peter: hell no! i need it more! i need comfort food!
tony: you need comfort food? Hah right, i just found out my parents were assassinated and staged as a car accident by one of my teammates, i need it more!
peter: i just found out my father put a tumor in my mom’s brain and murdered her, and i had to kill my father basically the day i met him because he tried to kill everyone in the universe including me, and my adoptive dad sacrificed himself to save me and died in my arms
tony: okay man you win. you win the last slice of pizza. i’ll go schedual a therapy appointment with banner for you
Notice that Tony doesn’t say “Give me back my partner” or “give me back my friend.” He says “Give me back my Rhodey” Which implies the special (and frankly, irreplaceable) space Rhodey occupies within Tony’s life. Tony was specific in his wording (Give me back my “Rhodey” and affectionate nickname, as opposed to “James” or “Rhodes”, a nickname which Tony uses in place of his actual name “James”)
Looking at Tony throughout the MCU, he’s dealt with betrayal, guilt, PTSD, and an overall anger that consumed most of his actions in the final act of CACW. With the destruction of the Avengers morale, the fact that Tony and Pepper are “on a break”, the guilt he feels for causing Ultron, and the endangerment of millions of people, the only thing Tony has left after the events of CACW is his “Rhodey”.
And seeing Giant man take hold of Rhodey during the airport fight was far more than just dramatic action, it was Tony Stark, for the briefest of seconds, seeing the only good thing left in his world being snatched from him. Which makes Rhodey’s fall even more impactful. It’s more than apparent that James Rhodes is the center of Tony’s entire world right now.
At the end of the film, after Rhodes’ fall, during the trial run of Rhodey’s new mechanical legs, you could clearly see Tony doting on Rhodes, Offering to help him be as comfortable as possible, willing to add any modifications Rhodey asked for (including a cup holder if Rhodey had asked for one).It wouldn’t surprise me if Tony insisted Rhodey stay with him in the mansion so he could keep an eye on his “Rhodey”
Of course, this affection (whether platonic or otherwise) is also shared by Rhodey (from searching through the entire desert to find Tony to making sure he was sleeping enough in IM3). What I find interesting about this role reversal is that Tony tends to overcompensate (again, going back to the scene where Tony was willing to make any modification Rhodes asked for) but Rhodey never blames Tony (or anyone for that matter) about his current situation, he jokes with Tony (Tony Stank) in an attempt to lighten an otherwise negative situation. Rhodey is upset/disappointed/sad about his current situation (“This is a bad beat”) but he never, ever, blames Tony. Which is something Tony would probably expect given his transgressions listed earlier. Think about that, Rhodey provided Tony with a brief reprieve from the guilt that had been building since Iron Man 1, and who else in the entirety of the MCU franchise has done that?
Not Steve Rogers, or Bruce Banner, or even Thor with his ideals of second chances (he did give Loki multiple chances to redeem himself, right?)
Throughout the MCU Rhodey is the one thing that hasn’t blown up in Tony’s face. He’s the one thing that Tony can still trust not to betray him, or keep secrets. Rhodey is the one person who doesn’t make Tony feel guilty about his past mistakes (and that’s quite a feat when your mistakes are easily the size of the entire planet.) Rhodey is so much more to Tony than just a “side kick.”
When Tony says “Give me back my Rhodey” what he means is “Give me back my world.”
It was the twentieth fucking time you tried to call your father, Anthony Stark, and you fell, once again, on his stupid voice saying that he was “too busy to answer” and that he’d “call back” but “probably not”. Damn that man.
In your entire life on this Earth, you were pretty sure he never picked you up on time somewhere. Never, ever. He was just always late, so much that you came up with a trick of actually telling the wrong times for him to be on time. If something was at 6pm, you’d tell him it was at 4. But even with that trick, he still often managed to be fucking late. Which is why most of the time, your stepmother came to get you. But Pepper, wasn’t available today.
You smiled, thinking about your “stepmother”. You were so glad she was in your life, being pretty sure that if your dad never had the help, he probably would have lost custody of you before you reach the age of 1…You considered Pepper your real mother. You never met your biological mom as she just dumped you in front of your dad’s house, with a note. One paternity test later, and it was confirmed you were his…You were the first step to his transformation, the first to help him become the man he was today. Better.
So you grew up with Pepper around. She filled in brilliantly the mother role, even before she actually started dating your father (you remember the day you finally convinced him to just tell her his feelings, and smiled).
