So I have a hard time with MCU fic becasue I don't like the way a lot of the characterization, comics stuff has generally been better for me. So I hunted far and wide for good comics fic and for MCU stuff I did like and this is the result. Here is my Avengers rec list.
First some helpful links.A history of marvel comics that has to do with tony and steveSlashy moments in comics listA tony/steve ship manifesto that summarizes a lot of major arcs that deal with tony and steveAn Issue by Issue Guide to The Avengers for The Iron Man / Captain America and Ficcing Fan They rate comics by content relevant to tony and steveAn iron man centric reading list starting from disassembled all the way through siegeA rec list sorted by universeA second tony/steve rec list sorted by rating and length
and without further ado, the rec list, sorted by universe. Anything with a star by it is something i really enjoyedMCU
Armed and dangerous series
(Now with podfic
for the first story by me)
Bucky/Tony later Bucky/Tony/Stevesummary
: Bucky wakes up. Tony takes a liking to him. Steve frowns a lot. Also, there is some Avenging going on. And tech porn.my notes:
The first story is short and sweet and trhe second one is long and plotty, overall a very good read. Be No Stranger (All Your Saints and Soldiers Remix) (Podfic bu Fire_Juggler and Paraka)Universe:MCUPairing:Steve/TonySummary: That's the twenty-first century love song, baby. Glitz and glamour and every one of us is a liar. Bedtime storiesUniverse: MCUPairing:Steve/TonySummary: a series of Not!Fics focusing on steve and Tony's adopted sonMy notes: short and sweet, some are hialrous and others a little bit heart breaking. Bruce and Tony Accidentally Kill Tom Riddle, for SCIENCE! ... Er, Magic
by adistantsun) Universe:
MCU HP fusion Pairing:
Slytherin Tony and Ravenclaw Bruce are assigned to be Potions lab partners in 7th year. They just want to win Slughorn's prize, but things get very strange, very quickly. And Tom Riddle sucks. My notes:
a super adorable and fun fic. Dreaming electric Pairing:
pepper/tony, tony/steve Universe:
MCU with inspiration from 616 Summary:
New York City is still rebuilding in the wake of the Chitauri army when the biotech virus Extremis is released, upgrading a lone domestic terrorist into a posthuman threat. Tony would’ve been happy to keep going on playing with alien tech in his lab, saving average citizens as Iron Man, and pretending not to notice these other people moving into his tower, but sometimes a person just can’t have nice things. My notes:
a really good update of the extremis arc for movi everse. Also Bruce and Tony talk bout D&D and that is awesome Drinking gamesUniverse:MCUPairing: Peter/Tony, Tony/Steve USTSummary: "Okay, house rules,” Clint said, leaning back against the backrest of the booth they were seated at. “It can't be a random celebrity, or something. It has to be someone you actually know. Someone you'd go to if you suddenly found yourself gay and then had to have sex right away."Steve thinks drinking with the team will be a good bonding session for their newest Avenger, but, as usually happens with his people and alcohol, things go kinda sideways.My notes: super hilarious, kept me smiling the whole time
First impressions ( are a work in progress)Universe:
Howard had wanted Tony to be more like Steve, which only adds to the tension between Tony and Steve as the team comes together. Tony enjoys pushing Steve's buttons in order to make him seem less perfect. Eventually, though, they start working things out. There's a nice slow build to the relationship, and both Tony and Steve are well-characterized. This was published just pre-movie, so some things aren't totally in line, but it's excellentMy notes:
a good story that takes our boys from atagonistic to friends and more! Free floating in spaceUniverse: MCU AUPairing:Steve/TonySummary: Tony runs a small salvaging business in the backwater territory of Outer Centaurus. When scavenging a long abandoned space station leads to an unexpected find, it begins a long journey for Tony, Steve, and the rest of the Iron Bird crew as they stand on the edge of war.
