I saw a comment today wherein the author of the post declared loudly and vehemently that Tony Stark was a spoiled and selfish drunk who had had a charmed life and honestly cared only for himself and partying. A man who blustered through life laughing and joking. That he really wasn’t a hero of the same caliber of the other Avenger’s and they (the author of the post) were surprised the Avenger’s even let him join. Further, they summarized that since he had always been that way, had been born with a silver spoon in his mouth and was doted on since birth, he would never change.
I sat for a while. Re-read the post. Read it again. Went and had a smoke. Came back. Read it again. Contemplated moving on and couldn’t. It just kept whispering away at me.
I have no idea if the blogger was considering MCU Tony or 616, but either way, imo, they are so far off base, the game changed at half time and the diamond became a muddied pitch.
Anthony Stark was born into wealth, yes. Doted on since birth? By whom? Certainly not his father. Howard Stark was a physically and emotionally abusive bastard and I don’t care how much money and power you stand to inherit, that shit leaves scars. Deep ones. Scars that no-one can see but which you can still feel the blood flowing from and the ache of the bruise decades later. Spoiled? Perhaps, in the sense that young Tony was provided with all the tools his father’s social standing and bank accounts could afford. He lived in a mansion, had a butler, went to private schools. None of that though compensated for the fact that those private schools were boarding schools that Tony started attending when he was seven. Barely out of babyhood, he was sent away from his mother, from his home, from all he knew and was left with the distinct knowledge that if he didn’t excel at everything, his father’s hand would exact the price.
He’s a drunk? Absolutely. Tony Stark is a recovering alcoholic. Does he do it just to look cool and party with the in crowd? No. Fairly sure Tony graduated from that school decades ago. He is a dyed in the wool alcoholic in life-long recovery. It isn’t a cool story line. It isn’t a funny thing to throw into a fic for light relief. It is a day to day, minute to minute struggle that Tony will face for the rest of his life.
Laughing and joking? In another life Tony would have been an award wining actor. To understand this man you need to pay attention not to what he says and does, but to what he doesn’t say and do. Tony has a suicidal/depressive streak the size of Texas. Insecurities were implanted in this man at birth. Tony is a showman. He can hide anything. however, deep inside, in that still, small quiet place that only he hears, the pain is black and thick and muddled and confused and only those that truly know him, that pay attention to what he isn’t saying, know just how self destructive this man can be….and only those that take the time and effort and are willing to pay the fee of heartache and tears that are the toll exacted to get close to him, know why.
A charmed life? Really? Are you sure we are talking the same Tony Stark here? The Tony Stark who’s parents died in a car accident and left him orphaned as a teenager? The same one who’s surrogate father had him kidnapped and held thousands of miles from his home and family? Tony Stark who was tortured by same said kidnappers and operated on without anesthetic while he screamed himself hoarse in agonizing pain and crippling terror? Anthony Stark, who has lost his company, had everything taken from him and clawed his way back? Stark who lost his mind, his family, his best friend in a bitter war that left bodies, hearts and souls stained with the blood of soul mates and lovers? That Tony Stark? Yeah, his life as been charmed as hell.
Not good enough to be an Avenger? The team he houses and funds? The same Avenger’s that he founded? The Avenger’s that he deleted his brilliant mind to protect? Not enough of a hero you say? Tony would actually agree with you. No-one loathes him as much as he does himself. No-one feels his inadequacy as much as he does. He would agree that wrapping himself in metal and launching himself bodily into battle to save his city, his country isn’t good enough. Carrying a nuke on his back to certain death? Tony would very much agree that this doesn’t constitute a hero. However, his friends and family, the one who had to watch the man they love risk killing himself over and over and see him coming back again and again, bloodied and bruised with just that much more of himself taken away, all to keep them safe, to keep the country safe, 'to protect those who can't do so themselves', Those people would take you to the floor and fight you in the dirt to be sure you know that Anthony Stark may be a lot of things but selfish isn’t one of them and that above all Tony Stark is a hero and a patriot who has before, and will again, sacrifice himself willingly to protect those he loves. No matter what it takes from him personally and no matter how little of himself it leaves him with, he will throw himself on the line every time, because he doesn’t feel he matters, because the people always come first…because that’s what heroes do.
