FAQ subject to change when new questions are answered, or clarification is needed.
Avengers is a small-scale game set in the the MCU universe. Players write interactive fanfiction via a series of logs and net posts.
This is a fan-work. This is not for profit and not intended to infringe on copyright. Disney & Marvel owns everything.
We work at a slow to medium pace, with time moving from month to month (see below). Plots take 2 weeks to 1 month to complete for small plots or bleed over events, and 2 to 3 months (or more!) for even longer story arcs. If you are RPing while juggling RL situations, this will hopefully be a good fit!
❓ Do you accept applications?
Anyone can join! You can contact close shipmates by clicking on icons on the Taken page. You'll be given a writing prompt (included in app form). Once approved, we'll start a short intro log with Dr. Strange. He will let your character know where they are and take them to an apartment in the New Avengers Tower at 200 West St, NYC. This can be done in Docs or threaded, your choice!
❓ What year is it in game?
The year is currently 2024. This is kept concurrent with events in Endgame, so 2018 was bumped forward to 2023. Time is aligned with the MCU as much as possible, to keep bleedovers up to date.
🗽🏙️Where does this take place?
Manhattan, New York. While events happen around the world - or off planet - NYC is the focal point.
This is not a full-on sandbox, where you can't ever go anywhere else. If there's problems in NYC and your characters are on vacation elsewhere? Expect them to get texts about it.
The old Avengers Tower is gone, after Tony Stark sold it in 2017's Spider-man: Homecoming. The upstate Avengers complex exists in this universe (it wasn't destroyed in Endgame) and is currently used as a research center or for outdoor training sessions.
❓ What's expected if I join?
Reading & Writing! Reading keeps everyone up to date. We don't expect everyone to be 100% error free! If you make a lot of spelling/grammar errors, you may be asked to correct and repost. It does happen more often for those of us who RP using phones with autocorrect, so we're very forgiving! Grammarly is a great option, or you can ask someone to edit for you.
Initiative! Players must be independently proactive. No one else can find that motivation for you. While there are periodic game-wide plots, its 100% down to networking & plot pitching. E-mail or ooc posts are best. Discord is optional! A lot of us do not use Discord or any chat apps.
No Drama! If you have a problem with someone from other games or someone else's characterization, don't bring it here.
Participate! You are responsible for keeping your character active as much as possible. You create your own side plots and keep your characters busy during the month or two a year that characters need to take a breather (usually over holidays).
If you... - frequently fall behind in games or gpsls?
- don't poke others to collaborate or ask questions?
- have trouble staying active every month?
This likely isn't the place for you. And that's ok! There's something out there to accommodate everyone's play style, even if this might not be the right fit!
🕒 What does it mean that time 'branched off' into its own universe?
The timeline split in two during the 2016 Doctor Strange film, creating two universes. This premise started before Thor Ragnarok (November 2017), so the fall of Asgard had the unexpected effect of causing a dimensional rift to form, destabilizing this second parallel universe. The rift connects both universes (new and old) and allows a copy of the primary universe's characters to diverge over into this alternate universe. If a player departs, their character will disappear or go back to whatever life they had before. No one knows what happens to the other characters in the primary universe, other than they are still there (unless they died!) and are going on with their lives normally.
In the original universe, Dr. Strange was warned by Karl Mordo that manipulating time using the Eye of Agamotto (the Time Stone) could cause "paradoxes, dimensional openings, and branches in time." Reversing time was a last ditch effort to save the Earth from becoming part of the Dark Dimension. Strange used the Eye of Agamotto and broke the natural laws of time, reversing damage done and returning the dead to life (as could be seen with Wong). Strange resides in the New York Sanctum in NYC with the Eye of Agamotto (source: Infinity War), where the majority of the anomalies are now centered. If the Time Stone is the source of the problem, Doctor Strange isn't keen on getting rid of it or testing any theories that might pop this universe's bubble!
❓ How do characters arrive?
Characters suddenly find themselves in Manhattan, without knowing how they got there. Everything about this universe looks the same as the primary universe. There is no fix to the rift that arrivals, since it provides plot as well. Currently, Dr. Strange is convinced that something is trying to protect Earth and preserve and/or stabilize this new timeline as much as possible.
You can think of the creation of an alternate timeline as one side of a V shape, where they are running concurrent as a very close parallel universe. All ties into the multiverse (mentioned by Dr. Strange). Here are some articles to explain some theories about timelines and the multiverse, if interested: The 9 Weirdest Implications Of The Many Worlds Interpretation.
