Marvel Comic Books Are Returning to Stores Later in May

The publisher of superheroes like the Avengers and Spider-Man will resume shipping some new titles on May 27.

It will still be several months before the superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe return to theaters in new adventures, but Marvel Entertainment, the publishing home of Iron Man, Captain America and the Hulk, is preparing to bring its characters back to comic books.

Though much of the comic-book publishing industry has been on pause for the spring as it reckons with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Marvel said that it would release some new comics to stores on May 27, and has set a release schedule for the following weeks through July 8.

In an approach similar to the one announced last month by DC, the publisher of Superman and Batman and its closest industry competitor, Marvel will release only a handful of new titles each week.

The new books planned for May 27 include the latest issues of Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man, as well as the first issue of the “Star Wars” spinoff series Doctor Aphra.

Titles planned for later weeks include new issues of Thor and Immortal Hulk, as well as some preliminary issues in Marvel’s companywide Empyre crossover series.

Diamond Comic Distributors, the industry’s main artery, has said that it plans to resume shipments of new comics and other merchandise later this month.

“Black Widow,” the next entry in the Marvel film franchise, was initially set to kick off the summer movie season on May 1. It is now planned for Nov. 6.

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