The Avengers…Movies, Books, & More @ Your Library

On Saturday, I went with my family to see The Avengers.    IMHO, this latest entry in the superhero film genre is one of the best.  I loved everything – the cast (especially Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, and even Tom Hiddleston as Loki), the witty dialogue and humor of the script, the action-packed fight scenes, and the special effects. In the film, Loki (who is ca-razy) and a few of his alien friends want to steal the tesseract (a cool glowing blue cube that acts a space bridge) from Shield so that they can wage war on planet Earth and set Loki up as our new supreme overlord.  Nick Fury calls upon Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Thor to work together as a team to stop Loki.

I am not going to reveal anything else about the plot, but I will say that after watching the film I wanted to learn more about the superheroes and the whole Marvel universe.  Luckily, I work at the library and have access to all kinds of awesome material including graphic novels featuring each superhero and The Avengers, DVDs, video games, and how-to books on designing your own comics.  You can find these items in our children’s, teen and adult collections.  Here are a few examples:

Catch up on the  all the other films in the Marvel movie-verse including:

The Incredible Hulk (DVD SF INCREDIBLE/DVD-BLU SF INCREDIBLE)

Iron Man (DVD ACTION IRON)

Iron Man 2 (DVD ACTION IRON/DVD-BLU ACTION IRON)

Thor (DVD ACTION THOR/DVD-BLU ACTION THOR)

Captain America: The First Avenger (DVD ACTION CAPTAIN/DVD-BLU ACTION CAPTAIN).

Learn more about Stan Lee, Marvel and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers with these books:

Stan Lee: Comic Book Superhero by Martin Gitlin (YA B LEE)

Marvel Chronicle: A Year By Year History ed. by Catherine Saunders, et. al; foreword by Stan Lee (741.5973 MAR)

The Avengers: the Ultimate Guide to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes by Scott Beatty, Alan Cowsill, and Alastair Dougall (YA 741.5973 BEA)

Read graphic novels featuring Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk, Captain America, and the Avengers:

Avengers: The Origin by Joe Casey (GRAPHIC AVENGE)

Hulk: Red & Green by Jeph Loeb (YAGRAPHIC HULK)

Captain America: Allies & Enemies by Rob Williams, et. al. (YAGRAPHIC CAPTAIN)

Or learn how to make your own comics:

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud (741.5 MCC)

Making Comics by Scott McCloud (741.5 MCC)

Draw Comics Like a Pro by Al Bigley (741.5 BIG)

Comic Book Design by Gary Spencer Millidge (741.5 MIL)

The library also has video games available for checkout.  You can be your favorite Marvel character when playing:

Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (available for PS3, PSVita, and XBOX 360)

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (available for PS3 and XBOX 360).

Search the library’s online catalog for additional movies and books about the Avengers.  You can use your Fountaindale Public Library card to place holds on checked out materials.

As for me, I know I will definitely be reading up on my Marvel and most likely watching the Avengers again!

Randi C.

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