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MCU Rewrites is a series by letmetellyouaboutmyfeels 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, splitting it into three different movies, in addition to a Black Widow film. The installments are written in a screenplay-style format.

The series consists of (in order):

MCU Rewrites contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Like in canon, Natasha Romanov and Maria Hill are able to kick a lot of ass in physical combat. Sharon Carter gets to demonstrate her physical prowess and fighting skills a lot more in this fic series, and Wanda Maximoff is taught hand-to-hand combat, allowing her to be more physically capable than her Squishy Wizard canon counterpart.
  • 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/Agent 13 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 Relationship Overhaul:
    • The Avengers are given more scenes to show how close they've grown towards each other. The author has said that this was to address criticisms of the films that the Avengers never felt all that close. Special mention goes to Steve and Tony, with the author explaining that them actually acting like friends adds more of an emotional impact to Tony's feelings of betrayal when he finds out that Bucky (when he was brainwashed by HYDRA) killed his parents and that Steve kept this fact from him. Additionally, in this series' version of Civil War, Steve and Tony are able to come to an understanding and depart on much better terms compared to the movie.
    • Natasha is revealed to have been trained in the Red Room by Bucky Barnes when he was the Winter Soldier. In the MCU, Natasha only knew of the Winter Soldier during her SHIELD days because he assassinated someone she was working with on a mission.
    • Clint Barton and Bobbi Morse are ex-spouses in this series as a Mythology Gag to their relationship in the comics.
    • Sharon Carter gets romantically involved with Steve Rogers in the MCU proper, while in this fic series, they remain strictly platonic. The author has expressed distaste for how the MCU reduced an awesome character like Sharon into just being a Satellite Love Interest, so that's probably why they're platonic in the fics.
    • Clint also declares Sharon an honorary Avenger in Avengers: Civil War after she breaks him, Sam, and Scott out of the Raft prison.
  • 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. A case of staying Truer to the Text, 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.
    In case anyone didn’t realize it before, Sharon Carter is a badass.
  • Adaptational Diversity: Wanda and Pietro Maximoff are explicitly Jewish in addition to being identified as Romani in Age of Ultron: Redux. In the movies, they are simply white Eastern Europeans.
  • Adaptational Heroism: In Age of Ultron: Redux, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff are given more heroic qualities pre-Heel–Face 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".
  • Agony of the Feet: The flashback in Black Widow to the ballet training part of her time in the Red Room shows that she was made to dance until her shoes were visibly soaked with blood.
  • Alternate Universe Fic: The fics are essentially a reimagining of Age of Ultron and Civil War with the addition of specific characters and entirely new plotlines.
  • 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. invokedWord 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 and Darcy Lewis are 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/Agent 13 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.
  • Badass Normal:
    • Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton, despite having no powers, are able to keep up with the rest of the Avengers. They're able to take out plenty of Ultron drones in Age of Ultron: Redux, and later in that fic, Natasha temporarily becomes an Empowered Badass Normal when she lifts Mjolnir.
    • Sharon Carter is able to keep up with Steve when fighting HYDRA mooks, and manages to go toe-to-toe with an actual Winter Soldier and win using nothing more than her combat skills and her wits.
  • Big Bad:
  • Boxing Battler: Sharon's fighting style relies more on the sort of swift and brutal moves you would see in a boxing match.
  • 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 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, with an author's note 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."
  • Combat Pragmatist: Sharon isn't above using a gunshot to the head to best a super soldier in a fight that had been using only hand-to-hand combat and batons. She also uses a setting on her baton to tase Rumlow during their fight.
    Sharon: [drawing her gun] Can... your serum... beat this? [shoots Josef in the head] Didn't think so.
  • Composite Character/Decomposite Character: Roles from various characters in the films are given to different characters in this series.
    • Betty is brought back as Bruce's Love Interest and the one who can bring Bruce out of Hulk form, taking on that part of Natasha's role in Avengers: Age of Ultron. She also takes Helen Cho's role as the one who developed the medical technology to heal Clint after he gets injured. Natasha keeps the rest of her canon counterpart's involvement in the plot, but also takes on Laura Barton's role as Clint's Love Interest. Natasha also takes on Vision's role as the one who can lift Mjolnir.
    • Tony and Thor create Vision. They were also involved in his creation in canon, but that was alongside Bruce and Helen Cho, the latter of whom doesn't even appear in any of the fics.
    • Sharon is the one who helps Steve find Bucky, which was Sam's role in Captain America: Civil War.
  • Cool Aunt: Peggy was this for Sharon, encouraging her interest in enlisting in SHIELD, even while Sharon's mother disapproved, and generally serving as a role model Sharon looked up to.
    Sharon: My mom tried to talk me out of enlisting, but, um, not Aunt Peggy. She bought me my first thigh holster.
  • The Corruptible: Ultron is fairly easily corrupted by Thanos into changing his directive from protecting humanity to exterminating it.
  • Dance Battler: Natasha. Her moves are even described as "balletic."
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Wanda and Pietro have been through a lot. They lost their mother when they were ten to a Stark bomb and were trapped in the rubble for days, and they were tossed from foster home to foster home due to anti-Roma discrimination, forced to live on the streets.
