While the release of the Square Enix video game Marvel's Avengerssee dealMarvel's Avengers – PlayStation 4$49.94on Amazon is still months away, fans are being given an early glimpse into this world thanks to a new series of comics. The first of these, Marvel's Avengers: Iron Man #1, directly sets the stage for the game's story mode.Read on to find out how the comic sets up the game, but beware of spoilers for Marvel's Avengers: Iron Man #1.
Set shortly before the events of the game, this issue opens with the Avengers battling a powered-up version of the Lethal Legion. Iron Man is immediately suspicious at how such a forgettable band of villains is suddenly giving the Avengers a run for their money, leading him to pay a visit to Beetle after his foe is sent back to prison.Tony learns that the carefully guarded blueprints for his Iron Man tech have leaked out into the black market. And after scouring his personal servers, Tony begins to suspect SHIELD is the weak link. He then visits Bruce Banner in his SHIELD-sponsored lab, where Tony confirms that the Avengers are being thoroughly monitored and spied upon by SHIELD agents. Worse, his old nemesis Spymaster has managed to sneak into the lab and take advantage of SHIELD's lax security measures.This issue ends as Tony confronts Nick Fury about this unauthorized spying, with Fury revealing he needed a contingency plan in case Tony ever turned to the dark side. While he won't sever the Avengers' relationship with SHIELD, Tony vows to never again let his life's work fall into SHIELD's hands.This issue winds up setting the stage for the game in more ways than one. It explains why the villains of the Marvel Universe are harnessing stolen Iron Man tech, which is a major plot point in the beginning of the game. It also sets up a much more adversarial relationship between the Avengers and SHIELD than we normally see in the Marvel Universe.Marvel Comics will continue fleshing out the game's universe in the months to come, with Marvel's Avengers: Thor #1 due for release on January 8 and Marvel's Avengers: Hulk #1 following on February 7.For more on the buildup to the game's release, find out about the prequel novel arriving in 2020, see how the game's loot mechanics will work and learn why Kamala Khan was chosen as the game's main protagonist.
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