Dear Comm Members (those of you who haven't scattered yet out of fear of the new LJ Terms of Service):

I think most of us here are fans of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and its progenitor/parellel universe, the Marvel Comics and their various divergent versions (616, Ultimates, Fraction/Aja, Edmunson/Noto ...).  Because once you love Clint and Natasha, you can't get enough of them - I know I've been digging up even some vintage versions of them since the days when I professed complete ignorance of the comics 'verse.

So tell us - do you have a preference?  Slight or definitive?  Do you prefer terse, flinty-eyed, Ultimates-inspired Hawkdad from the MCU; the human-car-crash-but-still-professional Fraction version; or the atonement-driven Occupy Avengers guy in the tac suit?  Do you harken back to the femme fatale assassin of the 616; or do you prefer the sarcastic Avengers whisperer played by Scarlett Johansson, or the guilt-ridden, liquid-eyed cat lover created by Phil Noto?

Or do you do pick and choose what you like and mash them up into the kind of convergent whole Marvel never seems to quite manage?

And while you're at it, do you have any recs you can share for your favourite fanfic version of Clint and/or Natasha (whether inspired by one of the "originals" or completely different)?

And finally, do you foresee any convergence of the comics verse and the MCU in the forthcoming Avengers 3 and 4?

The floor is yours!

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27 January 2017 @ 10:32 pm
Happy ATTF Friday, best bar! (Hey, it's still Friday on the East Coast of NYC...)

So. Families. Long before AoU came into the mix and gave Clint his own family and backstory, we all had our headcanons as to how Clint and Natasha grew up. The bad thing about them not having their own movies is that we have no idea what kind of story the MCU had in store for them. The good news? We got to make up our own headcanons.

Do you have any favorite headcanons for our favorite assassins that you absolutely stand by? Was Natasha always an orphan, raised in the Red Room? Or did she have a family she was taken away from in Russia? Does your headcanon for Clint's family include the comicsverse of Barney and the circus, or something else entirely?

Of course, found family is one of the MCU's favorite things...and one of mine, too. It's no secret that the Avengers (especially Natasha) have found more of a place with their friends than with any family they ever had growing up.

Share your own headcanons, fic (do you have really good origin stories?) and thoughts!

Things to remember:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)
 
 
21 January 2017 @ 06:24 am
Okay, technically this is ATTS but as I write this, it's still Friday on the West Coast of North America, so.

This weekend (and until the next ATTF rolls around) is your chance to unburden yourself of your troubles with pesky Works in Progress.  You know, the things that have been sitting on your hard drive forever and that won't finish themselves no matter how hard you stare at them.  Or even just the ideas that won't quite gel - you know, the ones that need a nudge to turn into an actual story. (This used to be a regular - Wednesday - feature of the comm, and is quite possibly the reason "Highway of Diamonds" got written.)

Come and get inspiration from your friends in this wonderful comm!

-  Tell us about the corner you've written yourself into - maybe someone can help you out?

-  Tell us which plot hole you're stuck in - maybe someone has a tow line?

-  Tell us which character arc you're thinking of that seems off - we'll give them a stern talking to and get them to cooperate.

-  Give us an excerpt that we can ooh and aah over, so as to inspire you to continue!

There are some amazing writers on this site that are only to happy to help out, be used as a sounding board, cheer you on or give you a little push.  Because we are selfish if there is one thing we like, it's more great Clintasha fic!

Things to remember:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)


 
 
 
18 November 2016 @ 01:50 pm
Hello honorable comrades, and welcome to the latest All the Things Friday! I'll be your host this week, sort of. More on that in a minute. If you want to be a host for a future ATTF, go to this page and check out the info!

Firstly, credit to [livejournal.com profile] inkvoices and [livejournal.com profile] workerbee73, who masterminded the ATTF I'm mostly copy-pasting for this one. They ran a really successful and super fun Friday a few years back, so here's to hoping that spirit will return, and shower us with loads of great fanworks, just in time to procrastinate all out holiday exchange fics :))) not that I'm speaking personally or anything, and/or cushion the blow of November holidays with relatives. One would hope.