I wish that Rick became a mentor-like figure for teen superheroes, especially for the Young Avengers and Avengers Academy kids. I know that he’d probably be as useful as paperweight given that he doesn’t have any superpowers, and that idea would probably be ripping off Young Justice (i.e. Snapper Carr), but it could work!
Just imagine him telling them stories about his adventures with the Hulk and ROM, and the whole Kree-Skrull War. Or teaching combat acrobatics like Captain America did when he was around their age and everything related to the superhero community - history, powers, strengths, weaknesses, rogue gallery, trivia facts not found on the Wikipedia page. Or form a support group for teen heroes who are orphaned, neglected, or abused, kinda like what he did briefly with
The Loners in The Runaways before Marvel dropped the series.
tl;dr “So much wasted potential” should be Marvel’s new slogan.
Warnings: Explicit Language, Unprotected Sex, Use of Alcohol, Strong Sexual Reference and Suggestive Themes.
Word Count: 5.3k+
A/N: I am completely enamored with this song and I had to sink my teeth into the prompt idea so enjoy lovelies! x. T
SoHo, New York City | 9:57 PM
. . .
The soft golden glow from the lights overhead illuminated the area in a warm, alluring haze that cast everyone in shadows in just the right places. The gloss of the oak bar top shimmered in that light, making the perspiration that touched the wood from your sweating glass glisten brilliantly and you were entranced in watching a drop form. Lost in thought and staring at the cocktail in your fingers, you were unaware of the three men that entered the bar.
Request: hello! I was wondering if you
could write a reader x avengers where the reader died during a mission. Fury
give Tony a USB key and told him to watch the video with the rest of the
avengers. on the video the reader is talking about how much she loved them and
tells each avenger little facts that she loved about them and she thanks them for
being her family. I don’t know if that make sense.. sorry I’m french :) thank
you if you write my request. bye, I love you xx
It had been a month.
You had gone on a mission alone. They didn’t have a specific
time for you to come back, and you were undercover, so the avengers didn’t bat
an eyelid when you didn’t call in and didn’t come back in over a month. But
then they heard the news.
"We're a practically a family now. Deal with it." with the avengers (can steve please say it). Thanks😊
If there was one thing you sometimes found annoying about the avengers it was the fact that you seemed to always have everyone come to you to sort out disputes. You don’t know why, but you just want some proper sleep for once rather than to be woken up at a ridiculous hour by Clint complaining about something Tony did and Sam complaining about something Natasha did.
“Steve can you please sort this lot out for me…I can’t handle anymore stupid disputes.” You gestured over to the group who were bickering in the living area, before looking over at Steve.
“But you’re practically the mum!”
“What? The mum?”
“I’m the dad of the group and you’re the mum. We’re a practically a family now. Deal with it.“ You couldn’t help but smile at that because it was very much the truth. The avengers were a big, dysfunctional family and it was nice to be apart of that
Request from Anonymous: i love your peter story oh my gosh!!!!!! can you do one where he invites you to stark tower and you meet all the avengers?
A/N: Sorry this took so long anon. Hope you like it :)
“Peter I can’t do this.” You stated as you walked side by side with Peter along the street to Stark Tower.
“Yes you can.” Peter said and he took your hand.
Earlier that day Peter had invited you along with him to go with him to Stark Tower. You were going to meet all of the Avengers - and you were nervous as hell.
“But they’re all practically Gods!” You argued, “And I’m normal! I’m just me…”
Peter stopped and sighed and turned to face you. He was smiling warmly at you.
“Y/N, you’re you and that’s perfect. I wouldn’t want you any other way.”
You smiled nervously and looked down at your feet. Peter kissed you on the cheek and you squeezed his hand a little tighter.
“Ready?” Peter asked.
You nodded more confidently now.
Peter seemed to know the way and soon you were inside after Peter talking on the intercom to someone called Jarvis. Peter lead the way to the elevator still holding your hand as he could still sense your unsteadiness.
“Jarvis is actually an AI.” Peter explained as the elevator started moving upwards.
“Of course he is we’re in Stark Tower.” You mumbled grinning through your anxiety.
“Are you sure you’re okay with this?” Peter asked.
You wanted to say no because you knew how awkward you were and how you were probably going to mess this up.
