Fury looked at his team, his sole eye bouncing from person to person. Captain America looked like he had seen better days, the thick beard that graced his face made him look all the more tired as it made the bags under his eyes seem even heavier. The scars that stretched from 's left ear across his face from right edge of his lip made him look much more like a warrior than a wizard. Captain Marvel was standing off to the side, she was the most well off as she was without a scratch. Naruto was the worse off, his hair chopped short to his head, his body littered with scars and the most noticeable thing was the lack of his right arm.
"It's time like this that I wish the original Avenger's program had come to be what I wished it had been" said Fury, his tone carried a level of exhaustion that matched anyone else's level in the room.
Naruto made a grim face and said "Yeah, but that Pym guy fucked it up for everyone when he killed Tony, then Thor, then Hulk and Nat"
Steve let a ghost of a smile appear on his face "What am I? chopped liver? You still got me"
Naruto rolled his eye but said nothing more as Strange's scarred hands fiddled with his necklace that housed the timestone.
"Yeah but let's be realistic, we needed more than you, when Loki invaded the planet. You, Carol, and Naruto were all we had, at least until Strange came along" said Fury
"Big help, I was when Thanos" said Strange with a scoff
"You save my life when I lost my arm" said Naruto, "You allowed me to finish the job at a later date"
"And yet, we have nothing left for the man who is moments away from eating out planet" said Fury, a hint of disappointment in his tone.
"Galactus isn't someone that we can defeat on our own" said Steve
"I don't think any version of us could defeat him, even if Naruto's arm was still there" reasoned Strange
"I think if I still had Kurama that I could take him" said Naruto, but his tone begged a differ, it lacked conviction and life.
Strange glanced up at the sky and said "We're out of time, the spell must be done now or never"
Fury nodded and Strange nodded, the green glow of the Time Stone filling the room.
"I can't guarantee us all landing in the same timeline or us even surviving. If this is the last time we see each other alive, I just want to say, I wished I had branched out with some non-superhero friends" said Strange before a the green flickered with an angry red and the universe around them collapsed and they vanished off the face of the world.
Our Canon Universe:
Wakanda was like nothing Sam had ever seen and judging from the looks on everyone else's face, they were all having similar thoughts.
"So, Naruto just so happens to know the King and Prince of this country and they owe him a favor?" asked Sam rhetorically with a shake of his head, "That asshole has all the best adventures"
"Didn't he lost the love of his life, Natasha, while saving them?" asked Pietro causing Sam to wince at his lack of tact in saying what he said.
Wanda chuckled and said to Sam, "Naruto would kick your ass if he heard what you said"
The other people in the Quinjet laughed lightly at Wanda's words as all Sam could do was frown with worry. Naruto was definitely more than capable of kicking Sam's ass without question.
The rest of the people were Vision, Rhodes, and Pietro. The five of them had used Rhodes' government clearance and access to look up the number to contact the Wakanda ambassador and get in contact with T'Chaka who upon hearing that friends of Naruto were in danger, immediately invited them into Wakanda where his daughter Shuri would be able to help them.
They had already entered the bubble that masked Wakanda from the world and seeing the crazily advanced technological city had left everyone in awe. You could hear about something a million times, but actually seeing it is something else.
They landed and T'Chaka was standing there, his son T'Challa on his immediate right, standing one a single step behind him. To his left was a slender young African girl, her eyes locked onto the sight of their ship.
T'Chaka greeted them, "Welcome to Wakanda, this is my son, T'Challa and my daughter Shuri"
T'Chaka gestured to first his son, then his daughter respectfully. Shuri smiled at the group of 5 and said "I will be the one to take care of you"
Wanda allowed a curious look to appear on her face, "But you're so young"
T'Chaka smiled brightly, "Shuri is one of the bright minds that you'll ever met, do not allow her age to dictate the way you see her"
Vision nodded, "We came to you for help, it would be foolish of us to dismiss any help that you offer us"
Shuri nodded and T'Challa glanced at his sister but said nothing as she glanced sideways at him, shooting him a look.
T'Challa tsk'd but nevertheless turned and said "Right this way, it would be shameful to waste anymore time"
Shuri sped up to fall in step with her brother and the group of five Avengers walked behind the sibling duo, leaving King T'Chaka behind as they traveled through the streets before arriving at a large manor, only to walk around to the back and into the 'barn'.
