anonymous asked:

I've just read about Tony feeling unwanted and man, it breaks my heart! Could you write something about Tony having enough? Like, he feels that Team Cap thinks they don't need him, they don't appreciate him and they never did. So he leaves, he doesn't stop being an Iron Man, but leaves Avengers. Maybe he has his own team with Rhodey and Spidey and whoever else. Maybe he helps Defenders from time to time. Maybe he works alone. (1)

But the point is, even if Avengers think that they don’t need him, they really do. Because he did so much for them all this time. Like, when SHIELD fell, he and his company invested them, repaired their equipment and made new one, took care of PR and media. And they never even knew, or just never cared, until he left. Now they have no one to replace him and to be as efficient as he was. They’re just too close to failing apart.(2)

I can and I most certainly will! All those angst-filled headcanons from yesterday didn’t just make me want to curl up under a ton of blankets to hide from the world, they also, they also reminded me how freaking bitter I still am. So yeah, hope you don’t mind, anon, but I thought your ask would be the perfect way to kick off bitter Sunday!

Because we’re talking about Tony Stark, guys. We’re talking about the man who build a suit of armour in a freaking cave. Who got kidnapped by the bad guys and blew his own way right back out. Yes, he’s hurt. Yes, he’s fucking heartbroken. Yes, most days the weight of his own mistakes and failings almost crushes him. Yes, being confronted with the team he was never allowed to belong to he lost is rubbing salt into the slashing wounds that still haven’t healed, bleed sluggishly from time to time.


There’s a line he’s drawn into the sand a long time ago, back when he first became Iron Man, and it matters. He does what is expected of him. Shakes the returning Avengers’ hands. Smiles for the cameras. Is quoted stressing that he supports the UN’s decisions, that with the new and revised Accords in place, there’s no room for old grudges and vendettas. And he means it. What he doesn’t say though, is that there’s no room for old friendships and favours either.

Truth is, Earth needs as many heroes as possible. It needs them in once place, with stable communication channels, capable of working and strategising and organising together. The exiled Avengers are a rare resource they can’t afford to waste. There is also the fact that being trust back into the limelight limits them in a way working from the shadows doesn’t, forces a vague but still present sense of accountability on them that Tony may or may not take a great amount of pleasure in.

But here’s another, much more fortunate truth: they don’t need to be a team to save the world. It’s a truth that’s been hanging over them from the beginning, back when Iron Man wasn’t a part of the Avengers because he didn’t have to be for the plot to work. In retrospect, Tony can appreciate Fury’s actions for the well-played moves they were.

So he does what he would have done years ago, if not for sentimentalities and a misplaced sense of loyalty holding him back: he cuts the wire.

With the new accords has come a committee and a new governmental agency in charge of handling the nationally and internationally operating enhanced strike teams. Tony uses this development to his advantage, separates his business from the agency entirely, because really, a billionaire shouldn’t own parts of an organisation designed to keep him in check.

Tony signs the new agreements and as Iron Man he is to be deployed whenever necessary, but he is no longer part of any team. And he makes a point of proving that time and again.

When members of his ex-team are involved in a fight he wasn’t, he refuses any comment on the actions, they are none of his business after all, and really, shouldn’t you ask the people who were actually there? He doesn’t get involved in group press conferences unless there are more than just the ex-Avengers present because presenting a united front as enhanced humans is one thing, presenting a united front with them is another thing altogether. 

He doesn’t build weapons, suits and other improvements for anyone but himself and the people he deems worthy of his gifts either–those designs have always been too dangerous to be allowed into the hands of a government agency, and none of his former team mates make the cut onto the trusted list anymore. 

He doesn’t interact with them anyways, unless it’s on the comms during a fight or via a representative or his official email account (his private contact information is no longer available to them). All his employees knows better than to give them access to anything non-public without a properly scheduled meeting, and even Pepper doesn’t disagree with him on this one. She’s the one that usually shows up on these meetings anyways, and she doesn’t give them an inch, because there’s a reason Tony hired her in the first place.

And it might have started out as simple avoidance and being petty but you know what? Tony’s doing pretty damn well on his own. He doesn’t need the team, he’s always known that, but proving it to himself ends up feeling surprisingly good. Empowering. Freeing even. 

