This list has been years in the making.
If you follow me on Twitter or Tumblr, you probably know that I’m a helpless multishipper in the Marvel fandom. It seems like every other week I’m emerging from AO3 with yet another new ship. So before I begin this list, I do want to disclaim that this list is no way comprehensive; the MCU has given new life to the fandom, and there is too much good fanfiction and not enough time. As I am but one reader, this list contains the fics/ships that I’m currently reading. The Collective has MUCH MORE Marvel fanfic recs over on our Tumblr (with even MORE ships), so be sure to have a look there as well. 🙂
Happy reading, my friends. And if there’s a fic that you think that I absolutely must read, please leave a comment or find me on Twitter! (Please indulge my insatiable multishipping). Fics are organized by pairing(s).
Stony (Steve Rogers/Tony Stark)
As Sharp As Any Thorn by RurouniHime
Summary: It’s four days to Christmas, there’s a city in shambles, and the nation is in mourning because of the actions of a single man.
My Thoughts: I love this author. It’s no accident that multiple fics by them ended up on this list.
Crash Into You by FestiveFerret
Summary: Tony was pretty used to crashing. It seemed like these days more often then not his return to earth in the Iron Man suit was at least somewhat out of control. He couldn’t count the number of times he’d used a helpfully situated building, a local landmark, or, hey, even a teammate to slow a wild descent. And he’d be damned if he’d admit it to Pepper, but on more than one occasion he hadn’t even been conscious when he’d hit the ground. So crashing wasn’t really a new experience. He would get banged up a bit, maybe put a scratch in the suit somewhere, but bruised ribs healed and there was no better way to work off the post-battle high than smoothing dents out of his most prized possession. He had a feeling crashing in the Quinjet, without his armour, was going to be a bit different.
My Thoughts: Steve and Tony are stuck on a mountain and bicker like an old married couple (because they probably are one).
Fixer-Upper by imafriendlydalek
Summary: Tony buys a farmhouse. Steve helps him remodel it. In the process, feelings happen.
My Thoughts: One of the tags says it all: “In which an old run-down house in need of fixing is basically a metaphor for these two idiots”.
The Ghosts of War by scifigrl47
Summary: Steven Rogers never wanted to be king, but he knows his duty, and he does it well. Lord Tony Stark, the king’s appointed consort, does his duty as well, even though he’d enjoy his duty more if it actually involved sleeping with the king. As it doesn’t, he’s just resigned. The war that made Steve king and cost him nearly everything may be over, but a meeting of old enemies might stir up some ghosts none of them are prepared for.
My Thoughts: No Stony rec list is complete without at least one work by scifigrl47, and this one is one of the best.
It Will Probably Accelerate by northatlantic
Summary: So the working title of this was variously ‘mixtape,’ ‘how steve rogers got his groove back’ and ‘oh my god quit thinking of things to add.’ Steve’s perspective of the assembly of the Avengers after the dust has settled and the rebuilding begins.
My Thoughts: Give me a fic about Steve adjusting to the 21st century, about Steve becoming friends with his teammates, about Steve painting for Tony? I’m a happy, happy shipper.
Take Two by ashinan
Summary: There’s a plan already forming in the back of Tony’s mind and he knows it’s teasing, but it’s not an opportunity he can willingly pass up.
My Thoughts: Tony Stark + high heels + smut. *fans self*
Thumb, Index, and Pinky Extended by Eudoxia
Summary: Tony Stark is twenty-one when he loses his voice. It shouldn’t matter, but in a world where the first words your Soulmate says to you are marked on your skin, it can be pretty damn annoying.
My Thoughts: An original take on the soulmate trope, and yeah, I know, I’m an addict to these kinds of stories. *shrugs* I can’t help it.
Tiny Spy Assassin Steve by copperbadge
Summary: An AU in which Steve Rogers was born into the modern day and never received the Serum, but managed to make it into SHIELD as a handpicked protege of senior field agent Abraham Erskine. Along with Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanoff, Peggy Carter, and eventually Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, Steve still tries to make a difference. Particularly in the life of Tony Stark, who picked up what he thought was an art student in a bar, and ended up dating one of SHIELD’s top agents…
My Thoughts: Who doesn’t need 88,000 words of kickass Little!Steve?
Tony Stark and the Super Sleeper, or actually, Soldier by RurouniHime
Summary: The one where Steve keeps falling asleep on Tony.
My Thoughts: Um, so I may have a thing for the bed-sharing trope. Also…sleepy Steve may also be a thing. Yeah. This one is fluffy in all the right ways.
train wreck on the way to nowhere by SailorChibi
Summary: In a world where your perfect match’s signature is written on your wrist for all to see, sometimes change is even harder to accept.