There are three parts to this ATTF challenge/game. If you'd like to participate, you can choose any or all of the options, or just sit back and glut! :D

1. Rec a fanwork (fic, art, podfic, graphics, mural graffitied on a wall in town, etc.) by a fandom newcomer, or just an underappreciated work that you feel deserves some love.

2) Tell us the first thing that you wrote/made in this fandom. How did you get into it, what was the inspiration, was it hard to do? What do you think about it now, either in content or composition? Tell the story of your story! Link if you're brave enough :D

3) Rec something you wrote/made in this fandom that you’re most proud of, or that’s your favourite.

Discussion Ideas: How have your thinky thoughts or creative leanings changed since that first thing you wrote/made? How far have we come since the film was released? What is it about the shiny new things coming through that are different, that have changed your thinking?

We've had a few good recs and discussions on this community lately, but with the way the movies, comics, and, basically, 2016, I think it'll do us some good to harken back to the golden days. Maybe it'll give us some inspiration for the future. <3

What are your three things for this Friday?


And a few things to keep in mind:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment has is graphic/images/gif heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)
 
 
So, we haven't had one of these for a while.  But it's summer time, some of us are on holidays, even travelling (I'm at an airport, en route to Crete as I write this).  What better time to remember that Clint and Natasha have been virtually everywhere on the planet, doing good and killing bad guys?  Or even just relaxing and levelling out after the latest alien invasion or brain melt.

So, tell us about your favourite head canon:  Where do they go to relax?  What is their MOST or LEAST favourite place they've ever been on mission (and yes, Budapest counts)?  Why?

Have they ever been to your home town?  What would they find there?

Or meta for us.  What do you make of those tossed-off references, like Budapest?  "He's in Afghanistan."  That snippet from Abidjan on the computer.  What grabs you when people throw those into a fic?

Give us a prompt, a three-sentence fic, or rec us a story (or three).  And yes, self-recs are good!

And:

Things to remember:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)
 
 
10 June 2016 @ 06:00 pm
Hello all and welcome to this week's all the things friday's EPIC REC PARTY!

Read a good fanfic lately that you'd like to share or some old favourites? Looking for specific fics or just a general genre you're in the mood for? Watched a great fanvid, seen some gorgeous art, laughed at something on tumblr, found a great gif? Podfics, playlists, icons, all the things? Looking for any of those? SEARCHES AND SHARING OF ALL THE THINGS WELCOME.

Feel free to rec and request things from the wider Marvel universe as well as things featuring Clint and/or Natasha. And if you end up chatting with people about things non-Marvel *gasp* feel free to rec each other books and films and tv shows and other things as well. To keep things easy to spot just please put something in your comment's subject line to indicate the content.

And: this comm is no longer a spoiler-free zone for Civil War so Civil War recs and searches are also welcome.

Bring on the party!






Reminder: you can sign up to host ATTF or suggest ATTF ideas HERE. We're looking for hosts and ideas for June and July :)

Things to remember:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)
 
 
Hello fellow enthusiasts! And welcome to another All the Things Friday!

I definitely did not confuse Friday and Saturday this week, no sir-ee. (Sorry.  D: )

This week the challenge/partay is modelled after [livejournal.com profile] comment_fic's daily challenge, wherein participants will comment to the post with prompts that relate to the daily topic. This week's topic is *drumrolls* ALTERNATE UNIVERSE

If you've been dying to read Lumberjack!Natasha/Birdwatching!Enthusiast!Clint, this is your time!
If you have a craving for a high school AU with popular kid Clint and emo artist Natasha (who would be best friends with skinny!Steve, of course), this is your place!
If the newly developed ships of Ultron didn't sit right with you and you want to rewrite some scenes (or the whole movie) as Clintasha, this is your motion!

AU is the way we are feeliiinn'!