NEW Ironsides (with podfic by exmanhater) Universe: MCUPairing: Steve/TonySummary: Antonia Carter Stark takes no shit and no prisoners.My notes: Girl!Tony is one of my favorite things in the whole world and this story just really nails it!
NEW Just a broken lullabyUniverse: MCUPairing: Gen or pre-slashSummary: When a mission goes wrong, the Avengers find themselves the unlikely guardians of a six-year-old Tony Stark.My notes: a really good team fic. I especially love the way Natasha is portrayed
* The Last Love Song of Anthony E. StarkUniverse
: After contracting an Asgardian virus, Tony starts forgetting things. And people. And Steve.My notes:
lets just say this one is so good it made me like established relationship fic. It also really flushes out the world of asguard, plus distressed/ sick tony is the best!many names in history, none of them are oursUniverse
Steve's not sure if he'll ever understand Tony Stark, but it's good, living here. If he still wakes up sometimes convinced this was all a dream, well, it's better than it was before, and that's something, isn't it?
The Avengers live in a world that both glorifies and fears them, but they know each other now behind the scenes.My notes
:PTSD!The modern world is awesome and so are youUnivers:
:gen with hints of tony/steveSummary
:When Steve wakes up, SHIELD wants him to spend some time talking to therapists and visit some doctors and acclimate him slowly back into the world in the healthiest manner possible. They're waiting to introduce him to the modern world until they're certain he's stable.
Tony thinks it's taking too long and is boring and he just really wants to show Steve all the cool shit he's missed out on.My notes
:an Short awesome fluff
One foot in and one foot backPaparazo
Summary:This isn't the worst thing that's ever happened to Tony, but it's in the top five. or the one where tony and steve imprint on each other, and nothing is ever easy for tony
My notes: an awesome take on the soulbonding thing. Steve sees it as something magical and tony sees it as a defect. Lots of angsty along with some fluff!
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by opalsong!) Universe:
Peter (old spiderman movies)/TonySummary
:So, Iron Man apparently needed better surge protection in his suit. He was falling, straight out of the sky into the middle of Manhattan, and Peter could only hope--only hope--only shoot his web and yeah, his aim was true, and yeah, Iron Man bounced as lightly as a golf club on a windscreen, but the webbing held. Peter fired again, snaring Iron Man and easing him to the ground as strand after strand of web broke in a beautiful display of applied physics.
They landed in an alley between two buildings. "Are you okay?"My notes:
adorable and lots of fun Put My Guns in the Ground (I Can't Shoot Them Anymore)
There's no magic answer, no single moment of catharsis that will make it all go away, so all you can do is keep walking and make it work. My notes:
a two part series one story from Tony's POV and one from Steve's. tony's Story deals with his PTSD from afghanistan and Steve's deals with his adjustment to the modern world. The story is pitch perfect and I love it. Even though it is dealing with PTSD it doesn't get too dark, it stays light in tone and has a sweet happy ending.tales of the bots series
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: When Tony Stark was seventeen years old, he built his first AI. On that day, he ceased to be his father's creation, and became a creating force in his own right.
That one act likely saved his life, and not always in the most obvious ways.My notes:
super adorable and fluffy but with angst and ahsjslsjsj! You will have lots of feels.NEW Raw footage (With podfic by kalakyria)Universe: MCUPairing: GenSummary: “Clint Barton has sent me a photograph of his glory,” Thor said, and handed Natasha his phone. Quirking an eyebrow, she glanced at it. “This is a courting custom?”My notes: Glorious crack!
NEW Red, red, gold with podfic by ironyman Universe: MCUPairing: Steve/TonySummary: Her name is Tasha Stark, and you won't break her.The road to hellUniverse:MCUPairing: Steve/tonySummary: in which no one has super powers and Steve is Tony's PA after Pepper gets promotedMy notes: super ridiculous and adorable.