“let’s take all the fangirls we’ve killed and hang them on your wall over here”
I feel like this is what it would be like if Loki actually took the drink, and then when they hit it off Loki starts talking about all the dumb shit Thor does
“And so I convince him to dress up like a bride, right—”
AvengersBillionaire Playboys → Tony works out Batman’s real identity and decides not to tell Bruce.
the pepper rutine
steve gets colorful when competitive
Audio from Gravity Falls
SHUT UP I HAVNT GOT A CHANCE TO SPIDERMAN YET STOP TOUCHING MY KOKORO WITH SUPER FAMILY MY OT3(????) IS ACHING AHHHHHHHHHH
All the angst
*’s indicate newly added fics.
Summary: Five reasons the Avengers don’t want to live together, and five reasons maybe they do after all. (Steve/Tony)
Notes: Fluff. Fluff EVERYWHERE. There’s a part where the whole team is lounging around and playing card games and watching cartoons and it was just ADORABLE AS FUCK OKAY.
Summary: The first thing Tony Stark said to Steve Rogers was, “Hey, you’re Captain America.” The second was, “Here, hold this.”
Notes: Steve and Tony as seen through the eyes of one very observant Pepper Pots. Absolutely stunning.
Summary: Or how Steve Rogers — kind of — learns to dance.
Notes: I think this was actually the first Steve/Tony fic I read, and it’s ten kinds of adorable.
Summary: His best friend keeps cockblocking him, his relationship guru is a computer, and he might be gay. The future is very complicated.
Notes: I’ve never been much of a fan of the “Suddenly revealed to like dicks” sort of fics but this one was just too cute. Steve and JARVIS’ interactions especially.
Summary: Steve and Tony accidentally start a national do-gooders association and fall in love.
Notes: The last part had me in absolute hysterics. Lovely lovely fic.
Summary: This is Steve’s first Christmas out on the town since he woke up, and Tony intends to make it a good one.
Notes: Tony tries so hard and it’s so freaking adorable. <3
Summary: Steve does dishes. This perplexes Tony.
Notes: A cute concept that dives right into deeper meaning and makes you feel all the Steve feels.
Summary: 2000 words of virginity kink.
Notes: While possessive and forceful Steve is great, virgin Steve is even better.
Summary: Tony is a little slow on the uptake.
Notes: I am forever admiring Pepper’s skills at matchmaking.
Summary: “Tony, for the good of the country, we should get married.”
Notes: Oblivious Tony is oblivious and Steve is adorable as hell. For America, Tony, do it for America.
Notes: And the one time Bruce Banner was scarred for LIFE.
Summary: Steve Rogers is a capable leader, a kind and cheerful man, a good friend, a strong role model, and a loyal soldier. He’s also teetering on the edge of suicide.
Notes: All. Of. The. Feels. Oh my god. And also I just need to note that I REALLY enjoyed Natasha’s level of involvement in this fic. Just … The whole scene in the kitchen with her and Tony. Ugh, all of my cries. Just read it.
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.”
Notes: Cute. That is all. Adorably cute.
Summary: The story of how Tony Stark manages to ruin sex, dating, and friendship - in that order.
Notes: Oddly enough, I’m having a hard time thinking of another fic I’ve read where Tony was actually jealous of Peggy. It was so surprising to read, yet so perfectly Tony-like that I of course adored it. Only Tony Stark could be so supremely jealous of someone who wasn’t even alive to compete for Steve’s affections anymore.
Summary: Okay, so Tony probably hadn’t realized what he was doing. He’d just had a near-death experience, and the kiss had been a way to … reaffirm his life. Deal with his emotions. Release some steam. Something like that. Nothing to be concerned about, and it’s doubtful that it’ll happen again.
