Bucky was so in awe of the flying car at the Stark Expo like, the boy was such a science nerd, i bet when he met Howard during the war he probably turned into an excited schoolboy asking questions at a mile a minute whilst Steve just sorta gives Howard an apologetic smile but does nothing to stop Bucky’s curiosity
Honestly my favorite part of this AU is how much of a goober Howard is.
“Kill me,” Howard begged.
Maria pursed her lips instead of pointing and laughing at
him. “Don’t say that in front of Tony, Howard.”
He frowned at her, confused, and blew his nose. “Tony
shouldn’t come in here. I’m sick. I don’t want him to get this.”
“Well he’s going to come in here,” Maria retorted, finishing
with her makeup. “I know you said no makeup until he’s thirteen, but can I give
him a little blue eye shadow? It’s a special occasion. Just a teensy bit!”
Howard stared up at the ceiling. “…I… suppose. But just this
once. And only because it’s a special
“Goody!” she exclaimed, clapping her hands, and began
picking through her different eye shadows.
Howard frowned at her, unimpressed. “Just a little.”
“Of course,” Maria agreed distractedly. “He’s too young to
look like a harlot.”
“He shouldn’t ever
look like a harlot,” Howard insisted, then began to cough. He leaned into his
wife when she came to sit beside him and rubbed his back. “The famous Howard
Stark, brought down by a cold. The Howling Commandoes would laugh themselves to
Maria rolled her eyes fondly. “I guess it’s good that they’re
not here then.”
Howard heard a yelp and then something thumping into the
bedroom door. He stared up at the ceiling, frowning. “Why does he have to take
after me this way?”
“It’s not my fault you two are too impatient to watch where
you’re going,” Maria rejoined, standing up to open the door. “Are you okay,
“Yeah, it was just my face!” Tony replied happily.
Howard couldn’t help but continue to stare at the ceiling, despairing.
Just his face. He had the most beautiful little boy, but whatever. It was just
Tony scampered further into the room. “How do I look?” he
asked excitedly, holding the skirt of his blue gown out and turning in a
Blue normally wasn’t his color. Jan was a miracle worker. “You
look beautiful, Tony,” Howard told him sincerely. “I’m sorry I can’t go
tonight. Everyone is going to be so jealous of you.”
Tony giggled quietly and covered his cheeks, coming to a
stop in front of Maria’s floor-length mirror to look at himself. “Thanks,
“Maria,” Howard whispered, motioning her over. When she
obediently bent down, he hissed, “Don’t let anyone get ideas about our boy. No
Maria choked on a snort. “He’s ten.”
“No marriages,” he repeated sternly.
“Alright, honey,” she sighed, rolling her eyes.
There was a knock on the door. Jarvis poked his head inside.
“Mrs. Stark, if you don’t hurry you’re going to be late.”
“What?!” Maria looked at the clock and yelped. “Come on,
Tony!” she exclaimed, grabbing her shoes and hurrying out of the room.
Tony squawked and ran after her. “Bye Dad I hope you feel
“Thank you, Tony,” Howard told the empty room. He took a
moment to feel smug.
Maria came running back in to snatch up the eye shadow and a
brush. “I didn’t forget,” she told him, grinning, and left the room again as
quickly as she came.
“I’m sorry, sir,” Jarvis said, sighing.
“It’s alright, Jarvis,” he replied grumpily. “You did try.”
Having a cold was miserable. Howard couldn’t even sleep
well. He worried that Maria would conveniently ‘forget’ that he’d said only a
little eye shadow, or that some older child would make fun of him, or worse, like him a little too much. Someone
could even insult Jan’s handiwork, and then Tony would get himself into a
Tony was so small. He wasn’t very good at fighting.
“Should I enroll Tony in a self-defense class?” he asked Ana
when she brought him soup. He did not think about the very, very rare meat he
was missing at the Meeting, because that had been the cause for the only time
he threw up earlier in the day.
Ana blinked at him. “Quite honestly I’m surprised that you
hadn’t put him in a self-defense class already, sir.”
“I will enroll him in a self-defense class. He will become
the most dangerous Stark,” Howard decided.
Ana raised an eyebrow. “You punched a senator a week ago.”
“I am going to punch any
bigoted asshole who thinks my wife and child are dangerous just because they
can change into wolves,” Howard hissed viciously. “What’s the most dangerous
thing Maria has ever done? She’s sat on me.”
“Your wife is the size of a small horse,” Ana pointed out.
Howard drew himself up indignantly. “She has delicate bone
Ana remained unimpressed. “Finish your soup.”