I may be slightly too into AUs, what, who said that?

ALSO INCLUDED IN THIS ATTF is headcanons! Say nobody else prompts your Lumberjack/Birdwatching story, but you've got a lot of feelz for it anyway? Or you can't fic for the prompt 'Activists' but you have some opinions about how it would work anyway? Go right ahead and put your metaphorical pen to the metaphorically physical comments! I think I speak for everyone when I say we really really want to read it.

Special rule: In the spirit of comment-fics, and more generally of ATTF, we ask that stories or headcanons be posted as replies to the prompts or the main post. Except for:
-If it gets long enough to be unwieldy here, we'd rather that you post a link to your journal or AO3 account rather than kinkmeme style reply-posting.
-If a prompt super-grabs you and grows into some epic length fic, and you finish a month from now, feel free to post that sucker to the com (as well as replying to the original comment because I, at least, tend to miss stuff like that if it's not shoved in my face via Inbox).

Normal rules:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)
 
 
13 May 2016 @ 08:32 pm
Hello Best of Bars!

Time for a little Friday something.  Most of us here write fan fiction, and those of us who don't, read it.  Or make cool art.  And when you do any of these things, you will have come across things that make you go, "WAIT.  Did they just make that up?  No -- can't be.  It's too familiar.  Must be from ..."

Chances are, you've come across fanon.  Some idea or factoid that has turned up so often, it's become Truth.  Like those things:

- Coulson recruited Clint.
- Natasha drinks tea.
- He made that different call because he watched her care for civilians/children/a kitten.


That's fanon -- fan-made canon.

If you're the only one who has one of those ideas, that's head canon.  Sometimes, you get the ultimate compliment from a reader:  "head canon accepted."  And if that happens often enough, your brilliant idea can turn into fanon!

Finally, there are the fanfic formats we all love so much, people have turned them into bingos:  the good old tropes"  H/C, friends-to-lovers, body swaps, sex pollen...

All of it adds up to making fan fic into something comfy and familiar that you can pull over your shoulders like an old blanket at the end of a tiring day at the coal face of life.  So, here's the challenge:

-  Tell us your favourite fanon and tropes -- ideally with a fic rec? (And yes, fic self recs are cool!  Help our newbies find your stuff!!!)
-  Or give us a three-sentence fic with one!
-  Which are the ones you can't stand, and wish that they would disappear back under the rock whence they crawled?
-  Tell us your favourite head canon(s)!
-  Maybe you have an instance where your head canon turned up in a movie and you had that delicious moment of wondering whether Joss Whedon read your fic?

Go forth and prosper -- all weekend long! (It's a three-day one here in Europe, so yay! us...)

Things to remember:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)
 
 
15 May 2015 @ 12:22 pm
Greetings, Lovelies!

I’m glad I was stalking the community today because I completely forgot I offered to take over ATTF. Which would have been a bad thing because I’m 95% sure [livejournal.com profile] enigma731 is actually training attack birds. I don’t know how long it would take them to fly north and come after me, but I don’t want to risk it, SO.

Today’s discussion: headcanons! \o/

Now, headcanons are great things. For those of you who haven’t come across this amazing term, headcanons are the things we privately and not-so-privately muse about our characters until it’s either confirmed or denied by canon. Ways to fill in the gaps, as you do. I’ve been making them up for every movie character I find interesting for years (and books and TV, too!). They can be huge, life-altering events, or they can simply be how the character prefers their coffee (Clint: black; Natasha: enough sugar to make an elephant dance).

The great thing about headcanons is that canon sometimes comes along and confirms these and it’s a great feeling. The worst thing about headcanons is that sometimes canon comes along and stomps them into iiiiiiiitty bitty little pieces and you’re left with a broken heart and a broken headcanon. Each installment lives on that knife’s edge of thrill and terror.

Recently, we got a huge installment in our canon—aka one of our characters actually showed up on screen for the first time in three years and he got backstory. So I want to check in with everybody about how your headcanons came through.

