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thuvia ptarth ([personal profile] thuviaptarth) wrote2012-01-16 12:43 pm

All Avengers, all the time

... not quite all Steve/Tony all the time, but close. All movie-verse for this set, although I have it so bad I've gone past reading comics fic and gotten into reading the comics themselves. This cannot possibly end well.

♥ ♥ ♥ Pepper/Steve/Tony ♥ ♥ ♥

[ profile] boombangbing, Magnetic, Commitments, Robotics
Summary: Tony and Pepper are in a committed relationship, everyone knows that. Tony still flirts relentlessly with Steve, though, and Steve doesn't know what to make of it. Then he starts having weird feelings about Pepper too, and he really, really doesn't know what to make of that.

The crew look startled as Tony pulls Steve to the edge of the stage. A woman with a bulky headset on raises an eyebrow and says 'fifty seconds' into her mike.

Steve tugs gently at their still tangled together hands. “What are you--? Are you--? Isn't there a dress code?” Tony's wearing sandals, drawstring pants, and a shirt with an oil stained wife beater underneath, the arc reactor glowing softly. Steve's pretty sure that you can't go on television like that.

“Tony Stark has no dress code.”

Rhodey catches up with them, and nods politely at the increasingly flustered crew members. “Don't start talking about yourself in the third person again.”

“Tony Stark will talk about Tony Stark however Tony Stark wants to,” Tony replies, then after a moment adds, “Tony Stark.”

Polyamory, Pepper being awesome, Steve being smart and gentle, and Tony being protective in a way that is plausibly Tony, and yet more mature than Iron Man 2's tactic of "I will give you my most important things in a way I can pretend has nothing to do with my affection for you, and by the way I am not going to tell you I'm dying."

♥ ♥ ♥ Team-Building ♥ ♥ ♥
[personal profile] valtyr, Team Building Activities (Steve/Tony)
Summary: Fury's a beautiful princess. Clint's plotting a Communist revolution. Rhodey's not sexy. Wall-E's not a documentary. Clint's not gay but he does give a great blowjob. This fic is not an AU.
"You want Clint?" Fury pointed his pen at Clint, who looked hopeful. "Ross has been asking to add him to the loan."

"Don't need him[,]" [Natasha said.] Clint pouted, and slouched in his chair. "Anyway, you'll end up lending him the whole team at this rate, and then - "

"He's not getting Cap," Fury said flatly. "And he doesn't want Stark."

"It's lucky I'm a narcissist or I'd be getting a complex," Tony put in, and Steve patted his shoulder.

"We want you, Tony."

"We're just playing hard to get," Clint added, and Natasha snorted with laughter, and stood up.

I love the Steve/Tony relationship in this, and that Tony is actually a really nice guy to Steve here, in an inimitably Tony way, but I put it under "Team Building" because I also love the interactions between the entire team, and because it is almost as much about the Avengers becoming a family as it is about Steve and Tony falling in love. It is hard to decide what my favorite part is, because I love all of it, but for today I am caught between the trip to Russia and the lap dance.

[ profile] plingo_kat, Haven in a Heartless World (gen)
Summary: ”These are the most dysfunctional people on the planet... They could not be more ill-fitted. What better definition of family?” - Joss Whedon

♥ ♥ ♥ Steve/Tony ♥ ♥ ♥

[personal profile] valtyr, Tomorrow Belongs to Me
Summary: Steve wakes up in the 21st Century. He doesn't think much of it, and it's dubious about him. He meets a Norse God, joins a superhero team, and feels terribly awkward about the whole momument at Arlington he's rendered obsolete by not being dead. Meanwhile, Tony is trying to make his mark on history by being the man who finally drove Nick Fury over the edge.

Fury levelled a finger at Steve, who sat up as straight as he could on the squishy cushion.

"This, team, is Steven Rogers. Otherwise known as Captain America." Steve put on his best poster-smile, and beamed about him. Stark didn't look up. Natasha was doing the cool eyebrow thing again. Hawkeye looked bored. Thor, at least, grinned back with fierce enthusiasm. Steve looked at Fury, who looked a little irritated.

"Show some enthusiasm; this man once punched Hitler, and he's increasing our funding just by existing. And I'm looking forward to seeing our approval rating skyrocket when we go public with him."

"I didn't actually punch Hitler. That was just a propaganda thing." Steve was going to get a lid on that right now.

"Did you really stop a nuke from hitting America?" Hawkeye said.

