I spend way too much time trying to figure out the kind of PTSD that some of the Young Avengers have. I keep trying to figure out what kinds of triggers they might have and what their reactions to such reminders might be. Does Kate get uncomfortable in Central Park? Does Teddy have to turn his mother’s picture face-down every night because it reminds him of Mother more than the woman who raised him? Does Eli avoid the US flag whenever possible because it reminds him of his superhero days? Does Loki react violently to the sight and sound of magpies? Does Cassie have a panic attack whenever she hears about Doctor Doom now that she’s no longer dead?
But mostly I think about Noh-Varr and Tommy, because of their histories as unwilling experimental subjects, as long-term subjects of torture. With Tommy, at least, there’s a bunch of fanfic exploring the mental ramifications of his time in juvie, but there’s so little on Noh-Varr that most of the time, all I can really do is try to figure it out on my own.
Because if you seriously think there wasn’t any long-lasting damage from his time in the ‘tender care’ of Midas Corp and the Cube…
Well, you’re wrong, or at least very, very likely to be.