Today, at least, comic book fans tend to deride 'event' stories. They spill over and disrupt other comics, are frankly overused and, for the most part, lack the kind of weight necessary to make them effective. There was a time, however, where the event genre was never really a thing, and when they did start, it was all thanks to a little book called Secret Wars.
Written in 1984 by Jim Shooter, the cosmic comic brought together all of Marvel's most prominent heroes and villains under one roof at the behest of the Beyonder, an omnipotent being who wished to settle a dispute in regards to the forces of good and evil. It wasn't the best series, but it was the first time all of Marvel's heroes collided in such a way. The series was also famous for birthing Spider-Man's notorious black suit, and with Venom again set to light up the big screen this October, could there be a chance that Marvel Studios look to get in on the act as well?
If so, Secret Wars presents a fine way of knocking two birds with one stone. It brings together a crazy assortment of heroes and villains, provides the 'event' feel of Infinity War without the stress factor (for the most part), and sets the status-quo for future Spidey films presumably in the pipeline.
Fans of the nineties Spidey show will already be familiar with the story, but in looking to provide the scale of Infinity War in a more universally accepted way, Secret Wars could make for a truly compelling piece of superhero cinema.