With five films full of details all leading up to The Avengers, what we really need is an infograph to keep it all straight. And now, thanks to the Art of The Avengers book, we have one.
Combining details from Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger, as well as the comic book prequel to The Avengers, the authors have compiled this impressive timeline of all the interconnected events that lead up to The Avengers. And for your convenience, it’s separated into B.I.M. and A.I.M., slicing eras to “Before Tony Star Declares ‘I Am Iron Man,'” and “After Tony Stark Declares ‘I Am Iron Man.'”
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