The Slashers’ Guide to Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes!
The Tony/Steve Edition
So there you are, minding your own business—maybe you’re at work, maybe you’re at school, maybe you’re standing helplessly in the aisle of a comic book store, staring up at the pictures of pretty men in form-fitting leather and super-tight spandex—when suddenly it hits you. “MY GOD!” you cry, “I need more slash in my life!” Co-workers/classmates/the store employees may give you strange looks at this announcement, but do not feel judged! You are not alone in your quest for slash. So today, I’m going to provide you with some.
The cartoon show, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (from here onward referred to as A:EMH), tells the epic tale of the formation of Marvel Comics’ superhero team, The Avengers, and how its members interact with each other, battle their enemies, and have glorious sex behind the scenes. No, really. They do. I’ll prove it.
Among the characters featured on the show are Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Steven Rogers (Captain America). Both characters have a long and rich history within Marvel Comics, and that history is translated neatly into the cartoon universe created in A:EMH. Not only do both characters retain much of the same style and personality traits that their fans find so compelling, they are also just as gay for each other in the cartoon as they are in the comics.
One of the good things about being a slash-fan is our willingness to ignore or twist canon to suit our purposes. The best thing about being a slash-fan is that we don’t often need to; any canon is full of homoerotic moments just waiting to be squee’d over. And so this essay shall delve into the slashier side of Tony and Steve’s relationship, bringing to light what is already slashy in the cartoon, and twisting the rest of it in order to suit my slashy purposes.
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