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Steve as Cap, passing over the shield to Sam as Cap. Temporarily or not is up to you. rsf not signed in because my tablet hates me.
Sorry about your tablet woes! D:
It had taken nearly a year of negotiation, including a lot of punched walls and more of T’Challa’s time than they’d really had the right to ask of him. But when the final draft of the newly renegotiated accords was set on the table, it felt like it was worth it. The entire Avengers were reassembled, even Natasha, who had disappeared in disgust and refused to be found by either Tony or Steve’s side for ages.
She’d only reappeared, perhaps intentionally, after Tony came to Steve with his peace offering: tech that could wipe out Bucky’s programming permanently, and begin work on helping him find his way through the trauma of the last seventy years. It was a slow process, but it seemed to be working.
Tony still didn’t look like he liked the idea of being in the same room with Bucky Barnes, but he was, and Steve could accept Tony’s tolerance of Bucky if it meant Tony wasn’t actively trying to kill him.
It was one of those things that they were going to have to dance around for a while, Steve suspected. Which just made this decision easier.
“Before anyone signs,” Steve said, drawing the document towards himself, “I need to ask for one more change.”
Wanda rolled her eyes. Clint collapsed backward in his chair, frustrated. “I’m not calling T’Challa again!” he announced.
“Seriously?” Rhodey asked. “Seriously?”
“Steve, you approved this – “ Tony started, but Steve held up a hand.
“It’s not a legal change, just a minor nomenclature issue,” he said, flipping to the roster page. Throughout the Accords – one of the only things Clint had insisted on, weirdly – the legal language only referred to people by their callsigns. Each Avenger was only mentioned by name once, in the roster.
Steve took out a black ink pen, drew a neat line through his name and Sam’s name, and then wrote Sam’s name next to Captain America.
“I need to not be Cap for a while,” he said quietly, initialing the change. Every head in the room turned to Sam, who grinned.
“He asked me last night,” Sam said. “Was I gonna say no?”
“Black Captain America?” Rhodey asked. Sam nodded, and Rhodey held out his fist for a dap.
Steve looked at Tony, who was looking thoughtful.
“You could have asked for this months ago,” Tony said. “But there would have been a call for confirmation hearings. Sam would have been background checked. Media field day. So you dumped it in now at the last minute, so that it would be up to me as a representative of the Accord negotiators.”
“Is there a problem?” Steve asked.
Tony smiled a little. “No, just admiring how good you’re both getting at politics.” He held out his hand for the pen, then leaned across the table and initialed the change. Then he set the pen down and snapped his fingers. One of the guards at the edge of the conference room came forward with a large object in a thin canvas bag. Tony took it, undid the drawstring, and removed the shield. He looked at Steve, then passed it straight across him to Sam, who took it carefully and slid his arm into the straps, letting it hang by his side.
“Got any first words as Captain America?” Natasha asked.
“Yeah,” Sam said. “Are we done here? I got justice to dispense.”
Okay, so the Overwatch Role Reversal AU: A Snapshot for those interested about this crazy ass timeline. Featuring the original gang.
-Instead of Gabriel being put in Blackwatch, he is put in charge of Overwatch, with Morrison as his right hand. Because of this, the resentment never builds, and they make a steady team. Ana is put in charge of Blackwatch and runs it well, never diving into unsavory tactics despite pressure from the UN (and God, is there pressure, anyone would cave other than Ana with what they’re preaching, Morrison himself included). Because resentment never builds, Overwatch never falls.
-Instead of becoming a medic, the deaths of her parents inspire Angela to become a solider instead, to be an avenging angel instead of one for peace. Her tech is used to wound, not to heal. And maybe Torbjorn, tired of the wreckage his omnics caused, finds a way to make robots that can heal, not hurt more further.
-Jesse McCree is exactly the same, as is Reinhardt. McCree is happy in Blackwatch under Ana, one of their top agents. And with Overwatch working as well as ever, Reinhardt is never forced to retire.
-Meanwhile, upon being told to force Genji into line for the clan and kill him, Hanzo refuses, determined to change his brother before things get so dire. The clan goes over his head to attack his brother and despite their bad blood, he defends Genji, losing both legs and being left for dead in the process, giving Genji enough time to escape. Hanzo is put into Overwatch after being saved by the organization, and Genji is left of the run, guilty over what his brother gave to save him for an era until finding a omnic in Nepal.
-That being said, Overwatch isn’t a perfect organization. Nothing is, nothing will ever be. Corruption feeds from the inside under the noses of our leaders, festers there something fierce. Talon emerges within Overwatch, a second shadow. Mistakes happen. People who find out, vanish.
-And maybe that is the reason a simple op to search a warehouse leads to the death of Jesse McCree, an explosion from nowhere, a critical agent lost. And maybe that is why, Talon finds Lena Oxton’s house and drags her away in the night only to return her three weeks later, cheerful as ever before vanishing once more. And maybe that’s why, Jack Morrison, golden boy Jack Morrison, is found dead in his office from a letter opener to the chest the same day Lena vanishes, Gabriel walking in just to catch his last breath.
-(Though off the record, perhaps these things are not what they seem to be, because years later, a ghost like man known as “The Stranger” is found stopping highway heists in the West, a living phantom, Talon acquires a new assassin who moves too fast to stop, and a man who wears a blue face mask wakes up seven years after his own “death” and is told to hunt down Talon.)
-After this, after losing so much in such a short time, these things happen; Hanzo leaves Overwatch to take on his family, Gabriel leaves Overwatch unable to deal with the loss of the recruit he brought in and the best friend he ever had, Ana leaves Overwatch because she has to retire someday and she’s too damn old to lose people. Her daughter, now accomplished, joins Overwatch. Gérard Lacroix takes over Blackwatch, his wife now a sniper for Overwatch proper after a failed kidnapping attempt years ago (saved by a woman who she now attempts to pry from Talon’s control). Reinhardt takes over Overwatch.
-Gabriel Reyes does not retire, not really, putting on a mask and going by a codename to save Overwatch from Talon’s influence from the outside. And Ana, well Ana was never good at retiring. And to get this done, to get Overwatch back to the organization it needs to be, he calls out to a new generation of heroes to help them out.
-Meanwhile Winston is still Winston cus there are some universal constants in the world and that’s one.
He sits in the common area, CURIOSITY in his eyes as he looks over the tablet. Raven and Monty seem to have got a lot of the tech up and running. Most of it he just leaves alone. But they didn’t slap his hand away when he picked this up so he decided it was SAFE. Finger swipe over the screen. He watches the screen change with FASCINATION, images and symbols appearing. A shame he cannot read Gonasleng. He wishes he could. He has been told there are many books stored on this peace of tech. It would at least pass the time. There are what they call ‘videos’ as well. He has tried watching a few. Some are more interesting than others.
Head lifts when he realizes he is not ALONE. Gaze falls upon the young man, John. Or Murphy. He never knows which he is supposed to call him. “ Evening - ” he stops and looks at the watch he was given ensure he has the time right. He is still getting used to not knowing how to tell the time by the sky now. // @ncncriminalway