Howard woke from his doze to the solid thump of little feet
running down the hall. He glanced at the clock and sighed quietly, frowning. It
was two o’clock in the morning. They typically didn’t get home until five or
six. He hadn’t gotten much sleep. He sat up anyway, though, and turned on his
The door creaked open a little, and Tony poked his head in. When
he saw him sitting up, he smiled and stepped inside, bouncing over to the bed. “Hi,
Daddy!” he whispered, and might as well have talked in his regular voice for
how loud it was. “Are you feeling better?”
“A little,” Howard fibbed. Good. Maria had only used a little eye shadow. “Did you have fun at the
Meeting? Did they like your dress?”
“Yes and yes,” Tony answered happily. “Ms. Patterson even
said that she’d like to know who made it! Jan’s gonna be so excited!”
The bedroom door opened further, and Maria came trudging in,
carrying her shoes again. “Honey, come over here so I can wipe your eye makeup
off and you can go to sleep. Your father needs to rest.”
Tony frowned, disappointed, but nodded, walking over to her
obediently. He tilted his head as she pulled a piece of cloth out of a package.
It looked a lot like a baby wipe. He wrinkled his nose—kind of smelled like
“Close your eyes,” Maria ordered gently, and removed the
faint hint of eye shadow in two expert swipes on each eyelid. “There. Wash your
face and go to bed.”
“Okay. Goodnight, Mommy,” he answered, kissing her cheek
when she offered it to him, then turned and rushed back over to the bed. “Goodnight,
Daddy,” he added, pressing a kiss to his cheek as well. “I hope you feel
“Thank you, Tony,” Howard replied, smitten. He had the
sweetest child. “Goodnight.”
Tony smiled at him brightly before scampering out of the
Howard waited until he knew Tony was in his room before he
turned his attention back to his wife, concerned. “You’re home early.”
“I was worried about you,” Maria admitted. “I know human
colds last longer than when werewolves get them, but it still freaks me out.”
“Aw, honey!” he cooed happily. “Howard Stark would never be
brought down by the common cold!”
She raised an eyebrow at him. “I’m more worried about the
stupid things you’d do while you had
the common cold.”
“Jarvis won’t let me use the soldering gun so I don’t see
“Idiot,” she sighed fondly, sitting down at her dressing
table to begin removing her own makeup. “You’re going to be so mad,” she added,
frowning at herself in the mirror.
Howard sat up a little, concerned. “What? Why? Did someone
hit on you? Honestly I’m surprised anyone would dare.”
“No,” Maria said, grimacing. “But the Perrin family
suggested that perhaps Tony and their daughter Julia would be a good match.”
Howard stared at her, mouth setting into a firm line.
“Of course I said no,” she added quickly. “But then they, uh…
said their son might be a good match instead.”
“I’m going to find Mark Perrin and shove my foot so far up
his ass that I kick his teeth out.”
Maria couldn’t help but snort at his conviction. “Howard! I already
told them no!”
“Tony is ten and will not even be allowed to date until he
“Oh my God.”
“—And he will be allowed to marry when he is twenty-nine and
not a day sooner.”
Maria laughed quietly. “Howard, you’re the worst.”
“He’s my baby!” Howard exclaimed indignantly. “And he’s too
good for everyone! Don’t laugh at me, Maria! He is too pure for this world!”
“Thank you for meeting me,” Peggy gave
you a brief smile. While she was genuinely happy to see you once more, you
didn’t share the sentiment.
“Call it a moment of weakness,” you
sighed, the two of you staring at each other awkwardly until you finally gave
in and stepped aside, allowing her into your home. It wasn’t much, just a
studio apartment outside DC, but it didn’t remind you of New York and therein
lay its appeal.
“I was hoping your anger towards me would
have cooled,” she admitted, hands twisting her clutch anxiously.
“I’m not angry anymore, Peg,” you
revealed, closing your front door and taking a seat at your tiny dining table.
Peggy followed suit and sat opposite you.
“I assumed it was still the case,” she
frowned slightly. “I haven’t heard from you in nearly five years.”
“I haven’t talked to any of the old gang
in five years. Howard, Jarvis, Daniel, Jack, you name ‘em,” you shrugged
casually. “I didn’t think there was anything left to talk about.”
“Of course there is,” Peggy cried out,
allowing her emotion to get the better of her. “We were friends. We were close
once, and then you disappeared.”
If you haven't already could you write something about Tony reading some of the letters Howard sent? Thnx.
