Now, on the first Saturday of every May, the comic-book industry does something pretty darned special: it gives away comics. Specifically, it puts on Free Comic-Book Day, a promotional event during which your local comic-book store will give you a free comic just for walking through the door.
Of course, it's not just any comic you receive - they're typically specially created for the day, meaning they're often particularly accessible, self-contained stories, as opposed to part seven of an epic crossover event.
This year, though, it looks as though one of Marvel's FCBD efforts - All-New, All-Different Avengers - could have a whole lot of bearing on the future of the Marvel comic-book universe - and its Cinematic sibling, too...
There Are a Couple of New Avengers You Might Not Have Expected to See...
Specifically, these guys...
Better known as Kamala Khan (a.k.a. Ms Marvel), Miles Morales (a.k.a. The Ultimate Universe Spider-Man) and Sam Alexander (a.k.a. Nova).
Which, in one sense, is pretty huge news for the comic-book Avengers, seeing as it seems to suggest that the three junior heroes are set to join the team.
In another, though, it could have a surprising amount of bearing on the MCU, since the three extremely popular characters are all currently in the running for an on-screen appearance - something which their promotion to the Avengers team in the comics may well prove decisive with.
How, Though, Could the Heroes Appear in the MCU?
Well, let's take a closer look at each of them...
Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel
A bona fide cultural sensation, Kamala Khan has taken the comic-book world by storm over the past year or two, with both her refreshingly realistic teenage approach and culturally representative identity proving that not only do women read - and love - comics, but that well written comics appeal to everyone.
A New Jersey teen (who just happens to be Muslim), Kamala gained her powers from the recent release into the Marvel Universe of a butt-load of Inhuman-generating Terrigen Mist - but identifies more closely with Captain Marvel than any other hero, hence the name.
So, in other words, her origin is already viable in the MCU, her beloved hero Captain Marvel may well need a movie sidekick, and she has a huge fan-base (that's arguably broader than any other hero).
Chances of her appearing in the MCU? 8/10. If it's not soon, it'll be in Phase 4 for sure...
Most likely movie? Captain Marvel (2018)
Miles Morales, a.k.a. Spider-Man
Originally a character within Marvel's spin-off Ultimate Universe, Miles looks likely - or, in fact, downright certain - to join the mainstream comic-book universe in the next few months, when the aftermath of the current Secret Wars crossover mashes the universe's together in something of a New 52-lite.
Which, since he's become one of the most popular Marvel heroes around since his introduction as Peter Parker's Ultimate replacement, isn't all that surprising - especially since he's lately been heavily rumored to replace Peter in the upcoming Spider-Man movie reboot, too.
Now, that rumor may prove a step too far for Miles - recent chatter has suggested that Marvel and Sony want to stay with Peter for the time being - but his inclusion in the Avengers certainly won't hurt his chances of making it the the movies...
Chances of him appearing in the MCU? 4/10. Though Phase 4 could be a better bet...
Most likely movie? The As-Yet-Untitled Spider-Man Reboot (2017)
And, of course, there's:
Sam Alexander, a.k.a. Nova
Now, Sam Alexander may not be the Nova many Marvel fans were hoping to see in the MCU - that honor'd go to his predecessor as the hero, Richard Rider, who many see Nathan Fillion as a shoe in for.
He is, though, both a popular teen reboot of a classic character, and one of Marvel's leading Cosmic superheroes of the moment - suggesting that Sam could find himself the more appealing version of the hero from a commercial standpoint.
Plus, as a fifteen year-old Latino kid from Arizona, he would - much like both Kamala and Miles - add an arguably much-needed dose of diversity to the MCU.
Chances of him appearing in the MCU? 7/10. Marvel sure does love the Cosmic Universe at the moment...
Most likely movie? Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (2017)
What do you think, though?