secret avengers*

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Marvel’s Secret Avengers Netflix Series.

After The Sokovia Accords and personal issues tear the Avengers apart, a new underground team is assembled to do whatever it takes to eliminate once and for all the threats that could destroy the world as we know it.

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Captain America (Steve Rogers), Avengers, Young Avengers and Secret Warriors assemble to take down Iron Patriot (Norman Osborn). 

Now for a close-up at the three star-spangled themed superheroes at the second pic. There’s Patriot (Elijah Bradley), Captain America (Steve Rogers) and Captain America (Bucky Barnes, also nicknamed as “Bucky Cap” or “Captain Bucky”). 

- Siege #3, 2010

WHY IS NO ONE TALKING ABOUT THE A-FORCE?!

AN ALL-FEMALE AVENGERS TEAM.

ALL-FEMALE.

This isn’t some shitty, “Well they’re only filling a few issues until we get the normal Avengers back,” bullshit! Just like how Thor is a woman and Captain America is Black, the A-Force is officially one of the new Avengers team, the other being made up of a pretty diverse roster, too! DO YOU UNDERSTAND?! THE MOST BADASS, KICK BUTT LADIES TO EVER GRACE THE UNWORTHY PAGES OF COMIC BOOKS ARE BEING PUT ON THEIR OWN TEAM.

YOU SEE THIS LADY RIGHT HERE? 

THAT’S SINGULARITY. GUESS WHAT? SHE’S NOT HUMAN, SHE’S A PIECE OF THE UNIVERSE THAT GAINED CONSCIOUSNESS AND IS GENDER-FLUID AS HELL, BUT SHE CHOOSES TO BE FEMALE. SHE HAS CONTROL OVER THE COSMOS AND IS JUST AN ALL-AROUND BAD BITCH.

I FUCKING DARE SOMEONE TO FUCK WITH ME ABOUT THIS, BECAUSE THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST MOMENTS IN COMIC BOOK HISTORY AND I WILL CRUSH DISSENTERS BENEATH MY HEELS.

Animated Spider-Man movie poster

bootsandbosons  asked:

Trying to explain Clint Barton to my friends who don't know marvel (apart from the MCU) proving difficult. Especially because the MCU gave him a wife, kids, and an honest to god farm. Any recommendations on how to describe my favorite character? (So far all of my attempts either lead to rambling about ceiling vents and the circus or hysterical laughing because "successful long term relationship" and "Clint Barton" are in the same sentence. Unsurprisingly this just leads to more confusion.)

Well, the problem begins (as problems often do) with comics.

See, comics are a sort of ‘soap opera with capes and tights.’  Comics are ‘fanfic but written by mostly straight white guys who are chosen by other straight white guys.’  Comics are a never ending arms race of suffering, and that’s the problem.

So it’s hard to pin down a character.  Because it’s not one character.

Every writer wants to make their mark.  They want THEIR version of the character to be the one that people point to and say, “THIS.  THIS is the quintessential Hawkeye.  THIS is the reason I love Hawkeye.”

Because they’re not going to write the character forever.  That’s comics.  There’s always someone right behind them, nipping at their heels, someone who wants nothing more, in most cases, then to sweep their careful work aside and make THEIR mark on the character.

There’s not much you can do to stop that from happening.  You can write a really good book, you can be clever and creative and still not hit the readership the right way.  You can write A GOOD BOOK and you’ll still end up in the trash heap of the 25 cent bin, because the promotion team or the movie schedule or the competitor’s event cycle screwed you over.

It’s much easier to make a lot of noise.  To be remembered, rather than beloved.  To get people tweeting and talking and protesting and fighting, because that means when you tossed off this book, there’ll be another one waiting for you.

Don’t believe me?  I mean, someone keeps giving Nick Spencer new books.  (shrug)

So there is no one Hawkeye.  The Hawkeye of the early West Coast Avengers has little in common with the Hawkeye of Fraction and Aja’s solo book run.  The Hawkeye of the most recent Secret Avengers by Ales Kot would be unrecognizable to the Hawkeye of the Ultimates verse.  Movieverse Hawkeye is almost a mirror image of Hawkeye of Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

When you love a character, the question is, which one?  Because even if you take fandom interpretation and fanon out of the equation, there’s a lot of them to choose from.  And while canon feeds fanon, fanon bleeds back into canon.

Describing the character you love takes some effort, some cherrypicking.

For me, it’s this:

On the surface, he’s ordinary.  And his awareness of his ordinariness is part of what makes him so extraordinary.  He’s raised himself to his current position by sheer force of will and a refusal to stop.  He’s bullheaded and snarky and has a chip on his shoulder the size of the island of Manhattan.  He’s not as stupid as he thinks he is, and he’s not as good as he believes he is, and both of those facts are a little heartbreaking.

He’s a man who destroyed his own hearing, because he knew if he didn’t, he was going to hurt someone he loved.  He’s also a man who entered canon trying to rob Tony Stark, which was universally regarded as a very bad idea, since that’s how a lot of people end up dead.

He’s not a god or a genius or a super soldier.   He is a man who looked at the end of the world, and said, fuck you, I’ve got a COUPLE OF STICKS AND A PIECE OF STRING and I’m still going to KICK YOUR ASS.  There is something comforting about that, for most people.  

We want to believe, after all, that if push came to shove, if things got bad, then we would stand up.  With all the risk, and all the fear, and a very good chance that we would not win, we want to believe, that we would still stand.

So all the other stuff, the ragged ends and the bad choices, the stupid plots and the OOC moments, the embarrassing contradictions in canon and the writers who can’t figure him out or don’t want to bother trying, it melts down to one truth at the core of his character, every time.

He is a man that doesn’t feel too different from you or me.  And he stands.  He makes bad choices, he screws people over, he ruins relationships and cheats on partners and girlfriends, he does stupid, stupid things, because this is a soap opera, and half the writers don’t remember what the last one did and the other half don’t care.

For all the parts of him I don’t like, he’s still my favorite.  Because he shouldn’t be there.  He has no place there.  He’s outgunned and outflanked.  Everyone around him is smarter than him, better trained than him, better equipped than him.

And still he stands.  With a bow.  He stands.

And says, come at me, bro.

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Racing/Secret Agents AU: Operation Zero Light

Tony Stark is an ex-GP champion who dropped out of the circuit after a massive accident that cost him his heart and left him with nothing more than a shrapnel as a memento of an extravagant career. Now sponsoring up and coming amateurs while also building the most advanced safety tech for automobiles, Tony doesn’t see a chance of slipping into a race car anytime soon. A thousand miles away, Steve Rogers, an honorably discharged army veteran and Rallye Raid upcoming rookie, is trying to overcome his war memories through an adrenaline pumping race life. These two distinctly different yet ironically similar men are destined to meet when Nick Fury, Director of a covert international peacekeeping organization, decides to call them in to answer the call for the Ultimate Speed Marvel - a private multi-motor racing championship hosted by Nitro, an unseen mafia leader and smuggler with a penchant for the fast track life. Tasked to work together, these champions must learn to navigate through their undercover roles and real tensions to help stop an international disaster. Will their past issues collide or will these passionately temperamental but heroic men find their path before they crash? The answer will either make or break Operation Zero Light.

Please let me know if you’d like to see a fic of this or if you’d like to use this idea for a fic of your own. :D