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Reccer: sheron
Fandoms: MCU, Marvel 616 and related fandom universes
H/C: therapy, nervous breakdown, combat

All recs are Steve Rogers/Tony Stark because this is me.



For the record, anyone familiar with this pairing will know why it's so easy to fill any one of these prompts for these guys! :D I got this bingo today and I had to go fill it immediately.

So many fics in this fandom actually fit these prompts that a lot of these will be easily recognizable by fandom regulars. I honestly don't know how much to say about why I picked these particular fics for these particular prompts, because frankly these guys always canonically need therapy. Especially post-Civil War, which is what most of these recs are. As for 'combat', I've interpreted it as a fics that have a significant plot/fighting the bad guys component, which means these recs will tend to be on the longer side. Talking about nervous breakdowns would generally give away the plot, so I basically listed which prompts I think the fic filled without much discussion of why so as not to spoil them.

1) America Isn't Chicken by Amuly
Summary: After a Civil War, death, rebirth, a takeover by Osborn, brain deletion, and the fall of Asgard, Steve and Tony might just be starting to get back on solid ground with one another. Things aren't perfect, not yet, but they can be in the same room as each other without resorting to violence, and they've even managed to share a smile or two.
Seems like the perfect time, then, for Tony to try and fuck it all up with a stupid game of gay chicken.

Meanwhile, as if he didn't have enough to worry about, Tony realizes some kind of supervillainous trouble is brewing when increasingly advanced armors start popping up all over Manhattan, looking strangely reminiscent of his tech. On the other side of the world, Steve gets news that Zola is on the move in Russia, with some sort of nefarious plan at work.

Which will ruin them first? Will it be this unknown armored villain who is after Tony's tech? Or will it be Zola unleashing his mysterious plan on the world? Or will Steve and Tony prove to be their own worst enemies, destroying the tentative truce they managed to forge with their own stubbornness?
Pairing: Steve/Tony (Marvel 616)
Word count: 130k

prompts filled: combat
Rec: The story of my heart. This has by far the best characterization of comic-verse Steve Rogers I've ever read. Not to mention, this captures the best kind of irreverent but utterly brilliant Tony who is broken but who still has so much love to give. Even though the premise is very cracky (gay chicken!) the way this comes together in the end is just a glorious exploration of Steve and Tony's characters, who are so different and yet know each other, and who love each other so very much that it hurts. Tony is an irresistible force, Steve is an immovable object, just as they should be. The absolutely amazing levels of self-denial in this kept me on tenterhooks the entire enormous length of the story, full of much explicitly porny goodness and UST like whoa. So much UST! The thing that really takes this story to the next level though is the plot, with enemies that are creepy and stakes that are constantly being raised. There are fights in this that are actually interesting rather than being a vehicle for a get together. If you're a fan of this pairing, this is a must read.

2) Not About Superheroes (A Private Little War) by AnnaFugazzi
Summary: In less than a year, Steve has been brought back from the dead, adapted to a whole new world, plunged right back into battle again, and moved in with a bunch of superheroes. He's handling everything remarkably well. Except when he's not.
Pairing: Steve/Tony (MCU)
Word count: 146k

prompts filled: therapy, nervous breakdown, combat
Rec: Early MCU era characterization of Steve/Tony relationship (post-Avengers 2012), with heavy focus on Steve not handling the changed world all too well. There's therapy, there's combat, and there's definitely nervous breakdown -- that's what this fic is about. I loved the exploration of Steve healing and the way they get together. Bonus points for strong Natasha and Clint presence.

3) Bond Has It Covered by sara_holmes
Summary: Tony thought they had trouble getting along when they were dealing with a major global crisis. Apparently that had nothing on how they fell apart when they weren't distracted by smashing aliens.
Pairing: Steve/Tony (MCU)
Word count: 66k

prompts filled: combat
Rec: Another early MCU era get together fic, (post-Avengers 2012 and Iron Man 3), which you know what that means: they all need therapy they aren't getting. I like it because of the characterization of the relationship between Steve and Tony, talking about which would give away the story. There's an interesting plotline running through this which relates to the 'combat' prompt.

4) I wanted to fix this (but couldn't stop from tearing it down) by missbecky
Summary: A visit from a Reed Richards from a parallel world convinces Tony and Steve that they must do whatever they can to prevent their world from falling into Civil War. They can save the world…but at what cost to themselves?
Pairing: Steve/Tony (MCU)
Word count: 50k

prompts filled: combat
Rec: The MCU version of Steve and Tony are in an established relationship, and they're warned by 616 counterparts about the events of Civil War. They still let it tear them apart in a new and glorious way because they are Steve and Tony. This was written in 2012 so it goes off into an AU post Avengers movie, but it's got strong characterization that drives the story into the new direction. They are Avengers, so there's always combat to be had at some point and all the issues to be explored.

