Zero Sum (Stark Disassembled 1/5)Characters:
This AU retelling is set in a kitchen-sink continuity based on the comics with elements from the movies. I really wanted the freedom to explore Tony's internal processes during certain arcs without being sidetracked by plot points that I find either too big or too clunky to retain without exploration, so there are no Skrulls, no amnesia, and no magic bullets here. The Ten Rings are both a terrorist organization and a set of alien artifacts, and Stark Industries stopped manufacturing weapons as soon as Tony returned from captivity, but Hank and Jan are founding Avengers, Rhodey is a Marine, and Steve has been one of Tony's closest friends for a decade or more.
My characterization is sketchy, my technobabble is sketchier skill, I did not show any work re: continuity, and the team line-up keeps slipping further and further into Ultimates territory, but monsterharvest
, and jedi-goldberry-with-the-force
did a fantastic job of curbing my more egregious errors; this would be a measurably lesser story without their help and hard work. (Thanks, guys!!)
Content warning for suicidal ideation about in line with what you'd find in the source material, graphic fight scenes, discussion of alcoholism, and minor character death. This story is formatted with a custom skin and will (definitely!) look better if you make sure custom skins are enabled.( Read on AO3... )