🕒 Does time move day-to-day?
No, month to month. You aren't expected to post every moment of your character's lives. Time is left fuzzy. Placeholders and backlogs are allowed. Post as often as you want, but don't presume that other players can move at the same pace. We all have families, jobs, health issues, et cetera.
It's everyone's responsibility to keep up during upswing periods. To help, you can keep track of certain tags. Narratives count for activity if they pertain to game-wide plots.
❓ What about game-wide plots?
All players are expected to act or react, even if your character isn't super-powered. Plots happen every month (big or small), or after a film release.
While we provide plot outlines, solutions are often left open ended so everyone work together toward a common goal. We can only suggest potential team ups as a starting point, but you can request or suggest something different if you like. Expect open threads where your character knows the situation at hand, but it is up to you on how they act or react.
Some problems can't be solved or fixed. Specifically:
Destroying the remaining Infinity Stones. Wanda was only able to because her power was derived directly from the Mind Stone.
Sealing the universal tear allowing characters to enter the group or game-wide plots to occur.
❓ Do I have to inform the mod of my personal plot plans?
Plots require mod approval to make sure that it does not break with currently known MCU canon, or any guidelines on the plot page. This also ensures it doesn't interfere with plots already planned for, or we can help integrate it into a current plot (if wanted!). If a plot involves intro-ing a character that has not been given screen time yet (even if rumored for a show or movie), then it will not be approved. Those characters need to be left open for someone else to pick up with known MCU canon later on, and once the actor is known. We also ask that any plots involving political or religious elements of current real life events are cleared by a moderator. See Rule #13.
❓ Is there any activity check?
2 instances of activity per month, minimum. Activity is a log, thread, or narrative; or 3 comments on the network. One activity instance must be a -complete tagged log or thread, with some semblance of an ending to it. We prefer seamless logs that read like the chapter of a book. If you have a main character (named in the title of a TV show or film), you're expected to be a lot more active and available for everyone who asks to interact with your character.
This is not the ideal setting for personal lines with a ship partner. Game-wide plots require outside interaction.
❓ Is this panfandom?
No. A lot of characters wouldn't be suited to the MCU. Some would need to be left out entirely due to authors against fanfiction and/or legal ownership issues (Game of Thrones, Outlander, Archie/Riverdale).
❓ Is this canon or AU?
It is a 50/50 canon/AU blend, where canon characters are stuck in an alternate universe. This universe is linked to the primary MCU universe and basically an exact copy, but it's not connected to any other timelines (no comics or cartoon universes). This keeps things streamlined so everyone can easily keep track of events in the MCU. It also means we can play with (or rewrite!) some of the MCU universe's events, from time to time!
❓ What does knowing canon history entail?
MCU characters arrive knowing the majority of their main MCU canon history. Canon events in future films and TV shows will eventually 'bleed over' from the prime MCU timeline after they are on screen. Characters entering the game must be up-to-date with current or last known canon history. In rare cases, an elderly or deceased character is allowed to come back younger or avoid aging, from an earlier time (Peggy Carter, Howard Stark, anyone from Agent Carter, or old Steve Rogers). Any blanks or unknowns can be filled in after mod approval, as well as small adjustments. Endgame left a lot of iffy things going on that can be tweaked around (i.e. - Steve's ending in Endgame for those who found it iffy for his character, Loki using the Tesseract in Endgame before Dark World ever happened, or Bruce not being stuck in a in-between state as Professor Hulk).
❓ What about comic storylines?
Players in good standing can develop plots with some comic influences, but this can't change the character as they exist into their comic counterpart. Integrating comic storylines is reserved for established players who have had 6 months of participating in gamewide plots and interacting with others. It must be kept realistic for the MCU setting, and can't change the world in larger, long lasting ways. If in doubt, ask!
❓ Are comic characters allowed?
No. There are no links in this universe to other comic universes, only the MCU timeline (Earth-199999). If a character isn't present or an event hasn't happened in the canon MCU yet, then you can not use them. They must have a MCU canon basis or history to work from, which helps create connections with closely linked characters from the get go. Holding off leaves things open for future integration of these characters (and the faces of those portraying them) when they are finally added into the MCU.
❓ Can I have an original character?
No, sorry. There are too many MCU characters that need writers and minor characters with little to no information/history that could be fleshed out.
