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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Mr. Chaos views Doom as being the most interesting as a character when he's morally grey and the hero of his own story who's merely viewed as a villain by others. Thus, his presentation here as a man who wants to make Qarth truly great by upending its status quo by force.
  • Arc Fatigue: After a brief mention of Petyr Parker early in Book 2, we're left to wait until Book 3 for his story to go anywhere. In the afterward of Book 3's first chapter, Mr. Chaos says he decided to start it with the creation of the Vulture due to getting a ton of questions if Spider-Man was ever actually going to show up, assuring us that part of the book would be an adaptation of Homecoming.
  • Broken Base:
    • The Foreshadowing of Unexpected Characters. Some are excited by it and actively suggest who else should be added, others think it detracts from the story and they'd prefer Chaos to focus on established characters.
    • The shifting from a pure Iron Man crossover to the greater Marvel Universe. While many love the move and understand it as the story is using the MCU as its basis, others feel that it takes away from the story and makes it too complex.
    • Thor telling Stannis that he shouldn't try to take the Iron Throne. Some readers agree; but others claim that, while Stannis isn't perfect, he'd still be a much better king than Joffrey or Renly.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • It doesn't matter that he was framed, watching Jane frame Joffrey for trying to attack someone and seeing him get spanked with a belt will never stop being a great scene.
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    • Thor visits the most brutal violence yet seen in the story upon three of Melisandre's men who were going to rape Jane. The author notes that his going so shockingly far in their punishments was quite necessary for his own peace of mind after reading actual testimonials from unrepentant rapists to research the scene.
  • Complete Monster: Gregor Clegane, aka The Mountain That Rides, is the most psychopathic of Westeros's hired killers, and Iron Man's first serious enemy. Introduced trying to have his men beat a peasant to death and rape his wife, Clegane is outraged by Iron Man's interference and attempts to kill him. Later killing one of his own men for the crime of attempting to joke with him, Clegane fights "Iron Man" again (actually Jon wearing the Iron Man armor). Against the orders of his liege-lord Tywin Lannister, Clegane then attacks Iron Pointe, killing Obadiah Stane and taking Lady Virginia Stark hostage, threatening to rape and kill her and then destroy Iron Pointe if Iron Man does not come to face him by midnight. Upon Tony and Jon coming to rescue her, he attempts to kill her anyway, boasting about his plans to wipe out the Starks and claiming that Joffrey will support him. An unapologetic rapist and murderer, Gregor Clegane represents the very worst Westeros has to offer.
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  • Crosses the Line Twice: Daenerys herself can only find amusement in Kraznys' constant crude insults that he assumes she can't understand.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Some fans feel that the author is doing this with Tywin, giving him more depth than there is. Others argue this is merely him developing the character, especially since he is given POV chapters here.
  • Genius Bonus: Thor reveals that the Drowned God is actually a friend of his named Ægir, and that the Drowned God is a nickname he got after Sif dropped him in a puddle for trying to bed her at one of his famous parties. In Norse Mythology, Ægir (which means "ocean") was a sea jotunn associated with the ocean, who was friends with the gods and often hosted parties for them.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Jon, in the first book, shares a story of how he once witnessed his father comforting a man who was dying, and said man's last words were "I don't want to go." This was posted before Infinity War had a different Stark cradling and comforting another dying person whose last words were similar. The author, in chapter 32 of "A Crack of Thunder," confirms that they haven't seen that movie yet, interestingly enough.
    • Shireen's jokes about Jane and Thor being her second parents take a darker turn after Amora murders Selyse and brainwashes Stannis into fighting Thor, a fight that leads to the former's death and Jane and Thor oficially taking the role.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Shortly after this story presented Gendry fighting with a hammer like his father, it happened in the actual show.
    • The fic also appears to have set up a possible romance between Arya and Gendry... and in season 8, the two do indeed sleep together.
    • At one point, Thor asks if Tyrion, being a dwarf, makes things like weapons and toys and devices. Jane realizes that in Thor's world, such things as dwarves actually exist, instead of just being an insulting name for short people. Then Infinity War comes around, and Peter Dinklage, the guy who plays Tyrion, actually shows up as one of the Dwarves that made the Infinity Gauntlet. And is 20 feet tall.
      • Furthermore said Dwarf in Infinity War lost the use of his hands to prevent him acting against Thanos, while Tyrion's hands are badly burned during the battle of the Blackwater.
    • In-story, the revelation that Davos is actually Loki makes all of Davos' interactions with Thor in the story notable... and means Thor has basically been romancing his own niece.
