10 manga to read if you love the MCU
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is a well-known media franchise with a shared universe focused on superheroes. Some of their most popular and top rated movies include Black Panther, Avengers: Endgame, and Iron Man. While these movies can cover different genres (from sci-fi and fantasy to period drama), they all contain superheroes and villains and the age-old struggle of good versus evil.
In these films, there are several tropes and themes that fans love: mythology, splashes of romance, the scavenger hunt, and even anti-heroes. Even in manga, there are plenty of stories with similar genres, themes, and tropes that MCU fans would love.
ten A young boy’s fate changes when he inherits his idol’s abilities (My Hero Academia)
My hero university is a science fiction comedy and action manga by author and artist Kouhei Horikoshi. Izuku Midoriya lives in a world where superheroes thrive and villains love to cause trouble. Izuku wants nothing more than to be a superhero and doesn’t believe that he will ever get the chance to enroll in the prestigious UA High School for Promising Heroes as he was born without superpowers.
However, his life changes when he meets his idol, the famous All Might, who transfers his powers to the young boy, forever changing his destiny.
9 A hero fights crime while waiting for the day to fight against a worthy opponent (One-Punch Man)
From the creators One and Yuusuke Murata, A punch is a sci-fi, action, and comedy manga packed with superheroes. The world Saitama lives in is dangerous: crimes escalate, and bad guys and thugs are taking over the world. For fun he decides to become a superhero as it means he can fight tough opponents and mutants.
After intense training, he’s so strong that he can knock someone out with just one punch. Due to his training, he finds the life of a superhero dull. He spends his days hitting baddies in the hopes of finding a worthy opponent.
8 Jin can do good deeds but he doesn’t know if he’s more of a monster or a hero (Zetman)
Zetman, from author and artist Masakazu Katsura, is a science-fiction, action-packed psychological manga. Jin lives in a very humble city where he does good deeds to earn money. But her life changes when her mentor dies fighting a monster. He suddenly and harshly understands what it’s like to lose someone.
Welcomed by a stripper, he tries to lead a normal life even though he’s anything but normal. Jin has superhuman powers – he even has a bunch of people after him, or what they call “Zet”. Jin soon begins to wonder if he’s really a hero or just another monster.
seven Shy returns home after helping to create world peace, but a hero’s life isn’t always positive (Shy)
Timid is a shonen, action, and dramatic manga by author and artist Bukimi Miki. In a world in the middle of the 21st century, this is not an era that portrays peace. In fact, it is a miracle that World War III did not break out. Thanks to superheroes around the world, they were able to help create a time of peace and prosperity.
Now that they have completed their mission, the superheroes have returned to their homelands to help resolve national issues. This manga follows the superhero known as Shy and his battles and struggles with villains, and his role as a superhero.
6 A hero kills criminals and it’s up to two partners to overcome their difficulties to find the killer (Tiger & Bunny)
From designers Erika Yoshida and Hiroshi Ueda, Tiger & Rabbit is a supernatural, action, and sci-fi manga. Luckily for the metropolis, Stern Bild, it is protected by people with superhuman abilities (known as NEXT). These people work like heroes, doing what they can to defend the innocent and bring peace to the metropolis.
Wild Tiger and his partner Bunny are two completely different heroes who are constantly competing against each other. But when villains with superpowers start killing, it’s up to the duo to overcome their differences and stop them.
5 Luffy is in search of a legendary treasure but encounters villains and obstacles along the way (One Piece)
A piece, from author and artist Eiichiro Oda, is a fantasy, action, adventure manga with superpowers and pirates (it contains many elements similar to guardians of the galaxy). In this world, there is a legendary treasure known as One Piece that many have searched for.
Monkey D. Luffy is an energetic but not so intelligent pirate whose goal is to cross the seas to find this treasure. Along the way, he makes a number of friends, battles baddies, and uses his abilities to hopefully make his dreams come true.
4 Gon and his team must work together to pass the Hunter Exam, but a deadly obstacle blocks their way (Hunter X Hunter)
Hunter x hunter is a fantasy, dramatic and action manga by author and artist Yoshihiro Togashi. In this dangerous world, hunters are people who roam the land, defeating monsters and hoping to find treasure. After his father disappears, Gon Freecss wants to become a hunter in the hope of finding his father.
With a motley group of people by his side, Gon and the others work together for their own reasons in an effort to obtain this hunter’s license. But when a psychopath stands in their way, they will have to do everything in their power to defeat it in order to achieve their dreams or die trying.
3 The Greatest General Fight of Thor and Earth to Determine the Fate of Mankind (Record Of Ragnarök)
From the creators Shinya Umemura and Chika Aji, Ragnarök record is a Norse mythology, action, and drama manga that fans of Thor (and even Mortal combat) will like. Once in a millennium, the gods come together to decide whether or not humanity should live or whether it should be destroyed.
When the verdict is destruction, the gods will fight against the human heroes in what is called the Battle of Ragnarök. Valkyrie Brunhilde asks the gods to give humanity one last chance at redemption through battle, and they agree. Thor, the god of thunder, has to face mankind’s most powerful general, Lü Bu, and it’s not as easy as the gods expect.
2 Shinji Ikari is an Evangelion pilot with a traumatic past and a deadly future (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Neon Genesis Evangelion, from author and artist Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, is a sci-fi manga shonen featuring mecha. In 2015, Earth is attacked by beings known as Angels and they are Earth’s toughest opponents.
After being summoned by his father, Shinji Ikari is tasked with piloting an Evangelion, a powerful weapon that is Earth’s only chance of winning against the Angels. In addition to protecting the Earth, he must overcome his past, his relationships with his father, his school and his comrades if he is to survive.
1 Goku and friends team up to save Earth from his brother and an even greater threat (Dragon Ball Z)
Dragon ball z is a science fiction and fantasy manga by author and artist Akira Toriyama. Son Goku is Earth’s greatest hero. Five years after defeating the demon Piccolo, he grew up, got married, and even has a family.
Everything seems peaceful until a ruthless man by the name of Raditz appears, declaring that he is Goku’s brother and that they are members of the Saiyan race (known for their explosive temper and love of combat). Goku must fight his brother to protect his family, but Raditz is not the only one who wants to conquer and destroy Earth. It’s up to Goku and his friends to protect humanity again.
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