Basic order of reading Marvel comics

The marvel universe has thousands of comics and it is not easy for a new reader to decide which issues to start with and in what order to read the issues.

Not necessarily starting with the very first issues, we offer 4 different starting points from which you can plunge into the universe of marvel comics.

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Starting point:
The very beginning — for the most daring and curious
Avengers Disassembled
Marvel NOW!
All-New All-Different Marvel
Let’s take them in order:

The very beginning

If you are very serious and want to fully experience the entire marvel universe, you should start with the very first issues. But, to be honest, this method is not suitable for everyone. You can survive all the events and learn all about the characters, but for this you will need to master thousands and thousands of issues. If you are not too lazy to read them all, the list begins just below on this page and consists of 10 parts. Enjoy reading!

Avengers Disassembled (Breakup Of The Avengers)

If you’re more interested in the modern marvel era, then this is a good starting point. Since the Avengers Disassembled event in 2004, many major crossover events have started. To start reading from here, go to the Chronology of events in the Marvel universe and start reading issues by events in the order listed in the Chronology, starting with Avengers Disassembled.

If you don’t want to limit yourself to events and want to read issues that were released in between events, then head to the seventh part of the main reading order and start reading issues of the Avengers Disassembled event.

Issues of New X-Men #114-156 directly precede the Collapse of the Avengers, and also serve as a good introduction to modern comics about the X-Men, so we recommend that you start reading from them.

Marvel NOW!

Marvel NOW! was a relaunch of the entire line of comics in 2012 with the goal of creating a new reference point for new readers. To start reading from here, go to the reading Order: Marvel NOW!.

At your discretion, you can start reading with Uncanny X-Force #1-35 (2010), which will help you better understand what is happening in Marvel NOW!. You can also read the releases of the Avengers vs. X-Men event, the last major significant event to precede Marvel NOW!.

All-New All-Different Marvel

The most recent point of reference originates after the event Secret Wars (2015). All series have been relaunched, allowing new readers to start reading from here.

It is highly recommended that you first read the issues of Jonathan Hickman’s Marvel Reading Order and then Secret Wars (2015) to have a much better idea of what is happening in All-New All-Different Marvel.


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Order of marvel comics from the very first issue
Welcome to the Marvel Universe. Here you will find that sequence of Marvel comics that is considered important or just enjoyable to read. Starting with 2004 and the “Dissolution of the Avengers” (Avengers Disassembled), this order is the most comprehensive and includes all the main series. Starting with Marvel NOW! this sequence includes the entire integrity of the marvel comics.

Golden Age and Silver age comics can be difficult to read, while plots are based on a startling amount of randomness, and the characters ‘ characters change from issue to issue. Those who do not like the earliest releases, it is recommended to jump a little ahead, say, in the 70s.

The first appearances of the characters indicated in the earliest issues do not necessarily mean their earliest chronologically appearance.

Also on our website: Timeline of events in the Marvel universe


Nine thousand one hundred ninety five
Excluding events

First part | Second part | Third part | Fourth part | Fifth part | Sixth part | Seventh part | Eighth part | Ninth part | Tenth part
Part one
Issues: from Thor: Son of Asgard #1 to Astonishing Tales #13

Years: 1961-1972

Events: No events.

First appearances: abomination (Emil Blonsky), aim, Alex summers (Havok), angel, annihilus, asgardians, Banshee, beast, Betty Ross, Black thunder, black Panther, captain marvel, Carol Danvers, Cyclops, Doctor doom, Doctor Octopus (Octavius), Doctor strange, Dormammu, His Living planet, Electro, Charmer, Eternity, Falcon, Fantastic Four, flash Thompson, Galactus, General Ross, green Goblin, Gwen Stacy, blue evolution, Harry Osborne, Hulk, ice Man (Iceberg), inhumans, iron man, Jay Jonah Jameson, Jane foster, gene gray, kingpin (Wilson Fisk), Kraven (Kraven) Hunter, Kree, Leader, Live Laser, Live Tribunal, Lizard, Loki, Magneto, Goblin, Mary Jane Watson, Morbius, Mysterio, Professor X, Rhino, Rick Jones, Sh. I. T., Sandman, Shocker, SIF, Silver Surf, Sinister Six, Skrulls, Super-Skrull, Surtur, Thor, Watu Observer, Ultron, Vision, Vulture, Yellow Hornet

The first part of the order of reading Marvel comics contains the very first manifestations of significant characters of any Marvel era. You will learn how the important superheroes of the Marvel universe got their superpowers and witness how the Foundation of the next decades of the world of comics was laid. And you will also witness how the x-Men, Fantastic four and the Avengers appeared. As with most Silver Age comics, there are frequent guest characters, but few actual crossovers.