Today’s discussion points:

  • What were your headcanons prior to Age of Ultron? How’d they fare? How do you feel about that?

  • Did Age of Ultron give you new headcanons?

  • What, in your opinion, is the best headcanon you’ve seen somebody else post? Did you decide to adopt it?

  • What do you feel are the most common headcanons about Clint and Natasha?

  • And—please keep this positive, please!—but which headcanons don’t you agree with?


And as always, here are your ATTF guidelines:
Things to remember:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)
5) There are going to be Age of Ultron spoilers in this post, so if you haven’t seen it yet, probably best to skip it unless you don’t mind getting spoiled!
 
 
03 April 2015 @ 03:05 pm
The best thing I read for April Fools on the 1st this week was that The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum put Wonder Woman’s invisible jet on display. That’s just A+ for effort. My hat is off. Not that I usually wear a hat. (Also article on Mary Sue.) The Verge’s 11 best April Fools’ gags of 2015 is also worth a glance – selfie stick madness, plausible technhology, and PAC-MAN on Google Maps!

So let’s continue smiling into the weekend with an all the things amusing Friday!

Tell us the best April Fools’ pranks and jokes you know of, and any you’ve pulled off. Share your thinky thoughts on Clint and Natasha when it comes to pranks and their sense of humour. Rec fics with pranks and hilarity. Rec all the amusing things!

Let’s have a laugh :D



Things to remember:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)
 
 
06 March 2015 @ 07:17 pm
Dearest and Best of Bars:

You will probably have seen dire predictions of click for mild spoiling )for Age of Ultron, and painstaking exegesis of every frame that leads to click for more mild spoilering commentary )

But note:  If you're all negative and paranoid about what's to come, this post is not for you. Because this post is for people who are ***excited*** about what's in store for us come May (or late April, if you're lucky enough to live in Europe or Oz) and who are ***positive*** that they'll have a good time with that movie!!!  People who can't wait to see more of our favourites. I mean, there's lots to be excited about:

SPOILER CUT! (don't open if you really don't want to know!! )

The list goes on.

So tell us: What are you looking forward to? [livejournal.com profile] rebelliousrose-- this one's for you and your earlier query -- what do you think of the trailers? Have you already written or read some anticipatory soon-to-be-Jossed AoU fic? Found any particularly cook gifs made from those trailers? Pre-booked your tickets? Let's do some major squeeing together!!!

Please put spoilers under a cut for those who just want to squee, but not to be spoiled!!


Things to remember:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you've chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that's not happening then this post has clearly failed.)
 
 
23 January 2015 @ 08:16 am
So friendships. Relationships don't exist in a vaccuum, as I always remind myself when writing fic for said relationships, and there's a lot to be said for how our favorite assassins might handle their friendships.

In canon, Melinda has Natasha programmed in her phone, Maria promises Ward to tell Natasha what he said when she talks to her next, and Natasha cries when she thinks Fury is dead. (Is it just me, or does she get more on-screen friendship nods than Clint and is that significant?) Plus, of course, there's the whole 'I gotta find Steve a date' thing because they're obviously friends.

So what do you think? Do they have a circle of friends they share, friends who know their secrets, friends who don't, friends of one that the other can't stand? Share your headcanon, fic, and meta in the comments below!

Things to remember:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)
 
 
16 January 2015 @ 01:37 pm
Dearest and most beloved of Bars!

First things first:  IT'S FRIDAY!!!  *ahem*

Today, I thought, we could talk about things that might have happened before our great ship yacht sailed, and how/whether/if the existence of previous partners might feature in the lives of our favourite assassins, and how.

We know from comics canon (possibly, but not definitively modified in the MCU by Agents of SHIELD) that Clint was married to Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird.  How does he react when they run into each other at SHIELD?  How do they get along?  Would she and Natasha be friends?  ("So Bobbi tells me that I should just give up now on you ever putting the cap back on the toothpaste.  Lost cause, she says."  "When did you talk to her??  You guys doing some kind of all-girl conspiracy thing??"  "She also says you like to be scratched behind the ear, like a cat."  "That's total bullshit.  She's having you ...  hmmmm... do that again?")