They walked downstairs for a couple of minutes until they entered a lab that was seemingly on par with the one that Tony had back in his own private lab.
"Lay down on the table" instructed Shuri to Vision as she started tapping away on the computer and started to set things up to run an initial diagnosis.
Shuri allowed her computer to run several scans on the stone, as she studied the hologram that was being rendered by the scans.
After a moment, she couldn't help but whistle in appreciation, "Whoa. The structure is polymorphic."
"What does that mean?" asked Wanda
Shuri bit her lip, "It means that whoever put Vision's being attached each neuron non-sequentially"
Rhodes shared a look with Sam, "And that means?"
"It means they decided to have a nearly uncountable amount of tiny moving parts all working independently instead of programming the synapses to work collectively" answered Shuri as she started to tap on the hologram
Wanda couldn't help but ask "Can you do it? Make it work collectively?"
Shuri frowned "Yes, but there are more than two trillion neurons here. One misalignment could cause a cascade of circuit failures"
She turned to T'Challa, "It will take time, brother"
"You time now, if they come for him, we buy you more time" said T'Challa with a conviction that made everyone stand up a little straighter.
The Void of Space:
"I am Groot" snapped Groot
Naruto, who was in the process of dozing off, wasn't sure what the tree man said but Rocket immediately spat "Tinkle in the cup. We're not looking. What's there to see? What's a twig? Everybody's seen a twig"
Groot irritably replied, "I am Groot!"
Thor, who was looking out the window into the vast darkness of space was the one to reply to Groot, "Tree, pour what's in the cup out in space, and go in the cup again"
Rocket couldn't hold his surprise back "I am still surprised that you speak Groot's language"
"I am Groot"
"You'll know when we're there. Nivadellir's forge harnesses the power of a blazing neutron star" A look passed on his face, another nostalgically charged look, but much sadder than his previous comment, "It's the birth place of my hammer. It's truly awesome"
Rocket turns to see Thor was back to sitting sadly beside the window looking out of it again as soon as Naruto's head was dipped as he let out soft snores.
Rocket mentally slapped himself and thought, 'Okay, time to be the captain of this ship'
He walked to a console near by Thor, typing on it as directed his words at the Asgardian, "So, Thanos killed your brother, huh? That's gotta drive the revenge thing"
Thor shrugged lifelessly, "Well, he's been dead before, but this time I think I don't know. I have no idea where Thanos took him"
"Did you say that you have a sister and dad?" asked Rocket
Thor sucked his teeth, "Both dead"
Rocket winced "Still got a mom, though?"
Thor grit his teeth, "Killed by a dark elf"
Rocket frowned "A best friend?"
Thor nodded, "The blond sleeping in the chair, although he already died once today"
Rocket couldn't help but ask, "Are you sure you're up to this particular murder mission?"
Thor smiled widely, lightning dancing in his eyes, "Absolutely. Rage, vengeance, anger, loss, regret…They're all tremendous motivators. They really clear the mind. I have more fueling me than half the universe"
"Yeah, but this Thanos we're talking about…He's the toughest there is" said Rocket
Thor scoffed, "Well, he's never fought me"
Rocket allowed a look of confusion to grace his face, "Yeah, he has, you lost"
Thor snarled "No, he didn't, he held my family ransom and ran off before we could actually fight. When I get my new hammer, no force in the universe will keep my wraith from crushing him"
Rocket whistled, "Better be some hammer"
Thor chuckled, "You know, I'm 1,500 years old. I've killed twice as many enemies as that, and every one would have rather killed me, but none succeeded. I'm only alive because fate wants me alive. Thanos is the latest in a long line of people who challenged me and he will be the latest to feel my vengeance"
"And what if you're wrong?" asked Rocket
"If I'm wrong then what more could I lose?"
Rocket takes an eyeball that he had pulled out of the storage console next to to Thor and said, "Okay, you wanna Thanos' ass so badly, you're gonna need more than one eye and a can do attitude"
He held his hand out to Thor, who took the orb from him and asked, "What's this?"
Rocket smirked, "What's it look like? Some jerk lost a bet with me on on Contraxia"
Thor looked at the racoon in horror, "He gave you his eye?"