Running to keep in the same place (with Podfic by recordscratch)universe:
MCUPairing:genSummary: Tony's the only one of them who has to wrangle two jobs and he's rapidly running of time for, like, everything.My notes: a short sweet Hurt Comfort story where Tony is overworking himself and steve and bruce step in to help.
The Spaces (Silences) BetweenUniverse: MCUPairing: Steve/TonySummary: A sudden accident leaves Tony unable to speak.My notes: a wonderful piece, you can really feel tony's frustration and Steve's heartache.Tech support Universe:
(Kind of AU in which Stark Industries doesn't exist (anymore) and S.H.I.E.L.D. is akin to MI6); Pre-slash Tony Stark's day job is resident genius. Since he has an entire computer system into himself as a remote operating system, his other day job is running S.H.I.E.L.D.'s R&D with Dr. Banner (BROS 4EVA), trying to make Director Fury cry (close, but no cigar) and flirting with All the Agents, All the Time. Agent Iceberg (AKA Super-perfect Super-soldier Double-Oh-Awesome Agent Rogers) is immune to many things, apparently, and Tony is one of them. My notes:
the beginning of a really awesome AU, just a snippet into the life, I really wish there was more.NEW This Wasn't What the Brochure PromisedUniverse: MCUPairing: Steve/TonySummary: "Do you think this is still a training exercise, or did we just get our asses handed to us by actual bad guys?" asked Clint.Tony, Steve, Clint and Bruce spend quality time together in a cave. Tony does not build another arc reactor (even if he sort of needs one). Steve is all Protective Leader. Clint is terrifyingly good with a knife. Bruce bleeds and snarks. There is banter and embarassing amounts of schmoop and the boys get very touchy-feely.Turn Around (Three Times Before Lying Down) Pairing:
MCU AU Summary:
Everyone knows that Tony Stark is a playboy, billionaire philanthropist, but what they don’t know is that he’s also a werewolf. When a government agency known as SHIELD finds out, they use this information to force Tony’s hand and bring him into a new elite lycan field team, codename The Avengers Initiative.
Suddenly Tony finds himself playing host to a bunch of lycans, a misplaced God of Thunder and an experimental supersoldier that isn’t as dead as everyone assumed. Can his week get any worse?
My notes: the relationship feels a little rushed, but the story has a plot beyond werewolf fic and has a lot of found family feels. Two is the one for melUniverse: MCUPairing: Tasha/Tony/SteveSummary: What my darling brother means is that he’d like a threesome. Or the one where tony has a twin sister and they both like steve.My notes: hot and sweet. A fun short series. I really like the dynamic between the three of them Weighing of the heart Universe:
Steve Rogers hasn't really had a particularly easy life. He's struggled along, he's proud of himself, he's self-sufficient and capable and he works damn hard. He has friends and a purpose and he's only a few semesters from graduating college. He's managed, but his life has been far from easy. That's mostly because of a slight filing error. The last thing that Steve needed was someone to watch over him. The only thing that his Guardian Angel needs is a second chance to make a first impression. My notes:
super adorable, and hilarious in turns. Sometimes slightly heartbreaking. A wonderful ride that left me smiling all day.616
* An ever fixed markUniverse
: Loki accidentally turns Tony into a woman. Steve is less than thrilled. Hijinks ensue.My notes:
a very good look at the more serious issues of a genderswap story, its not all humor an haha you have tits now, plus there is a plot going on that is more than just genderswap, and there is a lot of dealing with awkwarness between team members because of comics stuffs America isn't chickenUniverse:616Pairing: Steve/TonySummary: After a Civil War, death, rebirth, a takeover by Osborn, brain deletion, and the fall of Asgard, Steve and Tony might just be starting to get back on solid ground with one another. Things aren't perfect, not yet, but they can be in the same room as each other without resorting to violence, and they've even managed to share a smile or two.Seems like the perfect time, then, for Tony to try and fuck it all up with a stupid game of gay chicken.Meanwhile, as if he didn't have enough to worry about, Tony realizes some kind of supervillainous trouble is brewing when increasingly advanced armors start popping up all over Manhattan, looking strangely reminiscent of his tech. On the other side of the world, Steve gets news that Zola is on the move in Russia, with some sort of nefarious plan at work.Which will ruin them first? Will it be this unknown armored villain who is after Tony's tech? Or will it be Zola unleashing his mysterious plan on the world? Or will Steve and Tony prove to be their own worst enemies, destroying the tentative truce they managed to forge with their own stubbornness?My notes: Long and plotty with the boys doing what they do best, being in denial. I think they were in denail a bit too long, but overall a super enjoyable story. Plus, super hot sex scenes! Buy you a mockingbirdUniverse:616Pairing: Steve/TonySummary: Babyfic! When Tony unexpectedly becomes a parent, his world view drastically changes. And changes. Then it changes again. And then again.