❓ What if I want to pick up a character that was dropped?
There are 3 options to choose from:
come in with a clean slate and rebuild your own connections
a partial reset (where their memories are selectively fuzzy)
pick up where another player left off
Regardless, other characters will remember yours, so expect to hear about the other versions. Your character will become aware of what happened when they arrive in New York and meet Doctor Strange. When future films or TV shows are released, they will get 'canon updates' through dreams or visions of canon events.
🕒 How do canon updates work?
These happen after movies or TV seasons end. You can do this through dreams, fleeting visions, muscle memory to update a new learned skilled or ability, or through intuition (i.e. a gut feeling). Stubborn types might try to ignore it. More sensitive individuals might be deeply impacted by the experience. Whenever there is a new film (or TV season), certain events will 'bleed over' from the prime timeline, since the two timelines are still relatively close together.
Since there's only two or three movies a year, huge events won't happen every month, only three times a year. Your characters won't get several sudden jolts. For TV shows, it will work the same way. We ask that you keep your character's knowledge limited to either the end of a season, or to mid-season breaks (like Agents of SHIELD used to do). That way everyone stays on the same page and up to date with new abilities or canon history.
💗 What about ships?
We welcome f/f, m/f, and m/m ships, and all orientations! The only thing to be ware of is that this is a plot heavy writing group, not a hookup game or PSL. Ships shouldn't prevent nor override participation with others or in game-wide plots. It's essential to make contact with characters outside of your pairing to build connections and develop these lines by working and planning with others.
Conversely, if you have a character in a canon relationship that you're not into, or don't have anyone else to write your character's current MCU partner, you have the option to free them with a divorce or they've broken up (see 'The Ship Clause' below).
💗 What is 'The Ship Clause'?
Your character's love life is up to you, as is ending any canon relationships. A perfect example of this would be Clint Barton, where the option to have him split from his wife is available.
Even so, pre-existing relationships did exist and should be noted as part of your character's history. Be mindful that someone might eventually pick up a character that's part of a canon established relationship and may have expectations for that line. If someone in that situation joins, keep the lines of communication open and talk it out civily so there's no hard feelings. But, no matter what, you are NOT obligated to continue any lines that you're not comfortable with. You always get to decide what romantic entanglements you want to write with a willing and consensual partner. Be mindful that not everyone's cup of tea is going to be the same as yours. If you go on the defensive, the moderator will have to intervene.
💗 What about sexual content?
We prefer FTB (Fade to Black). If it's tasteful, it's ok to post on rare occasions. It shouldn't be posted every month, and shouldn't be the sole source of activity. What you and another writer choose to have your characters do off-scenes is fine, as long as you're consenting legal adults and your characters are over age 18.
Logs with character development are ok to showi the progression of a relationship, or the aftermath of some plot taking place. Hurt/comfort or funny/fluff relationship logs are fine. Even slice of life is fine as a break from drama or angst. But characters are expected to interact well outside of their ship with other players. If all they are doing is sexual content with little else to show, or are so ship heavy that they don't reach out to others to interact with them, the characters belong in a PSL. If it becomes a chronic issue, then shipping will not count toward Activity Check.
👶 What about kids?
All children age normally, month to month. Pregnancies must last 9 months total game time. Example: Pepper was pregnant at the beginning of July and didn't give birth until late April. This keeps this group from being over run with infants.
Children age normally unless there is a time bump to catch up with canon MCU jumping forward. That is the only time that speed aging will be allowed. Kids are a huge responsibility in real life and in writing, and bogging down your superheroes with kids often ends up being a bit boring. So if you decide to take the plunge, any non-canon kids will hit their terrible twos in two years of game time. No exceptions.
🔐 Is contact info confidential?
Player contact information is kept under friends lock. If you want your email address kept confidential, email it to the mod and exclude that from your application. Email is mandatory (Gmail preferred) for plotting. Despite not listing your email (or name), your app must remain public for others to reference your headcanon or abilities.
💬 Is there a Discord chatroom?
No. We use e-mail and OOC posts to plot or chat. Discord is optional for those players that want to use it, but a lot of us don't use it at all.
🕒 How many characters can I pick up?
Five characters IF you can interact with as many other players as possible. A player should avoid having two teammates, immediate family members, romantic partners, or best friends in the same roster. Random comments in social media posts between two of your own characters re: plot related things is fine, but be aware that activity between those characters won't count toward activity check. You can only pass activity check by interacting with other player's characters!