Rocket crackled with laughter, "No, he gave me 100 credits. I snuck in later that night and stole his eye"
Thor pulled the eyepatch off of his missing eyesocket and used his off hand to pull the flaps of skin apart, "Thank you, sweet rabbit"
Rocket quickly looked away as Thor proceeded to put the eyeball in his socket, the orb spinning in the flesh pocket before it righted itself.
"I … um, whoa. Huh? Oh. I would … I would've washed that. The only way I could sneak it off Contraxia was up my…Hey, we're here!" exclaimed Rocket
Thor frowned as he smacked his palm against the side of his head, I
don't think this thing works. Everything seems dark"
"It ain't the eye, buddy" commented Rocket as he saw the same dark void that Thor was seeing.
Thor frowned as he looked out the windshield, it was true. Nivadellir was dark and motionless, no sign of the busy workers that had once roamed the forge.
"Something's wrong, something must have happened. The star's gone isn't pulsing with power and the rings are frozen" said Thor as he studied the scene before him, "Bring us down rabbit"
Rocket didn't hesitate to bring the ship down to the edge the forge, where Thor, Rocket, and Groot walk through a seemingly abandoned forge. They had tried to wake up Naruto, but the young man remained knocked out back in the ship.
"I hope these dwarves are better at forging than they are cleaning. Maybe they realized they live in a junk pile in the middle of space?" mused Rocket
Thor shook his head, "No, this forge hasn't gone dark in centuries, there must be something else at work here"
Rocket, who was busy looking at everything, walked up to a pedestal and his eyes narrowed, "Hey Thor, you said Thanos had a gauntlet, right?"
Rocket pointed at the large molding of a gauntlet and asked, "Look anything like that?"
"I am Groot"
"Son of a bitch" snarled Thor as his eyes landed on the mold of the gauntlet that Rocket had brought to his attention.
"Do you think we should go back to the pod?" asked Rocket but Thor never got to answer the question as suddenly a large figure storms towards them. It punched Thor in the face, sending him flying back until he crashed into a workshop table.
"Eitri, wait! Stop! Stop! It's me, Thor!" yelled Thor as he got a look at the man who was attacking him.
"Thor?" whispered the Eitri, large figure who despite his large size had short stubby arms and legs.
"What happened here?" asked Thor
Eitri turned away from the Asgardian price, gesturing with his arms, "You were supposed to protect us. Asgard was supposed to protect us! AND YET WHEN HE CAME FOR US, YOU WERE NOWHERE TO BE FOUND!"
"Eitri, Asgard has been destroyed. Eitri, the glove. What did you do?" gasped Thor in some obvious emotional pain.
Eitri had tears pouring his face when he turns back to Thor, but he pauses before speaking to Thor, "300 dwarves lived on this ring. I thought if I did what he asked, they'd be safe. I made what he wanted. A device capable of harnessing the power of the stones. Then he killed everyone anyway. All except me. "Your life is yours." he said "But your hands are mine alone."
Thor looked at the arms of Eitri, the lack of hands now becoming rather apparent. The stubs of where Eitri's hand had once been, a tragic moment for Thor to lay his eyes on.
"Eitri, this isn't about your hands. Every weapon you've designed, every axe, hammer sword…It's all inside your head. Now I know all hope feels lost. Trust me, I know. But together, you and I, we can kill Thanos." says Thor
Eitri nods and gestures for them to follow him, showing Thor, Rocket, and Groot the mold for Stormbreaker.
Rocket was confused and voiced his confusion, "This is plan? We're gonna hit him with a brick?"
Eitri scoffs, "It's a mold. A king's weapon. Meant to be the greatest in Asgard. In theory, it could even summon the Bifrost."
"Did it have a name?" asked Thor
Rocket rolls his eyes, "That's a bit much"
Thor ignored the comment from Rocket and asked Eitri, "So how do we make it?"
"You'll have to restart the forge. Awaken the heart of a dying star" answered Eitri
"Do you have any other molds around here? I have a friend who needs a 2 foot sword" asked Thor
Eitri's eyes lit up, "Yes, there is a blade that we have only theories of. But if there was ever a time to try it, this is it"
Thor turned to Rocket, "Rabbit, fire up the pod"
The ship was in the middle of making a crash landing as Peter and Tony failed to make a normal landing. Strange's quick thinking was to throw a magical barrier around the three of them that was barely able to withstand the force of the crash.
