Let’s get this out of the way: Marvel’s “Fresh Start” era has had an infinity stone problem. The iconic gems, most famously popularized in Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim’s Infinity Gauntlet, have simply been overexposed in the past 3 to 4 years of comic book storytelling, greatly diminishing their impact, and the excitement I feel for stories centered on their immense power.
Suffice to say, had minimal interest when Marvel announced “Infinite Destinies,” a summer 2021 crossover spanning a handful of Marvel Annuals… until it was clear that this crossover will run through Jed MacKay’s ongoing Black Cat, one of my favorite Marvel Comics of the past couple years! The Black Cat team of Jed Mackay and Travel Foreman will also tackle the Avengers Annual in the saga, which is exciting. Mix in an Al Ewing written Guardians of the Galaxy annual, and suddenly my tolerance for “Infinite Destinies” is expanding.
Previously: Heroes Reborn
Below you’ll find a complete guide and checklist for the Infinite Destinies event, updated as stories as released!
Road to Infinite Destinies
The infinity gems, gauntlet, and cosmic concept comes from the mind of all-time great Marvel creator Jim Starlin. If you’re not super familiar with the history of the gems in Marvel Comics, or their connection to Thanos, this is the guide for you.
Marvel’s Black Cat is one of the surprise standout titles of the “Fresh Start” era, in large part due to the creative presence of Jed MacKay and Travel Foreman. MacKay will be a main architect of “Infinite Destinies,” so familiarity with these very good comics will certainly help!
Collected Infinite Destinies Comics
Collects: Iron Man Annual (2021) 1, Captain America Annual (2021) 1, Thor Annual (2021) 1, Black Cat Annual (2021) 1, Avengers Annual (2021) 1, Miles Morales: Spider-Man Annual (2021) 1, Guardians of the Galaxy Annual (2021) 1, Amazing Spider-Man Annual (2018) 2
Infinite Destines Comics Checklist
Amazing Spider-Man Annual (2021) #2
Thor Annual (2021) #1
Black Cat #8
Miles Morales: Spider-Man Annual (2021) #1
Guardians of the Galaxy Annual (2021) #1
Avengers Annual (2021) #1
Black Cat #9