    Wanda: Our mother was killed by a missile that Stark made when it hit our house during the war. My brother and I were trapped in the rubble for three days, staring at the Stark Industries logo. Staring at the machine, the name of the man that had killed our only family. We were refugees, children that no one wanted. Who would take in a filthy Roma? Roma just steal, Roma just lie, never trust a Roma, everyone knows that. We were beaten and kicked out of foster homes. Not even our own people would take us in. They cast my mother out for marrying an outsider. We had no one. We grew up on the streets! We had no one to care for us, no one to love us. People spit at our feet! Stark brought war down on our heads, destroyed our cities and killed our people. He made our lives miserable. And you say, you say that I have 'issues'?
    • Natasha as well, as detailed in the Script Fic for her solo movie through flashbacks. She never knew her family and was brutally trained by the Red Room at a young age. By her teens, she was made to train in ballet dancing for hours everyday to the point that her pointe shoes were soaked with blood, upon threat of death. Any girl who collapsed from exhaustion or blood loss was taken away and killed. She was conditioned to believe she was a member of the Borshoi Ballet Troupe until her sleeper agent protocol was triggered. For the first part of her final exam, she had to take a written portion and, if she failed to finish on time, she would be killed. And for the second part, she had to fight her classmate and friend Yelena, and when she won, she was forced to kill her. For her graduation ceremony, she is forced to kill a bound up and helpless man point blank. She was made to assassinate countless people and even forced to bomb a hospital, and while her memories of those missions were suppressed by Madame B, she still was plagued with nightmares about the people she killed. Natasha's time in the Red Room was truly horrific and the scars it inflicted on her clearly still linger to this day.
  • Darker and Edgier: Black Widow depicts in explicit detail all the horrors the girls raised in the Red Room were subjected to, from brutal combat training, to extreme survival training in inhospitable weather, to Seduction 101, to the brainwashing and memory tampering. Natasha is also shown as suffering from graphic hallucinations of the people she has killed. It is considerably darker than the other fics in the series as well as her canon solo movie of the same name.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Between Tony, Natasha, Sam, Clint, and Sharon, this fic series has a lot of snarkiness to go around.
  • Death by Adaptation: Retroactive example. As the MCU Rewrites version of Black Widow was written before the actual film was made, Natasha Romanoff reluctantly kills Yelena Belova during a Red Room training session. In canon, Yelena actually leaves the Red Room and outlasts Natasha, even becoming a pawn for Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine when she convinces her to kill Hawkeye for his role in the death of her adopted sister in Endgame.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Black Widow deconstructs the Fille Fatale by detailing how horrible the Red Room for training underage girls in the art of seduction (among other things). The scene where a teenage Natasha seduces a grown officer has the stage directions flat out state that this scene is deliberately meant to be the opposite of titillating.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In Age of Ultron, Pietro is killed from Ultron shooting him with gatling guns. Here, he's killed from Gorgon impaling him with his katana.
  • 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: [gives a 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: The whole series is one fan's rewrite on Age of Ultron and Civil War.
  • Fix Fic:
    • The first fic was written because the author saw Age of Ultron, hated it, and decided they could do better.
    • The author gives Sharon more focus because they disliked the character's treatment in the MCU.
  • Fragile Speedster: Sam can use his wings to dodge and weave but he has minimal armor so he's not as good in a straight fight as a super soldier or someone in an Iron Man or War Machine suit. This is highlighted in New Avengers during their first attempt at fighting HYDRA when the fic notes that the new members of the Avengers have matched up with the wrong opponents, and Sam in particular finds himself fighting the Reaper, which goes poorly because of his lack of proper defense against his scythe.
  • 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.
  • Genius Bruiser:
    • Natasha is able to easily take on four men at a time, and is highly skilled at reconnaissance and intelligence.
    • Sharon is able to mow down HYDRA mooks, fight Rumlow, and beat a super soldier in combat, and she primarily serves as The Smart Girl in Captain America: Ghosts of HYDRA, hacking into HYDRA's computers and retrieving files.
  • Girly Bruiser: Enforced by the Red Room, which trains its Black Widows in combat, intelligence, and weaponry first and then trains them in ballet, art, and music to enable them to infiltrate high society. Subverted with Natasha however because despite that training, she's not particularly feminine apart from moments of acting like The Heart to the Avengers.
  • Guile Hero: SHIELD seems to specialize in training people to be this trope, because Natasha, Maria, and Sharon repeatedly demonstrate their skills with using their wits with any of their missions or fights. Rhodey even laments in New Avengers the fact that they have to infiltrate a HYDRA location without Natasha because she is much more skilled at using her guile for reconnaissance. Sharon's and Maria's Guile Hero abilities are especially demonstrated when they break into the Raft and stealthily free all of the anti-Accords Avengers who were imprisoned there.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Kung-Fu Wizard: Wanda from New Avengers onward knows hand-to-hand combat and can use it when her opponents are too close range for her to use her magic effectively.
  • Lady of Black Magic: Wanda uses her chaos magic and hexes in combat.