The fact that they risk their lives on a regular basis isn’t worrying at all.
Notes: Steve is very confused, and adorable, and oblivious. The usual.
Summary: Where it was Nick Fury’s idea, but he didn’t mean it like that.
Notes: Another one of those fake boyfriends fics that makes your heart melt and then makes you scream in frustration two seconds later. Epic.
Summary: And with that, Steve actually jumps.
Notes: Besides dancing fics, flying fics are one of my favorite things in this fandom, and there are like freaking none. So this one made me all giddy with surprise and joy. Ajhbsafggdhasdas.
Summary: You created a myth. How much is left of the man?
Notes: Every single head-canon I never could have written down so perfectly.
Summary: Tony decides that, with his reputation, there’s only one best way to show Steve he’s serious about their budding relationship. Buy the Dodgers and move them back to Brooklyn for him.
Notes: Someone tell me why I didn’t read this one sooner?
Summary: Steve’s side of Ready, Fire, Aim.
Notes: Two words. Ice skating.
Summary: Tony is the only one who can defend Steve’s virtue. Tony hates his life.
Notes: Where Steve poses for a mostly nude Avengers calender and then supervillains take it upon themselves to make sure he’s naked ALL THE TIME. Obviously, Tony is having none of this. Also, I can’t believe this one had not been on this list for so long. It was one of the first fics for this pair I read and then I PROMPTLY FORGOT IT EXISTED. SORRY.
Summary: Steve likes television. Tony likes Steve.
Notes: Steve is startled by “porn” and Tony laughs, and then shows him some real life porn if you know what I mean ;3
Summary: Where there is a poker game, a v-card and general misunderstandings
Notes: The V-Card part was seriously one of the funniest things. Damn it, Natasha. :D
Summary: People see the glow of the arc reactor, they never see the scars.
Notes: Sometimes I just need a really good Tony feelings fic. And by sometimes I mean all the time.
Summary: Some things are always going to be confusing for Steve. It doesn’t matter that it’s been a few months since he’d woken up in the twenty-first century, or that he is more or less used that things changed and that the world is very different from the one he’d left behind.
Notes: Bruce Banner is scarred for life. Again. Poor Bruce.
Summary: There is no I in Avenger.
Notes: My FAVORITE Avengers and Steve/Tony fanfic. Absolutely glorious and hysterical. If you haven’t read it, what are you doing with your life?
Summary: Steve’s been slowly picking at the layers of the past since he’s woken up, peeling them back and tearing them apart until he can clearly see what he’s left with and what has strode into his life brand new. He’s still trying to find the little gives in the paper where he can pull back the layers to reveal Tony Stark, but he’s getting there.
Notes: What? No I did not just add my own fic to my rec list what are you talking about?
Summary: It all started with a little friendly CPR between friends …
Notes: Terrible and adorable flirting abounds. That is all.
Summary: “I’m trying to like you, Tony. You’re just making it very hard.”
Notes: Another one of those fics where you kind of just want to smack everyone but can’t. Very well written.
Summary: Sequel to Ready, Fire, Aim. As it turns out, fighting crime is the easy part.
Notes: Two words, Steve Tops. And then also there is Bucky. I love Bucky.
Summary: The words [convenient baby] don’t feel that wrong to utter.
Notes: A series of stories that might be in the Ready, Fire, Aim verse. About the Avengers, Tony, Steve, and a kid “named James…….For approximately 27 minutes and then he’s Jaime or Shortcake or Shortcut for THE REST OF HIS LIFE!”
Summary: Steve takes things like personal responsibility and respect seriously. Tony’s got people he pays to take care of that kind of thing, and anyway, he’s pretty sure that he’s going to die of some exotic disease in his workshop, because Dummy’s still a little spotty about what is ‘clean’ enough to put on an open wound. The rest of the Avengers are in this for personal gain, except for Clint, he just enjoys being a dick.
And some things shouldn’t be a chore.
Notes: Adorable, fantastic fic. Lord. I was laughing so hard through 90% of this thing I was crying.