Come the winter come the storm
Summary: Tony Stark, an unremarkable day laborer in the gulag in Izhma, has been deemed too much of a liability to be allowed to remain in Soviet control. Steve Rogers, one of SHIELD's top operatives, is sent undercover into one of the USSR's many internment camps with the specific instructions to retrieve him.
The plan was simple, which, in hindsight was the first indication that everything was about to fall apartConstructs in progressUniverse: 616 AUPairing: Steve/TonySummary: n the seven territories built out of the ruins of New York City, no one has managed to match Tony Stark as either a technologist or a unicorn rider. But when Tony's secrets come back to haunt him, even Captain Rogers and his mysterious lover might not be able to save him, or the city.
Dragon choicesUniverse:616 AU pern fusionPairing:Steve/tonySummary:When a childhood accident leaves Tony with a remarkable ability to hear dragons, he finds out that on Pern, the dragon chooses. Whether it comes to being a dragonrider or becoming Weyrwomanleader, he has a bumpy flight ahead.
*exactly under the starUniverse:
616 inspired AUSummary
: Summary: Complete AU; takes place in a future in which humans have begun to colonize planets, and borrows heavily from situations in current Marvel canon. New Avengers meets Dark Reign meets Firefly.
Norman Osborn is ruling the (not so free) world, Tony Stark is leading a motley crew of superheroes in an attempt to regain their freedoms, and Steve Rogers may not be as dead as everybody thought.My notes
: an epic space operaish AU that is simply wonderful!NEW Even the light is an illusion (with podfic by lianabob)Universe:616Pairing: Steve/TonySummary:Death threats are an unfortunate side-effect of being Tony Stark, so he's learned to ignore them. The problem is, when someone really wants you dead, hiding your head in the sand just kinda exposes your ass.But it's not just Tony's behind on the line. Whoever wants him dead wants him to suffer first, and they're willing to do anything to make that happen. Tony knows there's only one way out. To save Steve, the Avengers, and the general public, Tony has to die. Of course, death isn't always the end, and Tony does what any other self-disrespecting scientist would do: he finds a way to fake his death and avenge his own murder.The trouble is, terrible decisions usually have a terrible price, and this one is no different. Tony has a chance to save the day, but the cost may be more than Tony was ever expecting to pay…My notes: Long and very plotty. It incorporates a lot from the 616 universe and has a lot of my favorite characters in it (wolverine, Luke cage, Spider-Man, ms marvel).
NEW Full Body WorkoutUniverse: 616Pairing: Steve/TonySummary: Hank has a lab accident. Steve and Tony bear the consequences.NEW I have found god and he is a mirrorUniverse: 616Pairing: Steve/TonySummary: Depression hurts. Extremis doesn't help. Steve does.My notes: a really really good look at a tony with depression, absolutely stunning and spot on.
* i'll remember best of all, all the things we didn't say
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:Steve comes back and everything's gonna be alright. ...Right?