Tony turned to Strange, "You alright Doc?"
"That was closer than I would have liked" admitted Tony as Peter slide down from the ceiling on a web like a spider would.
"Um, Mr. Stark" said Peter timidly
"Kid, don't you see the adults are talking?" asked Tony rhetorically
"I'm trying to say that something is coming" said Peter, but it is already too late as a grenade rolls into view, and Peter, Strange and Tony are forced to take cover. As there was a blast of smoke Quill, Drax, and Mantis crashed into the ship.
"Thanos!" screamed Drax as he rushed into the ship, ahead of Quill and Mantis who were a step behind him.
The Cloak of Levitation flew off Strange's back and flew at Drax's face and wrapped around his face, slamming him to the ground. Quill managed to throw a disk at Tony that pinned his suit to the wall with a magnetic tug.
Peter was the lone hero of the earthly trio that didn't want to fight as he was seen crawling backward from Mantis, "Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Please don't put your eggs in me!"
Peter realized that Mantis wasn't nearly the threat that he was making her out to be and webs Mantis' arms to her body, and Quill flies at him front the side, kicking him down, planting his foot down on Peter's body.
"Stay down, clown" warns Quills
Drax was still struggling with the Cloak of Levitation, "Die, blanket of death!"
Tony pulls free of the magnet that had him stuck to the wall. They pull weapons on each other. Quill had pulled Peter off the ground and had him in a head-lock, while Tony stands over Drax with a gun, and Doctor Strange stands ready near Mantis who was still tied up in the webbing/
Quill was the first to talk, "Everybody stay where you are. Chill the fuck out!"
Quill then powers off his helmet, "I'm gonna ask you this one time. Where's Gamora?"
Tony looked confused, "Uh …Yeah, I'll do you one better. Who's Gamora?"
Drax from his position on the ground, "I'll do you one better! Why is Gamora?"
"Tell me where the girl is, or I swear to you, I'm gonna French fry this little freak" said Quill
"Let's do it! You shoot my guy, I blast him. Let's go!" said Tony always his hand as it morphs to a much larger blaster.
"Do it, Quill! I can take it" said Drax, egging on the situaiton
Mantis, who had some common sense, "No, he can't take it!"
Strange was quick to add, "She's right. You can't handle a direct blast that powerful"
"Oh yeah? You don't wanna tell me where she is? That's fine. I'll kill all three of you and beat it out of Thanos myself" said Quill to nobody in particular before he said to Peter, "Starting with you"
"Wait, what, Thanos? All right, let me ask you this one time. What master do you serve?" asked Strange
"What master do I serve? What am I supposed to say? "Jesus"?" asked Quill sarcastically
"You're from Earth?" asked Tony
"I'm not from Earth. I'm from Missouri" claimed Quill
"Yeah, that's on Earth dip-shit. What are you hassling us for?" asked Tony with barely contained anger in his voice
Peter who still had a blaster to his face asked, "So, you're not with Thanos?"
Quill scoffed, "With Thanos? No, I'm here to kill Thanos. He took my girl- Wait, who are you?"
"We're the Avengers, man" answered Peter.
"You're the ones Thor told us about" said Mantis
Tony: You know Thor?
"Yeah. Tall guy, not the good-looking, needed saving" said Quill
"Ok, moving past the delusional lies that you just said about Thor, where is he?" asked Tony
"I'm not sure, don't really care either. I'm here to fight Thanos" said Quill, "Why are you guys here?"
"The same reason that you are" answered Strange
"Really?" asked Quill
"Yes" replied Tony
"Ok, then we're on the same side" said Quill as he pulled the blaster away from Peter's head, "If you're here to fight Thanos and we're here to fight Thanos, we should probably team up and fight him together"
"No shit, Sherlock" said Tony and Strange at the same time.
Red Skull was leading Thanos and Gamora up a long winding trail on what was a ever rising mountain./
Thanos glanced around and asked, "How is it you know this place so well?'
