The more I hear about Marvel comics the happier I am that Feige was able to separate the MCU from them.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m furious at Marvel comics right now. Furious at what they’ve done to Steve, Carol, Tony and Thor. Furious at how gimmicky Civil War 2 was. Furious that they absolutely refuse to take accountability for their dwindling sales and put on their big boy pants, admit something is broken, and then fix it instead of trying to push yet another event (Secret Empire) that no one wants, while actually blaming DC for outselling them (Jesus Marvel, grow up!).
That said, comics, when they’re good, can be pretty amazing. Let me share parts of my favorite comic series with you, to illustrate what I mean.
Man Out of Time by Mark Waid is a retcon of the Avengers finding Steve in the ice and his adjustment to the 21st century. When Steve first wakes up he’s certain that he belongs in the past, not the present, and is determined to return to it by any means necessary so Tony takes Steve under his wing and shows him all the marvelous things about the 21st Century to try and help him adjust. The thing that MOST impresses Steve about the future is the strives made towards gender and racial equality…
Steve does get the opportunity to return to the past, and what he finds when he gets there is that he HATES it, particularly in regards to inequality and racism. The past freakin’ sucks…
And so, after some clever maneuvering on Steve’s part he returns to the present to save the Avengers (who were in jeopardy) and is welcomed among them with open arms…
I wont speak for all comic fans, but for me, the biggest disappointment in recent Marvel storytelling is that I know they can do better, I know what they’re capable of and it’s better than what they’re currently giving us.
But yeah, I agree that Feige is separate so we’ll never have to see Hydra!Cap within the MCU.
Last year, to this day (March 11), I published a cracky A/B/O fic with insecure!omega!Tony getting loved by the Avengers and by Steve after the whole CW mess coming out. What was supposed to be a simple au of 20k words with Tony getting the love and fluff he needed, Steve charming his pants right off, stony babies happening, and some sweet payback turned into this 100k+ monster that I really wasn’t planning on but happened anyway and the crack aspect of it went out the window. This fic became serious without me realizing it and never once did I expect it to become what is probably my most popular work, and I’m so proud.
Everyone is such a sucker for angst and fluff. Why do we enjoy seeing our favorite characters in pain?
Happy Birthday Finding Pack!
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Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, Minor or Background Relationship(s), past Justin Hammer/Tony Stark Characters: Tony Stark, Jarvis, Vision (Marvel), Bruce Banner, Steve Rogers, James “Bucky” Barnes, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanova, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Janet Van Dyne, Hank Pym, James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Pepper Potts, Thor (Marvel), Loki (Marvel), Happy Hogan, Peggy Carter Additional Tags: Shifters, Pack Dynamics, Pack Family, Pack Bonding, Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics, 1700'ish, sort of, inaccurate history, Alternate Universe, Alternate Universe - Fantasy, Age Difference, Tony-centric, Tony Feels, Insecure Tony, Self-Esteem Issues, Tony Stark Needs a Hug, He needs a lot of hugs, Infertility, Eventual Smut, Intersex, Hermaphrodites, Mpreg, Eventual mpreg, Slow Build, Emotional/Psychological Abuse, Recovery, Healing, Fluff and Angst, a lot of jumping from fluff and angst, Tony Whump, Past Tony whump, Attempted Rape/Non-Con, Protective Steve, Protective Avengers, Team as Family, Oral Sex, Vaginal Sex, Anal Sex, Knotting, Updating tags as I go
In a world where pack means everything from status to fame to survival and to family, newly pack-less Tony Stark is trying to survive after those he once trusted betrayed him, and starting over by searching for a new pack to take him in, but with his age and status weighing heavily on his shoulders finding someone to take a chance on him might be easier said than done.
What pack wanted an old infertile omega in their ranks? Certainly not the famous Avengers pack led by the equally famous Captain.