We also understand from comics canon that Natasha and The Winter Soldier may, at some point, been together.  What was that like?  How, if true, would it impact on Steve's search, and Natasha's willingness to help, beyond handing him the file with a warning? Would Clint be nervous what might happen when Barnes turns up?

Then, there are of course other options.  My burgeoning head canon has Clint having had a fling with Melinda May at some point (strictly friends with benefits, although [livejournal.com profile] igrockspock turned that into a former marriage, in her wonderful story Two Truths and One Lie.)  We know May has Nat on speed dial, so what do they text each other about that won't pass the Bechdel test??

Give us your head canons, meta, recs, ficlets, snippets ...  And remember:

Things to remember:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)
 
 
It is my pleasure to host the first ATTF of the year, and I bring you... pain. Muahahaha.

This week's theme is the darker/unhappier side of relationships. Especially if you have two personalities as potentially explosive as Clint and Natasha, issues are probably bound to crop up. They both have plenty, and it is likely that self-reliance was an essential survival skill for both of them in the past -- had to be, really. How does affect a relationship, getting used to sharing your life with someone, even the ugly parts, and giving up on fending by yourself? What about getting into a relationship, letting go of fear of abandonment or commitment, dealing with the time they have to spend away from each other, and living with the constant risk of losing your partner (in which ever way that is to be interpreted) in their line of work... all that must be hard enough, but if you add both their histories, there is SO much potential for issues to simmer, or boil over. And what happens then? How do they fight? How would they handle a breakup -- final or temporary -- and how would that change depending on the point in time at which it occurs? They are exes in the comics, how would you that translate into the MCU? What about past relationships? How would those shape and influence a current relationship between the two of them?

Soooooo. Any headcanons, ideas, fic recs? Revel in the sadness, bar patrons, and most importantly, share all the sad things with the rest of us. ;D

Things to remember:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)
 
 
21 November 2014 @ 08:33 am

Happy friday, everyone! (Or possibly Thursday, I’m not sure where in the world the rest of you are)

This week, I'd like to see what you all think about music, both in universe and in fandom. Because everyone likes music, right?

In-Universe
Now, we all know that Tony Stark loves ACDC, but what do our two favourites listen to? Does Natasha listen to classical Russian? Does Clint listen to American rock? Or do they roll their eyes at these potential clichés and go their own way?

Do they listen to music to relax? While they work out or spar? To fall asleep? When they’re in the mood, do they make cheesy soundtracks for their missions? Do they swap music recommendations regularly?

Or, maybe, one of them didn't really have much music taste, and the other keeps recomemending stuff. Or perhaps neither of them are that interested in music, and they're laughing at us all.

Do either of them sing, or play an instrument?

Fandom
I know we have a fanmix tag on this journal, and someone must run the 8tracks account, so it’s probably safe to say you like fanmixes.

What do you look for in a mix? Lyrics? Style? A theme that runs through each song?

Have you ever heard a song and just gone: that’s it, this is perfect, there will never be a better song for Clint/Nat/Clintasha? What song is it?


Things to remember:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)

 
 
03 October 2014 @ 10:33 am
“Barton and Romanoff never have an extraction plan.”  “Fury wanted a lie detector even Agent Romanoff couldn’t beat.”

Did you go EEEP!! the same way I did, when those throwaway lines got thrown away in Season One of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD?  And started to wonder whether we were going to see our assassins pop in on the show?   …  And (after spending a token few minutes being disappointed) felt your own creative gears start to crank up when they didn’t?  Well, here’s your chance to watch/make it happen!

