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 ten TV seasons.
When last we left our heroes, everything seemed bleak. The Universe was ending. The Ultimate Universe was ending. No villain was victorious, except possibly the concept of entropy. And yet, at the last minute someone stepped in and saved as much as they could and has built a new universe. All hail God Doom.
Just another night Doom wakes up with that name on his tongue.
Season 10: Secret Wars
(showrunner: Jonathan Hickman)
Episode 1: Master Of Kung Fu Battleworld
(written by Haden Blackman and Peter Milligan, art by Dalibor Talajic)
Shang-Chi, Iron Fist, Kitty Pride, and Lockheed are just some of the somewhat familiar faces in this world where all will battle to determine the next Master Of Kung Fu. Yeup, we’re starting Secret Wars off in an unusual manner.
Master Of Kung Fu. 1 episode
Episode 2: Marvel 1872
(written by Gerry Duggan, art by Nicole Verella and more)
Next up, the Wild West, where Sheriff Steve Rogers is the drunk sheriff of Timely. Tony Stark is trying to get the sheriff sobered up because Wilson Fisk has put together a Wild West version of the Marvel rogues gallery. Plus, Dr. Banner and Red Wolf have to help out somehow, right?
1872. 1 episode
Episode 3: Siege Battleworld
(written by Kieron Gillen, art by Filipe Andrade)
Abigail Brand guards the wall between battleworlds. She must defend them from characters trying to move between worlds. But how is she going to deal with Thanos when there are the hordes of Marvel Zombies, Ultrons, and other horrible things waiting just on the other side of the wall?
The Great Wall. 1 episode
Episode 4: Captain Marvel And The Carol CORPS
(written by Kelly Sue Deconnick, art by Kelly Thompson)
The Banshee Squad is an all female flight crew protecting the skies from Hydra. But when Carol believes her commanding officers have betrayed and lied to them, she takes things into her own hands. There will be consequences.
Carol CORPS. 1 episode
Episode 5: Ultimate End
(written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Mark Bagley)
The Ultimate Universe was destroyed. Earth 616 was destroyed. Yet both of their Manhattans still seem to exist and overlap. Different versions of multiple characters are at odds with each other to figure out exactly what’s going on and if it’s fixable. Ultimately.
New York Is The Cockroach Of Cities. 1 episode
Episode 6: Civil War Warzones
(written by Charles Soule, art by Leinil Francis Yu)
What if the Civil War over the Superhuman Registration Act never ended. What if it kept going through The Secret Invasion. What if it kept going through Dark Reign, and Siege, and AvX, and dear God Doom, what if it was still happening?
Civil War Eternal. 1 episode
Episode 7: Guardians Of Knowhere
(written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Mike Deodato JR)
The Guardians Of The Galaxy are living in a Celestial’s head. Most of them are acting like usual, but there’s one huge difference Gamora isn’t sure she believes that Doom is God. Blasphemy.
Guardians Of Knowhere. 1 episode
Episode 8: A-Force Warzones
(written by G Willow Wilson, art by Marguerite Bennet)
All your favorite female Avengers and heroes are living together in one world. But when one of them crosses the borders into another realm, Doom is displeased. And when God Doom is displeased, worlds tremble.
A-Force. 1 episode
Episode 9: Secret Wars Journal Battleworld
(written by many, with art by a different many)
An anthology adventure where we check in with all sorts of familiar Avengers characters and see how they’re doing in this zany series of worlds.
Battleworlds. 1 episode
Episode 10: Red Skull
(written by Joshua Williamson, art by Luca Pizarri)
Red Skull displeased God Doom, so God Doom sent him into the wasteland of Zombies and Ultrons to die. But did he die? A group of villains including The Winter Soldier and Magneto are sent to either find out or die. Or both. It’s not a mutually exclusive thing.
Red Skull. 1 episode
Episode 11: Runaways Battleworld
(written by Noelle Stevenson, art by Sanford Greene)
The Victor Von Doom Institute for Gifted Youths in Doomstadt? This is where the next generation of heroes is educated to love The God Doom, and to survive a constant series of battles. Rebelling against a death school SEEMS like a logical choice, but Bucky Barnes and The Doombots stand in their way.
Runaways. 1 episode
Episode 12: Infinity Gauntlet Warzones
(written by Gerry Dugan and Dustin Weaver, art by Dustin Weaver)
A small tale of a family that is just trying to survive Battleworld when they find an Infinity Gem and the good natured, always trustworthy, Thanos shows up to help them find more. I’m sure this will end happily for all.
Infinity Gems Are Truly Outrageous. 1 episode
Episode 13: Planet Hulk Warzones
(written by Sam Humphries, art by Marc Laming)
Steve Rogers and his trusty steed, Devil Dinosaur!, team up with Doc Green to battle all the rest of the Hulks. All. The rest. Of the. Hulks.
Planet Hulks. 1 episode
Episode 14: House Of M Warzones
(written by Dennis Hopeless, art by Marco Failla)
Oh, yea, it’s like if Magneto and his family ruled The Marvel Universe again. I remember that! Is Quicksilver a traitor in this universe, too? Bad Pietro!
Houses Of M. 1 episode
Episode 15: Age Of Ultron
(written by Brian Michael Bendis, art by Bryan Hitch, Brandon Peterson, and Carlos Pacheco)
Technically, this isn’t a Secret Wars book at all. I didn’t want to shoehorn it anywhere else into continuity, though, so while we’re investigating all these other odd possible worlds, why not throw everybody’s favorite evil android into the mix.
Age Of Ultron. 1 episode
Episode 16: Thors
(written by Jason Aaron, art by Chris Spouse)
It’s Law & Order where every character is a Thor. Frog Thor. Beta Ray Bill. Storm. Ultimate Thor. Odinson. Odin. The only person missing is Jane Foster. That is, until versions of her body start popping up dead across the Battleworlds.
Thors. 1 episode
Serial 1: Secret Wars
(written by Jonathan Hickman, art by Esad Ribic)
Everything explained! (We hope, the series hadn’t ended yet when I was making this list) How did Doom save the multiverse? Why didn’t Doctor Strange? How does Reed Richards from The Ultimate Universe fit into this? How does Reed Richards from Marvel 616 fit into this? Who, from those worlds, survived?
Secret Wars. 4 episodes
The final episode is 20 episodes, just like the rest. But wait, upon further reflection, this whole project was a misnomer! Look for Season 11 in January 2017! It's like Netflix saving your favorite show.