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Every time I see someone who reads lots of fic on AO3 but doesn’t have an account, I have to wonder if they realize how many features AO3 has just for readers. This is not an exhaustive list, but here are a few (and I’ve saved the best for last!):

  • Bookmarks - You probably know these exist because you’ve seen them on fic you read. But did you know that you can:
    • Make private bookmarks that only you can see - they don’t show up when someone clicks that “bookmarks” link. Not even the author can see them. 

    • Organize your bookmarks with tags.
    • Filter them like you would a search.
    • Add your own comments/descriptions, either for your own benefit or the benefit of people looking for something to read. (Just remember that unless your bookmark is private everyone including the author can see tags & comments.)
  • History - AO3 can track every fic you’ve ever viewed. My history is 373 pages long. However, you can delete any fic from your history with the click of a button, clear your entire history at once, or turn this off.
  • “Marked for Later” - Some people use bookmarks to save fics they haven’t read yet, but there’s also a separate system for that. When you’re logged in there’s a “Mark for Later” button on each fic. Then you can filter your History down to just those Marked for Later. Once you’ve read a marked fic you can then hit the “Mark as Read”  button and it will drop off this
    • The downside to both the History and Marked for Later is that this system currently can’t be sorted or filtered beyond that, but it can be useful nonetheless if you want to save your Bookmarks for rereading your faves.
  • Locked fics - Some people lock their fics to registered users for many reasons. They don’t want their fics showing up in search engines, they don’t want bots stealing them, they’re having a troll problem, etc. Without an AO3 account you won’t even see that these exist.
  • Comment notifications - You have an inbox on AO3, and anytime anyone replies to one of your comments you will get a notification. No more having to go back and check fics to see if authors replied to you! You can also opt to get an email every time.
  • Customize how you see the site - You can use site skins, hide tags or warnings on fics, skip the extra step to view adult content (if you’re 18+), even customize how your browser titles the window.
  • Last but very much not least:
  • Subscribe to fics, series, or authors - I honestly don’t understand how anyone keeps up with WIPs without this.

    • Get an email every time a new chapter is posted, or every time one of your favorite writers posts a new fic or chapter!
    • Don’t want to read a WIP as it’s being posted? Subscribe and know as soon as the last chapter goes up.

    • Worth getting an account just for this alone tbh. 

    • How are you living without it???

    • (Hitting subscribe is also one more way to show an author you care, although authors can’t see subscriber #s on series.)

There are probably more, but those are the main ones. Yes, you have to wait a few days to get an account, but it’s worth it. If you’re worried because you don’t want people seeing you kudos certain fics (that one tentacle fic you’ll never admit to having read?) - the way login is setup it’s actually super easy to log out, leave anonymous kudos, and log back in without leaving the fic. AO3 is designed by users; they’ve got your back.

And hey, if you ever decide to take the plunge and post something, that’s one step out of your way!

(And seriously, subscribing is a game-changer.)

AO3 is also not going to like, mine your data or sell you to advertisers, since they don’t have any. 

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Introducing my new blog! This blog will be specific to the MCU reboot.  For the list of submission rules I’ll refer you to the AO3 collection of the same name.  I can’t wait to see your creations!

Submission Rules

This blog is dedicated to the parental/mentor relationship between Peter Parker and Tony Stark.  As such I request that you don’t submit any fics featuring Morgan or Harley.  This collection is for classic Irondad fic only along with all stories adhering to a universe that does not follow Endgame canon.

Thank you so much!

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Get to know Universe Prime!

The effects of Endgame didn’t just impact one universe. The power of all 6 Infinity Stones cause shockwaves blasting through all corners of the galaxies and beyond.

In Universe Prime, Tony Stark is plagued by nightmares of a post apocalyptic hellscape. In her apartment, shared with Vision, Wanda Maximoff wakes up screaming at the horrors flooding her sleep. Huddled behind a dumpster in a forgotten alley, Peter Parker feels himself falling apart by the images haunting his waking mind.

One person, however, is all too aware of the cause behind the devastation taking place. Stephen Strange stands before the Cauldron of the Cosmos; coral flames surging from its limitless depths. No heat bakes his face, however. Rather a chill settles into his chest at the sight that unfolds.

It is nothing less than the fracturing of the multiverse.


Here you’ll find a world much the same as the MCU we’ve always known and loved, save for a few, crucial, differences. Here, there was never a Civil War. There was never a broken team, broken trust, nor waste of life. Instead, you’ll find a universe where things went just a little bit differently.