My Thoughts: You all had to know that more than one soulmate fic was gonna show up on this list. It’s kinda my favorite trope (and wow this one is good).
Wait and Sea by Lenalena
Summary: In which Tony and Steve get sent on an undercover mission aboard a cruise ship to make contact with Hydra. In this AU the military has kept the discovery and defrosting of Captain America a secret, so Steve and Tony have never met before. Yet they are to pose as newlyweds….
My Thoughts: Oh my god this one is worth reading just for the descriptions of the clothes that Cap has to wear while undercover.
Wash It All Away by ann2who
Summary: Steve hummed, looking up at him. “All right. Strip.”
Tony blinked at him. “Excuse me?”
“Can’t very well wash your clothes while you wear ‘em,” he said and held out a hand expectantly.
My Thoughts: Well, look at this lovely headcanon for Avengers: Age of Ultron. Also smut.
Stark Spangled Buck (Tony Stark/Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes)
and you needed someone to show you the way by SailorChibi
Summary: Tony knows what the team really thinks of him. It’s a delicate balance: they tolerate him because of his money and his toys, and he gets to stay on the team and fight with them. He’s okay with that. So long as he hides the fact that Steve’s and Bucky’s names are written on his skin in the most embarrassing act of one-sided love affection ever, everything will be fine. It just figures that a fantastically stupid villain, a kidnapping plot and a video camera will bring Tony’s well-kept secret out into the open.
My Thoughts: Polyamorous Soulmate Fic FTW.
My Normal Approach Is Useless Here by windsweptfic
Summary: Tony finds Bucky frozen in the Alps and brings him back, thinking it’ll help Steve adjust to modern life if he’s not alone. Unfortunately, he finds it has the side-effect of him becoming irrationally jealous.
My Thoughts: A polyamorous getting-together fic consisting of three very good-looking superheroes. It’s all a win.
Nosy Friends and Seaweed Kisses by Potrix
Summary: Tony and Steve are happy. Bucky’s return doesn’t change that. Or, at least, that’s how Tony sees it. His friends don’t seem convinced. Alternatively; five times people think Tony should be jealous plus the one time everyone realises why he isn’t.
My Thoughts: Best use of the 5+1 trope EVER.
Stark Spangled Banner (Tony Stark/Steve Rogers/Bruce Banner)
Head/Heart/Lungs by trieduntrue
Summary: After the invasion, Steve Rogers visits Stark Tower to apologize; he was wrong about Iron Man, and he’s man enough to admit it…if Tony would just let him. Luckily Bruce Banner is there to translate Stark Talk for Steve, and the three of them fall into a strange kind of routine. For once in his life, Steve feels like he might belong. But how can he belong when he wants…that?
My Thoughts: Part of the appeal of the Marvel universe, to me at least, is that every character has issues, challenges, that they must overcome. Nobody is perfect. This fic demonstrates that in spades, and by the end of this fic, I was curled around my computer, crying softly for these three beautiful, but broken, men.
Bobbi Morse/Jemma Simmons
Cover by lightace
Summary: There’s nothing quite like finding your soulmate while you’re both pretending to be the bad guys.
My Thoughts: What do you mean this didn’t happen on Agents of SHIELD?
BuckySam SamBucky? WinterFalcon? (Bucky Barnes/Sam Wilson)
And the seventh thing I hate the most that you do (You make me love you) by Bearzywrites
Summary: 6 times Sam tells Bucky he hates him, and one time he says something else.
My Thoughts: This one has MAJOR spoilers for CA:CW, but it’s got a “10 Things I Hate About You” vibe and it’s so much Bucky Sam snark. I love it.
can’t help it if it’s true by allourheroes
Summary: Tony thinks he’s finally caught on to the big secret of Steve and Bucky, but he might not be the genius he’s always thought himself to be. In fact, he might be the biggest idiot in the tower if the way Steve eyes him–which just so happens to be the same way Bucky and Sam eye each other–is anything to go by.
My Thoughts: I love this author so, so much. There’s a reason why they have more than one rec on this list.
Marriage Counseling for the Inept and Oblivious by ToriCeratops
Summary: Or: How Steve Rogers likes to play matchmaker for his infuriating best friends.
My Thoughts: Steve is me. I am Steve. *smushes Sam and Bucky’s faces together*
muscle to muscle, toe to toe by allourheroes
Summary: Sam is pretty sure Hydra instilled the idea of some less-than-okay methods to complete a mission in Bucky.