  • Informed Wrongness: Some feel that Ned's argument towards Stannis is misplaced and that expecting him to speak up or save him would have been foolish, as it's doubtful that Stannis would have been able to bail him out.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Joffrey kills Sansa specifically to prevent Tony and Ned from rescuing her.
    • Not only was Renly behind the attack on Tony, but he has also paid Vanko and Asha so they will kill both Tony and Robb - all because he thinks this will make Eddard bend the knee to him.
  • Not His Sled: Obediah Stane is not the one who sold Tony out, and Gregor becomes Iron Monger. Also, Ned doesn't die in King's Landing, but Sansa does.
    • Rhodey doesn't become War Machine, Jon does. Also, War Machine is called Centurion instead, and wears a suit based off of the Silver Centurion suit from Iron Man 3. Though Tony is trying to get Rhodey to join in, offering to build him a suit that would resemble the normal War Machine suit (same colours, shoulder cannon, etc.).
      • Averted in chapter 31 of book 2 Rhodey dons a suit to break up the fight between Jon and Tony, suggesting that he will become War Machine, he just hasn't yet. Also Word of God stated that Jon is not War Machine.
    • Quite a few fans suspected that Arya would become Wolfsbane due to Maisie Williams playing the character in The New Mutants. Instead, she becomes the equivalent of Kitty Pryde while Sansa is Wolfsbane.
  • Rewatch Bonus: More like "reread bonus" but once it's revealed that Davos is actually Loki, readers will be quick to read over past chapters to see the hints and clues the author says were always there.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Multiple readers note that Daenerys displayed no reaction to learning the truth about both her father and family. Later, she learns the truth and has a breakdown over it off-page. Mr. Chaos states that he couldn't figure out how to make a whole chapter about the matter and that this was the next best thing.
  • Unexpected Character: Aside from the Iron Man supporting cast, numerous other Marvel characters have appeared or been referenced in later chapters:
    • Logan shows up as a Dothraki bodyguard to Daenerys.
    • Arya's second chapter hints at Magneto, Mystique and presumably other mutants somewhere in Braavos, which is confirmed in her third. Her fourth reveals that "Syrio" is just an alias of Mystique.
    • Tyrion's third chapter has Hawkeye, going by Clynt appear as a sellsword working with Bronn.
    • Ned's third chapter reveals that Jon Arryn had a friend called Viktor who suffered a terrible accident at a blacksmith's that left him horribly disfigured.
      • He finally appears in Chapter 8 of Book 2, covered in metal like his comic self, and a member of the Thirteen that rule Qarth.
    • Logan mentions a woman in the Summer Islands that can control the weather.
    • Pepper talks to a Lady Morse, who Word of God confirms is Mockingbird.
    • Word of God has confirmed that Captain America will appear despite previously saying he wouldn't.
    • The Night's Queen takes over Sansa's body and restores it.
    • The Book 2 prologue introduces Jane Foster and Thor, and furthermore that the Norse gods are exactly the same as in canon; it's just that none of the world's religions have managed to get them right.
    • In the second chapter of Book 2, Tony mentions a sellsword he met with a flair for the dramatic, a twisted sense of humour, and a penchant for saying "Alright, maximum effort".
      • During Jorah's vision in the House of the Undying, Wade makes an appearance in all his fourth-wall-breaking self, not only knowing about Daenerys and the others watching the vision, but also referencing the author.
    • Tyrion meets a Goldcloak named Jeor Stacey, who also tells him about one of his men named Rickard Parker who was killed along with his wife, while their son was away with his uncle Benjen.
    • Ivan Vanko (a.k.a. Whiplash) is an Ironborn captain who joins forces with Asha Greyjoy in order to destroy the North and the Westerlands, because he wants to take revenge on the Lannisters and the Starks, who killed his family during the Greyjoy Rebellion. They end up killing Ramsay Snow, and try to kill Tony.
    • Phil Coulson (or, rather, Phylup, son of Coul) becomes the new castellan of Iron Pointe after Obadiah Stane's death. This is especially a surprise as the story is largely based on the comics rather than the Marvel Cinematic Universe where the character first appeared, though he's since become a Canon Immigrant.
    • In Chapter 6 of A Crack of Thunder, Tony mentions a singer named Alyson Blarre. "I saw her perform once in Highgarden... she was dazzling."
    • Oberyn Martell's first daughter (legitimized by Ned as Hand of the King), and Jon's future bride, is Natasha Martell, the Black Widow.
    • Brienne of Tarth has a cousin called Bruce, and she is the story's equivalent to She-Hulk.
    • The Court of the Others includes The Commander, who seems to be the Red Skull.
    • Considering the fact that Robb hears snippets of "Hooked on a Feeling" by Blue Swede right before Rickon was pulled into a portal, it seems the Marvel Cinematic Universe Guardians of the Galaxy are going to show up. And Earth exists.
