I bet Clint was on a mission.
I bet halfway through he called for his extraction and his handler didn’t answer.
I bet he was stranded for days behind enemy lines with no backup and no way of reaching Nat.
I bet he finally crawled his way to somewhere with some kind of electricity and stole enough money to call someone only to find out that number after number was no longer in service.
I bet he finally went through every number and caved and called Tony.
I bet Tony, in his own way, was relieved to hear he wasn’t dead in the remains of HQ and was cracking ‘showing up 15min late’ jokes.
I bet he personally rushes there in his private jet and finds Clint covered in bruises and cuts and with fractured bones and almost hysterical because no one is reachable and there’s always /someone/
Tony having to gently break it to Clint that things went fucking tits up and that Steve and tasha were ok but SHIELD was fucked and that was probably a good thing
Clint having to redefine himself for the second time in two years because things keep tearing everything he knows apart.
first of all how dare you*whispers* And Clint thinks Fury is dead *vanishes*
And Clint still thinks Coulson is dead…
Well, that was rude.
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Okay this is my understanding of canon, drawing both from books and films, regarding the issue of Pitch’s various shadowy servants.
1) Fearlings. Fearlings are the actual villain of the Guardians series. They arise purely from the fear of sentient beings: more technically, they both ARE fear and only exist IF FEAR ALREADY EXISTS (so they are paradoxical and self-perpetuating). They are PARASITES by nature and their intent is entirely malicious. They have no concept of moderating their own attribute to serve a more neutral and necessary role: such as inspiring human doubt, misgiving, prudence, and cautiousness. Fearlings, whose existence is contingent upon the fear of living things, grow stronger when living things’ fear amplifies. They feed off fear as sustenance, like wraiths. Therefore they will do whatever it takes not only to devour, but also to CREATE, fear. And the purer the fear the better. Who wants caution, in this perspective, when you can have terror, horror, revulsion, and hysteria? The Fearlings aim big because they are greedy and selfish parasites.
PITCH BELONGS TO THE FEARLINGS, NOT THE REVERSE. **(see end-note). BUT PITCH ALSO SERVES AS THEIR VESSEL. PITCH CAN’T CONTROL THE FEARLINGS BUT HE CAN STEER AND SHAPE THEIR COURSE. This is the reason why he is called the MISNOMER “NightmareKing.” It really should be something more like "Nightmare Artist" or"Nightmare Engineer" or "Nightmare Field Marshal." But because of his pride and the many episodes in which he has been influenced to do vicious things as the Fearlings’ HOST, most people perceive Pitch as the master of his minions. They are wrong: Pitch is just a glorified living jail cell. HE is the jail cell whose door he used to guard. HE is the Prison Planet now. In a tragically ironic way, Pitch Black is STILL doing Kozmotis Pitchiner’s job.
It’s important to note that there are two types of Fearling:
- Fearling Type A (Pure Fearlings, Dream Pirates, and Nightmare Men):Fearlings who have existed since a primordial state before the dawn of time. Pure fear. The entities whom General Kozmotis Pitchiner fought all his life.
- Fearling Type B (Darklings): Fearlings who were changed from children and Constellations into their present state by Pitch’s touch and added to the Nightmare King’s army.
2) Nightmares. Nightmares are NEW inventions of Pitch’s, beginning in a blue-print form during the 1930’s (if we use Rufftoons’s work as film canon). Nightmares take the somewhat punny form of black mares (a-hyuk, Pitch, you dork) and are made from the HIGHLY SPECIFIC PROCESS of TURNING DREAMS INTO NIGHTMARES. Pitch is dependent upon the products of Sanderson Mansnoozie/the Sandman to create new Nightmares. Though Pitch has been giving children bad dreams since he fell to earth, Nightmares involve specifically the corruption of Dreamsand and were part of a particular plot to replace Sandy’s powers and tip the balance of Belief in favor of unadulterated, unchecked Fear. This plot failed and it can be considered canonical that, since the film, Pitch has lost the ability or has been severely weakened in its course. As it turns out, the Nightmares are just as virulent as the Fearlings, and when their “master” experienced a moment of his own terror, they turned on him like vultures and feasted on it. Nightmares can be considered a “type” of Fearling, since Pitch used powers derived from his Fearlings to contaminate Dreamsand, but they are not strictly the same thing as Fearlings. The process of their creation is different and they always take the form of horses.
(( **THIS IS SO, SO IMPORTANT, AND PEOPLE SEEM TO FORGET IT: THE FEARLINGS EXISTED BEFORE KOZMOTIS PITCHINER DID, AND KOZMOTIS PITCHINER FOUGHT THEM TOOTH AND NAIL BEFORE THEY DEVOURED HIS SOUL. HE DID NOT. GO. WILLINGLY. ARGUMENTS MADE THAT PITCH NOW MUST “PAY” FOR HIS “CHOICE” TO BE DEVOURED BY FEARLINGS ARE INHERENTLY MOOT BECAUSE KOZMOTIS WAS TRICKED INTO THINKING HIS DAUGHTER WAS HELD CAPTIVE BY FEARLINGS, AND DID NOT WANT TO BECOME ONE OF THEM. ))
If you take the game into account, the Nightmare creatures can actually take on different forms instead of taking on the forms of only horses. I assume from the naming of the black mares as a ‘Nightmare’ was more a call back of Pitch’s love for puns and a personal preference for their forms. You can also speculate a callback to the Mares in Germanic mythology; female shapeshifting demons who torment their victims in their sleep.
please do not let ferguson die out like everything else big does. do not let this die out. do not let this continue on for three days and then everyone forget about it. do not let this happen.
queue this post up 3 days from now, a week from now, a month from now, a month from then. make sure even if you forget your blog will remember.
the fact i’m seeing reblogs slow down despite the fact there is still news breaking is concerning
Every time you see this on your dash, add it to your queue, or schedule to post it the next day, even if it’s your own reblog.