My Thoughts: This is the first fic I ever read in this pairing, and dear lord I did not know what I was missing. *fans self*
Reasons Sam Won’t Move His Seat For Bucky by neversaydie
Summary: The time he stole his steering wheel (right out of his fucking hands while he was very much driving and trying to avoid being killed Steve it’s not funny in hindsight). The time he ripped off Sam’s wing and kicked him off a helicarrier. The time he picked Sam up by his face and threw him across the room. Sam has a long list of reasons Bucky isn’t getting any favours from him any time soon. [in which I don’t know how this turned into a Ten Things I Hate About You thing but here we are.]
My Thoughts: Apparently I like BuckySam fics with a hint of Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger to them. I’m not surprised. Warnings for CA:CW spoilers in this one too.
BuckyNat (Bucky Barnes/Natasha Romanoff)
this bullet lodged in my chest, covered in your name by Cinaed
Summary: Some of Natasha’s memories are true, some are false, but throughout all of them runs one thread of remembrance: a cool metal hand gentle upon her back, tender against her cheek, tight around her throat; an assassin with a crooked smile and eyes like winter.
My Thoughts: My original plan was to have an entire post dedicated to the BuckyNat (WinterWidow) ship, but this fic is so bloody good that it needed to be recced immediately. There are only a few people I ship more than Natalia Romanova and James Buchanan Barnes (and you may be able to surmise who that is, based on this list), but BuckyNat was my first comic book ship, and it’s the one you’ll have to pry from my cold, dead fingers sixty years from now. This fic is the best the fandom has to offer. Read it, ship it, and for f**k’s sake give us a Black Widow movie (which heavily features one Winter Soldier, please).
Spideypool (Peter Parker/Wade Wilson)
baby, i’d victoria your secret anytime by ghostsoldier
Summary: Peter’s known Wade for a while now, so he can maybe see how this makes sense — like, maybe Wade has a thing about going commando and just happened to have an old girlfriend’s panties lying around, one thing led to another…but…“And the bra?” Peter croaks.
My Thoughts: Let’s just skip the vanilla and go straight to the cross-dressing smut, shall we?
BF(F) by Carol989
Summary: Five times people thought Wade and Peter were a couple which, seriously, where did they get that from? They are not a couple, stop asking. They are just friends now, and did plenty of friend stuff. Like kissing. And one time people were right.
My Thoughts: 5+1 fluff. so much fluff.
Crash by blue_sweater
Summary: Peter decides to take some time away from being a vigilante hero and get a college degree. Wade has quit the merc business but can’t get a job, so goes to college, too. Neither of them have any idea who the other is – that might be problematic, seeing as they’re already falling for each other.
My Thoughts: The angst. The angst. THE ANGST. Also, superfamily.
I’ll Always Protect You by WillowSong
Summary: Peter is taken hostage. Deadpool isn’t pleased about that.
My Thoughts: F**k yeah protective boyfriends, featuring kicking ass, brought to you by Deadpool.
Mistakes by WebbedUpKatanas
Summary: Peter has made a lot of mistakes in the past, and he knows having sex with Deadpool has to be one of the bigger ones on his list. So why can’t he stop doing it?
My Thoughts: There should always be warning for probably gore, self-harm, and dick jokes whenever Deadpool is involved.
we sweat it out in the streets of a runaway american dream by darkavengerz
Summary: Deadpool’s back in town and Peter seems to be the only one keeping an eye on him.
My Thoughts: This one has a lot about Wade’s mental health, and if that kind of thing bothers you, I’d look elsewhere. That said, this is the best of the Spideypool slow-builds out there.
Winning Peter by iamtheyellowbox
Summary: When Wade comes across Peter for the first time, his interest is peaked. And Peter…Peter isn’t sure what to think.
My Thoughts: I will read 10,000 fics of Wade wooing Peter, but this will always be in my top 10.
you big disgrace by spiekiel
Summary: Peter and Wade fight aliens, get together, and eat pancakes.
My Thoughts: *sigh* I adore these two idiots.
Thor/Peter Quill (I don’t think they have a ship name…yet)
Life, Love, Empire and Cake by manic_intent
Summary: Peter Quill’s mom had (as far as he remembered) always been a sweet, gentle and kindly soul. As such, he had grown up convinced that his father must have been, by way of cosmic balance, an asshole, and 100% a dick. After all, Peter had to have inherited that particular character flaw from someone.
My Thoughts: Okay, I know that you may be thinking “WTF IS THIS PAIRING?” and you wouldn’t be wrong, but I may have drunk-clicked on this one, giggling my way through the description because Thor? Peter Quill? Arranged marriage? COME ON. So if you’re up for a rare, rare pairing, try this one. I promise it doesn’t disappoint. Also, Groot. Adorable, dancing, little Groot.
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