    • Doom scoffs at a mention of Illyrio Mopatis, as his son and daughter plus their companions have caused a good deal of trouble for Doom.
    • Ulysses Klaue shows up as a mercenary blacksmith in Tywin's employ.
    • Omega Red is apparently a Northern boogieman.
    • During the archery contest of Jon's wedding, Tony mentions the winner was a young man (who he suspects was a woman), named Byshup, who disappeared as soon as the price was given.
    • It is confirmed that Renly is Justin Hammer's counterpart.
    • The head jailor of Winterfell is named Jon Walkar.
    • Amora the Enchantress is disguised as Melisandre.
    • Logan's vision of his future shows a little girl who can produce two claws like he does.
    • Amora wasn't the only Asgardian in Stannis' court: Ser Davos Seaworth is actually LOKI.
    • During the Battle of Blackwater, following the massive Wildfire explosion, Tyrion mentions hearing reports of a man turning into a wolf and eating his own men, while another says a squire turned into living ice and that Lord Marcos Specture believed the moon was talking to him.
    • Cersei gets Psylocke/the Shadow King's powers.
    • Euron Greyjoy has become Ronan.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Following Catelyn's infamous "it should have been you" line, Tony immediately storms in and chews her out for her failings as a stepmother. Yes, great, very cathartic... except Catelyn is canonically half-mad with fear and grief at this point, and Tony is having his little self-righteous rant literally over the bed where one of her children lies crippled and possibly dying.
  • What an Idiot!: Several readers noted that Jon when he first dons the Iron Man suit should've killed Gregor Clegane when he had the chance as Gregor had been weakened and on his knees. It's ultimately subverted, though, as Tony later points out that killing Gregor would have prompted Tywin to obliterate Iron Pointe.
    • Played straight by Gregor himself after becoming the Iron Monger. Instead of attacking the Riverlands like Tywin ordered him to, he assaults Iron Pointe, kills Obediah and kidnaps Pepper in order to lure Iron Man in for a rematch. This rash act of vengeance gives Tony an excuse to kill him without consequence (and the fact that the rematch takes place in an isolated mine, with no one around allows Tony to make up a story about what really happened, forging an even better cover for his Secret Identity).
      • Even Gregor's contingency plan for evading reprisal for this act would likely have failed, as depriving himself of Tywin's protection paints a huge target on his back. Sure, sending an assassin would be foolhardy, given his status as The Juggernaut (though since there's so many Marvel characters running around, no, not that one), but his more influential foes (which would now include Tywin) have access to many powerful poisons, and it wouldn't be hard to arrange for one to be slipped into his food.
    • When Joffrey attempts to have Ned Stark executed, he's rudely interrupted by a certain flying magical knight that has proven to be lethal to even Gregor Clegane himself, demanding the freedom of both Ned and Sansa Stark. What does he do? Grab Sansa to prevent her from escaping, use her as a Human Shield so Iron Man can't blast him, then accidentally dash her skull against the steps of the Great Sept of Baelor. Then he has the chutzpah to claim it was Iron Man's fault. The only reason Iron Man couldn't turn him into a bloody smear is because Cersei saves his ass in the last second at the cost of her left hand, and even that gives him a scar matching Sandor Clegane. He barely survives the ensuing riot — because most of King's Landing witnessed this — but he gets his 0% Approval Rating ahead of schedule.
    • In-universe, Tyrion calls out Cersei and the Small Council for dressing some redhead girl as Sansa Stark, pointing out even if Ned Stark had not witnessed his daughter's death, no one would believe she "miraculously" healed a shattered skull.
      • He also makes a good point when he said he would have locked "Sansa" up if she came to him pretending to have resurrected; the Night's Queen has many of Sansa's Tully features (most notably the Most Common Super Power), but she's also clearly five years older. She should have been extensively questioned at least, because people just can't spring back from the grave because they felt like it, and they certainly don't age five years when doing so. Occam's Razor says that this is not Sansa, but some person who is either being paid by the council, or is lying through her teeth- and lying badly, at that, given what she looks like.
      • Then it turns out that Pycelle sent a message to the Starks, offering to trade Sansa for Jaime. Mr Chaos has stated that the only reason the Starks weren't angrier is because they simply thought Pycelle was trying to trick them, rather than claiming Sansa was alive. Tyrion actually blows his stack at the freaking Night's Queen upon finding out about it.
  • What Could Have Been: One could only image the reactions that would have arisen to Magneto's dragon if Arya and Sabretooth were successful in getting him to be called "The Annoying Purple Asshole."

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