Enjoy the silence. It's all that's left.My notes
: this is like the story ghost in the wires, but so, so much better
* In a different lightUniverse:
: Summary: After an unexpected attack, Tony has trouble dealing with his injuries and Steve has trouble dealing with Tony.My notes:
disability!fic with blind!tony!
* King of infinite spaceUniverse:
: Summary:A villain from Tony's past comes back to cause trouble for the Avengers. Maybe it wouldn't have been so easy, if things weren't already so awkward over the events of Execute Program.My notes:
long and plotty, with tony doing what he does best, having problems and hiding it from people.Relativistic Heat Conduction Universe
: 616 Pairing:
Age of Ultron-based, but not entirely canon compliant. Written for the 2013 Cap-Iron Man Reverse Big Bang. Ultron has attacked, obliterating most of the world's superheroes and resistance in a matter of hours. The remaining heroes band together and share what strength they have to get through it, to survive, and defeat Ultron once and for all. Steve Rogers grieves in the wake of the disaster and the heroes' defeat, and no one knows if he will be able to provide the leadership they need--but Tony Stark isn't about to let him slip away that easily My notes:
An angsty story with a lot of tony and steve leaning on each other. Has a happy ending thoughNEW Rollin' and TumblinUniverse: 616Pairing: Steve/TonySummary: The giant squid spewing sex pollen wasn't the strangest part of anyone's week. Captain America's behaviour after the fact, however, was making Tony wonder how deeply they were all affected, and what exactly was going on.My notes: set during the time where cap still doesn't know iron man's secret identity, cute and smoking hot.NEW Rusted Wheel (or How the Civil War Might Have Ended)Universe: 616Pairing: Steve/Tonysummary: Tony was on the steps of the Courthouse and took the bullets for Steve.The roughest dayUniverse:
: Steve is in a motorcycle accident, Tony catches a cold, and someone is after the New Avengers.My notes:
another long and plotty story from Elspethdixon and Featuring some sick!tony
* Sea starsUniverse:
Steve comes back to life somewhere entirely unexpected; Tony doesn't remember being a hero; something is rotten in the province of British Columbia, and the 2010 Olympics are doomed.My notes:
an awesome plotty story with a bit of a mystery. This actually made me like the amnesia trope*NEW WIPSins of omissionUniverse: 616Pairing: Steve/TonySummary: A Post-Civil War, Pre-Secret Invasion AU where Steve is dead, Tony's a mess, and everything sucks
In which Tony deals poorly with Steve's death, falls off the wagon, sees ghosts, and misses a lot.Oh, and the Skrulls are about to invade.My notes: first of all this is a WIP. Second of all PLEASE PLEASE HEED THE WARNINGS AND TAGS THIS IS NOT A HAPPY STORY! This story is full of angst and woe on every side, but it is done so carefully and beautifully. Your heart just breaks for every character involved..
* some assembly required seriesUniverse:
:In retrospect, it was the answer to all of the questions he'd carefully avoided asking, all of the things he hadn't wanted to look at too closely.
