Avenger’s Tower, 2033
Clint Barton ran a hand over his bearded face, staring at the machine. It had taken them years to get to this point, but they were ready.
It had started off as a crude comment Sam had made a few years back. He and the new Captain America had met for coffee while Sam was in town. Sam had made an off handed comment about how he wished that they could’ve have beaten some sense into Tony and Steve before The Accords situation and stopped Thanos a lot sooner. He’d only meant it as wishful thinking, but Sam’s comment had gotten Clint thinking.
The next day, he had called Scott and gotten in contact with the smartest person in the world after Bruce: Hank Pym. After Clint had told him his idea, Pym had told him that it was possible, but he’d need the best engineer in the world. So Clint had then reached out to Fury, who had put him in contact with a SHIELD agent named Leopold Fitz. Although Fitz had been reluctant to help, after some encouragement from his wife Jemma, Fitz had agreed.
Now that he had the mechanical part of the equation down, Clint still needed the magical part. So he had tracked down Stephen Strange and told him his plan. Strange had been very reluctant to help, but Clint would not give up without a fight. Clint had spent months persuading Strange to help with little success. Clint had just about given up when Strange looked into the future and suddenly decided to help. When Clint had asked what changed his mind, Strange had only given him one vague answer.
Nevertheless, Clint was grateful. Too many lives had been lost, Natasha and Tony’s among them. Some, like Steve and Thor, had lost their way and run to something familiar. If there was a chance, no matter how small, it could be undone; Clint would fight like hell to make it happen.
“Are you ready?” Strange asked as he walked up behind the former Hawkeye.
“I don’t know, but I need to try,” Clint said, looking over at Strange. “You know, you never did tell me why you changed your mind.”
“I saw a glimpse into the future. What I saw…made this necessary,” Strange said cryptically and Clint nodded, accepting that he would not get any more out of Strange.
“Are you ready?” Fitz asked as he walked in and Clint nodded.
“As ready as I’ll ever be,” Clint said before turning to Strange. “Do it.”
Avengers Tower, 2016
Tony Stark was in his lab, going over some schematics when he stopped, staring at a picture of Pepper Potts. As he became lost in a sea of regret, he glanced down as he heard a hissing noise. An orange circle opened up and he fell through it.
Wanda Maximoff was in her room, lightly playing her guitar when the same orange circle opened up and swallowed her.
Natasha Romanoff was training in the training room when another one swallowed her.
Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson were in Steve’s room, discussing a new lead on Bucky Barnes when they to were swallowed by the glowing circle.
Vision and James Rhodes, better known as Rhodey, were in the kitchen when they were swallowed as well.
Clint Barton was practicing some archery in the barn, which had become his own personal space once he’d retired, when he was swallowed by a circle as well.
Scott Lang whistled as he walked towards his car, on his way to pick up his daughter when, with a yelp, he saw swallowed by the orange circle.
Peter Parker was walking through his apartment, on his way to the bus when was swallowed by the orange circle.
T’Challa, the Black Panther and future king of Wakanda, was walking through the halls, on his way to training when he too was swallowed by the orange circle.
Distant planet, far from earth
Thor Odinson was about to leave the planet he’d been on after accomplishing his recent mission when he fell through the orange circle.
Avengers Tower, 2033
As one, the orange circles opened up and all them fell to the floor, all of them landing painfully.
“Ugg, what happened?” Tony asked as he pulled himself up.
“Tony?” Steve asked surprised.
“Cap?” Tony asked as he looked around, seeing all his teammates there.
“My friends!” Thor greeted. “I’m so glad to see you all!”
“Hey Thor,” Natasha greeted as she looked around. “Where are we?”
“I think we’re in the tower,” Clint said after a moment.
“Tick Tack?” Sam asked as he spotted Scott.
“Hey,” Scott waved awkwardly. “I hear you’ve been looking for me.”
At this point, Scott spotted Steve and walked over, in awe.
“Wow, you’re Captain America!” Scott exclaimed as he went fell fanboy.
“Mr. Lang,” Steve said politely, holding his hand out to Scott and Scott shook it.
“Wow, it’s an honor to meet you. And I’m shaking your hand really long,” Scott said, dropping his hand as he realized this as everyone else watched amused.
While this was going on, Peter was in awe of, well, everyone. He was a kid, in a room full of gods and legends. Forgive him for being a little overwhelmed.
“Hey, why is there a kid here?” Rhodey asked as he spotted Peter and Peter gulped as they all turned to him.
“Hi everyone. I’m Peter, Peter Parker. Huge fan,” Peter said awkwardly.
“What are you doing here son?” Steve inquired kindly.
“I don’t know, I was walking to the bus when some orange circle opened up and spit me out here,” Peter said a little intimidated by being addressed by Captain America.
“The same thing happened to me,” T’Challa spoke as he looked around at them. “I assume the same thing happened to all of you as well?”
“Yes your highness,” Natasha spoke up and T’Challa nodded.
“Someone brought us here,” Thor noted.
“But why?” Wanda wondered.
“To change the future.”
They all turned around and saw a man with dark, greying hair wearing a red cape with some sort of amulet around his neck walk in.
“Doctor Stephen Strange,” Strange said and Tony’s eyes widened.
“I remember you. You’re the surgeon who couldn’t do surgery anymore of a car accident,” Tony said and Strange nodded.
“Indeed I am. I found that I was meant for much more,” Strange said as, with a flick of his finger, they were all in a room, everyone but Strange sitting down.
Tony, Rhodey, and Vision were on a couch on the left of the room. Next to them, Thor and T’Challa sat on a loveseat and not far from them, Steve, Sam, and Natasha were on a couch. Finally, Clint, Wanda, and Peter were on a third couch on the other side of the room.
“So earth has wizards now,” Thor noted.
“The correct term is Sorcerer Supreme,” Strange corrected.
“So you’re the one who brought us here?” Natasha asked and Strange nodded.
“You’ve been brought seventeen years into the future,” Strange announced to their shock. “In two years’ time, a threat bigger than anything you have ever faced before will come to earth. You win, but just barely. Half the people in this room don’t survive. Others are broken by those events beyond repair. I brought you here to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes.”
Suddenly, a television set appeared behind Strange.
“You will witness the future. You all make mistakes, because you don’t trust each other. That is your downfall. You need to trust each other. I’m giving you the chance to learn from your mistakes. Don’t let me down.”
Strange then swept from the room, leaving them all stunned from a moment.
“So…do we believe him?” Scott asked after a moment.
“I do,” Steve said confidently.
“I do as well,” Thor said. “Wizards are not to be taken lightly. I say we do as the wizard says.”
“Okay,” Tony said, Steve and Thor’s words seeming to sway most of them. “So how do we…”
Tony stopped as a remote suddenly appeared in his hand.
“Okay. Well, here we go I guess,” Tony muttered as pressed a button and the TV started.