FINALLY i’ve decided to post my first fic rec list. Caught up with my feels after watching CA:CW. THE PAIN, THE ANGST, THE HEARTBREAK </3 Anyway I’ve been reading lots of MCU Post-Civil War fics and I thought it’s time for me to contribute to our lovely fandom. Here are some of my favorites to share with y’all. Don’t be shy, feel free to share any fic recs with me (●♡∀♡) I’d love to read more!
last updated 26/3/2017.
new fics added on top :) will be updated from time to time if there are new recs.
They fight Thanos—and they’re losing. And before Tony knows what’s happening, he’s standing with Doctor Strange in front of the Eye of Agamotto and gets send back in time. Can he find a way to fix things this time around, or are they doomed to fall apart all over again?
Post-Civil War. A mission at a power plant goes south and the ensuing explosion triggers the denaturation of the serum. In which Steve insists that he’s feeling fine, Natasha gets Tony involved and pieces start being put back together.
Tony misses Steve very badly after the Accords. Some days he deals with it better than other days.(a fic featuring the booty call flip phone, minor kidnappings, and time jumps between chapters because the election has been happening and my brain has been too mush to make a proper plot)
Steve and Tony love each other—that would undoubtedly always be true. However, there might just be things that don’t care for love, that don’t care what it means for the two to take different sides. Things that none of them could’ve foreseen. Things that might just rip everything apart.When the United Nations attempt to put restrictions on the Avengers, Tony has to admit that the pawns had been in place for a long time, he just hadn’t dared to admit it to himself. And now, it is simply a matter of who will move first—and more importantly: in which direction.
Tony struggles with the day-to-day of leading a UN-sanctioned team of superheroes, Steve goes on a listening tour across America, and Natasha would like to remind everyone that (unlike Sam Wilson) she is not a licensed therapist.(55/200) page fancomic
When we do things, we always have a good reason. It’s other people we see as defective.
Learning to look a little harder than that will be a long journey, but it might just be worth the struggle to change. After the civil war, everyone is left living in the new reality they’ve created — and now they have to figure out if they are willing (and able) to try again at being a real team.
If you think of life and death on a continuum, finding the point where it tips is complicated. It cuts across all political lines and gets to the root of our humanity. It requires faith informed by years of intimacy that you’re doing what’s right for your loved one.
But Tony is just a man. And there’s only so much he can do.
(Or that time when Tony does what is necessary to survive just so that he can continue to fix things and makes extremely rash decisions; because even if Steve may have left him behind, doesn’t mean Tony would do the same. Kind of.)
Everything seems to be in working order; except one day, after hoping and hoping for a chance to set things right, to prove what he had meant in his letter, that he’d be there for Tony when Tony needs him, Steve is given the opportunity to. It just isn’t what he had expected it to be. Not by a long damn shot. Sequel toRebirth.
Strangely, or not so strangely, Steve is the one to call first.“Tony,” is all he says, low and throaty and oh so raspy.Tony says nothing. Not because he has nothing to say, but because he has too much. And maybe, for once, Steve should be the one talking.
It’s a mistake destroying Steve’s gesture of goodwill, Tony thinks, even as he takes an unholy amount of glee smashing that stupid phone to bits down in his lab and DUM-E waits eagerly with a fire extinguisher for the last of the letter to burn down. But it’s a mistake Tony is happy to make.
One moment they’re fighting, yelling scathing insults and ugly accusations at each other, and the next they’re kissing, all teeth and anger-fuelled desperation. Steve backs him up until Tony’s shoulders hit the closest wall, and hoists him up, giving Tony no choice but to wrap his legs around Steve’s waist for support. Tony bites Steve’s bottom lip, hard enough to draw blood, and Steve growls, and grips both of Tony’s wrists in one big hand, his hold bruisingly tight.
Before Afghanistan, before New York, and long before Siberia, Tony was given the gift of Peggy Carter as his godmother.It was maybe one of the best gifts he ever received, one that kept on giving even forty years later. Because even when the Avengers are scattered, the team and his trust torn apart, there’s still one thing Tony has that no one, not Steve, not Ross, not Stane, had ever managed to take from him.A family.In the aftermath of the Civil War, Tony will need them more than ever if he’s to pick up the broken pieces of himself again. And save the world. Of course.
Steve writes letters to Tony that he never sends. By the time he hands them to their rightful owner, Tony has had a brush with death, has retired as a superhero, and now has a small town workshop of his very own. But it’s okay, Steve has gone into retirement too.
A deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return.