Because even though it feels like that in the very beginning, Tony isn’t actually alone. He’s got Pepper, with whom he’s slowly working out the post-failed-relationship-awkwardness, and Rhodey, who’s recovery is a slow, painful process but still a process, and loyal, steady Happy. He also has Peter, who’s too eager and reminds Tony too much of himself, but who doesn’t leave or get bored by Tony’s enthusiastic rants. He’s got Harely with whom he face-times at least once a week to science and chatter.

He’s got people who care about him and enjoy spending time with him, and the more time passes, the more Tony realises how not-okay his relationships with his former team have really been, how not-okay he’s been. And he still misses them, from time to time, but it’s the fleeting yearning for a missed opportunity, not the heartbreaking free fall into a bottomless darkness it used to be.

The point is, Tony is in a good place. Without the team that never wanted him. 

(And on days he still feels a little down, watching that Youtube clip of a tiny, three-year old girl in an Iron Man t-shirt throwing her ice cream at Steve Roger’s face with devastating accuracy, the one that cuts off right as the older brother is shown laughing so hard tears are streaming down his face and assuring his indignant little sister that yes, he’ll get her a new ice cream, he’s very proud of her standing up against bullies, is surprisingly cathartic.)

anonymous asked:

Prompts 4,16, 18 if you don't mind with tony protecting his little sister from an ex?

Pairing/Characters: Tony Stark x Reader!sister

Summary: When reader is confronted by an angry ex, Tony doesn’t hesitate to stand up for his little sister.

Warnings: Swearing, mentions violence, Black Sabbath lyrics.

Word count: 500

A/N: Thank you anon for sending this request! I used this prompt list, keep sending requests, i  love to hear your ideas!! I hope you’ll like this!!


“Has he lost his mind?

Can he see or is he blind?

Can he walk at all

Or if he moves will he fall?”

Looking up at your brother you chuckled “You’re not seriously going to sing the entire walk home, are you?” Tony ignored your comment, and sang even louder:

“Is he live or dead?

Has he thoughts within his head?

We’ll just pass him there

Why should we even care?”

“Tony people are staring. Stop!” You said getting embarrassed by your brother’s behavior. “They’re staring cuz I’m Iron Man, sissy.” He stated matter-of-factly. “Although I don’t really see anyone staring. You’re getting paranoid (Y/N)” You poked his side, causing him to squirm. “Everyone is staring. Take those guys for instance” you said pointing to the group of guys standing outside a club.

Recognizing one of the guys, you gasped. Tony gave you a funny look, before he saw what you were staring at. Stopping in your tracks, you locked eyes with your ex, Damian. “Shit” you muttered as he began to walk towards you.

To say that things ended badly is an understatement. Damian and you wanted different things. You weren’t looking for anything serious at the time, but he wanted more. He was pissed when you broke it off.

“Hey! (Y/N) fancy seeing you again.” He said approaching you and your older brother. You forced a smile, and gave him an awkward wave. “Who gave you that black eye?” You asked, not surprised. He always got in a fight. He shrugged it off, and looked up at Tony. His face fell. You knew this wasn’t going to end well. Damian never met Tony, since you weren’t serious with the guy.

“Who the hell is this? My replacement? I didn’t think you were that easy (Y/N)” Tony stood in front of you, shielding you. “I’m better looking than this guy! C’mon (Y/N) the guy has a fucking goatee! What I wasn’t good enough for you? I this why you broke up with me? You fucking whore.”

“Hey, don’t you dare talk to my sister like that, punk” Tony raised his voice at your ex. ”I’ll kick his ass if you want me to” he said over his shoulder. “Go ahead”

The look on you ex’s face was priceless. Tony cracked his knuckles and walked towards Damian. “Whoa, I..I didn’t mean anything…I…god…I’m sorry” He stumbled backwards with a terrified look in his eyes.

Tony took a swing at him, hitting him dead center in the face. ”Oh, I’m sorry.  Did I hurt you? It’s okay to cry…” Lining up for another blow, Damian scrambled to his feet and ran off.

Tony clearly satisfied with his own effort, put his arm around your shoulders. “You can thank me later.” He said with a smirk. Rolling your eyes, you continued on your way home. You groaned when he stared singing again.

