Are you one of the millions of people who bought tickets for Avengers: Infinity War as fast as possible, leading it to beat pre-ticket sales of the past seven MCU films combined? Or maybe you're one of the ones who watched the trailer so much that it became the most watched trailer on YouTube? Or maybe you're both! Either way, there is a ridiculous amount of excitement for Infinity War right now, but if you're looking to get even more pumped, there are plenty of comic books to get you there.
Just about every major superhero movie is based on a comic book storyline, and while Marvel tends to only use the bare logline for its movie adaptations, the comics can still provide insight into what to expect. The elements of a few books can be found in Joe and Anthony Russo's Avengers: Infinity War, while others provide a nice coloring to help you better understand the scope. Here are seven comics with almost the exact same name to help prepare for Infinity War.
The Infinity Gauntlet
This is THE Thanos comic. The Infinity Gauntlet is the chief inspiration for Infinity War but two don't share much in common other than the Infinity Stones at the center of the conflict. Written by Jim Starlin with seriously epic art by George Pérez and Ron Lim, the story opens with Thanos already possessing a full-powered Infinity Gauntlet. He wastes little time showing off his limitless power, turning the death of billions into a cosmic love letter to Death. Adam Warlock assembles every hero left to take down Thanos, plus the most powerful cosmic beings in existence. The story is dated by the characters it uses (Vision was entirely white and Drax is near unrecognizable in every way), but it's no less magnificent for it. There's such a sense of scale, and while it will likely be confusing to people whom only read this book (Starlin built up to Gauntlet with prequel stories), it's still well worth a read.
This is the most recent storyline on this list, and it's actually still ongoing at the time of this writing. Written by Donny Cates, "Thanos Wins" is a storyline in the current Thanos comic series. The plot follows Thanos, who is brought to a future where he has killed almost every living creature in the universe and his future self rules as king. This King Thanos recruits his past self to help kill the last living being in one final attempt to win over Death. Cates paints Thanos in a grandiose light, a monster who literally gets off on seeing a montage of all the heinous things he's done in his lifetime. Thanos is the end of all things and this comic sells that. To put it simply, this story is METAL. King Thanos sits on a throne made of Galactus' skull. His right-hand man is a cosmic powered Ghost Rider. If you want to get a sense of what a bad dude Thanos is, then read this story.