  • Lightning Bruiser:
    • This trope seems to be common among super soldiers. Steve and Bucky are both stronger and faster than the average unpowered person.
    • Natasha is incredibly dexterous and agile, using graceful and acrobatic movements in her fights, but is also able to withstand a lot of punishment.
    • Sharon tends to fight by hitting her enemies hard and fast and dodging their attacks in turn, though she's definitely capable of taking a few punches.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Wanda's mother was a pure-blooded Roma who was kicked out for marrying an outsider.
  • Mugged for Disguise: When sneaking into the Raft to free the anti-Accords Avengers, Sharon knocks out a female guard and wears her uniform to make her way through the prison.
  • Noodle Incident: We never do find out what happened in Budapest. It's Double Subverted in the mid-credits scene for the Age of Ultron rewrite because Natasha has apparently explained what happened in Budapest just before the start of the scene... only for Clint to ask, after Tony leaves, if they're ever going to tell him the truth about what actually happened.
  • Novelization: Age of Ultron Redux: Fic Version is a rewrite of Age of Ultron: Redux in a more traditional written format.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: After being freed from HYDRA's control, Bucky has dedicated his time to tearing the organization that brainwashed him apart, one base at a time.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: As of New Avengers, Magneto has outlived his own son, Quicksilver.
  • Please Kill Me if It Satisfies You: Near the end of Civil War, Steve and Tony's conflict regarding Bucky and the Sokovia Accords leads to a physical fight where Tony manages to aim his repulsor at Steve's chest. Steve tells him that he can shoot him if he wants, admitting that he was wrong to treat Tony, his friend, as an enemy. Tony chooses not to shoot his friend.
  • 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.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Sharon has more than a few similarities with her Aunt Peggy, including her fighting style. Justified because, as the stage directions in Captain America: Ghosts of HYDRA mention, Peggy is the one who trained her first.
    [Sharon is] not as graceful and balletic as Natasha, nor is she wildly acrobatic and improvisational like Wanda. Instead, she's efficient, lightning fast, and manages to be brutal without going overboard. If her fighting style seems familiar, it's because it's similar to Peggy Carter's fighting style. You can bet that Peggy trained Sharon long before SHIELD or the CIA did.
  • She-Fu:
    • As in the MCU, this is played straight for Natasha, who was trained in ballet in the Red Room to give her more graceful yet deadly fighting skills, and uses her classic Murderous Thighs constantly.
    • This also applies to Wanda, who uses acrobatic flips when dealing with close range physical combat. Justified in that she was trained in hand-to-hand combat by Clint, who was a carnie. Sin even accuses Wanda of fighting like a circus performer.
    • Averted with Sharon, whose fighting style sacrifices gracefulness for brutal pragmatic moves.
  • 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: Subverted. Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver survives in the Final Battle against Ultron. However, 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: 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).
  • Training from Hell: The Red Room's training of its Black Widows is absolutely brutal, making them fight each other to the death, survive for days in the outdoors in harsh weather with nothing more than threadbare clothing, making them train in ballet for hours per day under threat of death if they don't keep up, and making them murder men in cold blood for their final graduation exam. Not to mention the brainwashing and mindwiping.
  • Truer to the Text: There are many more references to the comics and some aspects of characters that the MCU changed are reverted to how they were in the comics originally.
    • When the fics were published, the MCU had made Wanda's powerset telekinesis and telepathy. In this fic series, Wanda's powerset is the chaos magic it was in the comics.
    • Clint Barton uses hearing aids and can speak ASL, just like in the comics. This aspect of the character wasn't brought to the MCU until his solo series which came out years after the Age of Ultron fic.
    • Clint is also mentioned as being a former carnie, which was his backstory in the comics.
    • Clint also has a brother named Barney in this fic and in the comics.
    • Played With in regards to the Maximoff twins' species. In the MCU, Wanda and Pietro are not mutants but simply enhanced humans, while this fic series makes them mutants again as they were in the comics... but the comics have retconned them into no longer being mutants after Avengers: Age of Ultron came out for synergy with the movies.
    • Also Played With in regards to Wanda's and Pietro's parentage. This fic series makes their biological father Magneto, unlike the MCU. And the comics did have their father be Magneto... but that was retconned in the comics, like their mutant status.
    • Wanda and Pietro are changed from white Eastern Europeans to Romani and Jewish.
    • Natasha was trained in the Red Room by the Winter Soldier, like in the comics.
    • Clint mentions in the flashbacks in Black Widow that Bobbi Morse was his ex-wife, which is their relationship in the comics.
    • Sharon Carter dons her classic white Spy Catsuit outfit from the comics in this fic series.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Wanda and Pietro are Jewish and Romani.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: The Avengers decide to let Tony and Bruce study Loki's scepter to see if they can find anything about where it came from. Unfortunately, this allows Thanos to communicate to Ultron through the Mind Stone and convince him to exterminate the human race.
  • Walking Armory: Sharon brings a serious amount of firepower with her when coming with Steve to help find Bucky.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Sharon has no powers or super serum, but she bests opponents who are physically stronger than her using quick thinking and Combat Pragmatism.
  • 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.