|Season 3, Episode 11|
Young Hearts Run Free
Fire N Gold
C'mon Billy is the eleventh episode of Marvel's Young Avengers' Season Three and the thirty-first episode overall.
Previously on Marvel's Young Avengers…
As the fight took place, a wave of cosmic energy hit the ship, destabilizing it for a second. Suddenly, the room was covered in light as a figure flew inside the room. Looking up, Kate Bishop saw Wiccan sporting a different outfit with fiery wings behind him.
-I need to be put in check. But not here. Not anymore. I am dangerous to the whole world… I hurt you all. And I will continue to do so unless I go as far as I can. You will be better off without me.- Wiccan told his teammates.
Suddenly, Billy appeared in the Moon. He looked down at his right hand and slowly opened it, revealing one of Noh-Varr’s Nega-Bands.
Slowly, the Blackbird landed. The doors opened and a group of women wielding spears were waiting for them.
-Welcome to Wakanda.- One of them said, stepping forward. -I am Okoye, General of the Dora Milaje. Follow us.- She ordered, as she started marching inside the Royal Palace of Wakanda.
-Wow…- David muttered, looking around. He had never seen a place like Wakanda.
The Dora Milaje led them to a room, where Iron Man was already waiting for them.
-What did you do now, kids?- Tony Stark asked, visibly annoyed.
Black Panther walked inside the room and the Dora Milaje crossed their arms over their chests, to which the King replied doing the same gesture.
-I told you to stay away from trouble back in South Korea, did I not?-
Stature looked down, embarrassed.
-That was the very reason we removed you from the team. To keep you and everyone else safe.- Stark shook his head, pacing around the room. -Do you realize what you have done? Other than bring multiple Kree ships into orbit.-
-So he knows about that too…- Noh-Varr whispered to Kate.
-The Phoenix Force would have come to William or someone else eventually.- Professor X defended the Young Avengers.
-But they sped up the process, didn’t they?- Tony pointed at them with his index finger, a statement Xavier couldn’t argue. -This Earth has had more than its fair share of invasions and attacks. The Chitauri, Ultron, Kang… Twice!-
-The Phoenix Force’s last manifestation…- Black Panther added.
-Where is William?- The Sorcerer Supreme asked.
-We don’t know…- Hulkling said quietly.
-They don’t know, wonderful.- Stark shook his head, placing his palm on his forehead.
-Instead of blaming us maybe we could be searching for him!- Teddy spoke up.
-Teddy…- Kate whispered, trying to stop her friend, as the Dora Milaje pointed their spears at him.
-No! Billy, a potential omnipotent being I might add, is somewhere, half-possessed by a cosmic entity with destructive tendencies and they would rather blame us than help us find him.-
-Look, Banner Jr.…- Iron Man stepped forward, looking at Hulkling straight into his eyes.
-Stark, he is right.- T’Challa told him and his bodyguards put their weapons down. The other geniuses agreed with Dorrek as well.
-Oh, please, now you’re all siding with them?- Tony threw his head back, closing his eyes.
-We do need to find him, as soon as possible.- Mr. Fantastic nodded.
-Absolutely. He is a Sorcerer Supreme candidate, which is already dangerous on itself.-
-Add the Phoenix Force and you have a ticking time bomb. And reality itself could be destroyed by it.- Beast explained.
-Fine. Where do we start?-
Black Panther led them to the lab, where the men started working on tracing any cosmic energy fluctuation with the Phoenix Force’s signature around the planet.
-They won’t let us help, will they?- Prodigy asked his teammates.
Shuri overheard him and walked at them. -Oh, they will. Wait for them to get stuck.- She chuckled. Then, she turned around and smiled at them. -I’m Shuri, T’Challa’s sister.-
-Oh, Princess Shuri, it’s an honor…- Alleyne started, but she shook her head, smiling.