Hi! Sorry my reply is late here. But, I don’t think I’ll be writing a specific story with the letters, but the letters will come up, and we’ll probably see excerpts. So, yes, eventually, my plan is there will be such a thing as you are requesting. Just, not quite yet, for reasons. ;)
It might be something like this:
The Garage was empty.
Well, the main floor of the garage was empty, anyway. Except for two cars, three motorcycles, a desk, three chairs, a pair of short, wooden filing cabinets, and a long row of metal shelves. There was a large tool kit for working on the cars, and one of the metal shelves had been repurposed to hold parts.
So, okay, it wasn’t exactly, perfectly empty. But, with the decades of crates moved out, the space felt a little cavernous.
Darcy sat at the desk, her feet up on the cracked leather blotter, kicking her toes together in an absent rhythm.
There was something heavier in the Garage, though, despite its apparent emptiness. And she didn’t mean the super-secret base beneath.
The below-ground base was sort of rectangular, stretching out back away from the street side, to under a grassy lot behind the building. Operations, the elevators and stairs of the main entrance, along with a handful of side offices were the front third. Labs and workshops occupied the middle third, and the far end were a few bunkrooms and the stairs to yet another, lower level. The main engineering works of the base were down there — water, sanitation, air, plus storage, and an emergency exit out to tunnel to a hidden, fake water pipe in an alley four blocks away.
It wasn’t a facility meant for a big crew. Maybe it could house 12 to 15 people all together for a few weeks. If they really, really liked each other.
She and Tony spent a number of daddy/daughter date nights upgrading, tearing out and replacing environmental systems, rewiring for a proper network, pulling fiber, and in general, making the secret base operational. For what, who knew.
While Darcy questioned the degree of her own paranoia at having a double secret hidey-hole, it was also really cool. Like a private treehouse. She and Rico always planned to have one, but neither of them had yards with trees big enough. It was a crushing realization to their 10-year old selves. Now … all this.
She’d have to actually remember to tell Rico, though.
Nobody knew the Garage existed except Tony, Bucky, Steve, and Peggy. And only Tony knew where it was. He liked that part.
So, he didn’t need to know she invited Bucky by today. But, her invitation had a purpose and she wasn’t sure how he’d take it. Not that it was bad, necessarily. Maybe.
It might not have been a big, elaborate structure, like the Playground, but there was still plenty to explore. When going through some of the side rooms, Darcy came across one full of furniture. Just desks, chairs, and some bunks, really. But off to one side was a footlocker and a large canvas bag. Atop the footlocker sat a folded piece of paper with her name on it; Darcy recognized Howard’s handwriting immediately.
April 29, 1970
My darling D,
I had the strangest conversation with Peggy a few weeks ago.
Maria was out at some art luncheon, the nanny was off sick, and I got stuck with Tony. I hope he grows out of it, but if you didn’t know, your father is a screamer. Peg was trying to distract him with a truck, and out of the blue, she asked if I knew what happened to Bucky Barnes’s things. If we’d given them to his sister, or what.
Well, I recall trying to pass them on to Miss Barnes years ago. She took a few things, small keepsakes — one of his watches, his brass compass, his flag, a medal or two, I think — but his old uniforms and such, that hurt too much, she said and she didn’t have the space to treat them right. She asked me to keep it all with Steve’s things, thinking maybe some day we’d put it all together in a display.
I told Peggy that and she insisted I pull Sgt. Barnes’s locker and duffle and set them aside for you; that you’d appreciate it. She wouldn’t say why, but she was pretty damned pushy about it; you know how she gets. I suppose maybe you two talked about him all those years ago. I’m sorry you didn’t get a chance to know him; he was a good fellow and a hell of a shot. I was working on a rifle for him when we lost him. Damned shame.
I hope you appreciate these, and just so you know, I’m breaking up the collection here. But since the collection’s all going to you anyway, I guess you can get this where it belongs.
Make sure people remember, sweetheart. I’ve done my best to keep their memories alive, and now I’m trusting them to you. Don’t let them be forgotten.
All my love, HS
As ever, when she found one of these messages from Howard, she had to take a few minutes to breathe through it. She really did miss him.
Then she growled a little, because, he loved to issue his orders. It was sweet at first, but then every subsequent letter had some sort of little command or directive in it, and now she kind of wanted to throw things at him. But, of course, he was dead, so she couldn’t, and he’d probably known that, and basically, even after death, he was kind of a jerk.
Do this, do that, family legacy, blah blah blah. “I love you Howard, but shut up.”
Once she got past that little emotional whirlwind, she lugged the trunk and the bag out of the room and up to the ground floor. Then she called Bucky and gave him directions to the garage. And now she was waiting and staring at the trunk.