“Humans are machines. Fascinating ones, but fatally flawed- because we feel too much. We try our hardest to be objective; but whenever two sides are too close, we ‘follow our heart’, which means fall prey to whatever our emotions think best and fuck all that logic might have had to say about it.”
Sequel to ‘And In The Silence That Follows’. Three months after the 'truce’, AIM is on the move again, and Norman Osborn seems increasingly determined to seize power in the void that the Avengers left behind. Logic dictates that Tony should cooperate with the runaway superheroes, led by one Steve Rogers to get ahead of the situation. Too bad his trust issues don’t agree with him. Too bad humans aren’t actually machines who can turn emotions off at the flick of a butto-Oh. Hello Extremis.
“You were supposed to say thank you,” Tony said after a moment, covering his eyes with his forearm. It wasn’t as if Steve could see him. “It’s only polite, you know. Happy birthday, Steve—Thank you, Tony.”
It was raining when Tony exited his car. In front of him was a church.
He wasn’t sure why it always rained nowadays, but it wasn’t like he could do anything about it. Tony knew this weather kind of suited his mood, and his current mental state.
Attending funeral after funeral after you’ve been beaten up by the father of the embryo in your womb in Siberia before he left you in the cold, was beyond hard and painful. Tony had cried himself to sleep more than once. However, he couldn’t let anybody know, except Vision who had figured it out by himself.
“I sense a lifeform in you,” the android had mentioned to him once. “Is it… Steve’s?”
Tony remembered breaking down in front of him, after that Vision never mentioned the relationship between Steve and the lifeform in Tony’s womb again. He felt guilty, yet grateful. It had been barely a week after the incident in Siberia. Tony wasn’t ready for something that would remind him of that event, and he doubted he would ever be.
Everything about them happened in seconds. Their first meeting was quick, with Tony landing next to the Captain, each man giving a curt nod and name in greeting. Their argument on the hellicarrier took mere seconds to escalate. Until Steve was goading Tony into putting on the suit and going a few rounds and Tony not so subtly reminding Steve that he wasn’t afraid to hit an old man. It was only seconds of staring at Tony on that New York City Street, his arc reactor dark, no rise and fall of his chest, for Steve to know that inside the tin can, was a good man. Then Ultron happened, and it took seconds for their world to change, seconds for Steve to throw his shield at Tony and for the billionaire to send a repulsor blast back. They went from laughing and relaxing to standing on an edge thousands of feet above solid ground. And now…now everything’s changed. And all it took was a combination of seconds; of decisions made, actions performed and words spoken that they couldn’t get back. Just a few ticks of the clock for their world to shatter.
It took two months and fourteen days.Well, two months and sixteen days if you wanted to be nitpicky and count the two days it had taken Tony to actually accept that yes, the phone was still lying on his desk, and no, it wouldn’t magically disappear just because he wished it so.The phone, and beneath it, that goddamn letter. If you need me, I’ll be there.
After the hell that was Ultron and the Sokovia Accords, Tony doesn’t blame the team for wanting nothing to do with him. To make up for past mistakes, Tony disappears into his lab and focuses on using his money and brains to provide the Avengers with more fancy tech than they’ll ever need. By doing this, he also doesn’t have to worry about Steve’s grim frown, Bucky’s hateful gaze, or everyone else’s cold annoyance.For six long months, this formula worked, but then fate decided to be a Loki-like dick and Tony wasn’t sure how it happened, but in the span of one week, he’d somehow acquired a kid.
He’s sitting there on the carpeted floor with blood dripping down the back of his head, holding the battered red notebook with trembling hands. He looks up from the page and tries to blink away the scribbled words that won’t seem to disappear from his eyesight. He can’t breathe, can’t get his throat to work properly because it feels like he’s being strangled by the sheer truth of what he realizes now.
They knew. Oh god, they knew.
When Tony discovers a devastating secret, it will threaten to tear apart everything they hold dear.
“And you think you could take me, do you, Stark?”“I’d give it a good fucking try. I’d like to shove you into the nearest wall and wrap my hands around your damn neck.”“Oh yeah? And then what?”Post-CACW, a series of phone calls between Tony and Steve.
Imagine Steve owning an ice cream shop and just meeting Bucky on a hot summer day
It’s a stunning day, the first really hot one they’ve had so far this year. Steve’d woken up early – well, been woken early by the sun heating up his bedroom – and, after a beach run and fetch with Honey, a shower, and a venti iced coffee (two sugars and a pump of vanilla, because Steve runs an ice cream shop and that means he is allowed to indulge), he sits in the front booth of his shop to chalk up the sandwich board for the day.