"Uh - yeah, that was a real thing, sort of, it's wasn't quite – yeah." He blushed. The atom bomb was the cover story, although judging from the penetrating look Stark was giving him, he wasn't lying well.

"Did you really throw a shield at Nazis?" Stark inquired, and went back to staring at the wall.

"Well, yes, it - " he was pretty sure vibranium wasn't classified, but Natasha interrupted before he could elaborate on his shield.

"Is it true you had a fist-fight with the Red Skull?" She had little creases of amusement at the corners of her eyes.

"Yes, but - "

"All right, leave him alone." Fury scowled. "We're getting Steve up to speed, but it's going to take time. So you play nice, you hear?"

This may be my favorite Avengers story so far. Everything about it is terrific -- Steve and Tony and the Steve/Tony and the team building and the world-building. It is well-plotted, tying up threads from Thor and Captain America, I suspect much more logically than canon will. And I really appreciate how it rewrites canons heavy on the daddy issues into stories focusing more on the mothers -- Maria Stark gets significant mentions, and Frigga is more important than Odin here, in ways that cleverly rework Norse myth. It also has my favorite Peggy Carter post-Captain America backstory.

[personal profile] gyzym, Ready, Fire, Aim
Summary: There's no "I" in "Avenger."

Tony opens his mouth to say “Yes,” and, surprisingly, what comes out is, “No.” Puzzled, he tries again, and produces, “Yeah, no, don’t, I’ll get it, it’s fine, thanks—the Armanis are in the closet in the far wing, right? Wait, where did I put those sunglasses, I need the sunglasses, don’t let him leave.”

Ten minutes later, he opens the door in a pair of Armani trousers, a hand-tailored button down left open over this morning’s Black Sabbath tee, no shoes, and mirrored sunglasses. Even to himself, he has no explanation for this behavior.

This is more woobie and less asshole than I personally see Tony, but it hits so many of my bulletproof kinks I don't care: pining! low-self-esteem! mutual misunderstanding! bitching and banter! oh no Steve can't possibly love me! Also, the Tony voice is hilarious and heartbreaking, and Tony mostly makes friends by building things or using computer magic, which is just perfectly right.

There is a companion piece in Steve's POV, Momentum, and Situation Normal: All Fucked Up, a sequel which focuses on Tony figuring out how to have an adult relationship. They don't work quite as well for me as the original, but they're definitely worth reading. ("Momentum" has an interesting approach to what to leave in and what leave out and what to expand, but the story teeter-totters between focusing on Steve and focusing on Tony through Steve's perceptions. "Situation Normal: All Fucked Up" falls on the wrong side of the introspection:event ratio for me.)

[ profile] jibrailis, Mr. July
Summary: Tony is the only one who can defend Steve's virtue. Tony hates his life.
Two events were a coincidence, three was a pattern, ten was time to sit up, take notice, and admit that yeah, maybe villains really were trying to rip Captain America's clothes off.

[ profile] twentysomething, Honey, I Can See the Stars
Summary: "The most he'd ever cared about anything remotely related was his uniform, which, beyond the stylistic, was pretty necessary. But now his suit comes from a lab far more advanced than the basement of a Brooklyn antique shop, and the only decision he really gets to make is if his pants are too tight. (They were, but he doesn't really think they changed them. He doesn't know why, but he thinks that might have been on purpose.) That being said, he doesn't know what he's done to deserve the double take Tony gives him as he walks in the room."
The subject just says "Re: Today" and Steve clicks on it even before the little preview sentence is there.

He doesn't know what to do about you. You might just have to let him buy you things for a while before he figures out that he doesn't have to try to buy your affections.

There's a brief "P." above a formal signature reading "Virginia Potts, CEO Stark Industries" above lines of incomprehensible ways to contact her.

[personal profile] valtyr, Some Sunny Day
Summary: Tony was inconsolable for weeks after Captain America went down in the ocean.
AU with compressed comics time scale: Steve Rogers wakes up after forty years, not fifty sixty seventy, Iron Man still happened like Iron Man, Tony met Captain America as a kid. Notable for kid!Tony, just as bratty and charming and pushy as the adult version, but in a suitably childlike way, and for Steve's utter desolation. I feel like a lot of fic skips over Steve's adjustment to the future, or maybe dwells on the confusion rather than the pain; and yeah, Steve is not given to drama and is going to be reserved with people he doesn't know, but basically everyone he loved or even knew died in the space of a month, and it's nice to see a story acknowledge the full weight of that.

I actually would have preferred this gen or subtext or ust, because the romance feels ... not exactly forced, but too quick; but it was for a cap_ironman exchange, so.

