MCU Rewrites is a series by madsthenerdygirl that rewrite various installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The series started with a rewrite of Avengers: Age of Ultron and continued with rewriting Captain America: Civil War. The installments are written in a screenplay-style format.
The series consists of (in order):
- Age of Ultron: Redux
- There is also a version of the story written in a more traditional fanfiction format: Age of Ultron Redux: Fic Version
- New Avengers
- Black Widow
- Captain America: Ghosts of HYDRA
- Avengers: Civil War
MCU Rewrites contains examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion:
- There are more Call Backs and Continuity Nods to past installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Age of Ultron: Redux.
- Black Widow deals with the fallout of Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow releasing both HYDRA and SHIELD on the internet; she is on trial as she details her past in the Red Room and her first meeting with Clint Barton AKA Hawkeye.
- The events of Captain America: Civil War are expanded into three different installments:
- New Avengers which focuses on Wanda and Pietro Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, Vision, James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine, and Sam Wilson/Falcon becoming the New Avengers team. Tensions involving the Sokovia Accords begin to rise when Wanda nearly kills Tomi Shishido/Gorgon for killing Pietro.
- Captain America: Ghosts of HYDRA which focuses on Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter finding James "Bucky" Barnes/The Winter Soldier and bringing him back from his brainwashing and taking down the remnants of HYDRA. There is also a fight between Sharon Carter and another one of the Winter Soldiers, Josef in the climax of the story. Steve and Tony's friendship is nearly broken when Tony discovers, through the use of his Binarily Augmented Retro Framing device that Bucky killed Maria and Howard Stark while under the control of HYDRA.
- Avengers: Civil War focuses on the team being split by the Sokovia Accords and the pro- and anti- registration sides being put into conflict when Bucky and Wanda are accused of a terrorist attack. There is also a sequence of events that shows Maria and Sharon breaking a few members of the anti-registration side out of their prison. At the end, both Steve and Tony understand the intentions behind what the other did and make up. The final scene shows Heimdall and Thor observing these events with Thor making it clear that the Avengers will be brought back together because a war is coming, a war that is... infinite.
- Adaptation Origin Connection: Black Widow reveals that The Winter Soldier AKA James "Bucky" Barnes was one of Natasha's trainers in the Red Room.
- Adaptation Species Change: Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, who in Avengers: Age of Ultron were humans who got their powers through HYDRA's experiments, were changed into mutants who got their powers enhanced by HYDRA's experiments as well as their father being implied to be X-Men villain, Magneto, which is confirmed in New Avengers.
- Since this is (or was) comics-canon, this may well be the inverse of the trope. Adaptation Species Correction, perhaps...
- Adaptational Badass: Sharon Carter is given more focus that shows her to be a competent fighter. Captain America: Ghosts of HYDRA has her accompany Steve Rogers in his mission to help Bucky Barnes and take down what's left of HYDRA. She mows down numerous HYDRA agents, gets into a fight with Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, and takes on Winter Solder Josef and comes out on top by shooting him in the face. In Avengers: Civil War, she helps Maria Hill bust Scott Lang, Clint Barton, and Sam Wilson out of the Raft Prison and blow it up.
- Adaptational Heroism: In Age of Ultron: Redux, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff are given more heroic qualities pre-HeelFace Turn compared to how they are in the movie:
- Pietro expresses disgust towards working with HYDRA (even calling them 'Nazi asses' in a conversation with Wanda) and tries to convince Wanda that they should not team up with Ultron, asking her how many lines they must cross to take revenge on Tony Stark and if it is all worth it.
- Wanda, unlike in the movie, does not intentionally cause The Hulk to go on a rampage and is horrified at her actions when Hawkeye tells her that she made The Hulk lose control and is headed for the city where he will hurt innocent people.
- Adaptational Superpower Change: Wanda Maximoff's telekinesis and telepathy are changed to Reality Warping powers more in line with her comic book counterpart. The narration even uses the terms "Chaos Magic" and "Hex Bolts".
- Alternate Universe Fic
- And This Is for...: Natasha Romanoff gives this to Madame B, the woman in charge of the Red Room who brainwashed her to become a ruthless assassin, before killing her.Natasha: This is for Yelena! [strikes Madame B into a wall] This is for the man you made me shoot! [grabs the older woman by the throat] This is for every girl you had killed because she had the gall to retain her humanity! [holds Madame B up and the Black Widow draws a knife from her belt] And this is for me. [stabs her former trainer in the stomach]''
- Ambiguously Bi: Steve Rogers/Captain America is portrayed as this: in Age of Ultron: Redux, he acknowledges what he could have had with Peggy Carter and a number of characters in-story wonder if his relationship with James "Bucky" Barnes/The Winter Soldier has the potential to be more than platonic. In Captain America: Ghosts of HYDRA, while being interviewed about Bucky Barnes, Steve states that being asked about his friend would be like asking a wife to testify against her husband. Word of God states she intentionally wrote the story this way so that the reader could interpret their relationship as platonic or romantic.