It’s only 10:30 when they roll up to the curb outside. Steve can see them through the big front windows, can hear them too: the bike’s motor cuts through the cheery playlist Steve’d queued up an hour ago. The girl – maybe 14? – slides off the back of the bike, her pink helmet decorated with a big Punisher skull sticker. She unzips the pink leather jacket then takes off her helmet, passing it to the driver, who pulls off his too and nests hers inside his.
Steve stares as the man gets off the bike too, one long muscular leg kicking up and over the seat. He locks the helmets into the back box and nudges the girl ahead of him into Steve’s ice cream parlor.
They’re very clearly siblings. They share the same big dark eyes and wavy dark hair, plus the girl makes a point of stepping on her brother’s foot as he holds the door for her. In retaliation he shoves her head sideways as they walk up to the counter.
Steve watches. The man would be the perfect model, his features symmetrical, his mouth expressive, his eyes nothing short of smoldering. He looks at Steve, and one corner of his mouth twitches as he looks at him.
Then his sister elbows him, and he turns to glare at her. “Quit it, or I won’t buy you anything,” he threatens. “Bec, I swear, I’ll walk out of here with a huge mint chip cone and I won’t let you have any.”
She sticks her tongue out at him. “I knew you’d say that. I brought my own money.” The man narrows his eyes at her, clearly stymied, and she turns to Steve. “Can I have a large cone with a scoop of chocolate and a scoop of black licorice, please?”
As Steve gets to scooping – he doesn’t scratch his shoulder, pulling up his sleeve a little by accident and showing off the curve of his bicep which Sharon says is his best feature, okay maybe he does a little – the man messes up his sister’s hair. “You’re gross,” he tells her.
“Right,” she replies, “because the guy who likes to add gummy bears and bobas and chocolate sauce to his tangerine ice cream should be the judge of all things gross.”
Steve tries to hide his snort, because that is definitely more disgusting than any amount of chocolate and licorice, but the man catches him anyway.
“I’m being ganged up on,” he grumbles as his sister takes the cone from Steve, “I don’t even know you and you’re laughing at me!”
Steve bites his lip, trying not to laugh more, and the girl elbows her brother again. “Ask him out, Bucky,” she says, not even trying to be subtle about it.
Steve and the man – Bucky – both turn to look at her, mouths open, and she shrugs at them. “What? I’m just saying. You should.” She turns then to look at Steve. “Or you can ask him. He’ll say yes. I promise.”
“Becca!” The man grabs her, clapping a hand over her mouth and almost making her drop her ice cream. “Shut. Up.”
Snickering, she peels his hand off her face, pinkie first. “He saw you opening the other day and he’s been trying to get me to go for ice cream ever since,” she says, rushing so that she can get all the words out before he tries to muffle her again. “He’s been calling you ‘what dreams are made of’ because he can’t read your nametag which clearly says ‘Steve’.”
The man abandons his attempts to silence her, covering his red face with both hands. “Becca, you are without a doubt the worst person ever to exist,” he says.
She licks her ice cream. “Come on, the Red Skull’s got to beat me at that one.”
“Or the Mandarin,” Steve suggests.
“Arguably General Ross,” Becca continues.
At that, Bucky looks up. “Gods don’t count,” he says, and places his hand over Becca’s entire face. “You little meddler, I was going to get to it. What are you doing after this, Steve?”
If Tony is willing to ignore Accord and go help Steve in Siberia since he realize he's wrong about the Accord, why does he leave all team cap in RAFT? Should he also go help to break them out? I mean half responsibility is because of him not willing to listen to Cap explanation before the airport flight began?
I would argue that Tony doesn’t realize he’s wrong about *the Accords* at all. Tony is shown to have approximately 3 major motivations in his support of the Accords, and the emphasis on which one is foregrounded shifts from act to act in the film, but they are all still operant throughout the entirety.
1) Tony sincerely believes that the Avengers need to accept some oversight, though it sounds like he also thinks that the Accords can be tweaked and amended to make the process tenable, as is common in UN documents. Tony’s major character arc has always been about accountability and it’s clear that they wanted to remind us of that with the callback to IM1 and the fact that Tony is canonically willing to lose a great deal in order to take responsibility for his mistakes and the costs they incur to others. “If we can’t accept limitations, we’re no better than the bad guys” is not lip service. The Avengers have been operating above the law, and he’s recognizing that that’s a problem.