or the series where post civil war, tony takes in a child who was a lab experiement made from steve's DNA, it turns out steve isnt really dead, and nothing is as easy as it should be.My notes:
this story is awesome, the little girl in this story is a fully fleshed out well developed character with realistic problems, tony and steve both have their problems as well
*this time tomorrow ( where are we)Universe:
: Tony goes to see Wanda, and suddenly Steve is alive and there are Skrulls! Or maybe Tony is just going crazy. Nothing happens in this fic, until the very end. Seriously. There's a lot of talking, mostly at inopportune moments, Tony's views on the acceptable gifts to give people are slightly different from everyone else's and he spends more time than would seem necessary being (half-)naked. What else is new?What if: Project wide awakeUniverse:616Paiting: Steve/TonySummary: So what if Steve's side had won, and Big Brother just started shanking everyone?What tomorrow may bringUniverse
:Summary: Months after his return back to life, Captain America and Iron Man are kind of estranged, but problems with SHIELD and Tony's life in general get them to work together and fall in love. <333My notes:
an awesome mystery/action story set post civil war. Not only is it plotty, but it deals with the effects on tony and steve's friendship post civil war with a nice slow buildup
***** when the lights go on again
( if you want to wait on this I am doing a. Multi voice podfic for this that should be done next week)Universe:
Aliens have invaded earth, and the Avengers are scattered. While Steve leads the resistance, Tony once again finds himself playing captive scientist. In the midst of a violent alien regime, separated by seemingly insurmountable boundaries, Steve and Tony have nothing to keep themselves going but each other.my notes
: absolutely stunning, one of the best avengers stories I have read. the alien culture is fully flushed out and interesting. all the characters in the story get screen time, and the story takes you on one hell of a ride.NEW Wilt Thou ExchangeUniverse: 616Pairing: Steve/TonySummary: "The first time Steve meets Toni is about a week after he wakes up."W.I.P.E.Universe: 616Pairing: Steve/tonySummary: An AU of the events covering SIEGE and immediate after. When Tony is rebooted after deleting his brain, he's left with no memory of anything, and lingering programs that keep him from finding out everything he missed. Sometimes you just need to start over, but there's always a place in every plan for a backup.UltimatesA matter of extremesUniverse:
Steve and Tony have issues, and things between them get a little... rough; also, Ultron intervenes, as it's wont to do, and only complicates things further.My note
: a good plotty story that examines both tony and steve, both their faults and strong points.Dutch courageUniverse:
Tony's secret is revealed, Steve is at a loose end and well... they make out?Disclaimer:
Characters and situations are the property of Stan Lee and Marvel Comics. No profit is being made off this fan-written work.Notes:
For empty_splendor, a bespoke story according to prompt. She wanted fic that dealt with Tony's illness. Erm, I'm hand waving Ultimates canon, probably medical concepts as well. This is after Ultimate Power, but before The Ultimates move to the Avengers mansion. Frottage. Word count 6000. One day, I'll write a drabble. For serious.My notes
:Features a well written ultimates!tony dealing (read not dealing) with his illness
* Dying for a drinkUniverse:
Tony takes up an offer that has tragic effects, and Steve is forced to handle the outcome. But Tony's business isn't done yet, and so Steve finds himself struggling with vampire politics and his own sexuality.My Notes:
an awesome plotty story where we see things from the villians side as well!Light breaks where no sun shinesUniverse: ultimates AUPairing:Steve/tonySummary:As far as stupid decisions went, Tony was fairly certain that nothing would ever top sleeping with the sheriff. In his defense, he hadn’t known who the attractive blonde was at the time, and he wasn’t planning on staying long enough for the sheriff to find out who Tony was, either. It wasn't just the law Tony was running from, it was the past as well, and he couldn't afford to wait around for it to catch up to him. Now if only he could convince himself to leave.
* White rabbit and the sequel the white knight is talking backwards
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marvel adventures and ultimatesPairing:
: Marvel Adventures Tony Stark meets Ultimate Steve RogersMy notes:
a super awesome look at the differences between characters in the two universes. There is also an awesome sequel where ultimates tony comes back to his universe from the marvel adventures universe.Marvel adventures
* Bizarre love triangleUniverse:
: Once the idea was in his head, he’d started picking up on all kinds of things, like the way Stark talked about Iron Man with such affection, and seemed to share so many of his mannerisms, and was constantly working on ways of improving the suit. It was obvious.My notes:
this is ridiculous, sweet and hilarious, just the way a marvel adventures story should beOn the recordUniverse:
Tony vs the tabloids is an ongoing battle. These headlines might be the winning shot.my note
: this story is ridiculously fluff, just diabetes inducing it is so SweetVidsNEW Little lion man Pairing:
implied tony/steve Universe:
A MCU vid depicting civil warNEW Sleepwalker Pairing:
A civil war comics fan vid. Angsty and beautiful