🕒 Why is availability important?
If you have low availability due to work or if you're a slow tagger, do not pick up important main characters (characters in the title of a movie or TV show). They are expected to be more active and available to everyone. Minor characters or baseline humans aren't seen or heard from as often in the MCU, so they only need to meet the minimum 2 instances of activity.
Be mindful of how much time you can devote to your characters, especially if you have trouble reading everything to keep up.
If you don't have much time due to school/work/family, only pick up only one minor character. If you are unable to keep up with a major character, you may be asked by a mod to step up the pace. If you are unable to, you'll be asked to drop so someone else has a chance to play them.
It's sink or swim. Everyone here is personally responsible for reaching out to others to generate activity. No one else will do this for you. Be sure to poke as often as you're able to. If you want more action or have a friend to hang out with on a regular basis? Be sure to try to branch out via email, and ask your fellow players.
❓ What if I need a journal creation code?
If you aren't on InsaneJournal yet, contact the mod about applying. You can email the application before a code is given, including the writing sample strictly for this group. IJ codes will not be given freely to anyone who isn't 100% serious about joining.
❓ How will you keep main story lines from spoiling the movies?
There's a poll before canon events happen. 2 to 3 weeks will be given for people to either see a new film, or for spoilers to inevitably come out. If everyone has seen it and votes yes, then the 30 days will be waved. A spoiler tag on logs will be used to warn anyone outside the group.
If you aren't able to see it, contact the mod and I'll work something out so you're still able to participate. If you don't mind spoilers, a plot summary from a trusted wiki sight will be provided.
✍️ Do I have to be an exceptional writer?
No one is expecting flawless pro writers. Elitist Writing Snobs or Marvel-Know-It-Alls are not what we want. Observing basic punctuation and running things through a spellchecker is awesome. What's most important is being eager to write, and having a good grasp of your character's canon and voice. Have fun and interact as much as you can.
✍️ What sort of writing style should we use?
Seamless Threading preferred (like reading a book) in Third Person Point-of-View is the preferred style for logs. No line breaks. No fancy tables or html, please. Expect that these will be edited out by some players or moderators. We each edit our own selves (not our partner(s)), although you can ask your writing buddy to edit for you if you want.
More content is better than less, so try to at least match what you're being offered by your writing partners if you're able to. If your writing partner gives you a paragraph and a line of dialogue, try not to keep giving them one liners over and over again. Script format is not allowed. Any type of "character x reader" you-fic (i.e. "She takes your hand and pulls you along after her.") is not allowed.
✍️ What canon resources can we use?
Marvel Cinematic Universe Wiki. You can copy and paste the powers/abilities section into your application, as well as linking to the canon history. If you have absolutely any questions, please don't hesitate to ask: avengers__mod @ insanejournal (dot) com
🗽🌦️What about weather conditions?
Weather conditions will mirror NYC. You can check Locations page for links at the bottom of the post. Seasons change normally.
👔💲 What will my character do for money?
Tony Stark is funding this with the New Avengers Initiative. Employment is at New Avengers Tower or S.H.I.E.L.D.'s HQ. The Tower always has job openings and one of the best legal teams in the world to help get your character out of trouble. Staying in the Tower is free from rent, with all utilities and food allowance paid for. Your character keeps their fat paycheck for saving the world!
If the character is a villain, they'll have to change those evil ways enough to get into the good graces of others, or make a nefarious living in as covert a manner as they can. Villains are going to be nigh impossible to play in this setting. It's better to try for a redemption route, whenever possible. There will be plenty of other threats to fight against.
👔💲 What if my character has a job already?
Avengers are expected to be Avengers, and SHIELD agents will work for SHIELD. If you have a non-hero character that already has a job, feel free to roll with that.
🚸 What if my character is under age 18?
If they are a minor they'll get a free ride by being placed in a "Stark Internship Program" and can go to school just like Peter Parker. Also, no adults having sex with minors. I know it's common sense, but the internet can be a shady place sometimes. Just throwing it out there. 🚫🐻🍭🙅♂️
🌍🕒 My character was somewhere else on Earth in the canon universe, so what happens to them?
