Mine though, was a dream. I mean, an actual dream, as in I woke up furious at myself for missing the awesome bits. The whole thing was set during the point where the war against the Kaiju is going bad, and Jargers are falling fast. The Avengers are Kaiju teams (I don’t know if they paired off or if it worked in my headcanon of Tony going solo with Jarvis, Steve being able to pilot one alone, and Bruce drifting with himself via the Hulk) either way, they were in an OT6 poly relationship, and as everything is going from bad to worse they are increasingly terrified that one of their group isn’t going to come back.
It isn’t the dying that scares them, it’s the being alone. All of them have nightmares that one by one, the others die, until it’s just them left, alone in the Shatterdome. They wake shaking and sick, and cling tight to the others, but the fear never goes away.
Finally, Tony’s the one who can’t take it any more, and decides to do something about it. He sets about building the most incredible Jager. He works in a state of terror he hasn’t experienced even in Afghanistan, because at least there it was only his neck on the line. Now, every day he takes is a day when they might be called out, when one of them might never return. He works like he’s never worked before in his life. Finally, the only thing missing is the power source. It’s an arc reactor, but it needs the vibranium to power it, and Tony can’t synthesise that much. And for the rest of the vibranium in the world…
Steve gives him his shield. Tony doesn’t even get to explain what for (he doesn’t want to get their hopes up, in case it doesn’t work). Steve just says that if it has a fraction of a chance of working, he’s all for it, he doesn’t think he’ll ever need the shield again…
Finally, the Jager’s finished, and Tony brings the team in to look at it. By this point the goverment has pulled funding for the Jager program, and Tony has had to fund this by himself. He’s more or less bankrupt, but the Jager is finished. It’s built of admantium and titanium and some other alloys Tony had to invent. It’s about twice as big as other Jagers, and half again as high, it’s got four arms, and as many legs. And it needs six people to pilot it correctly.
It’s not perfect, Tony explains, although it’s near as and will never run out of power. Eventually the Kaiju will probably get too powerful for it, as they are becoming for the new generation of Jagers. They’ll probably still not make it. But when they meet their end, it’ll be together, as one, linked in so closely they’ll share every thought, every breath. They will not die alone, and no one will be left to grieve.
And that has to be the best gift Tony could have given them, but before anything else happens there’s a Kaiju warning, and they have to take the Jager out. The Kaiju actually gets pretty close to them, to the point where they fight it on the doorstep to the Shatterdome. And the Kaiju goes for them, wraps it’s arms around them and tries to hoise the Jager off the ground to throw it into the sea. It strains and roars, but just can’t do it, then the Jager lifts all four arms, brings them up-
And my fucking alarm goes off. GODDAMIT!