Tony Stark isn’t dead, though he is plagued by nightmares born from the repercussions of the alternate events that ripple through the multiverse. Due to the severe injuries sustained from using the gauntlet, as well as the chronic problems with his joints and heart, he is forced to retire Iron Man; though continues to head the Avengers in more of a management role. Having lost an arm, he turns his attentions to prosthetics; finding joy in creating advanced limbs for the countless people who’ve lost or were born without arms/ legs/ hands/ feet/ etc.

Steve Rogers never traveled back in time to marry Peggy; though he has found peace with his life in this future world and has created a powerful bond with Sam and Bucky - his closest friends. Ready to take a slightly less active role in Avengering, Steve considers passing on his shield to Sam. Maybe it’s time to see this world from somewhere, other, than behind a shield. The question, then, is what next?

Bruce remains in conflict with Hulk - Hulk does not want to be called out simply to fight and destroy. He is working on a way to join these two sides of himself. Can there yet be a way to find balance in a soul filled with rage?

Natasha is still on her hero’s journey to find absolution for her past; a journey that will take her through dangers and heartbreak but, eventually, will provide the purpose she’s sought for so long. She has a particular heart for at-risk children and young adults and has become a terror to those in the slave trade. However, since stepping away from the Avengers, she is often found yearning for the only family she has ever claimed. Will she find her way back to them? Or is her purpose leading her in a different direction? And who is this young woman skulking in her shadow? Narrow and hungry and, yet, the softness of baby fat still cling to her cheeks. Her family gone and with nobody left to care for this child, Natasha soon finds herself with a new traveling companion; a young girl named Kamala Khan.

Clint Barton struggles for balance between family life and being an Avenger. He is constantly pulled in two directions but, as he slowly begins to accept his role as a guide to the younger heroes - setting them on a path to success, he realizes he’s exactly where he belongs.

Thor has found his place as king to the survivors of Asgard. Not content merely to hide in a forgotten corner of the world, he creates a partnership with T'Challa to reach out to the lost, disenfranchised, forgotten, and persecuted people of Earth. Together, the two kings create a sanctuary and place of safety within the protected dome of Wakanda. With Brunnhilde as his most trusted second in command, Thor is still able to split duties between caring for his people and helping to protect Earth as an Avenger.

Stephen Strange is aware of the alternate universe; the repercussions are that Tony’s sacrifice sent a shockwave through the multiverse. In most people, it has caused feelings of unease or depression which eventually fade. For those closer to the epicenter; the rest of the Avengers and those who had been near Tony in Endgame; the effects are acute stress and panic as well as persistent anxiety. Those affected most are Peter Parker, Tony Stark, and Stephen Strange. Anyone who had died in the alt universe will have ongoing feelings of anxiety and an overall sense of doom. Some people also feel an odd sense of survivor’s guilt; specifically those who are dead or had dusted in the alt universe.

Loki’s fate, currently, is unclear. However, a strangely familiar figure; with no memory of his origins, wanders through the rubble of Xandar. How he arrived on this planet; what his purpose may be; remain locked behind a black wall in his mind. And, yet, there is an aching pull towards…. something. The memory of bold laughter; and the sense that something, someone, is desperately missing.

Vision was not killed in Wakanda. Shuri succeeded in removing the Mind stone in time; though it was still lost to Thanos before Wanda could destroy it. Due to all they faced with the terrifying war, Vision and Wanda realize they cannot hide from their roles as protectors. The Earth needs them and they have a purpose that is greater than themselves.

Pepper Potts has embraced the life of a hero - one she has vehemently resisted for years. But with Tony benched and maybe through extended exposure (as well as an amazing suit he had created in secret) she finally gives in. And, to her delight and consternation, discovers how much she loves this.

Nebula lost her life in a final act of love - trading herself to the Soul Stone to restore Gamora’s life and to reverse the horror of their “father” - claiming her own fate, on her own terms, in the bargain. However, she will never be forgotten, and there are worlds and galaxies that will remember her forever.

Avengers Roster:

Current, active, full-time Avengers: Spiderman, Antman, Wasp, Wanda Maximoff, Vision, War Machine, Falcon
- Team leader: War Machine

Part-time Avengers: Rescue (Pepper Potts), Thor, Hawkeye, Winter Soldier, Captain America

“As-needed” Avengers (“this better be serious!”): Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Brunnhilde

Consultants/ teachers/ leaders: Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Steve Rogers, Thor

Carol Danvers and the Guardians of the Galaxy protect the rest of the universe and only turn up on very rare occasions.

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