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Feb 03, 2023 8:16 AM
Unable to defeat Thanos, Tony Stark gets sent back in time to fix the last decade.
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But Parker wraps all the webs he can muster around the gauntlet, and yanks Thanos back, anchoring himself with his suit's metal legs. "Go!" he yells to Strange and Stark.

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Tony hesitates to leave and looks back at Peter Parker, he can’t leave the kid. Thanos will kill him if he leaves the kid here. The past few years mentoring Peter had firmly cemented him into someone Tony couldn’t imagine life without. How could Tony ever leave him to die?

He stands there long enough to be obvious about hesitating. “Peter!” He calls out over comms.

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"Just go, Mr. Stark! I'll - "

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Thanos growls, yanks Parker to his feet, and clenches his fist. The Reality Stone glows in the gauntlet, and the webs start to melt away from him, liquefying on the ground beneath him.

Parker... does the same.

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“NOOO!” Tony lets out a cry of anguish as Peter melts away before steeling himself and jetting towards strange.

Peter was gone. Don’t think about it, focus on the mission. How could he let him die. Don’t think about it. Trillions of lives are still at risk. He died because of me. Then honour his sacrifice by getting away and winning!

Even as he tore himself apart emotionally, Tony was still focused on the mission.

”STRANGE! TAKE US TO JOTUNHIEM!” He yells out using the suit speakers. But one hand is in front of him with his fingers clearly crossed. He really hopes Strange understands this is a bluff, and really fucking hopes Thanos doesn't know what crossed fingers means in human culture. What a stupid way to show he’s lying, but Tony couldn’t think of anything else to signal strange about the bluff quickly enough.

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Strange nods, opens a portal, which in fact does go to Jotunheim, and brings them both there. Thanos has followed them, so he opens another, to Hala. Thanos is still on his trail, so he then portals to Wakanda, and makes sure Thanos is still following - that way, Wakanda will seem like just one of many distractions, and Thanos won't think that's their actual destination. Then he goes through a rapid series of portals to the Sanctum Sanctorum, Strange's old house, several random famous monuments that pop into his head, and finally the Avengers Campus. They wait for a few moments, making sure Thanos isn't following them any more, and then return to Wakanda.

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They've found themselves at an area deep in the forest. Vision, and Bruce Banner in the Hulkbuster, have finished taking down the last two of Thanos's lieutenants. Approaching them now are a large group consisting of Prince T'Challa, Okoye, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanoff, James Rhodes, Sam Wilson, Wanda Maximoff, Bucky Barnes, Rocket, and Groot.

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"Tony!" says Bruce. "I knew you would show up! Hey, this Hulkbuster's missing an arm, you have any spares lying around?"

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Steve stares at Tony, and looks away with a wince. But he turns back. "Tony. Good to see you. We're running out of time here. They weren't able to get the Mind Stone out of Vision. If you have any ideas, we can try, but Thanos might be getting here soon."

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Tony is very glad he has a helmet on right now and nobody can see how upset he is. With eye commands he increases how synthetic his voice sounds, to hide if his voice breaks. 

“Strange found a plan involving the soul stone by viewing possible futures, He didn’t have time to explain the plan before Thanos got there. We grabbed the Soul Stone from Thanos with the help of some guys called Guardians of the Galaxy. We are the only ones who made it out.” Tony says in a flat voice.

Don’t think about Peter.

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"Hold on. The Guardians? Quill, Gamora, Drax, Mantis? They're dead?"

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"I am Groot?"

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"Yeah, we're not... not everyone's going to make it here. Listen, we're running out of time. Thanos is searching for us, but he has the Space Stone, and he can locate us quickly. There's only one future left where we beat him. We have to - " Strange winces, as the two stones he's holding keep sucking power from him, even harder and harder. "All right. I have a spell I can cast with the Stones, and it's essential if we want to defeat Thanos. You're all going to need to surround us, and make sure Thanos can't get to us. Stark, get over here. Vision too, we don't want Thanos getting anywhere near the stone in your head."

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"No," says Vision. "It's too late. We cannot allow Thanos to have the stone. Wanda, if you - "

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He can actually be almost honest about this one. "It's pointless. I've seen the futures. If you destroy the Mind Stone, Thanos steals the Time Stone from me and uses it to undo everything and get the Mind Stone back. We have to protect you." Until I yank the Mind Stone out of your head at the last second.

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"All right," says Rhodes. "Tony, this guy knows what he's doing?"

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“He seems to be pretty good at magic stuff, and unless you have any better ideas I say we go for it. Because Thanos doesn’t even need to touch you to kill you, he cannot be beaten in a conventional battle.”

DO NOT THINK ABOUT PETER BEING MELTED INTO GOO.

“Strange’s predictions so far have been accurate. The Wizards plan had us almost get the Infinity Gauntlet off of Thanos.”

Tony glares at the walking racoon. “I’m guessing they were your friends? Well you can thank your pal Quill for fucking that plan up. We were seconds from getting the gauntlet off of Thanos while the antenna girl had him put to sleep before that fucking idiot woke up Thanos because he got mad about his dead girlfriend. Putting trillions of lives at risk and getting everyone else killed.” And now peter is dead.

It was unfair of him to throw that at the racoon but Tony needed someone to blame right now and Quill was very easy to blame for this.

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"Tony, cool it. Uh..." Rhodey gestures at the raccoon whose name he doesn't actually know, "just get over here, fight Thanos, and we'll see if your friends are okay afterwards."

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"You, shut up. And you," he points at Stark, "quit dissing Quill and where the hell are they, are any of them alive, I..." he looks around, starting to cry, "I'm not - "

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"All right, we don't have time for this." Strange flicks his wrist. Rocket disappears through a portal, and Groot too, just in case. "Any of you who are capable of staying calm and not risking the fate of the universe any more than it already is, get into position. Thanos is coming."

Then he teleports up to Shuri's lab, where he grabs a spare Black Panther helmet, and puts the Soul Stone inside so that he can avoid dying for the necessary two minutes or so. And then he brings it back through one more portal, stands next to Tony, and opens the Eye of Agamotto, beginning the spell.

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Just a few seconds later, a very angry Thanos arrives.

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Tony turns to Dr. Strange. “Do I also go fight? Or…..” Still not entirely sure what the plan is supposed to be.

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"No, you stay here," Strange mutters as he ties together various glowing green strands of light. "Just keep an eye out on Vision and me, shoot Thanos from a distance. We need you alive."

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Bruce charges at Thanos with a punch from the Hulkbuster! And Hulk, if you want to come out any time soon, that would be great!

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Thanos uses the Space Stone to imprison him in a brick wall. With the Power Stone, he knocks each of Sam, Bucky, Romanoff, and Okoye out of the way before they can reach him. And he keeps moving forwards.

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