SHIELD was/is a place where chances are pretty good that field agents would know one another.  Coulson is a given – we’ve seen him talking to both Clint and Natasha on screen.  And there's lots of fic involving him and our ship (or one of them ...) out there already. It’s the others I'd like to look at, or the group of them together.  Some thoughts:

-                Melinda May has been “in” for quite some time, but so has Clint (his service photo, which can be seen on one of the screens in “Avengers,” is dated 8/30/99). Do they have a history – as green recruits, partners, friends with benefits, colleagues, or did they get drunk at the SHIELD Christmas party and wake up in Bahrain? (Without prejudice to later relationships!)

-                Has Natasha trained with Ward, taught him what he knows, whupped him, maybe even noticed there was something not quite ... genuine with the guy?  Would Coulson ask her to interrogate him, after the fall of SHIELD?

-                What would happen if Natasha ran into Skye doing a hack job? Who learns from whom?

-                Did FitzSimmons design any of Clint’s arrow heads?  Are they starstruck by Hawkeye, or do they find designing his killware mildly distasteful?

-                Did Natasha ever take that lie detector test what's-his-face mentioned?

-                How do you think Clint would have gotten along with Victoria Hand, or John Garrett?

-                Would “Director” Coulson reach out to Clint and Natasha, now ensconced in Avengers Tower, to help him kick-start new!SHIELD?  Would Maria Hill act as liaison to make it happen?

-                Sitwell.  Go.

Give us your fics or fic snippets, meta, recs, self-recs, icons, idle thoughts! (No pro/anti-Ward wanking please – let’s leave that topic to tumblr…)

Things to remember:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)
 
 
15 August 2014 @ 09:34 pm
Hello patrons of the Very Best Bar (TM)!

I hope this Friday (or early Saturday as I am a little late with this) finds you well and that our wonderful Promptathon is feeding your plot bunnies. :P But if not, never fear! I bring our semi-reulgar Three Sentence Ficathon to help get the ball rolling!

So, just as a reminder, this is how this works:
- post a prompt - one per comment for ease please
- reply with fic! Max. three sentences long
- have fun!

And our usual reminders:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.

2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)
 
 
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08 August 2014 @ 01:04 pm
Hello, best bar in the world!

We're going to take things easy today and go a liiiiiittle bit off topic. That's right, it's time for... (drumroll please)...

attf

ALL THE THINGS FRIDAY: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

This movie came out in US theaters last weekend, but I realize not everybody has had a chance to see it yet. For those of you who have, what are you thoughts? Loved it? Hated it? Wondered why the raccoon talked like a 1940s gangster?
Was Baby Dancing Groot not the greatest thing ever?

So come one, come all, come flail!

Please note that on this post all spoilers are fair game, so read the comments at your own risk! Also, if you haven't gotten your prompts in for the Promptathon, you might want to mosey over and do that, as we're shutting that post down very soon.

Things to remember:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)
 
 
01 August 2014 @ 10:40 pm
Hello! I'm your guest host for tonight's ATTF, and I'll dig right in: comics vs. movies. Did you read the comics (by which I mainly refer to the 616 universe)? Do you have certain expectations, certain things you want the movies to revisit? Do you mix and match the comic canon and movie canon, or do you keep them separate?

To get things started, my two cents are that the characters in the movies and the characters in the comics are at the same time the same and also very different people. A friend of mine once said that the movie characters have a different 'energy' than the comics ones, and I think that's a good description for my take on it as well. Take Natasha: on the one hand you have the woman from the comics who has been around for decades, spy, assassin, criminal with a long and storied history. On the other, you have the movie version, who -- at least based on canon so far -- is far younger, and who, and that's my impression, ymmv, is more empathetic than the comics one. And then Clint: there's the SHIELD agent and assassin from the movies, and then there's the human disaster from the comics who just recently swore he never killed anyone (however true that can be).

The one thing they have in common though, so far -- and will hopefully continue to -- is that they care for each other deeply and that their lives are entangled. They're exes in the comics -- though there's so much more to their shared history. Clint calls Natasha his best friend and his work wife, and one of my favorite comics panels spoilers for Avengers Assemble ). Funny enough, I don't ship them in the comics -- I actually ship Clint like fedex with someone else -- while the movie versions are one of my OTPs.