- Aroused by Their Voice: According to Pietro, his twin sister Wanda thinks JARVIS has a sexy voice.
- Ascended Extra: There are several examples:
- Age of Ultron: Redux: as opposed to just being mentioned in a throwaway line in the film, Jane Foster and Pepper Potts have appearances in the story (the former having a cameo and the latter having a role in the story). Betty Ross is also added to the story.
- New Avengers: More focus is given to Sam Wilson/Falcon, James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine, Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, and Vision as they become the new Avengers team and face off against Sinthea Shmidt/Sin and Viper/Madame Hydra and the remnants of the HYDRA organization.
- Black Widow is intended to be the solo film of Natasha Romanov/Black Widow and details her origins: from her training in the Red Room to meeting Clint Barton/Hawkeye and joining SHIELD and redeeming herself.
- Captain America: Ghosts of HYDRA: As this story is part of the author's Adaptation Expansion of Captain America: Civil War, numerous characters are given more attention and development. Sharon Carter is given more focus as she helps Steve Rogers/Captain America find James "Bucky" Barnes/The Winter Soldier and take down what's left of HYDRA. Brock Rumlow/Crossbones serves as the Big Bad of the installment. Pepper Potts also appears at Tony Stark's presentation at MIT and comforts him after Tony discovers that Bucky killed his parents under the control of HYDRA.
- Avengers: Civil War: As this story is another part of the author's Adaptation Expansion of Captain America: Civil War, numerous characters are given more attention and development. Scott Lang appears near the start of the story rather than showing up in the middle of it. Nick Fury and Maria Hill also make appearances in the story and are respectively on the anti- and pro-registration sides. Pepper Potts also appears and is mentioned to be Tony's fiancée. Sharon and Maria are the ones who assist in breaking some of the anti-registration members out of the Raft Prison and blow it up. The final scene of the story shows Thor and Heimdall observing these events with Thor declaring that the Avengers will be reunited after their disbandment.
- Big Bad:
- Boxing Lessons for Superman: Clint trained Wanda in hand-to-hand combat in between Age of Ultron: Redux and New Avengers. As a result, Wanda does not solely rely on her chaos magic in combat.
- Bullying a Dragon:
- In New Avengers, some idiot thought it was a good idea to deliberately antagonize Wanda Maximoff despite having the knowledge that she possesses mutant superpowers. He's lucky the only thing he got in return was being told off by The Vision.
- In Black Widow, someone calls Natasha Romanoff a whore while she is outside a courthouse for her trial. Not only is she a master assassin but she is accompanied by her boyfriend, Clint Barton, who is also a master assassin. It's a good thing that they're in public or else that guy would have received much worse than Clint flipping him off.
- Canon Character All Along: Pietro and Wanda Maximoff's father seems to be Spared by the Adaptation from Avengers: Age of Ultron as the twins' mother raised them on her own and he was not present when the Maximoff's house was destroyed by a missile from Stark Industries. In New Avengers, Wanda tells Vision about how she and Pietro were found by a man who could do some parlor tricks such as setting down a cigarette lighter and that it could not be picked up not matter how hard someone tried and making a coin float. The man takes the two children to a Jewish family to raise them. The final scene of the story has an unknown man, who goes unnoticed by everyone attending except Wanda visiting Pietro's grave and he is wearing a ring with an "M" on it, confirming that Pietro and Wanda's father is Magneto.
- Chekhov's Gag: Natasha is asked if she wants to try and lift Mjölnir and she replies "That's not a question I need answered" like in the movie. In the Final Battle against Ultron, she lifts Mjölnir and she, along with the Scarlet Witch, decimate Ultron. When her teammates see her holding Mjölnir she replies, "I told you it wasn't a question I needed answering."
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: During Ultron's attack on Sokovia, after he claims that he will take away people's hope, a little girl shows she's not having it by throwing a rock at one of his drones. Shortly after, Captain America gets one by claiming he will never be able to take hope away from people.Ultron: We will take everything from you, starting with hope.
Iron Man: How do you propose to do that?
Ultron: (shoots a car, causing to explode and sending civilians panicking) Simply through my actions.
Little Girl: (throws a small rock at the back of Ultron's head, causing him to turn around; she simply glares at him defiantly)
Ultron: (tries to take a shot at her, but Captain America jumps in the way and deflects the shot with his shield)
Captain America: I don't think you understand, Program.
Ultron: (Death Glare)
Captain America: Yeah, Program, because that's what you are. You aren't capable of taking hope from people. And the more you try, the more you will fail.
