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First and foremost, if you haven't seen it yet go check out Iron Man 3 trailer and then join me in mourning the fact that we must wait until May of next year to see the full film. Also can I just say EXTREMIS! Also it looks pretty darned dark, I mean seriously grim...but then Extremis wasn't a happy fun storyline. Still, man...

Also while I'm thinking about it I've got a couple of Loki fic recs to share that kept me happily ensconced on my couch last week while I recovered from surgery.

First:
The Other Gods by
The_Lionheart

After the end of the Avengers movie, Loki is captured. It is not particularly fun for him.

This is a seriously fucked up Loki, like batshit insane and loving it Loki. Well, loving it until SHIELD gets its less than tender hands on him and then things go down the rabbit hole. Think One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest with more torture and no lobotomies...yet. The story is a WIP which is frustrating 'cause it hasn't been updated since March and the author's left Loki dangling over the mental abyss.

Second:
The Many Doors of Níu Heimar by nixajane
In the weeks before Thor's coronation, Loki almost dies, not once, but twice. (An AU in which events conspire to keep Loki from the choices he made in Thor, a war is on the horizon and the chosen battlefield is Earth, and the Avengers assemble with an extra teammate and one less villain to fight).

So Loki finds out what he is under decidedly different circumstances and his story takes another road entirely, actually a pretty darn heroic but believable one. The Avengers come together over the discovery of Thor's Hammer rather than the Tesseract (well, ok, kind of both) and the big bad in this one aren't the Chitauri rather the Frost Giants. The characters ring beautifully true throughout, the author's Tony voice is DEAD ON. Fer realz. A fascinating AU. Also a WIP but the author is promising to get back to it soon.

Date: 2012-10-24 02:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rexluscus.livejournal.com
I love "The Other Gods"! So sad it appears to be abandoned.

Date: 2012-10-24 02:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebonlock.livejournal.com
I love "The Other Gods"! So sad it appears to be abandoned.

I know, and the worst part is I'll probably never know what the damn noise was and who was causing it. :(

Date: 2012-10-24 02:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rexluscus.livejournal.com
Oh I know, I was so curious about that!! Only thing worse than an abandoned WIP is an abandoned WIP with some kind of mystery left hanging.

Date: 2012-10-25 12:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebonlock.livejournal.com
Ok so I'm currently pestering the author relentlessly and even got her to give me the first bit of the next chapter that she has written. I'll post it here so you don't have to dig through the comments there:

The_Lionheart responded:

There was no escaping Thor's unrelenting embrace, and after a few futile attempts Loki stopped trying and just let his brother bury his face against the crook of Loki's shoulder. He simply closed his eyes and let weary resignation wash over him, his limbs boneless and unresisting against Thor's muscular build.

He wanted to tell Thor to stop this weeping, that it was shameful and unbecoming and unlike Thor to do so, but that would have been a baldfaced lie, and Loki didn't know if he had the strength for that. The truth was, Thor had always been this soft, this demonstrative, at least when they had been children. When Thor, three years Loki's senior, had been taken off to physical training, he had come back awkward and closed-off and quick to anger and slow to affection. Loki had always thought Thor had had an easier time of it than he had, when it came to be his turn to study the art of war at his father's and uncle's knee, that Thor had been spared hardship and that it had been one more thing for Loki to resent of his perfect, golden brother.

It occurred to Loki that perhaps the part of Thor that was quick to shower his brother with love and affection had been beaten mute at the onset of adulthood. It was... actually, perversely, wonderful, in this moment, to see that part of him restored.

But only to a certain point. Barton and Banner were still awkwardly keeping vigil over the whole thing, and after another few moments of this Loki gently slapped a hand against Thor's arm.

“Enough, Thor. This is a disgusting display,” he rasped, and Thor bit back a soft, sobbing laugh, pressing a messy, bristling kiss against Loki's forehead.

“You are a disgusting display, brother. Do you have any idea what you look like, right now?” Thor asked, releasing Loki a little bit. “You- you're-” He looked like he was on the verge of starting the whole thing again, but mercifully, Banner interjected.

Date: 2012-10-25 06:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rexluscus.livejournal.com
Ohhh, awesome, thank you!!

squee

Date: 2012-10-24 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elenderel.livejournal.com
I actually *did* see the trailer & I'm pretty darned excited! Although I'm confused by the new, uh, paint job on his suit? Am I seeing that correctly?

Y'know, the world might be ending soon or something ... not only have I seen Iron Man AND the Avengers movie, I've also borrowed Iron Man 2 from the library and that's on my list of movies to savor this coming week. (We started Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone tonight - it's SUCH good fun and SO well done, it's delightful!) I haven't seen so many movies in such a short period of time in ages ... this must be a sign ...

Re: squee

Date: 2012-10-24 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebonlock.livejournal.com
Ok you should totally borrow "The Incredible Hulk" and "Thor" too if you get the chance, then watch "The Avengers" again and it'll be a slightly different movie the second time around, promise :) And if you truly want to enjoy Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone you need to watch it on mute while listening to:

Image (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wizard_People,_Dear_Reader)


If you have any trouble laying hands on it let me know because I will make you a copy. Honestly the Quidditch scene alone will kill you.

Re: squee

Date: 2012-10-25 12:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elenderel.livejournal.com
Ooooooh I hadn't realized those movies existed ... Okay, I put holds on The Incredible Hulk and Thor. Thor has 14 holds on it so it'll take a while, but The Incredible Hulk is readily available and I should be able to pick it up this weekend.

And ... I was able to find <a=http://http://archive.org/details/wizard-people/>Wizard People, Dear Readers. We're not finished watching movie 1 - the kids have just arrived at Hogwarts - but once we do, I'll download it and give it a whirl ... I anticipate sheer delight.

Thanks for the recs!!

Re: squee

Date: 2012-10-25 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebonlock.livejournal.com
Just be sure you get The Incredible Hulk with Ed Norton, not that Eric Bana atrocity that was inflicted upon the viewing populace a few years earlier. Trust me, I still haven't forgiven Bana for that one.

Re: squee

Date: 2012-10-25 03:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elenderel.livejournal.com
Uh-oh ... *double-checks, holds breath* okay GOOD! It's got Ed Norton and, as an added bonus, Lou Ferrigno. Whew.

Re: squee

Date: 2012-10-25 03:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ebonlock.livejournal.com
There are several references to the Bixby series that will make you chuckle. Ed Norton actually wrote the story on this one and is a big Hulk fan, and it shows. Though I must admit I much prefer Ruffalo's take on Banner to Norton's, but Norton was really good too.

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