So, now, enough about me, back to the beginning: What about you? Do you keep your Clints and Natashas separate, or do you morph them together? Do you make use of comics canon for movie fic, and if so what is it? What parts of the comics would you like to come up in the movies, and which do you think don't fit? Do you have fic recs for fic that combines them well? Meta recs that either point out the differences or talk about the similarities? Any headcanons you'd like to share, about the things in their backstories that do or don't align? Just remember:

1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)
 
 
18 July 2014 @ 11:22 am
So here I was wondering whether I picked a good topic for this week’s ATTF, and then Providence throws me this picture (courtesy of Entertainment Weekly):

Team pic


I thought Natasha should be the one holding the glass in the corner -- just because she had to be there somewhere, please -- but then someone said it was actually Thor, so I theorized that Natasha was off to the right, conspiring with Pepper how they could get Hawkeye to sit like a normal human, or at least take his #$%%^@! boots off the couch.


All in all, we had a pretty good squee fest over the pic itself already, so let’s take this whole thing to the next level – namely the fictional!  Monsters, magic, and a place where Clint and Natasha are together (lovers maybe already, maybe even married, or just BFFs eying each other when they think the other isn't looking) -- but also part of the Avengers as a team.  And that means they have to relate to the others somehow, and they to the assassins (that little bubble they created around themselves at the Shawarma place can't last forever ...).

When I started out in this fandom, I thought that whole idea of the team living together in the same place was nuts.  (Seriously?  Adults going back to dorm-style living?)  But that was before I realized that (a) it was actually comics canon, and (b) fics about that could be huge amounts of fun.   But so can fics where they’re stuck on missions with the team (or individual members).

  • How does Clint learn to fit in with/talk to a bunch of people whom (in the MCU at least) he first met when he was shooting at them, and next when he was shooting with them?

  • How does Natasha cope living with five guys, one more devastatingly gorgeous, anti-social and damaged than the next (Does that toilet seat ever stay down?  Does she flee to Pepper or Maria for sanity breaks?)

  • Do they feel compelled to keep their relationship a secret, or do they really don’t care where they get caught in ‘recreational activities? (Who figures out first that they’re an item? How does Bruce get Tony to pony up on their bet when he successfully picked the garage as 'the next place' where they'll be discovered in flagrante?)

  • How do the other Avengers look at our assassins?  Ddo they feel protective of their humanity, especially when one of them gets hurt?  Jealous because Clint and Natasha have a partner?  Bewildered by their ability to communicate epically on Tony’s latest failings with the mere twitch of an eyebrow?

  • And what about that ‘other’ team, namely Coulson’s?  Do Clint and Natasha know/have views on/had missions with some of its members?

  • How do team dynamics change after the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

So, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to give us your recs, self-recs, ficlets, meta, deep thinky thoughts, POV musings – but especially recs, ‘coz there’s lots of great stuff out there and it’s summer and I may not have read them all yet.
To start off, here are a couple of my all time faves involving the entire team, discovering things about Clint and Natasha in one, and each other in the second:

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Assumptions by [livejournal.com profile] jacedesbff:  The team discovers that Clint and Natasha are, in fact, married.  (Not rated, but nothing untoward happens)

Culture and Other Balls of Twine, by [livejournal.com profile] lithiumdoll:  Post-New York – Tony insists on a road trip, and one by one everybody shows up.  Fury rolls his eyes. (Rated G)

Five Times Natasha Throws Up On One Of Her Teammates by [livejournal.com profile] allthatglistens:  The title says it all.  A really enjoyable read.  (Rated T)

The Exchange [livejournal.com profile] slynn:  Clint "borrows" books.  Bruce does not respond well.  Touching, moving, beautiful -- especially if you love books  (Rated T)

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There are of course many more, and I will probably stick some more into the comments as they come to mind.

And don’t forget these essentials:

Things to remember:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)
 
 
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