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Workshop: "Writing the Avengers" by Crimsonquills

Introduction

The Avengers are one of the superhero teams of the Marvel universe. They aren't the most popular--that title has to go to the X-Men--but they are the most respected and the most honored. Being an Avenger means something in the Marvel universe.

As with all superhero teams, the Avengers have had dozens of members. Some of them only stuck around for an issue or two, but there is a core team, the heroes who come back to the title over and over again. In this essay I will first quickly summarize the origin story of the team, then offer brief profiles of each of the core team members and their role within and influence on the team, and finish with some thoughts on the team in general.

I will note that this essay will focus on the Avengers from their founding (1963) to Avengers Disassembled (2004). Current events in the Marvel universe have led to a lot of changes and some retconning of events after this point, so I'll restrict my comments on the more recent team(s) to the "Where are They Now?" section.

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Workshop: "Writing Captain America/Iron Man" by Crimsonquills

Introduction

This isn't going to be an introduction to the Steve Rogers/Tony Stark pairing. I don't want to be repetitive, and elspethdixon has already written a truly fantastic Ship Manifesto that is far better than any introduction that I could write. I encourage all of you to check it out! Instead, I'm going to explore an issue that can be seen as an argument against their viability as a pairing, but which has come to be one of my favorite arguments in favor of it.

Just in case you aren't in the mood to read two essays, here's a quick and dirty couple of paragraphs about each of the boys, just for context for this essay.

Steve Rogers

Just before the U.S.'s entry into WWII, Steve Rogers tried to join the Army and was found to be too frail. Instead, he volunteered for the Super Soldier program and, via an experimental serum, was transformed into the peak of human physical perfection. The serum and its creator were destroyed before more Super Soldiers could be created and Steve became Captain America, a rallying symbol. Then he got frozen in a block of ice and woke up in the present day, pretty much immediately joining the Avengers, who had only just formed.

Steve is very idealistic. He truly believes in and lives for--and to defend--the right to personal freedom. He can be very inflexible and stubborn, but he's a genuinely good man.

Tony Stark

Tony Stark is a billionaire industrialist who made his fortune as a munitions manufacturer. Then he got blown up by one of his own landmines and taken captive by...er, bad guys. (It'd take too long to explain. Trust me.) He built a suit of armor to both sustain his life and to allow him to escape. Back in the U.S., he started using that armor to protect others.

Tony has a lot of issues. He's presented as very sexually promiscuous, although another essay could be written arguing that point. He's an alcoholic. He has self-esteem issues. And control freak issues. Lots of control issues. He's also incredibly brilliant, especially when it comes to engineering, and he's loyal to a fault.

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Upcoming Workshop: Writing Captain America/Iron Man by Crimsonquills

This week, in celebration of the Iron Man movie, we have our first-ever Marvel workshop!  It's by crimsonquills, and she charts the history and appeal of Steve Rogers/Tony Stark.

For those of you wanting a primer on how the pairing works in fic, some of crimsonquills's stories include:

Beneath the Armor (one of the better intros to the dynamic out there, a really good read for the non-hardcore Marvel fan)
A Meeting of the Minds (a multi-part story in which Steve and Tony form a somewhat reluctant mental bond)
An Ordinary Morning on an Ordinary Day (for a more casual look at domestic Steve/Tony)
Context is Everything (in which Iron Man's armor is put to delightfully NC-17-rated use)