“Heavy boots of lead

Fills his victims full of dread

Running as fast as they can

Iron Man lives again!”

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“you are ignoring the social system of oppression that…”

“It doesn’t matter if you personally didn’t attack me because…”

“But whether you want it or not you benefit from the oppression of…”

“You could never understand this because you are”

“If you are not the person whose rights are in question then you should shut up, your opinion is not wanted”

“Anything that an oppressed minority does to you is justified because they had to put up with abuse from whom you personally benefited even if you don’t know it”

[fic] Enough


Asexuality. The word gave him pause. It felt strange to name the absence of a desire.

Notes: 3800 words on the life of asexual Tony Stark. Loosely set in the 616, but there’s some MCU influence in there too. Also posted on AO3.

It had started, Tony thought, with that damned chest plate. When he’d decided to dedicate his life to something more than himself, to be something more. In all honesty is was a snap decision, made of emotion more than logic. It was the right thing to do, and all questions about how he would actually achieve it were secondary. He would never claim not to be impulsive.

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“Sorry I’m late!” Kuroo bursts through the door of the flat, a plastic bag full of groceries in each of his hands. Snow is hissing behind him, a storm of white flakes trying to claw its way into the warm house. Kuroo manages to slam the door shut with his foot before dragging the groceries into the kitchen. “Kenma?” He calls out while searching the bags, only putting away what belongs in the fridge and then wandering through the flat with a packet of sandwiches. “Ken-”

The door to Kenma’s room is open. Kuroo moves closer, taking a peek inside, making sure that his steps are loud enough to not startle his boyfriend. “May I come inside or is it alone time?”

“You can come in,” Kenma replies from inside. A blanket rustles, and Kuroo recognises the noise of a gaming console being put onto the nightstand. “Welcome home. I missed you.” It’s only with those words that Kuroo pushes the door open and comes inside. Kenma is under the blanket, curled up, lips forced into a thin smile. A jolt of pain flies through Kuroo’s chest. 

He’s by Kenma’s side and underneath the blanket within seconds. “What’s wrong? Talk to me. Are you havin’ a bad day?”

Kenma bites his lips and nods. Sometimes Kuroo hates being right, hates knowing the reason that tears well up in Kenma’s eyes. “How can you still l-love me when I’m,” Kenma begins. His voice is so tiny, wet, shivering, and Kuroo immediately acts. He carefully slides his hands below the blanket, tickles his fingertips along Kenma’s soft waist. “Mhm.” Kenma closes his eyes, hums, a hiccup following as he smiles through the tears. “Kuroo.”

“I couldn’t not love you,” Kuroo says. “I don’t care if you look different.” His fingertips are reverent when they paint invisible patterns of gentleness onto Kenma’s lower belly that has gotten bigger and softer after he’s stopped playing volleyball in college. “I love you in any shape and age, I love you with wrinkles and grey hair and with blind eyes or a bigger stomach. I’d kiss you until we both couldn’t breathe anymore, no matter what. You’re always - just.”

“…I’m your K-Kenma?” 

Kuroo nods. His neck is wet where Kenma has buried his face, and his chest hurts a bit because short nails dig into it through his Iron Man shirt. But it doesn’t matter. Kenma’s stomach is warm and beautiful below his touch, and the hiccups stop. “Okay?” No, it’s not. He knows. It returns, and it takes time to heal.

But Kenma looks up with eyes as golden as sunlight, kisses Kuroo’s mouth until both of their heads are dizzy, and then he lets his own fingers slide down to tickle the trail of hair on Kuroo’s stomach until both of them laugh, grin, smile.

rivertoforever  asked:

Rin, do you have any headcanons for how the members help Jungkook de-stress or vice versa?

OHHHH YAY HEADCANONS! Okay, I kind of need this too right now tbh. I’ll do both ways since they’re too cute to pass up ^_^

*When Kookie is stressed because he feel like he needs to always be perfect, all the members will notice. They’ll make a point to shower him with praises and affection the whole day until Jungkook genuinely smiles. 