♥ ♥ ♥ Steve/Tony UST ♥ ♥ ♥
[ profile] whizzy, Cap and Carry
Summary: Iron Man and Captain America give this cooperative flying thing a go.
The author categorizes this as gen, but I don't.

[ profile] gqgqqt, Reach
Summary: The latest near-destruction of the Avengers Mansion requires everyone to take up overnight living arrangements elsewhere; Tony offers a room to Steve.

At 1 a.m., Steve can't sleep and Tony can't stay awake.

I love the quietness of this.

♥ ♥ ♥ Arc reactor trauma is the best trauma (Steve/Tony) ♥ ♥ ♥
[ profile] Blackeyedgirl, And Begin Again Tomorrow
Summary: Steve can tell there’s something wrong with Tony. He just doesn’t know what happened. Or why Tony’s friends seem to think it’s his fault.
I have to stretch to see Tony's friends as reacting the way they do here, but the Tony/Steve interaction is pure gold.

[ profile] AlchemyAlice, Deep Waters
Summary: His power's running low, the arc reactor flickering. Cold, rancid sewer water is rushing into the fissure at his torn up shoulder, filling up the gaps, rising along his neck in frigid fingers. He's been like this before.

This is another one where the romance moves a little fast for me. I really love the rest of the Tony/Steve interaction, though, and I like how quietly observant Steve is, and the way his WWII experience is used.

[ profile] gqgqqt, Semiconductor
Summary: Written as a fill for a prompt from the Captain America kinkmeme: "The first time Steve and Tony try something other than plain vanilla sex, they decide to go a little light bondage [...] halfway through the foreplay Tony freaks out when Steve touches his arc-reactor."

[ profile] kahn, This Wasn't What the Brochure Promised
Summary:"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.
Banner interrupted speculations when he groaned, eyes flickering open.

"Morning, Sleeping Beauty," Clint drawled.

"No Disney before coffee," Banner said in a low murmur, eyes sliding shut again.

"Disney didn't originate the fairy tale, you know. It was actually--"

"No Stark before coffee," Banner declared, no louder, but perfectly pitched to override Tony's lecture. Tony wanted to know how he did that.

This is funnier and brighter than the rest of the arc reactor trauma stories, and has bonus team building.

♥ ♥ ♥ In which Phil Coulson is awesomely competent ♥ ♥ ♥

[ profile] boombangbing, A Week in the Life of Highly Respected SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson (gen)
Summary: Phil would just like to state for the record that this was all Tony Stark's fault. (Seven increasingly chaotic days in the life of Phil Coulson.)

[ profile] sheafrotherdon, Pigeonville U.S.A.
Summary: Day 214 on the campaign trail of Steve Rogers for President. Twenty-sixteen's turning out to be a hell of a year.
But it's Walker who really makes Phil nuts, who makes the back of his neck itch (although he betrays no visible discomfort). The man hates kittens. Hating kittens is un-American. The idea of someone hating kittens while heading the executive branch of government makes Phil want to set trip wires in unfortunate places. There are few things that can work him up to a vocal rant – Tony Stark; people being rude to librarians; the state of Delaware – but kitten-hating tops the list. Even Darcy noticed.

"Geez, so Walker hates kittens," she'd said. "What's the big deal?"

"Kittens are small and innocent and delightful and purr," Coulson said, raising his voice just a fraction. "What's to understand?"

Which is when Darcy started leaving Hello Kitty merchandise in his briefcase and his overnight bag. He's glad she works for their side, because she has a natural proclivity for evil.

This has background Steve/Tony and slightly less backgrount Clint/Coulson, but I would really categorize it as gen, because most of the focus is on Coulson dealing with Steve's campaign and Tony's ... Tonyness.

[ profile] blackeyedgirl, You'll Find the Bright Places
Summary: Fury temples his fingers together. “Tell me how this started?” Phil tries to give a reasonable report of today's incident. As he spent most of his day trying to keep grade-school aged versions of his team away from a team of gunmen, he has only limited success.
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[personal profile] kate_nepveu 2012-01-16 07:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Yay recs!

gyzym has sequels on her journal.
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[personal profile] fightingarrival 2012-01-17 09:02 am (UTC)(link)
I've gone past reading comics fic and gotten into reading the comics themselves. This cannot possibly end well.

Hahaha, no escape. Have you read the "Winter Soldier" arc in Captain America yet? It's good times.

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[personal profile] oracne 2012-01-17 02:48 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you!