In the blink of an eye, they’ve gone from where they once were to finding themselves anywhere of your choosing in NYC. They might have ended up in a dive bar, Grand Central Station, Times Square, a museum, a library, Central Park, or anywhere else that's imaginable in the city. That includes alleyways, and even some dangerous sections of the city. Basically anywhere you want them is where they are going to be standing. Bwahaha!
🌌🚀 My character was in outer space, so what happens to them?
The same situation, only they're arriving from outer space. Whatever they are doing, they will simply blink out of there and end up in NYC, same as those who were elsewhere on the planet. The big difference is that you’re an alien, there’s no hiding the way you look or what you’re wearing (unless you know sorcery or shape-shifting). Since it’s New York, regardless of what you look like, someone will probably yell at you to "Get a job ya cos-play bum!" or to stop standing in the middle of the street.
☠️😱 My character was dead. What do I do?
They would have remembered the moments before they died, most likely, and that’s it. They’re going to find themselves in the city, very much alive. If they were a bad guy, then maybe they’ve learned a lesson and it might make them change their ways a little bit. It’s entirely up to you how you want to play that out and have your character react to it.
For characters that died of old age or grew old in the canon (Howard Stark, Peggy Carter or Mr. Jarvis), you can bring those characters back from a younger part of their timeline, as long as the majority of their canon actions are kept intact. This is true for all characters depicted in Agent Carter. Basically, time's broken and wonky things will happen. There's no need to get too detailed about it. That's where suspension of disbelief is going to have to be used.
💥💪 My character has super powers, do they have to be registered with the government?
No. This relates to the Sokovia Accords in Captain America: Civil War. This has been rendered unconstitutional in a game-wide plot, and now your characters are free to act.
If your character is more of a incognito masked hero type (Spider-man, Daredevil), they can continue keeping their true identity a secret as much as possible. The only one allowed to reveal your character's true identity is you.
❓ When my characters are on the Network, what would they see on the actual posts?
Even if we the players use various icons, your characters would only see Facebook style posts with one photo next to the person's name.
🧀🐀 Are the Avengers Network or Stark Phones being monitored?
Not really. Think of it more like a dark-web for superheroes and friends. Stark's put in unbreakable encryption, using a Frankenstein version of Friday to constantly mutate everything like a virus, the same way Jarvis did to keep the nuke codes out of Ultron's reach. This keeps all communications off the government's radar. It's a safe space. Baddies are going to get closer scrutiny than hero characters, but if they want to reform, they're going to be given the benefit of the doubt.
🕵️ What if my character's been missing in the MCU for a while?
If there's no canon info about where they've been, feel free to make up whatever headcanon you like in order to fill in the blanks. Good examples of who this would apply to any minor characters, or to Jane Foster and Darcy Lewis (missing since Thor: The Dark World), or Lady Sif (unmentioned in Thor: Ragnarok).
🕵️ What if a character is dropped?
The character is sucked back into the same dimensional bork that caused them to show up in the first place, and they poof back where they came from. If another player comes in to pick up that character, they can have the character show up with no memories of interacting before (clean slate!). Most MCU canon events (movies and/or tv) is the only thing they would remember. That way they're still up to date, but past interactions won't be a burden on an incoming player. Not unless someone wants to pick up where someone else left off. Close cast mates need to realize that this won't be exactly the same individual they knew before and it's impossible to predict how a character will react if dropped into a new situation. Each time will be different. Everyone will need to rebuild a connection again. Please be gentle with first time players and be conscientious that they may not want to follow the same path a past version of that character did.
🕵️ What about past character histories?
All media trails (newspaper, tv interviews, gossip column mentions) are erased by the universe whenever a player leaves or drops a character. Every new player gets a clean slate. Existing players might not forget the past, but should realize that - while the canon is the same -this isn't the same individual that they interacted with before and there may be subtle differences, or different ways of handling being in a new universe. New connections will need to be established with each newly arrived characters if it's not agreed to by players beforehand for a partial reset or stepping into the role. You can ask using contact posts (found by clickong on icon images on the Taken page), or ask in the Dropbox.
We ask that past history remains in the past, and new players aren't burdened by it being pushed on them. New clean slate players may not be interested in continuing someone else's line or ship preference. We want to offer freedom for new players to pursue the lines they wish to pursue.
🕒 Does my character have to be up to date with their canon?