She was very tempted to open it all up. What would she find? Dirty laundry? Hopefully not — 70 years of stank? Gross, pass. Girlie mags? That would be hilarious, and she would give him so much crap. Would there be books? The trunk was heavy enough. Old letters from a sweetheart or two? He was popular with the ladies, back in the day, everybody knew that. Did they send him little notes with lipstick kisses and a spritz of perfume?
What would Bucky Barnes carry off to war with him? And what would he keep once there?
So I was thinking what if when Howard comes across a whisper of the Winter Solider being Bucky, and he makes it his mission to save him, if he couldn’t save Steve, then he sure as hell would save his best friend.
Howard doesn’t tell anyone else because this is his second chance, his chance to make things right. It’s only as he see’s the shadowy figure in front of his car does he realize he was too late. And just as it all ends he thinks that he failed Steve one last time.
Okay, so my friend took me to Civil War, and I can’t stop laughing because even though I did enjoy the movie, there are literally the same things people complained about in BvS - and it has many more mistakes. Obviously spoilers:
“Lex Luthor is nothing like the comics!” - The only thing Zemo had in common with his comic version was the name. Even if Lex wasn’t the son of the Lex Luthor we know from the comics, he still kept his wealth, intelligence and power.
“But how did Lex knew about their secret identities?” - How did Tony knew Spider-Man’s? He literally just showed two vids of Spidey that prove absolutely nothing.
“Martha scene” - Steve Rogers’
quote after he froze in front of Crossbones and was just looking at him: “I just heard ‘Bucky’ and I was the kid from Brooklyn again.” (before you start yell at me about how it’s totally different, realize that every person can react totally differently to their trigger word of PTSD)
The editing was better than in BvS I admit but that’s about it. The camera was a bit too shaky during some actions scenes, and there was a lot of lazy writing and some plot holes.
What the hell was Clint’s motivation (I guess he just leaves his children even if he knows he can end up in jail just because Cap calls)? What a great daddy he is!!!
Tony was able to catch I don’t know how many people falling in Iron Man 3 but he won’t catch Rhodey… because that definitely makes sense, right?
Cap and Bucky are capable running faster than cars but their run to the jet plane at the airport took them forever.
Wasn’t the helicopter on the rooftop supposed to shoot at Bucky and no at Black Panther? Wasn’t he on the ground when it started to shoot? How come all bullets missed him!
I know this is technically not a plot hole but where did that Steve/Sharon kiss come from?
Didn’t they knew how the psychiatrist who was going to talk to Bucky was supposed to look like? Why did they even let Zemo in? One would expect more from a facility that was entrusted with taking in the Winter Soldier, no?
Why didn’t Bucky cover his ears when Zemo started saying the trigger words instead of punching the walls (wouldn’t the words also be more quiet when the sounds goes through that glass or whatever was it),
Bucky killing Tony’s parents was supposed to leave no witness. Why the hell wouldn’t he cover his face? Why the hell wouldn’t he shoot the camera first (it’s not like Tony’s parents could go anywhere in their conditions)? Why the hell choke Maria Stark when any good autopsy would show that was the cause of death? Why the hell would he look at the damned camera?
What was Howard Stark even doing with the serum? Why would he have it? And why would he have it in a car with his wife without any bodyguards??
What happened with that book with Bucky’s trigger words?
Where did Natasha go? Why didn’t they arrest her like Cap’s team?
Btw, does the ending mean it’s okay to put away people who obviously need psychological treatment? Totally cool!!
Of course, maybe I was distracted at a certain moment and I’ve missed some explanations while watching it, and in that case I apologize and I would like you to inform me about it.
Overall, I did enjoy the movie (some of the action scenes were very good and Black Panther stole the show) but it wasn’t as good as BvS… an averagely good Marvel movie. It felt like the Russo brothers weren’t even in charge of this… which is a shame.
I always wonder what Steve’s reaction was when he walked into the Brooklyn underground base for Project Rebirth and saw Howard Stark, the famous Howard Stark, there. I don’t think he would have been star struck or anything–Steve’s far too sensible for that, but I can see him thinking, “Hey, I know him. He’s that crazy inventor with the almost-flying car. And now I’m putting my life in his hands. …What am I doing?!?”
It must have killed Peggy and Jarvis to see the way Howard treated Tony. The last thing she probably told Howard before ending their friendship was how bad of a father he was and how his actions would ruin his son.
Ok first of all that Doctor is freaking creepy. HE GETS INTO PEOPLE’S MINDS and that is just the CREEPIEST.