Red Skull didn't even turn around to answer as he continued to simply float forward, "A lifetime ago, I, too, sought the stones. I even held one in my hand. But it cast me out, banished me here. Guiding others to a treasure I cannot possess"
Finally, they come to a stop, the stop being the edge of mountaintop over looking a vast landscape of nothingness.
Red Skull turned to look at the duo, "What you seek lies before you. As does what you fear"
"What's this?" asked Thanos
"The price. Soul hold a special place among the Infinity Stones. You might say it has a certain wisdom" answered Red Skull in a twisted voice
Thanos wanted a bit of a more straightforward answer, "Tell me what it needs"
Red Skull's eyes glanced from Thanos to Gamora and back, "To ensure that whoever possesses it… Understands its power… The stone demands a sacrifice"
"Of what?" was the question from both Gamora and Thanos
Red Skull tone grew cold, "In order to take the stone you must lose that which you love. A soul…For a soul"
Gamora begins to laugh at the irony of the situation, "All my life, I dreamed of a day…A moment when you would get what you deserved. And I was always so disappointed. But now…You kill and torture…And you call it mercy. The universe has judged you. You asked it for a prize, and it told you no. You failed. And do you wanna know why? Because you love nothing. No one"
Thanos turned to face Gamora with tears in his eyes, but didn't say anything. She couldn't tell why he was crying, was it because of her words? Had they cut deep into his mind and hurt him? Or maybe it was the fact that his so called "destiny" was going to end here? He would never gather all of the stones.
"Really? Tears? You don't get what you want and you tear up?" she tauntingly asked
Red Skull shook his head, "They're not for him, child"
Gamora looks at Red Skull, and seems to realize what is about to happen, "No. This isn't love"
Thanos grabed Gamora by the arm, "I ignored my destiny once. I cannot do that again. Even for you. I'm sorry, little one"
And with every step, every word, he dragged her closer to the edge of the cliff, her fate sealed in his mind.
Gamora screamed "No!"
She tries in vain to brake from his grasp, flailing her limbs about. She kicked at him as her other hand tried to pry his hand off of her wrist but it was for nothing as he arrived at the edge and without so much as a glance at shoves her over the side. He watched as she plunged to her death, but right before she hit the bottom, the world exploded in a massive of orange light that blinded him.
When Thanos opened his eyes, he found himself lying in water. He felt something in his right hand and he opened his hand to reveal that he now has the Soul Stone in it.
"One step closer" he said as he closed his hand around the stone once more as he was pulled out of that realm but to the world Vormir.
Back with Thor and co:
Thor was standing on the roof of the pod, his eyes locked onto the rings that surrounded the locked up star, with a rope in his hand attached to the pod beneath his feet.
"I don't think you get the scientific fact here, Thor. These rings are wanna get them moving, you're gonna need something a lot bigger to yank 'em loose" said Rocket
"Leave that to me" said Thor as he dropped down onto the ring, still holding onto the rope connected to the pod.
"Leave that to you? Buddy, you're in space. All you got is a rope and a-" started Rocket, but his words were cut off as Thor began to swing the pod around. The pod was dragging him, until he stops himself by digging his feet into the ring, still holding the pod, but the rings were moving.
Thor, grit his teeth,"More power, rabbit!"
Rocket pushed the pod to it's max and Thor roared as his feet borrowed into the ring and they all moved into place. Finally the star bursts into life, the rings align, and a jet of light streams through the forge
Thor, climbed up the rope onto the pod and he looked through the pod window, at Rocket, an points to the star.
"That's Nivadellir" he exclaimed with glee
But as much as things went well, they also go wrong as the iris closes and the beam of light recedes back into the star.
"Fuck" groaned Eitri, "The mechanism is crippled"
"That's bad ain't it?" asked Rocket
Eitri blew air out of his nose in anger, "With the iris closed I can't heat the metal"
"How long will it take to heat?" asked Thor
"A few minutes, maybe more. I have to fill two molds for you and your friend Why?" asked Eitri
"I'm gonna hold it open" claimed Thor in a serious stone.
Eitri shook his head in disbelief, "This is suicide, you mad?"
"No is facing Thanos without that axe is suicide" said Thor
Earth: Upstate New York
Wong's magic circled around the frozen form of Steve Rogers, the magic slowly defrosting the hero for the second time in the man's life.
