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Feb 03, 2023 8:27 AM
Unable to defeat Thanos, Tony Stark gets sent back in time to fix the last decade.
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T'Challa rushes towards Thanos, and tries to sink his claws into Thanos's armor.

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It'll hurt, but Thanos can mostly block even vibranium. He slams T'Challa to the ground, and keeps coming.

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Wanda gestures to Steve and Rhodey, and they fall back next to Strange, Tony, and Vision. Then she blasts Thanos with bolts of red energy, forcing a shield of magic towards him.

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And at the same time, Thor arrives from the sky, and a bolt of lightning knocks the already injured Thanos off of his feet and across the forest.

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Thanos looks back and forth between the blue and red blasts of magic flying at him, then teleports away, and appears behind Strange, Stark, and Vision.

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Steve slams his twin shields into Thanos's chest, knocking him back.

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Rhodey's shoulder guns open fire, launching hundreds of bullets at top speed towards Thanos's eyes, while he lunges forwards with an explosive baton.

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Thor looks back and forth, locates Thanos, and throws Stormbreaker straight at him -

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- and Thanos grabs Rhodey off the ground, and holds him up in the way of the axe.

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Tony tries to repulser blast Thanos in the arm so he drops Rhodey, but the range is quite far and repulser blasts are more a medium range weapon. He is fabricating micro missiles and launching them as fast as he can but he doesn't think they will reach Thanos in time.

 

Tony feels so helpless having to stay put, and as the axe flies toward Rhodey the bottom of his stomach sinks in horrible anticipation.

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Rhodey gasps, and then Thanos drops him, and he doesn't move any more.

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His axe gone, Thor summons another blast of lightning, and throws it at Thanos - 

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- and Thanos catches it with Stormbreaker and throws the axe right back to slam into Thor, exploding with electricity.

Stormbreaker lands a few feet away from the group. Thor, Wanda, and anyone else who was still conscious are all knocked far away.

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Steve lunges for Stormbreaker, and manages to swing it into Thanos's arm, although not the one carrying the gauntlet. "Whatever you're doing, hurry up!"

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"All right!" shouts Strange. He finishes connecting one last loop of the fragments of light, and the complicated spell appears to be finished. Then he scrambles for the helmet holding the Soul Stone. "Tony, put your hand here!"

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“Rhodey…” DON’T THINK ABOUT DEAD FRIENDS. Everything gets bottled up, there is only the mission.

Tony puts his hand over the Soul Stone and sure fucking hopes the Wizards plan works.

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Thanos wrenches Stormbreaker out of his arm, pushes Steve away, and slams his fist into Vision's metal skull, tearing the Mind Stone out.

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But Steve knocks it out of his hand with one of his shields, letting it roll across the ground as he pushes the other into Thanos's neck.

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Thanos snarls, clenches his fist, and the Space Stone glows. Tendrils of blue light lash around each of Steve's limbs.

Thanos opens his fingers.

Each piece of Steve falls to the ground.

Then Thanos reaches for the Mind Stone -

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- which is in Strange's rapidly disintegrating hand.

Strange screams, and knocks Thanos away with a burst of golden light. Then he grabs onto the Soul Stone as well, and as his body glows with power, he turns to Tony.

"I lied. There's no timeline where we win - at least, not starting from now. But starting from back when this all began... well, I have no idea, but you'd better make it work."

"You get a second chance, Tony," he whispers, and then green and orange and yellow light fills the air.

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The year is 2009. Tony Stark is in a military Jeep, surrounded by soldiers and rock music.

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February 13th, 2009

Tony jolts to awareness with a yelp. “Steve!” DON’T THINK ABOUT DEAD FRIENDS! 

And then the fact he is somewhere completely different finally registers in his mind. He does not have very long to process it however, the truck is suddenly shaken by an explosion.

“What’s going on?” Tony asks in a panic. He tries to form his armor but nothing happens. His heart rate immediately spikes like crazy now he doesn’t have his armor to keep him safe. 

One of the soldiers yells “CONTACT LEFT!” Before the driver hops out of the truck to engage the threat. She immediatly gets gunned down before she even leaves the cabin.

“JIMMY STAY WITH STARK!” the soldier sitting across from Tony tells the soldier next to Tony, and then leaves the truck to try and defend it.

”Stay down!” The soldier next to Tony yells at him and pulls him down into the seat.

Confused and panicked Tony does as he is told, without his armor he is helpless anyway. Through the windshield, tony sees the soldier that had been sitting across from him that left the truck gets shot in the head.

“Son of a bitch!” Exclaims the soldier next to Stark, presumably Jimmy, before he starts getting out of the truck himself.

“Wait give me a gun!” Tony wants something, anything to defend himself with.

The soldier closes the car door behind him and turns to Stark through the window. “STAY HERE!” He says before a shrapnel explosive goes off and shreds him and the walls of the truck.

This was all too familiar…

 

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Tony is too shellshocked from the nearby explosion to form any concrete realisations. His ears are ringing, and there are more explosions near the truck, much too near. Tony stumbles his way out of the truck before a explosion near the hood makes him flinch backwards. Tony runs for cover towards some boulders, bullets kicking up just inches from where he had been.

Tony has had this nightmare before, one of the more frequent ones, but this was all much too real. Bullets fly barely inches from him as he huddles behind the rock and tries to figure things out. Until, something lands right next to him and begins to humm in a familiar electric sound of activation.

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It’s a stark industries fragmentation missile!

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FUCK! He barely manages to stand up before the missile goes off.

Tony briefly blacks out as he is thrown bodily through the air by the explosion, but the pain of landing wakes him right back up. Tony can barely think with how rattled he is and looks down to see blood seeping through his white shirt.

He has definitely had this nightmare before, one of the more frequent ones Tony gets, along with nightmares of the Chitauri invasion. This is entirely too much pain for a nightmare though, he can feel the shrapnel in his chest just like when he got ambushed by the Ten Rings a decade ago.

Tony figures out what is going on, he is back to that day, he travelled in time.

”Strange you piece of sh-“ And Tony passes out.

 

 

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