*Jimin and Taehyung will pull him into their games and make sure he’s never alone to dwell on his insecurities. When they’re playing video games together, they’ll praise Kookie for winning or playfully whine that Jungkook is too good. They’ll allow him to tease and push them around a little more than usual because they know that’s how Jungkook is. And if they scold him for being him, they know that Jungkook will be incredibly hurt and probably take awhile to open up again.

*Yoongi and Namjoon will invite him to their studio. This is a really significant action because to them, their studios are the places where they can be by themselves. It’s a part of them. By having Jungkook come with them, it’s like opening a part of themselves to the maknae. Jungkook understands that and appreciates their effort. They can spend hours working on music and that’s a soothing kind of day for Jungkook if he’s feeling overwhelmed. 

*Jin and Hoseok are all about spa days where they pamper Jungkook to the fullest. They get Yoongi’s permission to use one of his bath bombs (”Of course, it’s for Jungkook-ah. Take care of him.”). They wash his hair and give him a gentle massage. Then while Jin cooks them a whole feast, Hoseok and Jungkook go on a baking fest. After they’re all full, they’ll snuggle Jungkook on the couch while his favorite Iron Man movie is playing. 

*No matter who takes care of him on these days, they’ll all cuddle him to sleep at night and whisper praises and loving words to him. 

*Now, if Jungkook is the one that notices his members are stressed, he can never just sit there and watch. He at least has to try and do something to help. 

*For Jimin, he knows how his hyung is hard on himself and will practice until he collapses. Jungkook will join him in the practice room to make sure Jimin doesn’t overwork himself. Then he’ll make sure to grab food and water after their practice session. He’ll hover to make sure Jimin is taking care of himself and he’ll randomly tell Jimin how handsome he is (and how he worked hard for his muscles) and how talented he is (”Hyung! How did you do that? That was so cool!”). He’ll ask to sleep in Jimin’s bed claiming that he’s lonely but Jimin knows that Jungkook is trying to comfort him.

*Jungkook will drag Taehyung out for bubble tea then to a dog cafe because he knows how much Tae loves dogs (just like he does). He wants to make sure that Taehyung doesn’t worry about anything and just relaxes. He’ll be extra nice to Tae, allowing himself to be cuddled, massaging him, listening to everything he says, etc. He’ll crawl into bed with Taehyung at night and tangle their limbs together because he knows how much comfort Taehyung gets from physical contact. 

*When Hoseok is stressed, Jungkook will pet his hair to comfort him and lull him to sleep. He’ll randomly backlog Hobi and just shower him with affection. On the surface, it might seem like Jungkook is being the clingy one, but Hoseok knows that Kook is doing this to make him feel better. It doesn’t take long for Hobi to smile again if Jungkook remains by his side. He can never frown for long around the cute youngest who’s trying so hard to make him laugh. Jungkook will even let Hobi sniff him as much as he wants. 

*When Yoongi is exhausted and stressed, Jungkook will be the quiet support who follows him around in case Yoongi wants company. He’ll quietly flutter around to give Yoongi the things he needs and make sure that nothing is making his day harder than it is. He’ll run a bath and try his best to make Yoongi’s favorite dish (with some help from Jin). Jungkook knows how much Yoongi gets comfort from holding hands, so he’ll hold his hand at every chance, gently rubbing the back of Yoongi’s hand. He’ll let the older sleep on his thighs and it’s quiet comfort basically.

*For Namjoon, Jungkook will demand that he take a day off as leader. He’ll tell everyone to leave Namjoon alone and let him unwind. Jungkook will spend the day hugging Namjoon and telling him how amazing he is for leading BTS to the top when he’s so young too. He’ll gush about how he joined BigHit because of Joonie’s rap and tell him how he still admires Namjoon so much. Jungkook is a basically a teddy bear for Namjoon to hold and feel secure with. Kookie will pepper small kisses all over his face until Namjoon feels absolutely loved.

*When it’s Jin who’s stressed, Jungkook will join him in eating. They’ll order a lot of food just for the two of them and eat without any worries. Jungkook will laugh at Jin’s puns while feeding him a piece of chicken. He’ll even try to make homemade pizza for the eldest. Jungkook will go out of his way to get whatever Jin wants and then spend time with him whenever he wants. He plays Mario games with Jin and listens when he rambles on about everything Mario. At the end of the day, Jungkook will tell Jin how beautiful he is and how talented. No matter what anyone says, Jin is gorgeous and his voice is beautiful and he’s improving so much on dance. Jin might cry a bit but Jungkook will be there to wipe his tears. 