"So, Heimdall, you can see all in the universe?" asked Wong, breaking the silence.
"Not exactly, that is a bit of an oversimplification of my abilities" answered Heimdall
"Is it like the time stone's ability to see across time and space?" asked Wong after thinking for a moment.
" Due to my heritage as a Vanir Godling, I have been granted a form of cosmic awareness making me able to sense a variety of things across the vastness of time and space" answered Heimdall, "As long as it in the same realm as me, I can see it"
Wong nodded in understanding, "So, tell me … Galactus is how far away?"
Heimdall ignored the tremble in Wong's voice and said, "He is still years away, I could feel his power from here. Every time I try to look at him directly, he turns his head in my direction and gives me a sly smile"
"That is rather frightening thought" commented Wong as the magic finished the job and Steve's form was ice and frost free.
Steve's form shook as he stirred, his eyes flipping open only for him to raise his left hand to shield his eyes from the bright lights.
"Ugh, my head" groaned Steve as he blinked trying to adjust to being anywhere but in a dark trunk.
"Welcome back, Steve Rogers" said Heimdall
"Do I know you?" asked Steve
"No, but I am a friend of Thor and Naruto" answered Heimdall
Steve sat up and said, "Where is everyone?" as he looked around, trying to find anyone that he recognized.
"It has been awhile since you were put in the ice again, Steve" said Wong, his tone filled with pity
"What? Where is Tony? Naruto? Natasha? Clint?" asked Steve
"Tony is in space about to fight against Thanos, who is arriving shortly. Naruto and Thor are together, also in space. Thor is going to risk death to get a weapon for himself and Naruto, who is sleeping off dying earlier. Natasha is dead, she was killed by the same people who threw you in the ice. Clint is home, he retired when Naruto left after Natasha died" said Heimdall, his eyes taking on a far away look as he used his cosmic awareness to check on everyone.
Steve's mouth filled with vomit and he rolled sideways onto all fours as he allowed the bile to erupt from his mouth and into the lake.
He dry heaved for a moment as he struggled to draw air into his lungs against the urge to continue vomiting.
"Okay … things have clearly change a bit since I've last walked around" admitted Steve, "Where do we go from here?"
"My best guess is Wakanda" said Wong, as he glanced at Heimdall to confirm,"That is where the rest of the team is"
Steve cleared his throat and nodded as he rose from the ground, standing on his own wobbly legs for the first time in a while.
Heimdall grabbed a bag that Steve must have missed earlier and pulled out something circular and familiar for Steve.
"I believe this belongs to you" he said as he handed the shield to Steve who slipped it onto his arm, his ruined suit sleeve getting pushed up his arm as the shield slid into place.
Wong opened a portal and said, "This is as far as we can take you, the sanctuary has been left unprotected long enough. Heimdall and I must return to make sure that our world doesn't get overrun by any dark mystical forces"
Steve didn't think twice about leaping through the portal, ignoring the explanation as he landed on the cold stone ground and looked around. There was only one way to go and it was down the stairs in front of him.
Steve walked down confidently, the shield on his arm giving him all the reassurance that he needed to march onward.
However, there was no enemy forces waiting for him at the bottom of the stairs, quite the opposite in fact.
He entered the lab and saw am unfamiliar handsome African man leaning back in a chair, Wanda and Pietro sitting off to the side, Vision being scanned by a machine over and over as he laid on a table a smaller African girl typed on the screen, clearly working on something. Sam and Rhodes were off to the side, talking about something that involved the arc reactor in Rhode's suit.
"What's going on guys?" asked Steve, drawing the attention of everyone.
The African man leapt to his feet but he realized that it was Steve before him and just looked surprised.
"You're alive" he gasped
"Sorry that I'm late, wouldn't happen again" joke Steve before he grew serious and he asked, "Now can someone catch me up?"
A/N: This was a 5k Chapter in MS Word before being uploaded to this site, so hopefully it remains close.
Infinity War is progressing, expect some different things as the story progresses and I hope everyone got the reference in the beginning, if not message me and I got you.
Steve is up and running, Naruto is sleeping off death, Thor is about to do the best part of the movie, Tony is about to fight Thanos.
Hope y'all are up to appreciate this chapter dropping at this time.
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