Yes. Movies are easiest. Any film character has to be up to date with their most recent films. For TV shows, it's the last episode of the season. TV characters will have a timeline "alignment" at the end of TV seasons, which means you can submit a plot idea from the series if you want. Bear in mind that not everyone keeps up with the TV series, so you might have to explain things a bit to the rest of the class! If a character is stuck in a changed state (i.e. Professor Hulk) or elderly at the end of their arc (i.e. Steve), you don't have to do that either. You can have the character come in as an earlier or younger self, and they can retain the memories of the entire story arc instead.
🎬📺 I’ve only seen the Movies, not the TV shows (or vice versa). Is that ok?
Any Movie character and another from a TV show can interact just fine, because the chances are that they aren’t going to know one another until they first meet. If you have further questions, talk to the player you’ll be interacting with or brush up on their MCU wiki synopsis.
🎬📺 How will you handle future MCU releases or TV seasons?
Future films and TV seasons will cause a temporary “realignment” of the timeline with the canon MCU. If you want them to have a vision when awake, or experience it all in a dream, or the memories just crash land into your character's brain in 2.5 seconds? That's up to you. If it drives them a little off the deep end? Can't blame them!
There might be some characters that are grateful they've dodged a bullet if they died in the prime universe. Here, in the alternate timeline, they would only know about it. It's up to you how far you want to go.
🎬📺 Are there any TV series or Movies that you aren’t allowing?
Inhumans. Because it was...just...wow, it was just really, really terrible. Otherwise, anything else goes, even bringing back characters from Agent Carter.
❓ Who are the mods?
Gwen (umbrae) is the main moderator, covering plot approval, rule adherence, and page updates. Z is the assistant mod for help with plot planning, when her schedule allows. We have a page to help everyone see what everyone's schedule is like, here.
❓ Can we borrow or copy your FAQ/Rules/Premise?
No, please! These have evolved with time and interaction from everyone, especially when rule changes were voted on via polls. While we don't own characters or the universe, a lot of world building and story-line input has been a group effort. So copying (or 'borrowing') the premise/rules/FAQ to use for your own game isn't cool to do. 🙁
🚫 Are any characters off limits?
Yes. Certain villains will not be in play, either because they have yet to reveal themselves in future films or they might be too evil or powerful to set loose on the world (Thanos). Further examples are below.
😈 I want to pick up a villain or violent anti-hero. Can I?
Villains or violent anti-heroes must be willing to reform themselves. You can pick up a bad guy or a morally ambiguous anti-hero with approval and consent from all close characters (ask on the Dropbox), BUT they are going to be difficult to play. The government will have all villains on their radars, because they want to keep a list. Expect the NYPD to be on them like glue, and superheroes that will be waiting for any evil-doer to blink the wrong way. If they aren't reformed, it would be very difficult to make activity check every month, with less characters to interact with
😈 What villains or anti-heroes are off limits?
Anti-heroes are a case-by-case basis, villains are a no. Be mindful that bad guys won’t ever win when outnumbered and surrounded by superheroes and law enforcement. Villians are primarily used for driving plot as NPCs. Some are off limits entirely. For characters who have shown doing some good or helping out in their canon storyline, it's easier to do a redemption arc. If uncertain about an unlisted villain, ask via Dropbox. If it's a character that harmed anyone else's characters in the past, you should always ask the mod and ask in the Dropbox first. Examples:
👎 NO - Thanos. Mod NPC. He still exists in this universe, but with a coordinated effort, he lost the gauntlet and all of the stones. Along with his hand.
👎 NO - Ronan the Accuser. He’s Kree and because he enjoys killing and doesn't know dance moves, he'd be generally impossible to steer. Deceased.
👎 NO - Ego. Let’s try to avoid having a creationist god eat the Earth’s population to fuel his takeover of everything, mmmkay? Deceased.
👎 NO - Aldrich Killian/The Mandarin. Wwouldn't be given access to the network because Stark really, really hates him for what he did to Pepper in IM3. Deceased.
👎 NO - Killmonger. While other characters showed some willingness to do good, Killmonger - while a great character - was pretty extreme in his slash-and-burn philosophy due to his childhood and training. This might be too confrontational, unless a willing T'Challa wants to play out a possible redemption arc. Deceased.
👎 NO - Hive. Deceased. Being parasitic in nature and controlling other characters completely is a no. Hive is actually a separate entity from Grant Ward. Even on the MCU wiki, Hive and Grant Ward have separate Wiki entries, as two separate beings.
👎 NO - HYDRA leaders. Red Skull is stuck on Vormir and scattered (not deceased) HYDRA members are NPC'd for plotlines.
