Instar – a Marvel Cinematic Universe fic


2572 words, complete @Ao3 /  by spiderstanspiderstan

Genre/What to expect: All the Avengers are overprotective. Black Widow tracks Spiderman, and then they go for a coffee.

Rating: Gen/Slice of Life

Pairings: None

Natasha investigates Tony’s newest ally. He may have potential, but they definitely don’t make them like they used to.”

Suitable for fandom blind readers? No (well, Maybe. All you need is passing knowledge of the characters backstories to thoroughly enjoy it.)

Reviewed by: Ashes0909

Spider-Man and Black Widow never really interact in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it wasn’t until this fic that I realized how much I wanted them to.

Spiderstanspiderstan’s Spidey practically walked out of the movie, smart but a bit overeager. The author put him together with an ever-suspicious Black Widow because a new superhero is hanging out with Tony Stark, and she’s curious.

It’d been frighteningly easy to dig up information on the new boy and cross-reference from there. Anyone could have done it.

Fifteen years, five months. Born in the new millennium.

It left a horrible taste in her mouth.

The above hook set the tone for the story, humor intertwining with the somber reality of a teenager fighting in a civil war.

Black Widow constantly walked the line between protective and wary of this young newcomer. Spidey, on the flip side, is entertainingly awed by it all- the Avengers, fighting on the tarmac. It was a joy to read the two of them interacting.

“Is this going to be a regular thing?” Spider-Man asked, abruptly uncomfortable. “Are ex-Avengers gonna keep showing up in my life and interrogating me? ‘Cause I need to start planning around that if you are. People knowing who I am could get me in a lot of trouble.”

Then, Tony entered the picture and I was smiling ear to ear. Black Widow and Iron Man’s back and forth to see who could be more protective had me snorting every other line.

This fic is great. It leaves you wanting more, while also feeling pleasantly satisfied by the simple slice of superhero life.  

Review Example from Ao3’s thisfairytalegonebad

I really loved this, the way you wrote the characters, Natasha’s view of Peter, and Natasha and Tony’s conversation at the end.
I like you writing style, it’s really pleasant to read, and that added to the nice characterisations makes a great fic.
So, great job here, I really enjoyed it!

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