- Fan Verse
- Five-Man Band
- Age of Ultron: Redux
- The Leader: Steve Rogers/Captain America
- The Lancer: Tony Stark/Iron Man, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
- The Smart Guy: Tony Stark/Iron Man, Bruce Banner, Virgina "Pepper" Potts, Elizabeth "Betty" Ross
- The Big Guy: The Hulk, Thor Odinson, Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver
- The Chick: Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Maria Hill, Elizabeth "Betty" Ross, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
- New Avengers
- The Leader: James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine (also tends be The Lancer to Sam Wilson's The Leader)
- The Lancer: Sam Wilson/Falcon (also tends to be The Leader to Rhodey's The Lancer)
- The Smart Guy: Vision
- The Big Guy: James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine, Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver
- The Chick: Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
- Avengers: Civil War
- The Pro-Registration side
- The Leader: Tony Stark/Iron Man
- The Lancer: James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine
- The Smart Guy: Vision
- The Big Guy: James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine, Peter Parker/Spider-Man, T'Challa/Black Panther
- The Chick: Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (although she turns out to be the Sixth Ranger Traitor)
- The Anti-Registration side
- The Leader: Steve Rogers/Captain America
- The Lancer: Sam Wilson/Falcon, James "Bucky" Barnes/The Winter Soldier
- The Smart Guy: Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Scott Lang/Ant-Man
- The Big Guy: Sam Wilson/Falcon, James "Bucky" Barnes/The Winter Soldier
- The Chick: Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch
- The Sixth Ranger: Sharon Carter
- Age of Ultron: Redux
- Fix Fic: The first fic was written because the author saw Age of Ultron, hated it, and decided they could do better.
- Framing Device: The events of Black Widow are told through flashbacks with narration from Natasha Romanov\Black Widow as she is on trial now that the entire world knows her past crimes after she leaked both SHIELD and HYDRA on the Internet during Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
- Heroic Bystander: During Ultron's attack on Sokovia, a little girl stands up to the killer robot by throwing a rock at one of his drones. Also serves as a Call-Back to the "There are always men like you" scene from The Avengers (2012).
- Hypothetical Casting:
- In Spite of a Nail: Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver is Spared by the Adaptation during the Final Battle against Ultron. However, in the sequel New Avengers, Pietro is killed by Tomi Shishido/Gorgon.
- Maligned Mixed Marriage: Wanda's mother was a pure-blooded Roma who was kicked out for marrying an outsider.
- Novelization: Age of Ultron Redux: Fic Version is a rewrite of Age of Ultron: Redux in a more traditional written format.
- Outliving One's Offspring: As of New Avengers, Magneto has outlived his own son, Quicksilver.
- Power Trio: Captain America: Ghosts of HYDRA
- Psychological Projection: Pietro doesn't trust Vision because he believes that the android will think that all humans should be killed. The narration even states that Pietro is projecting his own feelings on humanity onto Vision.
- Robosexual: Just like in the comic books, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision. In New Avengers, Pietro/Quicksilver comments that Wanda thinks JARVIS has a "sexy voice". Wanda and Vision have several interactions over the course of the story. She also discusses some of her family history with Vision, and Vision stands up for Wanda when someone calls her a "freak" and tells her that her powers are "beautiful". In Avengers: Civil War, Vision comforts her when the Avengers are dealing with the Sokovia Accords. Near the end of the story, Wanda takes Vision to Auschwitz to explain why she was so worried about the Accords.
- Script Fic: The installments are all written in screenplay format. Although the author has rewritten Age of Ultron: Redux in a more traditional literary format.
- Simultaneous Arcs: New Avengers, Black Widow, and Captain America: Ghosts of HYDRA all take place at around the same time. The New Avengers (consisting of Sam Wilson/Falcon, James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine, Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver, Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision) go up against Sinthea Shmidt/Sin and Viper/Madame Hydra as the two fight for control of the HYDRA organization. Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow is on trial during these events for her past as an assassin from the Red Room which was revealed to the world after she leaked HYDRA and SHIELD to the public in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Clint Barton/Hawkeye is testifying at Natasha's trial. Steve Rogers/Captain America has gone on a mission to help his friend, James "Bucky" Barnes/The Winter Soldier and free him from HYDRA's control and as a result the New Avengers do not have him to lead them and he does not have anyone helping him until Maria Hill sends Sharon Carter/Agent 13 to assist Steve.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver survives in the Final Battle against Ultron. Subverted, though as in New Avengers, he is killed by Tomi Shishido/Gorgon.
- Also, in New Avengers the final scene shows that Wanda and Pietro's father is still alive and is in fact Magneto.
- Super Hero Origin: Black Widow details Natasha Romanov's origins: from her training in the Red Room to be conditioned into a cold-blooded killing machine to meeting Clint Barton and being offered a chance at redemption.
- Takes One to Kill One: [[spoiler:Crossbones puts Bucky Barnes AKA The Winter Soldier under mind control and pits him against Captain America.
- Taking You with Me: Zemo plans on blowing both himself and the Avengers up with pressure-sensitive explosives so that the Avengers will be killed and two of their own members: Wanda Maximoff and Bucky Barnes (whom Zemo had framed for an attack on the United Nations Complex) will be held responsible, thus ruining the Avengers' legacy. Fortunately, everyone escapes and Wanda manages to contain the explosion and T'Challa takes Zemo into custody for his crimes (one of which was killing his father in the UN Complex explosion).
- Truer to the Text: There are much more references to the comic books.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Helmut Zemo kills the woman he had impersonate Wanda Maximoff to leave her body for the Avengers to find as part of his Taking You with Me gambit.