With the highly anticipated Avengers: End Game movie set to release on April 26, 2019, Marvel comic book fans are buzzing with excitement after the jaw-dropping and highly climactic ending of Avengers: Infinity War.
In a very emotional and gut-wrenching final scene from the film, Thanos decimates half the world’s population with a thunderous snap of his fingers; killing off some major players from the Marvel Comics Universe, including Spiderman aka Peter Parker, The Wasp aka Hope van Dyne, Dr. Strange, Black Panther, among countless others.
It was a sad and unfortunate fate for so many lovable Marvel Comics characters. Marvel fans across the globe were left shocked and stunned in dismay after such an incredible ending. What lies ahead for the remaining survivors in the upcoming Avengers End Game series film finale is anyone’s guess.
We will all have to stay tuned for the exciting release coming soon!
The Marvel Comics Universe
In preparation for such a momentous event, in which many of us here at American Art Decor can’t wait for, we wanted to delve into the world of Marvel with a little more detail and celebrate this marvelous world.
The Marvel Comics Universe is so big, with so many players, both heroes and villains alike that it can be a bit of a daunting task to keep up with exactly how many characters there are and who the Avengers are.
Now sure, if you’re a comic book fan then you probably know the Marvel Universe pretty well. You’re aware of the history and roots of the Marvel world from its earliest comic book days up to the present day iterations that grace the silver-screen.
However, for those of you that may not be so familiar with all the Avengers characters, don’t fret, we got you covered! We’re here to help break it down a little.
We specifically wanted to focus on the actual Avengers as well as a few other star players from these Marvel superhero movies like Captain America, Spiderman and Black Panther.
The Avengers are a team of superheroes that first appeared in comic book format in September of 1963 by writer, editor and creator Stan Lee.
Originally labeled as “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”, the Avengers initially consisted of Ant-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, the Wasp, and of course, Captain America. Though he technically didn’t surface until issue #4 after a brief thawing out process from being trapped in ice!
The Avengers embody a common theme of fighting “the foes no single superhero can withstand”, thereby taking on the challenge of defending the planet from tyranny and terror in a combined group effort.
Their infamous battle cry “Avengers Assemble!” has become a recognizable and iconic part of the team’s story and any true, die-hard fan knows it.
While this concept of joining forces and creating an allegiance is a central part of who the Avengers are, the roster of Avengers characters would also periodically change throughout the course of the series.
It has gone through countless additions and subtractions of characters throughout the nearly five decades from the Avengers’ inception.
The one, the only, Captain America!
Also known as Steven Rogers, this patriotic super soldier often fought the Axis Powers of World War II. His alter ego, Captain America, wears a costume bearing the American flag stars and stripes motif and he’s outfitted with a nearly indestructible shield that he uses as projectile, hurtling through the air with magnificent power and precision.
The leader of the Avengers, Captain America/Steve Rogers, is quite the tactful technician and field commander. Rogers’ battle experience and training make him a military genius and a prime leader for the Avengers. His military training and skill-set allows him to be a valuable asset when crafting strategies and battle plans.
With honed reflexes and senses, along with training in aikido, boxing, judo, karate, jujutsu, kickboxing and gymnastics, Captain America has developed his own unique fighting style and is a master of multiple martial arts. He is one of the few within the Marvel Universe that is the best at hand-to-hand combat.
Captain America gets his powers from the Super-Soldier Serum, which enhances all of his metabolic functions and prevents the build-up of fatigue poisons in his muscles, giving him endurance that far exceeds that of any ordinary human being.
Captain America truly is America’s #1 patriot and fan!
Is your spidey sense tingling?
Probably one of the most popular and loved Marvel characters is Peter Parker, aka Spiderman!
Many fans are familiar with his story but for those of you who aren’t, here’s a quick review.
An orphan raised by the lovable and sweet Aunt May and ever-so wise Uncle Ben, Peter Parker was just your average teenager dealing with the common struggles of adolescence, school, girls and being bullied. One day, however, he was bitten from a radioactive spider that forever changed the course of his life.
