Okay but I love Danny Rand being the wide sparkly eyed kid in the foursome. I love love love how he’s in awe of Matt’s Daredevil costume and gadgets and his impressive skills, not to mention his respect for what Matt does.
I love every minute Danny spends marvelling at Jessica’s super strength with starry eyes or an impressed grin or both
I love how Danny and Luke have a butting heads rocky start but Danny is impressed by and looks up to Luke, and he takes the kid under his super chill wing.
Danny is by no means the strongest link in the group, and he’s still a bit of a naive rich kid, but the way he’s the optimistic fanboy trying to fill the shoes laid out for him is just really great.
Ok but like…Maddie finds out her son is Phantom through whatever means.
And like, of course, she’s freaking out because who wouldn’t when your son is DEAD and maybe she tries to rationalize it? Like “Phantom was using a trick” or whatever but after way too many signs she has to accept it.
And she keeps it from Jack. Hell, she keeps it from her kids too. One, because she’s still trying to grasp that her kid is a ghost and two, it’s not her secret to tell.
And maybe she starts out acting like Jazz did. Helping out from the sidelines, “missing” her shots so it hits the ghost Phantom is fighting, suddenly retreating when they’re alone, “conveniently” leaving out inventions that would help him fight, etc.
But I’m sure she slips up because how can she not? She’s a mother, and when she sees the Wisconsin ghost beating her son to the ground how can she not interfere?
Oh and the hell that was brought down on the Wisconsin ghost that day and the fear in Danny’s eyes when he realizes his mom knows.
But then…she hugs him. (Is she crying?) And she was so scared for him. She thought she lost her baby.
And now Danny is crying because he thought he was going to get a gun to his head but instead his mom is hugging him because somehow she found out.
From that day on she’s a part of Team Phantom but not with a field work role (no matter how much she wants to be but how would she hide that from Jack?) Nope she’s making weapons and watching Danny to test his powers and their strengths and handing excuses to the school when he suddenly has to leave.
But there’s no way in hell Danny and his friends are doing this alone.
Steve has many annoying quirks. Given the smallest opportunity, Danny will elaborate on them at length to anybody who asks - and even to those who don’t if he’s feeling particularly spirited.
The truth is, though, that Steve is as endearing as hell. He’s loveable, loving, a jumbled up mess of vulnerable badass sweetheart, and Danny loves him deeply.
He’s also a complete and total goof in bed. Oh, he’s great in bed - they’re great in bed, thank you very much - but once the show’s over, he turns into a hilarious lump of limbs, pleased as punch to be naked and satisfied. He loves a good snuggle, and, really, Danny is more than happy to oblige.
“You’re a goof,” he says, smiling when Steve draws him in, closer, tighter, warmer. Oh yeah. This is some tip-top snuggling, this is.
“I’m a goof?” Steve harrumphs, stretches out a kink in his back before relaxing back into the mattress. “I’m not the one who told Charlie about my time-outs.”
“Hey! It’s not like I gave him specifics. What do you take me for?”
Danny rolls his eyes. “Still, nothing. I made it sound like I put you in a cardboard box in the corner for 30 minutes, not that I-”
“-strip me naked in 5 seconds flat? Have your wicked way with me? Cunningly use to your advantage the fact that I like a good catnap after sex, and if I’m asleep then I can’t be blowing anything up?”
“Well I don’t see you complaining,” Danny responds, poking a finger into Steve’s side.
Steve captures the finger, lifts it up for a kiss. “Of course not. I love my time-outs.”
If I had Rick Sanchez’s reality-hopping Portal gun, I would waste the potential by only going to realities where my favourite cartoons weren’t cancelled against the creator’s wishes. In fact, I would go to a reality where it was illegal to cancel a cartoon against the creator’s wishes and just binge-watch the nonexistent seasons of my favourite discontinued cartoons.