This was really, really hard and I cheated at a lot and the number of fic I still had to leave out is heartbreaking. Basically you get two top sevens (in no particular order), one for WIP and one for completed. I tried to limit myself to one per author (sort of successfully if you only look at one category at a time and ignore honorable mentions).
This is kind of long so the recs are under the cut:
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I'm crying overwhelmed tears at the Agent Carter finale
1) Dottie is still alive.
2) Howard canonically loves Steve. This is the second time his feelings for Steve have been directly compared to Peggy’s. “I know you loved him. I loved him, too.”
3) Peggy talking Howard down in a clear parallel to how she tried to save Steve, only this time she succeeds.
4) Peggy turning down a date with Sousa to meet up with Angie and ANGIE MOVING IN WITH PEGGY JUST LIKE IN THAT FIC I READ LAST WEEK.
5) Peggy returning the last piece she has of Steve, the last vial of his blood, to Brooklyn, saying goodbye as she pours him into the river from the Brooklyn bridge.
What I love about Cap. America 3: Civil War (spoilers)
note: I’ve watched some Marvel movies, but I can’t say myself is a devoted fan and know many things about the Marvel universe. So this is just my thought as a viewer of this story.
Fear and Control
I love how, in the end, Black Panther was the only ‘hero’ who kept his mind clear and fulfilled his version of 'justice’.
I love how Scarlet Witch was the one who said the main theme of this story out. In the beginning, she was still learning how to use her power. And she was viewed as someone who should be protected or controlled by others (in good intentions or not). In the end, however, she was the one who saw her fear, and decided to face it and control it herself, while Tony and Steve suffered their downfall caused by their fear and control issue.
“I can’t control their fear. I can only control my own. But did the two leaders of their team manage to control their own? I don’t think so. Tony believed their power should be controlled for a bigger picture, but in the end, he was triggered by his parents’ death and put his hatred (and regret, and fear of losing another family again) before the bigger picture. Steve stated that he had faith in people, and one should take the whole responsibility for their acts, but he was the one who hide the information of Stark’s death in the name of 'protection.’ They both feared something (in these cases, the breaking up of the team) and found some way to control it. Ironically, these were exactly what caused their failures. The last battle scene between Tony and Steve was painful to watch, but it’s also a very nice portray and I love it.
I think Scarlet Witch got a promising character arc. I’d definitely like to see more about her development. What I love about her: She didn’t use the easiest way to justify her unintentional mistake. She thought about the whole thing. When Steve tried to take over the weight from her, she stated that they both were responsible. Later, when those men tried to ‘protect’ her and the others, she made her own decision, and she used her power again despite her fear of losing control.
Tony thought he was protecting Wanda, but actually, he was unintentionally patronizing. And he did it to deal with his fear, not necessarily about others’ fear toward Wanda. In the end, he sort of tasted his own medicine, when he found out Steve knew about the ‘truth’ of his parents’ death but decided not to say it to ‘protect’ him, but actually, he was patronized.
I love how in Agent Carter, Peggy gained courage from her memory of Steve, and now, Steve was inspired by her.
“There is not a man or woman, no matter how fit he or she may be, who is capable of carrying the entire world on their shoulders.” “Steve was.” (Agent Carter, Bridge and Tunnel)
“Compromise when you can. But when you can’t, don’t.” (Cap. America, Civil War)
I love how in the end it was a grey world with no heroes. Black Panther was the only one who could make that promise because others more or less all broke their own words due to their inner fear.
If I allow people to get close to me, I'm putting them in danger.
So your solution is to remove yourself from the world you wish to protect? Where's the sense in that? There is not a man or woman, no matter how fit he or she may be, who is capable of carrying the entire world on their shoulders.
From what Mr. Stark has told me, Captain Rogers relied heavily on..you. For courage, strategy, and moral guidance. You were his support.
Your desire to help others is noble. But I doubt you'll find much success unless you allow others to help you.