Though Marvel's The Avengers will be hitting the big screen in May 2012, the movie-versions of the superhero team will be hitting comic book stores a little bit sooner. Marvel.com announced today that a four-issue prequel comic, "Marvel's The Avengers Prelude", will be arriving beginning in March.
The full solicitation for issues #1 and #2 (both of which arrive in March) reads as follows:
Written by Chris Yost & Eric Pearson
Art by Luke Ross & Daniel HDR
Cover By Gerald Parel
• The Newest Installment Of The Official Marvel Cinematic Universe Tie-In Comics Is Here Just In Time For The Avengers Movie!
• How Will S.H.I.E.L.D. Maintain The Status Quo In A World Full Of Gamma-Powered Rage Monsters, Hammer Wielding Gods And Men In Iron Suits?
• What Exactly Is The Avengers Initiative?
• If You Thought You Knew Everything There Was To Know About Director Nick Fury And The Elusive Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Think Again!
Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures “Marvel’s The Avengers”--the super hero team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel super heroes Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson, The Avengers hits theaters on May 4, 2012.