Marvel Reading Orders
Welcome to the Marvel Universe. We will try to help you navigate the history of Marvel comics and provide you with several options on how to tackle the enormous number of comics. If you are interested in a certain event head over to the Event section and start reading. If you have a particular character you would like to read about head to the Character section and choose one of the many Character Reading Orders. If those options don’t seem complete enough for you and you want to read thousands of comics covering the breadth of the Marvel Universe head to the Marvel Master Reading Order and dig in.
Marvel wants you to read their comics. To help facilitate this they have tried to make easy jumping-on points. There are several good starting points to begin reading Marvel comics.
If you want the most complete look at the Marvel Universe there is really only one place to start, way back at the beginning. Honestly this isn’t recommended for everyone. If you choose this yes you will experience all the events and learn about all the characters but it comes at the cost of reading thousands and thousands of issues. If this is what you want to do we have you covered. Just head to the Marvel Master Reading Order and start reading.
An alternative to reading everything in the Master reading order would be to choose the characters you are interested in and reading their individual Character Reading Orders up to one of the other Starting Points and then continuing on from there.
If you are interested in starting at the beginning of the current age of Marvel events then this is a good place to start. The Avengers Disassembled event in 2004 was the beginning of the modern series of big crossover events. If you want to start here you can head to the Marvel Event Timeline and start reading events from Avengers Disassembled and continue on from there. If you want a more complete reading experience and want to read the issues that take place between the events as well then head to the Marvel Master Reading Order and start reading it at the Avengers Disassembled event.
Optionally New X-Men #114-156 takes place prior to the Avengers Disassembled event and provides a starting point for modern X-Men comics so you may want to read them before moving on to Avengers Disassembled.
Marvel NOW! was a huge relaunch in 2012 of the entire line of Marvel comics that was specifically designed to provide a jumping on point for new readers. If this is where you want to begin then head to the Marvel NOW! Reading Order and start reading.
Optionally you could first read Uncanny X-Force #1-35 (2010) which will help with your understanding of what is going on in Marvel NOW!. You may also want to read Avengers vs. X-Men which was the last major event before Marvel NOW! and will set up what is going on with the X-Men and Avengers in Marvel NOW!.
Along with the main Marvel Universe there are several alternate universes that can be read separately. These are mostly stand-alone and rarely crossover into the main Marvel universe.