The Avengers franchise is what made Marvel Studios the completely dominant force in comic based entertainment. The way they streamlined Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and other characters into an expansive universe that also includes television shows like Daredevil and Agents Of SHIELD is something that has never been achieved before in motion picture entertainment.
The Avengers continuity, even without including the individual characters is supremely daunting. So, I’ve put together a chronology of some of the best Avengers related books that are currently or were recently available in collected editions (the recently available are still around for pretty cheap on various online outlets and in bookstores) into eleven! TV seasons.
Ten seasons of Avengers took us up to the end of Marvel 616 continuity, and a little beyond. The new Marvel Universe, though it's certainly had as many missteps as the previous universes, has a number of really fun series, and they come together to form a whole season of Marvelly goodness. Check out a new team for a more fun generation.
Not your racist-ass uncle's stale-ass Avengers.
Art by Humberto Ramos
Avengers Season 11: Champions
(Showrunners: Mark Waid, G Willow Wilson, and Ryan North)
Episode 1: Ms Marvel No Normal, Ms Marvel Generation Why, Ms Marvel Crushed
written by G Willow Wilson, art by Adrian Alphona, Jacob Wyatt, and Takeshi Miyazawa
Kamala Khan is just your average superhero superfan until the Terrigen mists fall to Earth and she becomes a superhero. Initially patterning her costume and appearance after Carol Danvers, she eventually becomes her own hero, interacting with the old school heroes of te Marvel Universe.
New Normal. 1 episode
Episode 2: Nova Rookie Season, Nova Corpse
written by Sean Ryan, art by Cory Smith and John Timms
That upstart Nova kid who showed up in season 8 has finally been reunited with his father. Surely his life is going to get easier as his dad was a Nova Corps member, too, and will surely help him understand how to balance his superhero identity with his regular one.
Rookie Season. 1 episode
Episode 3: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Squirrel Power, Squirrel You Know It's True
written by Ryan North, art by Erica Henderson
Doreen Green came from the mostly unnoticed Great Lakes Avengers but she eventually became a low-key assistant to The Avengers. She didn't fight much. She mainly did some babysitting and housesitting, and now she's going away to college to live a normal life of talking to squirrels and trying to keep out of trouble. But trouble keeps finding her, and she keeps kicking its tail.
Squirrel You Know It's True. 1 episode
Episode 4: Totally Awesome Hulk Cho Time
written by Greg Pak, art by Frank Cho
The kid genius from World War Hulk is now The Hulk! Where's Banner? Don't worry about it. Amadeus Cho is a very smart Hulk who goes around the world in a flying food truck, fighting kaiju and being very much a teenager.
Totally Awesome Hulk. 1 episode
Episode 5: Mighty Thor Thunder In Her Veins
written by Jason Aaron, art by Russel Dauterman
Jane Foster became Thor just before Secret Wars. She has different and seemingly cooler talents with Mjolnir than the Odinson did. But every time she becomes Thor, the chemotherapy she's been taking to battle her cancer is undone. Is she willing to destroy her life to save the world?
Thunder In Her Veins. 1 episode
Serial 1: All New All Different Avengers Magnificent Seven, Ms Marvel Super Famous
written by Mark Waid, art by Adam Kubert and Mahmud Asrar
Nova, Ms Marvel, the new Thor, Spider-Man (Miles Morales from The Utimate Universe), Captain America (Sam Wilson), and Iron Man (boring old Tony Stark) are the new face of The Avengers. A team that will undoubtedly stay together forever and ever.
All New All Different. 2 episodes.
Episode 8: The Ultimates Start With The Impossible
written by Al Ewing, art by Kenneth Rocafort
Carol Danvers runs The Avengers' cosmic arm, deciding to use new tactics to solve the recurring problems of the Marvel Universe.
Outside The Box. 1 episode
Episode 9: Avengers Standoff, All New All Different Avengers Family Business
written by Nick Spencer, Al Ewing, Gerry Duggan, and Mark Waid, art by Jesus Saiz, Mark Bagley, Ryan Stegman, and Mike Norton
Old and new Avengers alike team up when Maria Hill from SHIELD reveals an entire city of imprisoned supervillains. Much of this is a setup for Captain America storylines we won't be following, but it's also an interesting teamup and lays the groundwork for the next serial.
Pleasant Hill. 1 episode
Episode 10: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Squirrel You Really Got Me Now, I Kissed A Squirrel And I Liked It
written by Ryan North, art by Erica Henderson
Marvel Universe's most fantastic squirrel-powered hero uses computer science and wackiness to take down some of the biggest villains in the Marvel Universe.
I Kissed A Squirrel And I Liked It. 1 episode.
Episode 11: Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur BFF, Cosmic Cooties
written by Amy Reeder, art by Brandon Montclare
With Reed Richards being MIA since Secret Wars, the smartest person in The Marvel Universe is....a fourth grader named Lunella Lafyette. Worried about becoming an Inhuman due to the Terrigen Mists that transformed Kamala Khan into Ms Marvel, Lunella creates an invention that beckons The Devil Dinosaur into her time. Awesomeness ensues.
Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur. 1 episode
Serial 2: Civil War II, Ms Marvel Civil War II, Ultimates Omniversal, All New All Different Avengers Civil War II
written by Brian Michael Bendis, G Willow Wilson, Mark Waid, Faith Erin Hicks, and Al Ewing, art by David Marquez, Takeshi Miyazawa, Veronica Fish, and Christian Ward
Carol Danvers has found an Inhuman who can predict possible futures and she's using him to try and stop problems before the occur. Unsurprisingly, this creates different problems and turns hero against hero. Again.
Predictive Texts. 3 episodes
Episode 15: Totally Awesome Hulk Civil War II
written by Greg Pak, art by Alan Davis
Is the biggest moment in Civil War II Amadeus Cho's fault? Plus, where was Banner during the period between Secret Wars and Civil War II?
Fault Lines. 1 episode
Episode 16: Vision Little Worse Than A Man, Vision Little Better Than A Beast
written by Tom King, art by Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Michael Walsh
In his quest to be more human, Vision creates a family. Because he didn't learn the lesson of House Of M. Stupid android. This time, he fails to help create a false reality that ruins his friends' lives, and, instead, might have ruined his own and those of his new family.
Suburban Glamour. 1 episode
Serial 3: Champions Change The World, Nova Resurrection, Totally Awesome Hulk Big Apple Showdown
written by Mark Waid, Jeff Loveness, and Greg Pak, art by Humberto Ramos, Ramon Perez, and Luke Ross
The younger faction of The All New All Different Avengers goes rogue. Enough with those stale-ass old Avengers. Most of them are dead, depowered or irrelevant now anyway, right?
Change The World. 2 episodes
Episode 19: Invincible Iron Man Ironheart
written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Stefan Caselli
With Tony Stark either missing or dead after Civil War II, his most recent mentee, Riri Williams dons her own armor to become the new Iron Man of the Marvel Universe.
Ironheart. 1 episode
Episode 20: Occupy Avengers Taking Back Justice
written by David F. Walker, at by Carlos Pacheco
Since his role in Civil War II, Clint Barton has become a political touchstone, and he's decided to use his newfound anti-hero fame to do some damn good for those without superpowers.
Hawkguy's First Stand. 1 episode
Season 11 manages to also be 20 episodes! Season 12 will exist, probably in 2018 or so, with more stories of Kate Bishop, Jen Walters, Patsy Walker Hellcat, and The Champions! And maybe by then Avengers and New Avengers will be interesting enough to return to my chronology.