“I’m okay.” You said. “I just… don’t want to mess this up for you.”
“Y/N you really won’t. They’ll like you I promise.” Peter took your other hand so you were facing each other.
You leant up and kissed him, pressing your body fully into Peter’s. Peter kissed you back passionately and you both didn’t see the elevator doors open with Tony Stark on the other side of them.
“Parker.” Tony said nonchalantly.
You both broke the kiss and moved away from each other in surprise.
“Mr Stark.” Peter said as you blushed a deep red.
“And this must be…?” Tony asked as he moved forward to shake your hand. He was smirking at Peter.
“Y/N Y/L/N.” You said and shook Tony’s hand. Peter had told you so much about him.
“Nice to meet you, Y/N.” Tony said politely and you nodded back.
“The rest of the team’s this way.” Tony said and you and Peter followed him down the corridor.
Stark Tower was impressive, you had to admit to yourself that.
Tony led you into a bigger room that was designed brilliantly. It had glass down one side so you could see most of the New York skyline. It had a bar to the left and small staircases up to the balcony area.
You saw a group of people sitting on the group of sofas - the Avengers. The fact that you knew that Peter was fighting along side these guys just made you very proud of him.
“Everyone meet Y/N.” Tony said as he introduced you to everyone.
“Hey.” You said.
Peter named everyone as you followed him to go and sit down on an empty bit on the sofa. It was next to someone he said was called Wanda.
“Peter you did well.” The red haired woman, Natasha, said.
Peter chuckled lightly at her comment.
“Did you get bitten by a radioactive spider as well?” The one called Sam joked.
“No I didn’t.” You replied grinning.
“How did you two meet?” Wanda asked.
“Science project.” Peter said. This actually was only half true. You had first met over a science project but hadn’t starting fully noticing each other until Peter (as Spider-Man) fell onto your home balcony, injured and you had to let him in. That was when your first began being friends.
“Yes, but the first time we really spoke as friends was when Peter was in the middle of a fight but was injured. I helped him.”
“Parker in distress.” Tony joked.
“Basically.” You laughed. Your nervousness was slowly starting to drift away from you.
You, Peter and the team chatted about random things and you asked a few questions about their lives and what it was like to be an Avenger. You got some fairly honest answers and they all seemed passionate about doing the right thing.
About half way through a conversation about whether or not capitalism or communism is better (I told you that you spoke about random stuff), a woman came into the room and showed Natasha an electronic tablet that she was holding. She was introduced as Maria Hill.
“Looks like we’re needed.” Natasha said to the rest of the team.
“Suit up then.” Steve said also addressing everyone.
“Y/N you are welcome to wait here. We shouldn’t be long.” Tony said.
“It was nice meeting you, come by with Peter anytime.” That was Wanda.
You smiled at them all politely as they left to go and do what they needed to do to get ready. You turned to Peter.
“See that wasn’t that bad.” Peter said.
“No it wasn’t.” You said and lightly pecked him on the lips, “Now go and be an Avenger.”
I'm trying to get into your run of Young Avengers but the fact most if not all the protagonists look like reworks of older Marvel heroes is keeping me from being invested. It's obviously more my personal taste than a Marvel problem but it made me curious as to why doesn't Marvel come up with more original heroes that have nothing to do with the Avengers?
You’re missing the unique history of the Young Avengers. What you describe - young heroes with no connection to any given pre-exiting hero - is what Marvel has historically tended to do. From a similar period you’ve got people like the (wonderful) Runaways, for example.
Heroes with a connection to a pre-existing hero (i.e. Legacy Heroes) is very much more of a DC thing. When Heinberg and Cheung came up with Young Avengers, doing a take on legacy heroes in the Marvel Universe was very much its core idea.
(Which they then spun out in unexpected ways, suffice to say.)
Anyway - what I’m saying is that YA’s primary theme was legacy, so that’s what’s tripping you up. An interrogation of Legacy as a concept still sits in the heart of the book in our run.
Speaking more generally, after YA more legacy heroes popped up in the MU and continued to blossom through the shared universe. There’s lots of reasons for it, but at least part of it is “In shared universes, people are more likely to invest in something connected to something they already love.” (i.e. they sell better.)
Of course, the smartest non-legacy legacy-book was always X-men, who built into its conceptual engineering i) a way to introduce new unique characters and ii) have them already by their shared origin wove into the fabric of the book.