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[Marvel] VID: Repetition
thuvia maid of mars
thuviaptarth
Summary: Engineering is a process of iterative development.
Fandom: Marvel/Iron Man
Music: TV on the Radio
Length: 3:19

Content notes: Flashing images

Additional credits
Diagram of the arc reactor mark 1 by MarkFinn
Diagram of the arc reactor mark 2 by Beresclet



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Lyrics
To arrive ahead of its time
Is the fate of the fish washed up on shore
And you know that it just won't feel right
Till he's swallowed up by the tide
Thought he might know better this time

Born into Capitol lifestyle heights
Got a head full of fever and it feels all right
'Cause I shake my bottle and I suck my swill
And I love how I'm living 'cause I copped my fill

But I can't stop thinking how it's all gone wrong
And the cracks will be obvious before too long
I've abused my position and it cost my friends
And if the world keeps turning, I could do it again

What's the matter with your next-door neighbor?
An act of man, a freak of nature
You can kick it with a complete stranger
I think I hear him calling

It's the talk of the heads, it's a walk in the park
If it don't, then I hope you can see in the dark
Cover your heart
Hail Mary, watch your life unfold
I'm a man on a mission or so I been told
I can choose my victims, I could shed my skin
And if the world keeps turning, I could do it again

But I can't stop thinking that it's all gone wrong
And the truth will be obvious before too long
I've abused my position and it cost my friends
If the world keeps turning, Imma do it again

What's the matter with your next-door neighbor?
An act of god, a freak of nature
You can kick it with a complete stranger
I think the curtain's falling down


We lock eyes and walk away unrecognized
We lock arms and spin
Commence our repetition

My repetition, my repetition is this! [repeat]


Acknowledgements
Thank you for beta: [personal profile] rivkat, [personal profile] some_stars, and [personal profile] springgreen.

Thank you for cheerleading when I was discouraged: [personal profile] katie_m, [personal profile] minnaway, [personal profile] laurashapiro, [personal profile] oliviacirce, [personal profile] vonniek, [personal profile] were_duck, and anyone else I have forgotten forcing to watch an incomplete draft at Vividcon.

Notes
Alternate summary suggested by [personal profile] rivkat: I have not failed, not once. I’ve discovered ten thousand ways that don’t work. --Thomas Edison [kinda sorta but not entirely apocryphal]

Some influences:
  • [archiveofourown.org profile] amonitrate's story, iterative development

  • [personal profile] raanve's post on Iron Man 3:

    How much do I love that little moment [of Tony finding a screwdriver]? Like how basic is that? And it sends such a message of, "It's okay. I'm okay. I can rebuild everything I need so long as I have the people I love and a box of scraps basic tools." And.. okay maybe I also have some feelings about like, "basic tools" being more than just actual screwdrivers but also decent coping mechanisms & the ability to talk to people about stuff & maybe anxiety medication possibly?



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I said "aww!" out loud when the transition from "I am screwing this up" to "I have people to help me!" happened toward the end there. I am an enormous sap. Oh, Tony, I am going to hate you so much when you end up being mean to Steve, but I feel kind of bad about it now.

I don't like it when people are mean to Steve, Katie! I can only hope Civil War will be less terrible in its MCU incarnation. Not being written by Mark Millar can only help.

I'm glad Tony feels were had.:)

That was tremendous fun to watch. It's got both the visual dazzle, AND a really clear emotional throughline of Tony's progress over the three movies. The final section where you move from frantic action to the scenes that emphasize Tony's emotional connections to the people (and some robots. :)) in his life made me particularly happy. Although in terms of pure visual oomph, I think the bridge might my favourite. I love how you play with the vertical then horizontal movements in that section -- lots of eyegasms in that bit! What a dynamite song for Tony (TV On the Radio YAY!)

You give such good comment!

The bridge to the end is my favorite part, so I'm glad you picked that out. :)

(When I posted this, Google Now informed me that a new TV on the Radio album came out the same day. Thanks for being so useful/creepy, Google Now! Sadly, I'm not loving it like Nine Types of Light (my favorite) or even Dear Science.)

This is wonderfully edited! All of the transitions were tight and you really captured the emotion of the song with the story of Tony Stark. Great job!!! :D

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