks down events, battles, and  lays out what we know about Thanos, the Infinity Gauntlet, and the stones that have popped up around the MCU that will power the Gauntlet.

Fun, informative, and aimed at the casual, as well as the dogged fan, this book whether you’ve seen the films once, or they own a spot of importance on your viewing shelf, is an essential crash course that keeps information fresh, and will no doubt, help you get the most out of your Infinity War viewing experience, and beyond.

All the characters get a fair shake, and there is information contained with its pages that will expand your knowledge of all the characters. I mean, just because they share names, and some events with their comic book source material, the MCU and its inhabitants is very much its own thing. And this will help you keep it all sorted.

DK Books pays attention to presentation and information in all of their books, and Marvel Studios 101 is no exception. There is part of me hoping that there is a more in-depth version coming a real coffee-table-buster that encompasses the first ten years of Marvel Studios and looks at the creation of each film, both behind and in front of the camera.

That being said, this 101 course is indispensable, should be kept close at hand, and I will eagerly anticipate additional volumes.

Avengers: Infinity War opens April 27, Marvel Studios 101 is available now from DK Books!

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