For Marvel Cinematic Universe followers and comic book cohorts

Written by Omair Alavi

Omair Alavi|Instep|March 1, 2020

Marvel Studios: Visual Dictionary will refresh your knowledge about the stories of some of the most interesting characters in Marvel history including Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor and many more.

It’s that time of the year when Marvel Studios is all set to bombard us with trailers, teasers followed by feature films and even TV shows, connected to Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Black Widow (starring Scarlet Johansson) is set to release in two months and multiple TV shows such as Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Loki (with the same set of actors who starred in the Avengers movies as protagonists) are coming.

Everything seems set in the world of Marvel. However, with Marvel Studios: Visual Dictionary, you can update and refresh your knowledge of films featuring various characters so when you go into the cinema next time or tune into one of the MCU-tied television shows, you know everything there is to know.

From the superheroes to the villains, their back stories and weapons they used to destroy each other is available to dwell upon thanks to this book.

The Marvel Studios: Visual Dictionary is not just a typical dictionary; it is a visual guide to everything Marvel. Not only does it serve as a reference book to most of the developed characters, it covers all the items you see in the films as well as the (fictional and non-fictional) locations used in the film. That’s why there is no Captain Marvel here. It doesn’t just celebrate the first ten years of the Marvel Studios, it tells about MCU’s unplanned creation. This book will make you want to watch the films again because there are a lot of things mentioned here that you may or may not have missed while watching the films for the first time.

If you want to know how Captain America was ‘created’ or what made Bucky Barnes turn to the dark side; who Thor depends on when it comes to fighting battles; why people term Iron Man as the most unexpected superhero; why is Agent Carter important; what’s Hawkeye’s back-story and how the Guardians of the Galaxy qualify as a superhero unit, look no further as this book has it covered.

Furthermore, learn all there is to know about Loki, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Falcon and Winter Soldier before they make it to a TV screen near you in 2020.

Every single detail in the MCU gets a mention here, no matter how insignificant it may seem. From the armors used by Iron Man to the shield carried by Captain America, the soaring towers of Thor’s home (Asgard), the Infinity Stones and the tech in Ant-Man’s suit, everything that has happened in the movies gets a reference in the form of pictures, accompanied by text that explains their importance to the superhero, or the super-villain.

Just imagine, there is a whole chapter on Project Rebirth through which an unfit Steve Rogers was transformed into a superhuman which led to the birth of Captain America; a full page is dedicated to Ho Yinsen, the man who helped Tony Stark create an Iron Man suit from available objects during captivity; Maria Hill gets mentioned despite being overshadowed by Nick Fury, and Hank Pym is discussed as a mentor to Scott Lang’s Ant-Man. Add Killmonger who tries to dethrone T’Challa, Doctor Strange’s right-hand man Wong, and Gamora and her sister Nebula and you have a reference book you can cherish for as long as Marvel stories exist.

Given that fans have spent at least a decade watching the films, starting from Iron Man in 2008 all the way to Avengers: Engame (2019), investing in multiple characters, this visual dictionary is ultimately a collector’s item.

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Omair Alavi

Omair Alavi is a highly regarded journalist, critic, and commentator, specializing in news, sports, showbiz, film, blogs, articles, drama, reviews, and PTV drama. With extensive experience and a keen eye for storytelling, he captivates audiences with his insightful analysis and compelling presentations. His expertise and contributions have made him a prominent figure in the media and entertainment industry.