Tony realizes that Bucky isn’t guilty of the UN bombing in Vienna and that Ross, who for whatever reason, despite being the US Secretary of Defense and not a UN official, seems to be riding herd on him/them, doesn’t care and is trigger happy, willing to kill not only Bucky but also Steve, and he doesn’t want that, which was made clear in the scene before he and Nat get reinforcements (sigh why Spider-Man, Marvel, no really). I’d argue that a good deal of Tony’s willingness to break the rules so quickly when he goes after Steve and Bucky is the direct result of Ross’s bad faith and disregard for actual facts in his trigger-happy pursuit. And Tony likely knows enough about Ross’s history with the Supersoldier research to know that Ross likely has multiple agendas in play.
He also didn’t know that arrest meant the Raft, as he tells Clint, (which is part of the fun of everyone acting like Tony orchestrated the arrest or built the raft, but lol what is logic in the face of character-bashing) and doesn’t like that, but we also have lots of implicit visual evidence that Ross *had* threatened him before the chat with the Avengers about the Accords with the other, less ‘reasonable’ options that were on the table, which is very clear when you watch his body language and the meaningful looks Ross gives Tony during that presentation. This is probably a good deal of what Natasha is responding to when she talks about ‘reading the terrain;’ not just the international politics, but the tensions and unspoken communication flying all over that the room.
2) Guilt and remorse over both his own failures in particular and the costs of the team’s work in general because of Charlie Spenser’s mom and residual guilt, grief, and survivor guilt from his earlier movies, particularly IM 1 “I shouldn’t even be alive unless it was for a reason.” Whereas Steve avoids contact with the people asking for accountability and dismisses the televised criticism, turning it off, Tony is the person people confront, and he’s the only person who is confronted with visceral grief from people who’ve lived with the collateral damage.
On a side note, I still can’t believe that I have read with my own two eyes meta explaining how Tony’s refusal to accept civilian casualties as a result of Avengers missions as just one of those things we have to expect as both pathological and as evidence that he will never ‘really’ be an Avenger and shouldn’t be because what you really need to be on that team is a tough skin regarding the deaths of the people you’re trying to protect, which is framed as a military mindset, because now apparently acceptable superheroes need to be military. I mean, they’re not supposed to have a hierarchy unless it ends at godking Steve, behind whose infallible morality everyone must fall in line or be thrown out because that’s apparently how teamwork works now, but hey. I don’t know about you, but complacency in the face of civilian casualties is not particularly an attribute I want to see in my superpowered mercenary force.
3) Fear-This becomes more and more prominent as the film progresses-fear that the team will be disbanded or worse-we still don’t know what Ross had on the table that was worse than just disbanding the team, but he said this was the middle ground. Tony says repeatedly that there’s worse, though he never says what. So he’s clearly worried about the team falling apart, then afraid for Steve’s life when Ross makes it clear he’s willing to kill him if necessary.
I’d argue that he’s also afraid of the greater consequences of disbanding the team. I know we all like to pretend that AoU was a really distasteful fever dream, but again, endgame is the return of the Chitauri and/or Thanos (he doesn’t know about Thanos obvs, but it’s clear he fears a return invasion), and the Avengers are the only defense, and he is literally the only member of the team who seems to gaf about it, but at least there *is* a team. Without the Avengers, even that flimsy defense is toast. Tony Stark’s canonical deepest worst fear is that when the invasion comes, his team will die because he didn’t do enough to prepare or to defend them, and he’s watching the team disintegrate and be threatened with death. That’s a fear with layers–for individuals, the team, the world. The Accords offer potential for the team to survive in the face of the world reasonably saying ‘hold up; this unprecedented and unsupervised military force is intolerable.’
So now that the shaky premise that Tony believes the Accords are wrong is out of the way, let’s talk about your other claims:
A) It’s half Tony’s fault TeamCap ends up in the Raft because Tony doesn’t listen to Steve showing up and, after not listening or compromising at all, he says one sentence (paraphrasing bc I don’t have it memorized) Not gonna go back even though you just said you are trying to take us in before the people with shoot to kill orders do in 12 hours, because there are 5 more Winter Soldiers and we have to get to them before Zemo. I’d argue that not listening went both ways in that scene, but hey, okay, I’ll play. Should Tony have stopped and said hold up, what, please explain why you appear to be fleeing the country with a known fugitive after killing and injuring a ton of people when we were at the last opportunities to salvage anything of the very concept of the Avengers? Okay, sure. Could Steve have tried harder? Could any other member of TeamCap have tried to explain? Yuuuup. Did they? Nope.