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Part two
Releases: Luke Cage, Hero for Hire #1 to Rom #24

Years: 1972-1981

Events: Avengers/Defenders War

First appearances: alpha Flight squad, arcade, Arnim Zola, black cat (Felicia hardy), Cassie lang, colossus, spark (Alison Blair), electra, Emma frost, Gamora, Ghost rider, heroes for hire, duck Howard, magic (Ilyana Rasputina), Mediator, Iron Fist, Iron Patriot (James Rhodes), kitty pride, Korvak, Strongman (Luke cage), Man-machine, Mariko Yashida, night serpent (Kurt Wagner), Nova, Punisher, Piro (John allerdis), Rachel summers, rogue (rascal, Anna Maria), Sabretooth, Scarlet Spider, Scott Lang (Ant-Man), storm, Taskmaster, Wolverine

The second part of the order of reading marvel comics includes secondary first appearances of the most significant characters. We’ll get to know some extremely popular characters, especially among the X-Men, and also see the first crossover where the Avengers fight against the Defenders. This part also contains some of the most popular story lines involving the X-Men: the Phoenix Saga, the dark Phoenix Saga, and Days of the past Future.

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Part three
Issues: from Moon Knight #1 to Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21

Years: 1980-1987

Events: Secret Wars II, Mutant Massacre

First appearances: Apocalypse, Beta ray bill, Otherworldly, Blacksmith, Hobgoblin, Madeline Pryor, Nebula, New mutants, Psylocke, Symbiote, X Factor, Yukio

Many crossovers originate here. Contest of Champions — the first limited marvel and serves as a prototype for further crossovers. The original Secret Wars reach , and their less successful sequel will begin publishing a year later. The x-Men line is expanding with the X-Factor and the New Mutants series. Also in this era there is a famous villain Apocalypse, and we are watching the emergence of a symbiote, which will become Venom.

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Part four
Releases: from Avengers #267 to Mys-Tech Wars #4

Years: 1986-1993

Events: Kraven’s Last hunt, mutant Fall, Evolutionary war, Inferno, Atlantis Attacks, act of Revenge, Days of the present future, agenda X-Tinction, Muir island Saga, infinity Gauntlet, Operation galactic Storm, Infinity War, dead man’s Hand, Rise of the midnight sons, Executioner’s Song

First appearance: Bishop, carnage, Deadpool, Domino, Eddie Brock, Gambit, Genosha, the Great Lakes Avengers, jubilee, squirrel Girl, venom, warrior, Force X (X-Force)

Crossovers are gaining momentum. The Infinity Gauntlet event, one of the world’s greatest comics, is taking place. For the first time, readers are presented with venom, Gambit and a group of mutants X-Force, which will become incredibly popular.

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Part five
Issues: from Doctor Strange: Sorcerer Supreme #48 to X-Men Unlimited #24

Years: 1992-1999

Events: “For love, not for money”, Maximum Carnage, Endless crusade, Fatal attraction, Blood ties, marvel 2099, midnight Massacre, Road to revenge — Lost connection, Siege of evil, child’s Play, Over and over again, Covenant of Phalanx, Countdown, age of Apocalypse, second Clone Saga, Over the edge, invasion Saga, Operation zero tolerance, Heroes Rebirth, spider — Man: personality Crisis, MC2, Eight days, Hunt for Xavier, magneto’s war

First appearance: Pete wisdom attacks, a Secret Protector, thunderbolts

This is the nineties, the Dark age of comics.

Here we will witness the key event of the X-Men Age of Apocalypse, as well as The Second spider-Man Clone Saga. The first of the alternate marvel universes appeared during this period, it is about Marvel 2099 and the MC2 universe. Towards the end of this part of the order, it can be seen that most of the most famous and long-running Marvel series have been relaunched, the very first issues after the relaunch from #1 serve as a reference point for new readers.

During this period, the comics industry is experiencing a deep crisis.

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Part six
Issues: from Webspinners: Tales of Spider-Man #1 to Spectacular Spider-Man Vol. 2 #14

Years: 1999-2004

Event: Apocalypse: The Twelve, Maximum Security, Eve Of Destruction, The Earth X

First appearances: Cassandra Nova, Dup, Ixiles, Fantomex, Jessica Jones, Quentin Quire, Sentinel, X-Static

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