Marvel’s latest big-budget movie, Black Widow, is indefinitely postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic. It might be a long time before fans get a fresh hit of MCU goodness at the theaters, so what better time to get into the source material? Marvel appears to agree, because it’s made select runs of its comics free to read digitally.
You remember comic books, those things that used to be printed on dead trees and now only form a sort of tiny detritus core of the shabby pearl that is American pop culture? To refresh your memory Marvel is opening up its paid Marvel Unlimited service, which features unfettered access to the vast universe of Marvel’s backlog, to free users.
Those who access for free don’t get all of that gigantic library, but what’s free is a smattering of some of the most popular stories from recent decades, as well as timeless classics like the original Dark Phoenix Saga and the Kree-Skrull War. By my count there are over 120 individual issues, including many start-to-finish storylines, available.
You don’t even need an account to read them, just hop on the site and jump in. Alternately, you can install the dedicated app on iOS and Android (they’re really good, with excellent panel-by-panel formatting!) or access them through Comixology. The free collection will be available until May 4th.