Shorter Civil War II #1 (Spoilers)

Captain Marvel: I’m sorry War Machine is dead and She Hulk is dying…

Iron Man: See I told you this would happen if you listened to that future seeing guy.  This is all you’re fault!

Captain Marvel: James knew the risk. Thanos was coming and we had to be prepared. We couldn’t take the risk.

Iron Man: Yes we could…

Captain Marvel: Thanos is a powerful Space Satan who tried to kill us over and over again! We couldn’t just not respond to a report that he was coming.

Iron Man:  Well… yes but sometimes Thanos is a farmer.  Maybe he was just coming here to farm.

Captain Marvel: Didn’t you see the free comic book day special?  He had 90s Cable Guns! Wait… why would Thanos need a gun?

Iron Man: It doesn’t matter. You’re a murder Carol!  You’re the real Space Satan!

She Hulk: *cough cough* Carol before I die I just wanted to say… Tony is acting like a real douche.

anonymous asked:

Imagine Bucky visiting Mrs. Wilson to ask for Sam's hand in marriage

“Well, we have to tell my mom we’re getting married,” Sam says finally. “We can’t just show up at hers for Thanksgiving afterwards without telling her.”

“How do you know we’ll be at her place for Thanksgiving?” Bucky asks petulantly.

“Because we’ve gone for the last five years, and if we skip this year, she’ll get suspicious and assume we eloped,” Sam says. “What’s the problem? I thought you loved my mom.”

“I do love your mom,” Bucky says. “I just don’t know what I’m supposed to do in this case? Emily Post didn’t cover asking your guy’s mother for his hand in marriage.”

“Emily Post?” Sam asks incredulously. “Of all things? I didn’t think this was an issue of etiquette. We’re going up this weekend, and we can tell her together.”

Darlene Wilson took some time to warm up to Sam’s boyfriend. While she trusts her son’s judgement in most matters (maybe not the matters regarding power-gliding in war zones, or making an enemy of Iron Man, but most matters), Bucky Barnes seemed like exactly the kind of trouble Sam would choose for himself.

Over the years, of course, he had plenty of chances to suck up to her, and he’s taken practically every one of them. She likes him now. He’s a very nice boy.

Bucky sits her down on the back porch, offers her some tea, and tells her nothing would make him happier than to join her family, with her permission of course.

Sam’s puppy dog eyes help, of course, but she trusts her son’s judgement.

Dinner Convo

Dinner table conversation 6/15/15.

Me: Hey, son. A, the girl who you used to be in playgroup with, is transitioning, his mom told me. He is now going to be called B. 

Son1 (15yo): Oh, cool. So is C (*who he used to date for about 5 minutes in 6th grade*). 

Me: Oh, really? What’s his new name? 

Son: I don’t think he’s picked one yet. 

Husband: Isn’t it a bit late to transition when you’re 15? 

Me: Nah. Some kids, like D, knew they were actually a girl when they were toddlers. Other’s don’t realize until puberty starts changing their bodies and they feel it’s wrong. Or maybe even later.

Husband: Doesn’t everyone feel their body is wrong in puberty though? 

Me: Not the same. I hated my boobs in puberty, because they were way too big way too soon and I wasn’t ready for that, but I never felt I wasn’t a girl. I just wore really baggy sweaters for a decade, pretending they weren’t there. 

Husband: That’s true. I guess you just can’t understand how it feels unless you feel it. And it’s not something anyone would choose to feel. I can’t imagine how difficult it is. 

Son1: Hey! Awesome! Now I know 4 trans kids, 1 asexual one, 1 bisexual one and I don’t even know how many gay ones! *starts naming them all*

Son2 (11 yo): Is E gay? (E is Son1′s best friend)

Son1: Nah. Kids in my class ship him with a whole bunch of guys, though. 

Son2: Like who?

Son1: *rattles off a bunch of names* and me. 

Husband (confused): But you’re not gay. 

Son1: So what? 

Me: It’s shipping. Actual sexual orientation is irrelevant. You can ship anyone with anyone. It’s like shipping Captain America with Iron Man, it doesn’t matter if they’re gay or not in the movies or comics. 

