|Young Hearts Spark Fire|
|Season 3, Episode 9|
The Past is a Grotesque Animal
Young Hearts Run Free
Young Hearts Spark Fire is the ninth episode of Marvel's Young Avengers' Season Three and the twenty-ninth episode overall.
Previously on Marvel's Young Avengers…
Suddenly, the room was covered in light as a figure flew inside the room.
-LEAVE MY FRIENDS ALONE!- The flying individual screamed, firing fire at Kasius as he disintegrated.
Looking up, she saw Wiccan sporting a different outfit with fiery wings behind him.
-Billy?- She scrunched her face, as the rest of the Young Avengers appeared in the balcony.
-Cool, isn’t it?- He smiled, flying around the fight pit.
-Let’s get the hell out of here.- Noh-Varr muttered.
-I can help with that.- Wiccan smirked and teleported them back to Earth without the need to verbalize his wishes.
-I’m serious, guys. I’m fine.- Wiccan insisted, as Prodigy did some research on the possible explanations for what had happened to Billy.
-You didn’t see yourself back in Kasius’ ship. You didn’t look like yourself.- Hulkling replied.
-Any idea what happened?- Kate asked David, standing behind him as his fingers moved rapidly through his tablet’s screen.
-I would hypothesize we were hit by cosmic energy. All of us. However, it only seemingly affected Billy.-
-Are you sure?- Speed inquired.
-As Christopher Bullock said in 1716, “’tis impossible to be sure of anything but death and taxes”.-
-Wasn’t that Ben Franklin?- Kate wondered.
-Yes, but that was in 1789. His letter was not the origin of the phrase.-
-Can we please… Focus?- Dorrek pleaded.
-Sorry.- Prodigy nodded and looked at Tommy. -To answer your question, I am quite certain. We have not gained or lost any abilities, our physical appearance was unchanged… I would have to run deeper genetic analysis to confirm it, but I lack the equipment to do so.-
-You mean if Billy is the first one to be altered by cosmic energy? Absolutely not. The Fantastic Four themselves earned their powers this way.-
-Thank you for having us, Dr. Richards.- Kate smiled, as Mr. Fantastic led the teenagers through his lab.
-You can call me Reed.- The scientist smiled back. -So tell me, what is the matter?-
-We believe we were hit by cosmic energy. However, only Billy here has displayed any sort of abilities.-
-I told you guys, I’m fine.- Wiccan insisted.
-How long after exposure did these powers manifest?- Mr. Fantastic asked, moving a scanner in front of Billy, who sat on a stretcher.
-Immediately.- The teenage mutant replied.
-Oh… Wow. I have never seen readings like this.-
-What is it?- Hulkling asked nervously.
-The cosmic energy… It appears as if it is residing inside him. But not as spread energy. As a whole different entity.-
-The Phoenix Force…- Prodigy whispered.
-Hmm?- Reed turned at David.
-Professor X told us about it. An immortal, indestructible and mutable cosmic entity. And he told us Billy was a suitable host.-
-Of course.- Mr. Fantastic nodded, turning to one of his computers. -The readings are compatible with a cosmic entity using him as a host.-
-And that’s why none of us was affected by it.- Speed figured out.
-Although cosmic energy is my area of expertise, I have never encountered a being cosmic in nature. You probably should ask Professor Xavier for guidance.-
-I don’t need guidance! I told you over and over again that I am fine!- Wiccan yelled as he started hovering.
-Billy…- Teddy said, reaching out to his boyfriend.
-Ya better calm down, we already got a flamin’ hothead over there.- Thing said, walking inside the lab.
-Please, calm down.- Kate muttered, as Noh-Varr put his hands on the Nega-Bands.
-You want to attack me?- He turned to the Kree, smirking.
-I don’t… But I will if I have to.-
-Good. Then here’s a reason.- Extending his right arm, the Phoenix Force host fired an electric blast at Marvel Boy, but Susan Storm cast a force field around the Young Avengers.
-Kid, stand down!- Thing ordered.
-Let’s fight fire with fire, then. Flame on!- Johnny flew towards Billy and blasted a fire stream at the mutant, who was unaffected by it. -Oops, that wasn’t a good idea.- Using telekinesis, Kaplan pushed him against the ceiling and then slammed him back into the ground, making him flame off.
-I do hate the kid sometimes, but no one messes with him, but me.- Thing started running towards Phoenix. -It’s clobberin’ time!- He screamed, leaping ready to punch him. However, he was stopped midair and pushed back out of the lab.
-STOP!- The Invisible Woman created a force field around the mutant, trying to drown his fiery powers.
-You really think cosmic fire needs oxygen, Susan?- William chuckled.
-Well then, I guess I must make a rougher move.- She replied, pushing him against the wall using the same force field she had previously created.
Easily breaking free from the restraint, Phoenix used Wiccan’s powers to create a force field of his own around the Fantastic Four member. Soon, it became harder for Sue to breathe.
-You’re killing her!- Kate exclaimed, reaching out for her bow reluctantly.
Mr. Fantastic tried to stretch towards his wife but the Phoenix held him against the ground, unable to move.
-Billy, stop!- Teddy pleaded, and Wiccan did so. -Understand that we are concerned about you.- He looked into his boyfriend’s eyes. -We are your friends, Billy.-
The mutant closed his eyes, as he lowered himself until he was sitting back on the stretcher. -I… I’m sorry. I don’t know what got into me…- Then, he looked at the injured Fantastic Four and started crying. -D…Did I do that?-
-I’m afraid so…- Prodigy muttered.
Tears started rolling down Wiccan’s cheeks, as he pleaded for forgiveness. -I’m so so sorry… I… I didn’t mean to do that…-
-It’s okay, Billy.- Dr. Richards reassured him. -We are alright. But you are not and I know you are aware of that.-
Kaplan nodded, ashamed of his actions.
-That’s why we need to see the Professor. He has experience with both the Phoenix Force and mutants.- Stature explained.
-I… I understand.- Billy nodded.
- This episode, together with every other in Season 3, takes place before Assemble!'s Who Am I Living For? after credits scene.
- Wiccan, Speed and Noh-Varr's sprites were made by User:Nekhene.
- Stature and Prodigy's sprites were made by User:Sunder4321.
- Hulkling's sprite was made by User:OmniWill.
|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|