-Shuri is fine.- She shook David’s hand. -Ever since the Phoenix Force attacked us not long ago, I’ve been gathering as much information as I could about it.-
-It’s impossible…- Mr. Fantastic commented, looking at the screen. -There hasn’t been any fluctuation after he vanished from the X-Mansion.-
-What’s your search range?- Shuri asked from behind them.
-The whole world.- Stark muttered.
The Princess shook her head and rolled her eyes, walking to the computer. -Move, coloniser.- She told Iron Man as she got her hands on the keyboard. -You need to extend the range beyond Earth.-
-Outer space?- Dr. Strange looked at the others.
-It makes sense. The Phoenix Force grants its users the ability to survive without food, water or oxygen.- Professor X explained.
-And Billy said he was dangerous to the whole world before vanishing.- Prodigy added.
Extending the range to the whole solar system, Shuri easily spotted another fluctuation in the Moon. -Boom.- She smiled, walking away from the keyboard.
-Thank you, Shuri.- Hulkling smiled, approaching the Princess. -Thank you so much.-
-It’s nothing.- She shrugged. -Now go save your friend.-
As the Young Avengers started running to the Marvel, Iron Man flew in front of them. -Where do you think you’re going, kids?-
-To get Billy?- Speed raised an eyebrow.
-Oh no, you’ve done enough. We are going to get him.-
-The Phoenix Force is extremely difficult to control. If you make it react, it could be disastrous.- Prodigy explained. -If he sees you there, it will react.-
-We’re his friends, Mr. Stark.- Stature pleaded. -Let us go.-
-Ugh, fine.- Tony rolled his eyes. -But bring him back here.-
-I promise.- Kate Bishop nodded.
The Marvel arrived at the Moon, where Billy was sitting. He had turned Noh-Varr’s Nega-Band into a gun and was aiming it at his head, as tears rolled down his cheeks uncontrollably.
-Billy, stop!- Hulkling flew outside of the ship.
Exalted, the Phoenix Force inside Wiccan made him stand up and use its telekinesis to hold his boyfriend in the air.
-Billy… C’mon, Billy, it’s me… Teddy.-
-Please… Go away.- The mutant pleaded. -Leave me alone.-
-I won’t! I love you, William Kaplan! I’ve loved you ever since we met and nothing has changed that. No Demiurge or Phoenix Force or anything will change that.-
-Teddy… I will destroy everything. I can barely keep it under control. It will take over me eventually and I don’t want you guys to pay the price. Let me end this here and now. It will be easier.-
-I can’t live without you, Billy. You made everything better. Please… We will find a way to help you. We gathered the brightest minds in the world to help you. They’re all waiting in Wakanda. And they’re willing to set you free from the Phoenix Force.-
Wiccan looked down and closed his eyes. -If it doesn’t work… If things get worse… And if I am gone beyond saving… Promise me you’ll kill me.-
-Promise me, Teddy! Promise me you’ll kill me as soon as it takes over me, so I don’t hurt anyone.-
Crying, Hulkling nodded. -I promise.-
Wiccan flew towards his boyfriend and kissed him deeply. -I love you, Theodore Altman.- He smiled weakly.
-I love you too, Billy. Now let’s go get you fixed.-
- This episode, together with every other in Season 3, takes place before Assemble!'s Who Am I Living For? after credits scene.
|Marvel's Young Avengers episodes|
|Season 1||Start of Something New | Brooklyn Baby | Arrows | Gods and Monsters | Cassandra | E.T. | The Children's Crusade | You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet|
|Season 2||Begin Again | Innocent | Magic | Cloud 9 | Prodigal | Tik Tok | The Story of Us | Dark Side | TALK ME DOWN | Heroes (We Could Be) | Social Casualty | See You Again|
|Season 3||Hello Cruel World | Who's That Girl? | Another Girl, Another Planet | Tonight | I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper | U Got the Look | Mistakes and Regrets | The Past is a Grotesque Animal | Young Hearts Spark Fire | Young Hearts Run Free | C'mon Billy | Fire N Gold | Save the Last Dance|