We all know now, courtesy of the majorly huge trailer from just a couple weeks ago, that the next epic adventure of the Avengers on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, subtitled Infinity War, will premiere on May next year. The film from Marvel Studios will see Earth’s Mightiest Heroes confront their most existentially threatening foe yet in the alien titan Thanos.
As is the fashion with the release of previous installments of the MCU, Marvel Entertainment’s original comic book publishing arm will be busy developing a limited-run comic book miniseries in a form of “synergy” with the upcoming movie, and set to come out around the premiere date. This miniseries is entitled Avengers: Back to Basics, and it will be made as the latest collaboration between Marvel Entertainment and prominent digital comics distribution service ComiXology.
Avengers: Back to Basics will initially launch as a ComiXology exclusive digital comic book title in March, two months before the premiere of Avengers: Infinity War. Written by Peter David, co-creator of the Spider-Man 2099 comic book and drawn in tandem by Brian Level and Juanan Ramirez, the six-issue mini will find the Avengers, comprised of classic “founding” members such as Iron Man, Thor and Hulk, against an apocalyptic disaster being portended by a solar eclipse, just as their big-screen counterparts are making ready to face off against Thanos in May.
Chip Mosher, ComiXology’s senior communications director and content head, said in a statement that Back to Basics is both a slice of nostalgia for longtime Marvel fans who knew the Avengers long before they became film icons, and an exciting gateway for new fans from the MCU days. “With buzz over the Avengers reaching a fever pitch, we’re thrilled to help bring fans — new and old — a brand-new Avengers story featuring Thor, The Hulk, Iron Man and other favorites sure to capture the imagination of all readers,” he said.
Marvel Comics has long been in the habit of altering their comic titles and characters often to match how they are depicted in live-action film. Leading to, and during the 2016 premiere of Captain America: Civil War (whose plot is loosely based on a 2006-7 multi-title crossover story arc) Marvel released another comic crossover with Civil War II.
Similar to previous Marvel-ComiXology collaborations, Avengers: Back to Basics will be released digitally on ComiXology starting March 7, with a trade print collection following sometime after.