Son2 to Son1: Well, you’d be cute together (*possible sarcasm detected*). 

Son1: Damn right. Cause we’re both hot! 

You know, my oldest may have a deplorable work ethic, he may be actively trying to rot his brain with 20 hours of video games a day (if we’d let him) and he has an unfortunate tendency to start whining for fast food as soon as we step out of the house, but freshmen boys aren’t typically known for their tolerance, and at least he is doing an amazing job at that. The smartphone generation is doing some things right.

Erasure of Women in Fandoms

Apologies for being so late to the table!

I spent a long time looking for a specific post from Helshades to reference, but – alas – I can’t find it for technical reasons, so I’ll try to paraphrase the gist from memory.

There was a discussion not long ago on the issue of ‘female erasure’ in the fandom, which followed an interesting debate on whom was to blame for this lack of female presence in fanworks: Marvel or the fandom. I had been, at the time, somewhat on the fence as I read through various replies and posts, but now I have to say that the only people to blame are the fans themselves.

We are the reason for the lack of women.

We alone are at fault.

Marvel has so many interesting and complex women, which both contribute to the plot and also are a positive portrayal of their gender. The most popular female character appears to be Black Widow, which – honestly – isn’t a surprise to me in the least, precisely because she is such an interesting character in her own right. She isn’t interesting as a woman, just as she isn’t interesting for breaking the norm of a female lead … she is interesting as a person. This is why I think she is such an amazing role-model – in some respects – for young women.

This is a character that never sacrifices her femininity, but also never allows it to define her or her purpose. This is a character that is highly intelligent and skilled; she took on male leads as an equal, just as she provides interesting insight and contributes to group dynamics, and just as without her some of our classical heroes would never have saved the day. Think about it: Captain America could not have succeeded without her help and her presence. At not one point was she a ‘damsel in distress’ or ‘love interest’ … always one step ahead, always active … and so -?

Why wasn’t it a “Black Widow” movie and instead a “Captain America” movie?

This could easily have been her movie, in many respects it was her movie, and yet instead she’s standing behind a male lead and flipping her hair in posters, with her representation in media being sidelined to a ‘supporting character’. People will ask the male actors all sorts of deep and meaningful questions, but for her actress the questions seem to be about dieting and shallow concerns. Why? The fandom. The journalists ask what they think we care about. The film companies produce films that we want to see. What do they base these assumptions on? What we say. What we produce. What we scream out so loudly!

There are so many female leads in the comics. “Ms Marvel” is a popular one also being re-imagined at the moment, but we don’t have a Ms Marvel or a Black Widow or even a Wonder Woman (for the DC fans) leading the way yet, even though they could have easily have picked one of these for a new movie. Hell, they admit to having a script for Black Widow in the wings waiting, but they still choose to make “Guardians of the Galaxy” over a solo female lead. Don’t think I’m bashing the movie at all -! I’m just saying it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that four male leads to the one female lead is easier to ‘sell’ than a woman on her own.

This is our fault, not the film companies.

Here’s just a small anecdote … lately I’ve been super obsessed with the “Deadpool” series, for many reasons that could do with an essay in their own right, but that’s another issue entirely. I began reading the fanfictions and looking up fan-art, before coming across the inevitable ships and ‘Spideypool’ works … nothing wrong there, although I imagine that can spark a debate in itself. You know what seems to be insanely popular? The ‘super-family’ dynamic.

This means Peter will date Wade, but will also be the son of Steve and Tony, whilst having another slash-couple on the side, usually Bruce with Clint. Where is Natasha? A quirky fun ‘aunt’. Where is Pepper? She doesn’t exist. I’ve never even seen her mentioned. I mean … wow … statistically not everyone can be gay, although the fact that no one ever seems to be bisexual is another form of erasure in itself, and if everyone were gay then the world would come screaming to a halt. You guys know how procreation works, right? A sperm meets an egg -?

Okay, anyway, my point …

These fictions don’t even try to explain where Pepper is lurking, or why Tony left her to be with Steve, or what impact this has on anyone’s lives … she doesn’t matter … she’s in the way of a ship. She’s just gone. They don’t even try to have her as a fellow ‘fun aunt’, because she simply doesn’t exist. In the same way – in this specific sub-fandom – there seems to be a distinct lack of Aunt May, Gwen or Mary Jane. Let this sink in: the three most important people in Peter’s life are gone.