Summary: Tony nearly dies in the field on a Saturday.
Steve breaks up with Tony the Wednesday after he’s released from hospital.
Notes: I teared up a couple of times. Fghjbfsalg. But it has a happy ending.
“I lost Bucky. I lost Peggy. I can’t lose you too,” He says. He has a lifetime of abandonment and loss and nineteen-forties style morals and military discipline reminding him that fraternization breeds weakness, breeds disunity, can be used against you. That it can hurt. That this does hurt.
Summary: Steve/Tony. 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.
Notes: Don’t let the summary fool you into thinking it’s all crack and no play, because it’s all play and serious business, guys. This fic was ten kinds of adorable, ten kinds of funny, and ten kinds of me for once getting peeved of at Tony rather than Steve for his denial. There are not a lot of SteveTony fics where Steve is the first to fall, or the first that we see doing so, so fucking treasure this one. Also, for a fic completely and mysteriously void of Thor, I fucking loved it. For real. Clint was like the best part of this fic, not gonna lie. Every time he said ANYTHING I lost my shit. Really.
Summary: 35 things the Avengers are NOT allowed to do.
Notes: 22) Bringing Steve to a rave is not introducing him to the future.
Summary: After contracting an Asgardian virus, Tony starts forgetting things. And people. And Steve.
Notes: ALL. OF. MY. FEELS. ALL OF THEM. Also don’t let the summary scare you. There’s a happy ending, I promise.
Summary: This is how they piece it together and make it work. Steve/Tony
Notes: I just really needed something short and bittersweet that CORRECTLY outlined what Steve and Tony’s relationship is. (For more on my comment about correctness, see the Latino Review comment that went around Tumblr and made me gag.)
Summary: Tony’s hovering on those little blue jets of flame from his boots and gloves, and he says, ”I have exactly twenty-one seconds before the SHIELD automatic facility defenses get a missile lock on me, so are you coming? I really hope you’re coming. Seventeen seconds. Sixteen.” Steve grabs his boots and shield and leaps out the window.
Notes: Tony introduces Steve to the modern world.
Summary: Steve’s not entirely sure how seduction works nowadays, but he’s learned from the best.
Notes: Tony is, once again, oblivious.
Summary: Tony doesn’t believe in “happily ever after.”
Notes: Tony has excuses and Steve calls him on his bullshit.
Summary: Steve/Tony Steve Rogers is fifteen years old the first time he gets drunk.
Notes: Incredibly cute and sad at the same time. Just read it.
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 monument 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.
Notes: You want a fic that could BE the movie with how well it’s written? Here you go. Long as hell but worth it, despite how frustrated I got. In fact, my frustration with Tony and Steve in this fic just proves how good it is. BECAUSE THEY COCKBLOCK EACH OTHER WITH THEIR STUBBORNNESS. And it’s awesome.
Summary: The news report seems more interested in the argument between the team during the fight than the way they eventually won. And then it gets worse.
Notes: One of those little family/team moment sorts of fics that make me flail. Also Steve/Tony (Dur).
Summary: The tangle of PTSD
Notes: Depressing and awesome. There is no way they don’t do this, no way Steve doesn’t ask this every morning.
Summary: It blindsides him one morning in the middle of his customary third cup of coffee; Steve walks through the door in loose cotton pants, shirt pulled up to wipe the sweat off his face from his usual morning workout, and Tony thinks: adorable.
Notes: Adorable is definitely the right word.
Summary: In which Captain America can do (almost) anything, and Tony Stark has daddy issues—who’s surprised?
Notes: Two words. Holding hands.
Summary: The future is bright. And has ball-gags, apparently.
Notes: Failing to communicate is an awesome thing.
Summary: Sequel to The Minor Fall, The Major Lift. Steve closes his eyes in 1945 and wakes up in 2012. Well. They certainly didn’t put that on the recruiting poster.
Notes: Much like Minor Fall, this fic gave me A LOT OF FEELS.