Before Bahrain and before Natasha was recruited, Melinda was Clint's most constant field companion. Fury would often send them out together on operations that he knew would most likely unnerve or upset the younger field agents because the pair had a way of joking around on comms that put everyone else at ease.
Oh my god I have all of the feelings about Melinda and Clint as friends and field companions and mentor/mentee. I think about Melinda learning a lot about accuracy and precision from Clint and Clint a lot about piloting and faith in humanity from Melinda and I just want to cry. THIS FICTIONAL RELATIONSHIP IS SO IMPORTANT TO ME.
I think Clint came to SHIELD when Melinda was a rapidly rising star in Operations, and her faith in him and insistence on including him in missions went a long way towards other people trusting and valuing him. May’s pretty textbook on a lot of things (or chooses to appear to be so that she can do her own thing, more like) but not on how she chooses her teams, and though people have doubts about who she wants to work with at first the risk almost always pays off. It paid off with Clint, certainly, and went a long way towards him feeling at home at SHIELD, too.
(He sort of just follows her back to her mother’s house one day out of curiosity because he wanted to know who could summon - and visibly annoy - Melinda May so easily, and May lets him think he’s gotten away with it until she sets a third place at the dining room table and pointedly glares at the tree he’s perched in.)
Fury loves having them in the field together but when May and Clint were together at the Triskelion or the Hub they were basically the bane of his existence, given their penchant for pranks and the skill with which those pranks were executed. He eventually assigns someone (Coulson?) to make sure that the two were never at the Hub or the Triskelion at the same time for prolonged periods, because it inevitably ends with something on fire or the rookies uniforms being dyed neon pink or something along those lines.
It’s hard after Bahrain, and both Clint and Natasha feel the loss of May from Operations very keenly, I think, but sometimes their paperwork or budget requests come back stamped with ‘MM’ and they suddenly have that bow and arrow they’ve been eyeing for YEARS or they have to rush back to the drawing board because MM denying a budget request for an operation usually meant “you’re going to get yourself killed. NO.” When they come back from Budapest all of their paperwork is mysteriously waived and they just know exactly who their guardian angel/fairy godmother in administration is.
SOMEONE COME AND HAVE FEELINGS ABOUT THIS WITH ME.
Anne Weaver has a support group for mentally ill students at the Academy. Also, during holidays she mostly spends time with them, since either some of them are orphans or chose to remain at the Academy. (In my personal headcanon, Anne is kind and warm, AND THERE'S NOT ENOUGH ANNE WEAVER APPRECIATION IN THE AOS FANDOM)
Everyone has a professor crush on Anne Weaver, everyone. (
Especially Jemma Simmons.) The kids are in a constant dilemma of I-want-to-be-your-best-friend or I-want-to-be-you, whenever she leaves the room it’s either to awed silence or to a sudden outburst of “I love her so much” echoed all around the room. No other director of any of the other academies commands quite as much respect and adoration.
She’s also done a LOT of work to recruit women and especially women of color to the Academy, and has put a lot of support structures in place for them. Anne Weaver’s protegés are exceptionally bright and smart and loyal, and it was them who were the last line of defense at the Academy when SHIELD fell.
There’s not a doubt in my mind that Anne Weaver’s going to be on the front lines of rebuilding SHIELD,
so we had better see more of her in season 2, dammit.
i may be ugly and untalented
so hey fun fact for anyone who wants queer history trivia: the first disco in Seattle was opened in 1973 and was a gay bar called “shelly’s leg” and it was named after a dancer named shelly who lost her leg in a confetti cannon accident and used the insurance/lawsuit settlement money to open a gay disco.
a) This is such a fantastic story that I wouldn’t care if it were made up, except that
Antoine Triplett is so important.
Victoria Hand is so important.
Mike Peterson is so important.
I need Victoria alive. I need more Trip. I need Mike becoming a hero and being reunited with his son.
I love, love, love them.