Hello, hello and welcome to my countdown to Avengers: Endgame! I’m doing it in my own bookish way by picking a book I think matches up with every film from the franchise.
I’ve picked out themes or plots from each film and tried to find a book I feel is in line with those elements – hopefully if you love the films you might find a new book you love too!
Today is Phase 1, Tuesday will be Phase 2 and Phase 3 will be published on Friday to coincide with the release of Avengers: Endgame.
Iron Man – Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
This one is fairly straightforward – this book, like Iron Man, kicked off a cultural phenomenon. Both are the start point for their series and the rest would not exist if these hadn’t laid the groundwork first. It introduced us to several key players who have been main staples of the franchise ever since.
The Incredible Hulk – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Bruce Banner goes through periods of time as the Hulk where he completely blacks out and can’t remember the events that occurred, much like unreliable narrator Rachel. Like Rachel’s alcoholism, Bruce’s ‘other guy’ turns his relationships and self of sense toxic and affects everyone around him.
Iron Man 2 – The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
Iron Man 2 sees Tony going too far, throwing wild parties and ogling women inappropriately – not unlike Mr Jay ‘Great’ Gatsby. Friends helplessly watch from the sidelines as relationships are tested and it turns out not everyone is entirely honest about their motivations.
Thor – American Gods by Neil Gaiman
American Gods is a much darker take on a similar concept to Thor – ancient gods are on Earth, interacting with mortals and getting them caught up in their own familial battles. They both even have a focus on Norse mythology, with Odin and Loki featuring as characters in both.
Captain America: The First Avenger – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Besides the obvious of both being set in World War II, the main characters of Steve and Liesl are fish out of water who find a new family after losing theirs. They have strong moral compasses and guidance from a paternal figure, along with both developing sweet but ultimately tragic romances.
The Avengers – Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
A team of unlikely heroes and anti-heroes team up – all of them have different abilities and motivations but they’re all working towards one goal under a manipulative, mysterious leader. Both build a massive world – for the Avengers, an Earth that know about superheroes, and for Six of Crows an entire nation of different cultures and identities.
What do you think of my choices? What do you think my phase 2 and 3 picks will be? What would yours be? And are you excited for Endgame next week?
Let me know in the comments!