A.U. pre-Avengers [sort of] where the SHIELD agents have a favourite bar where they all hang out after work or missions: darts game (highscore owned by the Hawk), guns and lethal weapons under every table, a cocktail named after Fury (whiskey+cinnamon+orange), karaoke… And after a nth mission together where Natasha saved the life of a dozen of SHIELD members, Clint and the few grams of alcohol in his blood pay a vibrant tribute to her, the other agents considering now Nat’ as a real member of the agency and no more as an ex-KGB spy.
btw, thanks to Bex :)
"Trust me, he’s more than capable. I’d rely on Martha if the world was ending. In fact, I did.”
“All’s fair in love and war,” said Ron brightly, “and this is a bit of both.”
IT LOOKS SO HAPPY
And people say Pepper doesn’t have enough spunk to match Tony in their relationship.
Come on, we all know who wears the pants between these two.
You know what? For a large community of people that love superheroes and are LGBTQA* positive, I’m surprised that there isn’t more hype about this book:
It is written by Perry Moore,who was the executive producer of the e Chronicles of Narnia films, and he was one of the few openly gay film directors.
To copy and paste wiki: Hero is a Lambda-winning first novel by openly gay film producer and novelist Perry Moore. The fantasy novel is about a teenage superhero, Thom Creed, who must deal with his ex-superhero father’s disgrace, his own sexuality, and a murderer stalking the world’s heroes.
To get into further detail: Thom’s father, Hal, was publicity disgraced as a Super Hero several years previous, and is now out of the limelight. Unfortunately for Thom, he has discovered his sexuality and his father is largely homophobic. When several high profile superheroes die under mysterious circumstances, Thom must approach The League -A band of Heroes who his father hates- to solve the mystery, and to stop the deaths of his fellow heroes.
Perry Moore wrote this book after the release of X-Men: Age of Apocalypse #2, when Northstar, a gay character is killed by Woverine. -For those that don’t know, in this timeline Northstar is a villain, though acts as a hero in the other main storylines- Moore rightly thought that having one of Marvel’s biggest heroes murder the most prominent gay character sent a bad message to readers.
Moore, to prove the homophobia within the Marvel Universe, created a list of 60 LGBTQ superheroes that have met with torture, rape, had their genitals disfigured/removed, or changed their sexuality to heterosexual.
His discovery at the poor treatment of LGBTQ Superheroes led him to write Hero to present a more positive side of non-heterosexual teenagers.
And guess what? It was written in 2007. SEVEN YEARS AGO. And it was meant to be written as a television series / film, but homophobia in the industry as well as the author’s death in 2011 has put a halt to proceedings.
You can buy it on Amazon HERE. It’s not expensive!
I am honestly disappointed about the lack of attention this book is getting.