Last time we saw Peggy she was being taken int custody by her peers. It’s weird seeing her at the other end of that table but I though it was also very interesting. Because for the first time since the begining of the series she gets to say anything on her heart without thinking about the mission or being afraid she’d be compromised. Of course at first she doesn’t say much but man, when she told the guys that they dont know her, they only have a certain image of her, I was like yeah you go girl!
Agent Sousa though, you could see how much he’s hurt because he’s basically just a ball of anger and fury. I did feel bad for him but I knew he’d end up believing her, it was pretty obvious. He has a massive crush on Peggy, it’s so adorable but sorry she’s too busy fighting the patriarchy.
And then, EDWIN JARVIS. I want my own Jarvis. I’m not even kidding. This is a man who forged papers to save his wife from certain death and even though it went almost wrong the first time, didn’t hesitate to do exactly the same thing to get his best friend out of trouble (after much panicking and thinking, but mostly panicking). I just … I have no words he’s just so cute and amazing and helpful and cute and just. Edwin Jarvis, I love you.
Peggy talking about Steve Rogers. Peggy saying she couldn’t protect him. Peggy smiling even though her heart was breaking into a million pieces. My heart couldn’t take it.
Dr McCreepy gets into Chief Dooley’s head and steals a thing and THEN PUTS HIM IN A FREAKIN’ EXPLODING VEST.
WHAT. THE. F.
My favorite part of the episode was when Chef Dooley decided he would sacrifice himself and looked at Peggy and asked her to avenge him. He looked at PEGGY, not Thompson, not Sousa or all the other male Agents. No, in his last moments he recognized Peggy as the woman who WILL take care of the injustice that was done to him. He knew nothing would stop her.
Oh and by the way, someone should ask Howard Stark what’s with the crazy inventions. Honestly, WHAT THE HELL WAS HE THINKING.
Obadiah had been manipulating the Starks long before he tried to have Tony killed. He fostered guilt and drinking habits on the both of them and kept them emotionally subdued so he could profit on side-deals. The stark arms industry was fuelled almost solely on Obadiah’s greed and influence. Howard was so emotionally beaten that his death was no accident. Three years after Howard’s demise, Steve was discovered. Howard believed that if he could reunite Peggy and Steve in some way he would be forgiven for his shortcomings.
they say the best weapon is one you never have to fire; i respectfully disagree. i prefer the weapon you only have to fire once. that’s how dad did it, that’s how america does it, and it’s worked out pretty well so far.
i mean: this has always been an interesting line in a movie that is about tony stark realizing how monumentally catastrophic the consequences have been of doing things how dad & america like them, and deciding that his only course of action is to create for himself and literally inhabit a weapon he will have to fire over, and over, and over again (“there’s only the next mission”). but isn’t it kind of even more interesting, thinking of howard stark as co-founder of SHIELD, not just after the revelation that hydra has been infiltrating them since early on, but after project insight specifically?
or: at the beginning of this clip, professional smug sack of shit tony stark says he prefers to be feared and respected (a pretty hilarious line from someone whose personal reputation is such a disaster) before unveiling a weapon from stark industry’s freedom line; years later, steve rogers delineates for nick fury a distinction between freedom and fear in which always having the biggest gun pointed at the entire globe is not something he considers compatible with the former. i wonder what howard stark would have thought of project insight – fury’s version, but also pierce’s.
So how's the pertition going. It's seems like it's kinda lost its momentum
Actually, Nonny, the momentum is far from lost!
As we answer this ask, the petition has 117,906 signatures!
On Saturday, May 30, while at MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, it has been reported that Hayley Atwell would do “whatever it takes” to bring Peggy back, and would be “100%” up for another season of Agent Carter.
During a panel at MCM London Comic Con Dominic Cooper, who plays Howard Stark, said he’s talked to both Hayley and James D’Arcy (Edwin Jarvis) about the cancellation and both are in awe about the fan support to see the show get picked up. Dominic said that he would “be up for more Howard Stark, and I know they’re up for doing more of their characters…”
Ant man was so great. It’s sad that Marvel killed him off on his first movie. After that sweet opening scene on the moon with the hulk I was hoping he would stick around. Oh well. I wasn’t expecting a story centered around Howard Stark and Steve Rogers as toddlers, and who would have thought they would go the time travel route and change the story of the first Avengers movie. They still tied it together well with the Daredevil Netflix original.
Loved the cameos from Xmen, Spider-Man and Big Bird. Overall I give it a 7/10. It would have gotten 8, but I didn’t care much for the actress who played Harley Quinn.
Oh, and they used the aunt/ant pun way too many times. Once or twice is funny, but seven was too much.