Acquiring spider-related abilities such as clinging to surfaces, shooting spider webs from wrist-mounted devices, detecting danger (spidey-sense), perfect balance and equilibrium as well as superhuman speed and agility transformed this ordinary teenager into an extraordinary superhero.
One of the most infamous quotes that appeared in the very first Marvel Spiderman comic book and later used throughout the series and eventually within the film franchise was, “With great power comes great responsibility”.
This impactful message resonates and stays with Peter Parker throughout his life and serves as the driving force and reminder to fight for those that cannot and to stand up and protect the innocent.
Eventually, as the Marvel Universe vastly unfolds, Spiderman joins the Avengers, lending his superior acrobatic and web-slinging skills to one of the most powerful superhero alliances within the world of Marvel!
Hailing from Wakanda, alter ego T’Challa is the king and protector of this fictional African nation.
With his enhanced abilities achieved through ancient Wakandan rituals that consist of drinking the essence of a heart-shaped herb, Black Panther is proficient in science, undergoes intense and rigorous physical training, adept at hand-to-hand combat skills, and has access to wealth and advanced Wakadan technology to combat his enemies; making him a true bad-ass!
Part of the mysticism that goes with Black Panther’s powers and abilities lay within the shamanistic connection with the Wakandan Panther God Bast, which grants T’Challa superhuman acute senses, enhanced strength, speed, agility, stamina, durability, healing, and reflexes.
He is a skilled hunter, tracker, strategist, politician, and inventor who has been granted the strength and knowledge of every past Black Panther that has come before him.
Black Panther first appeared within the Marvel Universe in issue #53 of The Fantastic Four in July, 1966. He then joined the ranks of the Avengers in issue #105!
From Marvel Comics to Marvel Movies
From comic book pages of yesteryear to the silver-screen, these Marvel superheroes have swept into our heads, hearts and homes with dynamic flair and pizzazz, like only a true superhero can do.
But what is it about superheroes that we love so much? Is it the idolization of being impervious to pain? Is it their actual superpowers they harness that we wish we had? Is it their likeability and do-good mentality?
Whatever it may be, I think it’s safe to say that we all get a sense of joy and excitement when we watch these films and/or read the comic books. They offer a sense of escapism from our everyday lives and allow us to live in a world of wonder, imagination, creativity and splendor.
I think most of us end up feeling pretty amped after watching a superhero film or reading a Marvel comic book. Am I right?
Don’t you end up leaving the theater kinda wishing you had our own set of superpowers? How cool would that be? Well...that’s how we end up feeling at least. :)
Marvel Comics Memorabilia and Merchandise
Celebrate this marvelous world that allows us to escape into fantasy and fiction and pushes our sense of imagination, creativity and possibility with Marvel Comics Universe memorabilia and merchandise.
Maybe you’re a purist and lean towards the old-school look of vintage Marvel comic book covers because they showcase such glorious illustrative work, artistic skill set and talent. Or maybe you’re drawn to the retro look because they satisfy your sense of nostalgia and remind you of your days as a child spent reading countless Marvel comics during summer break.
Our selection of the more vintage style Marvel Comics covers is perfect for the true comic book connoisseur. These retro covers capture all the beautiful detail and glory from some classic Marvel characters like Spiderman and Captain America. We carry a few pieces that are beautiful gallery wrapped canvas prints as well as some framed prints on textured wood for a distinct and unique look and feel.
Perhaps you’re of the newer generation that grew up with the Marvel Comics Universe via the big screen. Maybe you prefer the look of movie poster prints because you love a certain celebrity and their portrayal of that character within the franchise.
Whether it’s Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man or Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, these characters are poised in such powerful superhero stances in these beautiful movie poster prints.
They have that kick-butt stance and in true action-adventure style for movie posters, the image is visually layered with the characters, settings, and elements from the film; creating a bold and dynamic image for your wall that any true fan would love.
Whichever you prefer, it doesn’t matter to us because we love that you are a part of the Marvel Universe and we hope you enjoy the conclusion to the Avengers saga in End Game.
We’ll see you at the show! :)