Okay but what about Tony not getting along with his dad (because Howard) and he’s terrified to bring Steve home because what if Howard likes Steve more? Steve is everything Howard’s ever wanted in a child. He doesn’t know if he’ll be able to cope if he sees his dad being nice to Steve. But Steve is starting to feel hurt that Tony doesn’t want to introduce him to his parents, so he reluctantly sets up a meeting, and his worst fears are confirmed: Howard is perfectly pleasant with Steve and very cordial. Steve is sympathetic.
Tony goes to say goodbye to his mom before they leave just in time to hear Howard ranting, “I fucking hate him, he’s going to end up in jail, they met when Rogers punched out a guy hitting on Tony, Maria.” “When he was being harassed, Howard–” “Tony’s a fucking grown man, he can take care of himself, who the hell does Rogers think he is? And he’s only here because he’s on leave, why do you want someone who’s going to be gone most of the time for our son? He should retire from the army if he wants to be with Tony. What if he dies? It’s selfish of him to make Tony worry.” “Oh my God, Howard, are you saying our servicemen don’t deserve families and being happy when they come back from being deployed?!” “I’M SAYING THAT TONY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WONDER WHETHER HIS IDIOT VIOLENT BOYFRIEND IS COMING BACK FROM A FUCKING WAR ZONE.” “Your son is happy and you’re not going to ruin this for him,” Maria hisses, and Howard makes some huffy noises before muttering that she’s right, he promised to behave. He thinks Tony can do better though. What about that nice girl, Natasha? “Natasha isn’t nice you oaf. She’ll eat him alive. Come on, Tony will want to say goodbye.”
“My dad hates you,” Tony says happily as he and Steve drive back to their apartment. “He thinks I can do better.” “You can do better,” Steve replies, and then, “Wait, I thought your dad liked me.” “Steve, my dad is a better liar than me,” Tony scoffs. “And Mom’s the best liar of us all. Don’t worry, she likes you. She has Dad under her thumb.” “What the fuck,” Steve mumbles, but this really explains a lot about Tony.