Avengers. [Yeah, I’m playing hardball. Sorry. XD]
My Mouth Is Open, I See with My Eyes by smilingskull - Teddy/Billy, Kate, Tony/Steve, Shannon, Sharon. Kate Bishop and Billy Kaplan have a standing lunch date, every Wednesday at a cute little café down in the Village. They sit at the same table every time, outside on the patio but under trees.
Without Irony & Per Expectations by tsukinofaerii - Tony/Steve. An AU of the events covering SIEGE and immediate after. When Tony is rebooted after deleting his brain, he’s left with no memory of anything, and lingering programs that keep him from finding out everything he missed. Sometimes you just need to start over, but there’s always a place in every plan for a backup.
(I almost cheated and listed X-fic here, but I remember really liking:)
Strobelight Serenade by panicandstartariot - Tony/Steve, ensemble. The Avengers get shanghaied into chaperoning a high school prom. In Steve’s opinion, things go downhill from there, but Tony’s determined to save the night. With the Macarena.
Slightly more coherent summary of the Marvel conference call with Kelly Sue DeConnick, Stefano Caselli, Lauren Sankovitch, and Tom Brevoort.
DeConnick revealed the lineup as Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Woman, Captain America and Captain Marvel. Of the last she said, “I had the option to pick…and if I’m deciding, I had a slot for this character as well.”
I am so excited for this book—easily as excited as I was for the new Gambit series, definitely reaching the levels of anticipation I had for Captain Marvel. I haven’t read any of the main Avengers titles for over a year, but now one of my absolute favorite writers is taking over the reins of the Avengers book most removed from events and crossovers. (I’m also thrilled that Carol is going to be on the team!)
This announcement also hit just at the right time; I’ve been pulling Iron Man for ages and Kieron Gillen is another of my favorite writers, but I finally decided I couldn’t spend my money on a book illustrated by a man who occasionally traces porn models for his superheroines. Avengers Assemble does a lot to ameliorate that disappointment.
And on a purely selfish note, I’m psyched to see Carol and Jessica co-starring in a book written by someone who seems pretty fond of their relationship. Also Tony and Steve, but mostly: Carol and Jess.
Breaking news: It was just announced on the Walt Disney Investors Conference Call that Joss Whedon will return for The Avengers sequel. Whedon is signed to both write and direct the upcoming sequel. Disney confirmed that Whedon is also involved in the development of the long-lead ABC live-action television series which will be set inside the Marvel cinematic universe. More info as we get it.