👎 NO - The Hand. Leaders of The Hand are dead, and assassins are a dime a dozen NPC fodder to destroy. Someone who IS available is Colleen Wing, who is an ex-member of The Hand. If in doubt, ask.
👎 NO - Kilgrave. Deceased. Because he has mind control, it's impossible to play him with the use of his powers. e'd be ordering around other characters against their free will. He's also super disgusting/twisted toward women, so that's yet another mark against him showing up.
👎 NO - Hela Odinsdottir. NPC, not really dead. She was the Goddess of Death! How can you completely kill someone whose aspect is aligned with death itself? Her powers would be greatly diminished considering she drew her power from Asgard. It's complicated if she's still hell bent on death and conquest. She's stuck in Helheim and pissed off.
👎/👍 PROBABLY NOT - The Collector/The Grandmaster. While not entirely evil, The Collector and The Grandmaster are two people as old as the cosmos itself, so they would be difficult to play. The Grandmaster definitely won’t be able to have his melt stick or his fight-to-the-death games on Earth. Their powers are very ambiguous. If they don't make huge grandiose displays of power, they might be playable characters.
👎/👍 POSSIBLE - Ayesha of the Sovereign. She’d probably be a hit with the New York fashion scene considering she’s six feet tall and gold from head to toe, and she would probably kick ass at FPS games. She’s also a ginormous xenophobe, so it might make her hard to steer while on Earth.
👎/👍 IFFY - Kingpin. Jailed. Daredevil's Wilson Fisk is a brutal but complex character. Working with the moderator it's possible, but interacting on the network would be impossible given his past history.
👎/👍 IFFY - Grant Ward. Deceased. I was rooting for him to have a turn-around. Then Hive happened. It'd be interesting to see what someone could do if he's brought back, and how he might react to a second chance. Hive is a separate parasitic entity from Ward, so he can not come back with those powers. It's possible for Ward to remember him. He simply wouldn't NOT have access to any of Hive's powers. I've never seen anyone successfully play Grant for very long in games, but it would be nice to.
👍 YES - Elektra Natchios. Alive. It's safe to assume she's very much alive, with whereabouts unknown after The Defenders season one. She’s a naughty sociopath but has a soft spot for Matt Murdock. She also has what remains of The Hand to back her up. The player would need to work with the mods for future plotlines.
👍 YES - Nebula. Alive. After the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Endgame, she's pure antihero. She’s probably going morally ambiguous anti-hero, but she hates Thanos with the rage of a thousand burning suns.
👍 YES - Loki. Alive-ish. Antihero after his full-tilt diva thing at the end of Thor Ragnarok, and deciding to stick with his brother. He’s been leaning toward chaotic-neutral for a while. Marvel confirmed he was controlled by the scepter and Thanos. Relapsing into trickster mischief is likely if his neck is on a chopping block. He's currently being monitored by more than one Asgardian.
👍 YES - The Punisher/Frank Castle. Alive. The ultimate anti-hero. He’d be keeping everything on the down low, obviously. Frank’s not really the trusting type that will go around announcing who he is or what he’s doing.
😈 How do I pick up a controversial character?
When in doubt, ask by Dropbox. The mod can help. You need to run a pick up request past those characters closest to them or been the most effected, telling them what you have in mind and just make sure your ideas are ok. Keep it civil. If the person playing that character says they aren't comfortable, be respectful of that. It's often best not to pick up that character. But try to work together, keep the lines of communication open, and be clear about how you will be proceeding with your characters interactions. It's always best to let your characters deal with the circumstances...just don't let it spill past the OOC | IC barrier, where it creates bad blood between the players writing those characters.
❓ Can we volunteer to NPC a canon character or villain?
If multiple canon characters are needed for a plot-line and the mods don't have enough time to juggle all of them, then people can volunteer. This would be a very rare occurrence during major storylines. Volunteers need a good track record of meeting activity checks, remaining consistently active and working well with others, before they are considered. The actions with the NPC can not undermine the game setting, general plot outline, or rules in any way.
📈 Can we do advertising?
Sure! Just make sure that any advertising communities don't have our ad posts up already and if there's any limitations on how often to post. Copy and paste this:
❓ Further Questions?
If you have any questions that haven't been addressed above, please comment in the Dropbox. They will be answered and become a part of the FAQ. Thanks!