Aunt May doesn’t appear for him to visit at weekends, just as he doesn’t tend to date Gwen for any longer than for to be killed off … okay, I find that legitimate, due to canon, but the fictions when he’ll immediately sleep with Harry or Wade due to his ‘grief’ is absolutely ridiculous and disrespectful to both gay/bi people and those who are mourning for a loved one … hell, he doesn’t even tend to keep MJ as a friend or confidante. Three women: gone.

Let me do a search here for you guys.

On AO3 Tony Stark appears – at the time of writing this – in 31,967 works. On this same site Pepper Potts appears in 7,254 works. This means Tony is in four and a half times more works than his canon romantic partner. Okay, okay -! I hear some of you scream that Pepper is a ‘minor’ character, or that she isn’t a ‘superhero’, or any number of reasons/excuses, so let me do another search on another site.

On FF.N the Thor/Loki fanfiction – no rating limit – comes up with 2.2k works, whereas Tony/Pepper is 927 … an unofficial incestual couple gets double the works written for it than the canon couple. Natasha has 5.8k stories written about her, whereas Captain America gets 7k and Iron Man gets 10.8k. It doesn’t matter whether you search for ships or the individual characters: female characters get a fraction of the hits/works of male characters. This is ridiculous.

This also isn’t exclusive to our fandom.

Why would a ‘Supernatural’ producer keep a long-term female lead, when people were baying for the blood of the characters they had? Why would a Marvel executive green light a movie for Black Widow when she’s only half as popular as any of the male leads? We don’t exist in a vacuum. Our work isn’t read/seen only by fellow fans. This is the world wide web and everything you say is being heard.

Shall I tell you a fact?

Social media saved the show ‘Hannibal’. Its ratings were sub-par, but the massively vocal fanbase on Tumblr and Twitter and other sites gained it a renewal twice. The actors on various shows such as ‘Supernatural’ read your messages and make jokes or references to them in various conventions, with a certain angel being notorious for that. I’ve seen other actors being shown your fan-art on talk-shows too, to see what their reaction would be, with a certain Norse god doing the rounds for that a year or so ago too.

The writers read what you write. The producers see what you draw.

They see people erase the women of their shows and they think no one cares about the women of their shows. If you cared about them, you would support them, right? It stands to reason. You wouldn’t demonise Alana for breaking up your ‘Hannigram’, just as you wouldn’t forget Pepper’s existence to write your ‘super-family’, and you would have supported Jo before she was killed off. The more you pretend women don’t exist, the more the creators will do the same. The more you act as if women are unimportant, the more the creators will believe you think the same.

We need to grow as a fandom. We need to grow as fans in general.

Feel free to ship, but remember women exist.

Remember women matter.


The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

I unfortunately must report that this new notch in the Marvel canon is slightly enjoyable fluff and nothing more. It’s not as fun or funny as the original film (or even the likes of Iron Man 2, for that matter) and the new characters seem forced into the storyline, ultimately making us feel as if they’re unnecessary. And speaking of new characters, Ultron doesn’t come across as this undefeatable, killing machine he’s been hyped up to be. Truthfully his threat is not even remotely as intimidating as that of Loki’s.

RDJ doesn’t seem interested in what he’s doing, and that reflects in this film’s Tony Stark. He’s just going through the motions, reading the material, and nothing particularly interesting is brought to the table. It’s disappointing but understandable. It also feels as if Joss Whedon is tired of the script and these characters. He manages to sneak in a few witty lines, but honestly this just feels like a rehash of what we’ve been dealt before – we know it, and he knows it, and I’m not entirely sure if that’s his fault. We know how strict Marvel Studios is when it comes to how the stories and characters are handled.

Also, one last negative, did we really need a Bruce Banner/Black Widow romance? How completely redundant. Yawn.

On the plus side, however, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye comes out of this the most compelling Avenger of all. Give him a solo film and I’ll be there. But please, for the love of James Spader, give this franchise to a new writer and Marvel–be more lenient with how the stories are told.