Prompt: The Special Interest That Has Shaped Your Life the Most
I'd say writing, but I've already talked about that, so I'm going to go with the MCU.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe holds a special place in my heart. I was nine years old when Iron Man came out. Watching action movies that were not age appropriate was not something new for me, I've been watching the Underworld series for as long as I can remember. Now, I can't remember if I saw it in theatres or ended up watching it at home on DVD after my dad kept talking about how good it was, but either way I enjoyed it.
A Family Tradition
It became a family favourite - aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandmother included. When The Avengers came out my family took up an entire row of seats two weekends in a row. We had to go that second time because we had family come down from another city and honestly there were no complaints about seeing it twice. We did the same thing when Avengers: Age of Ultron was released.
The MCU has been a part of my life for 15 years between the ages of 9 and 24. And while I'm a little behind on Phase 4, it's only because I have a habit of going back to watch movies from the other phases.
But 15 years is a long time. These movies have always been a pop of joy in my life. I could be having the worst day - the worst week - but you tell me we're going to go to the movies to watch the latest Marvel movie and I'm there. It's one of the few things I'll do spontaneously (that and go to the book store).
Fanfiction and Info Dumps
I had read fanfiction before, but the MCU was when it really took off for me. My favourite characters are easily Bucky Barnes and Loki.
I also adored the in-depth analyses that fans posted on Tumblr. Psychologists picking apart Sebastian Stan's portrayal of the Winter Soldier in the second Captain America movie. Loki's backstory built by the actor that portrayed the character: Tom Hiddleston. It still amazes me how the writers and directors created this timeline and developed these characters all the way through to Avengers: Endgame. I might not agree with all the decisions made, but it's one of the few fandoms I'm part of where fans can and do enjoy canon, but still write story upon story of fanfiction.
I should really start posting some of my own headcanons and analyses for the MCU. I've enjoyed reading other's ideas - maybe it's time I start to share my own.