This is after Sam and Steve flat out gave up on Tony helping or compromising because of his cardinal sin of disagreeing with Steve AND YET constantly trying to help and mitigate the effects of their choices the entire film while they sulk that their actions have consequences they were warned of before they tried them. So if you want to call it half Tony’s fault, I’m guessing you mean the other half is Cap. What about the agency of the people who made the choice to break the law? I mean, really? There are more than two people there?So half? No. I’m pretty sure they had agency, made choices, knew there were consequences, aaaaaand he spent the whole movie warning them that they no longer lived in a world without rules or accountability, and oh HEEEEEEY check out consequences. Adult rules suck.
So for Part B) shouldn’t Tony have helped break the team out of the Raft?
What makes this different and their trip to the Raft different than the decision-making for Tony to sneak after Steve is fairly clear-Ross broke faith, broke the law, and Tony then, in response, snuck around the Accords to try to help Steve and Bucky with their mission, and to go after the real villain bc Ross is demonstrably uninterested. The Avengers end up in the Raft, and it’s not like Tony doesn’t seem unhappy about that, because they made a choice to break a law they knew existed and did it anyhow and the result was a HUGE amount of mayhem and destruction and the only reason there weren’t civilian casualties is because Tony had the airport evacuated first. If we think about Tony’s motivations, the difference between when he’s willing to break the law and when he’s not is pretty obvious. The first example has to do with Ross, not the UN, subverting proper law because he’s a bully and blowhard, and maybe bc he has other agendas. But the reason the Avengers are in the raft is because they broke the law, and knew it, and the Accords are about demonstrating that no one, even, or ESPECIALLY those with this unprecedented power, is above the law. Breaking them out like this … demonstrates the opposite, and that’s part of why I’m so unhappy with Steve’s characterization in this film.
Add to that a few issues: Is Tony even allowed back there again? Last time he went, he messed with the audio and Ross knows it. Tony even knew they’d figure that out. Not only that, when Steve does get them out, because again, the Avengers in his book are above the law–what a turnaround from CA:TFA where Steve breaks regulations to run out and rescue Bucky and the others, but turns himself in after because he realizes that he may have had to do what he did but that he wasn’t above the law and that actions have consequences even when your intent is good. Steve now? Not so much.
But what does/would it say to the world when he does believe in limitations, should he break the Avengers out? It again confirms the public’s sense that the Avengers don’t feel accountable to the rest of the world. DESPITE THAT, Tony’s willing to stymie Ross at the end, and you can bet he’s being called a) because Ross suspects his involvement and b) because Ross wants his help getting them back. Tony’s decision to put Ross on hold is played for laughs, but it demonstrates loyalties the team frankly, doesn’t reciprocate, and Tony’s totally been left holding the bag-in terms of answering for the Avengers, in terms of being suspected as complicit in their escape, in terms of being the Avengers with Vision if they decide to do so, and worst of all, in the face of the coming invasion he expects. And he still does it. So no, he doesn’t break them out. He’s not an anarchic child, and he actually believes what he argues, AND it also makes the most political and pragmatic sense. His behavior makes perfect sense in that context.
I also find it faaaaaaaaaascinating that Tony is expected to demonstrate loyalty towards team members who never once show it towards him here, but somehow even though he is explicitly motivated by that loyalty at many points in this film, even if he is not at all blameless (I’m not a fan of his failure to tell Wanda that she was on house arrest or WHY, or that he doesn’t lay out to the team whatever Ross told him), somehow, it’s all on him. Let’s not pretend that there isn’t a clear double standard at play here.
A/N: I feel like doing a third part for this imagine. You know, about the part in the movie where Tony gets that letter from Steve and all that. That’s actually why I left the ending a bit unfinished, at least that’s what it seems like to me. But, this could easily be the end, why not? Also, the actual ending to this imagine series will not be happy, maybe not super sad but definitely not happy. Man, this imagine contains a lot of angst…
Pairing: Bucky Barnes x reader
Warning(s): angst, fighting, mentions of blood, some cursing
“Nobody ‘made’ Stone Cold, but damn sure a lot of people helped. Jim [Ross] helped more than most. He’s the reason that so many of my biggest moments had an stronger impact, as he was always the loudest fan in the building. Even when he was working backstage, I’d come to the back and ask what he thought and he never missed a damn thing. Jim’s a real good guy. A real good guy.” - Stone Cold Steve Austin
“Steve, to me, is one of the last true cowboys in wrestling. You know, a man’s man who believed in what he was doing, whether it was right or wrong in everybody else’s eyes. When Steve first came in, he knew he was good, and he knew he’d have to work to prove it, but he never complained about having to do so. I respected him from day one, and I still do today. When he and I share a beer at ringside, there’s always a lump in my throat that I have to swallow before I can sip on some suds, because I know Steve respects me, and that feeling is very mutual.” - Jim Ross