5) Butterfly Dreams by Teyke
Summary: In one world, Tony and Steve are newlyweds, trying to make the most of their honeymoon. Too bad about the incredibly inconvenient timing of earthquakes, volcanoes, and supervillains... In another, Steve's just gotten Bucky back, and the Accords have been struck down. But the fractures the Accords caused haven't healed, and Tony has vanished from the face of the earth. The problem? It's the same Steve. When he falls asleep in one life, he wakes in the other. Unless he can figure out which life is real, both are at risk.
Pairing: Steve/Tony (MCU)
Word count: 38k

prompts filled: combat, nervous breakdown
Rec: This is a wonderfully woven story set after MCU-era Civil War. The summary and tags really don't do this story justice, because it comes together so well, and the twist at the end is fantastic. I also love the universe in which they are newlyweds because they're so adorable it reminded me of Avengers Assemble cartoon characterization of them. (Which is the best when it comes to Steve/Tony goodness.)

6) Truth Behind Masks by scifigrl47
Summary: Steve Rogers has plenty of friends. He just doesn't know two of them are the same man. That's just how Tony Stark/Iron Man likes it. Until he comes to regret it.
Pairing: Steve/Tony (MCU)
Word count: 98k

prompts filled: combat and, debatably, nervous breakdown
Rec: I'm sure the entire fandom has already read this story but if you haven't, this is a lovely comic/MCU fusion in that this is MCU version of Steve and Tony but Tony keeps the secret of Iron Man identity like in the comics. I absolutely adore the way the author writes their voices, she's one of those writers who manages to get Tony's voice just right! As you can imagine, identity porn (the angsty kind not the porny kind) abounds in this story to very satisfying effect.

7) Never for the Dragon by ladyshadowdrake
Summary: On what should be a routine mission to disable an abandoned Hydra base, Steve is captured by persons unknown. Getting him back should have been the hard part, but that’s just the beginning of a new danger facing the planet.
Pairing: Steve/Tony (MCU, Marvel 616, EMH)
Word count: 89k

prompts filled: combat, nervous breakdown
Rec: This is one of those stories that borrows from both MCU and Marvel 616, but it's richer for it. Skrulls and PTSD, and a wonderful plot.

8) Resurrection, Reconstruction & Redemption by Elspethdixon, Seanchai
Summary: Doom brings Steve back from the dead. Hijinks ensue, some of which might vaugely be considered plot.
Pairing: Steve/Tony (Marvel 616)
Word count: 90k

prompts: nervous breakdown, combat
Rec: Another fandom classic that everyone has to have read already, but I will still rec it because there's never enough post-CW suffering recovery for my tastes. Steve comes back from the dead and you can probably guess why this has a nervous breakdown label. The entire series is worth reading, but this first story is my favourite because it uses so many plot elements from the comics so effectively. There's nothing vague about the environment this story is set in, which is a lot of fun to read!

9) This time tomorrow (where were we?) by dorcas_gustine
Summary: Tony goes to see Wanda, and suddenly Steve is alive and there are Skrulls! Or maybe Tony is just going crazy.
Pairing: Steve/Tony (Marvel 616)
Word count: 85k

prompts filled: nervous breakdown, combat
Rec: Does it even need to be mentioned that canonically Tony is one giant nervous breakdown post-CW in the comics? Because yeah. I think that goes without saying for any story set in this fandom. This is another fix it for Civil War arc, in which Tony goes back in time to before Steve's death and tries to make things work differently. Also, there are Skrulls.

10) Presenteeism by Veldeia
Summary: Tony thinks piloting the armor remotely while letting the others believe he’s wearing it is a good plan, until he realizes he’s not hung over, but actually quite ill. Steve thinks something’s off with Tony today, but he has no clue what that might be, and since Tony says he’s good to go, they’ll proceed with the mission anyway.
Pairing: Steve/Tony (MCU)
Word count: 9k

prompts filled: combat
Rec: Some good old fashioned h/c! This author never disappoints, and this is a story that has Tony fighting while he's suffering, which the rest of the team doesn't realize for some time. This is set post Iron Man 3 but pre AoU movie-verse canon, so the team is running missions together.

11) Think of This as Solving Problems (That Should Never Have Occurred)
by Sineala
Summary: No one knows Tony is Iron Man. Then Tony gets amnesia, and literally no one knows Tony is Iron Man.
Pairing: Steve/Tony (Marvel 616)
Word count: 35k

prompts filled: nervous breakdown
Rec: Read that summary, just read it! Oh man, this is lovely. Identity porn in the comic verse, with all of Tony's issues. This skirts the edges of nervous breakdown, but this is Tony so that's a given.

12) Walk on Water by vailkagami
Summary: Captain America is back from the dead, and all should be well. Too bad the world didn't stop and wait for Steve's return and no one ever gave him a chance to get used to the latest changes in the team dynamics. And it would really help if things between him and Tony weren't quite as raw - and if both of them weren't so spectacularly bad at talking to each other. Also, there's a threat to the existance of mankind. But no one but Tony actually cares about that.
Pairing: Steve/Tony (Marvel 616)
Word count: 58k

prompts filled: combat
Rec: There's a strong plot running through what is basically another Civil War fix-it story. (If you haven't noticed, that's basically all I read in this fandom...) There's plenty of action and canon level of nervous breakdown from Tony.

13) Steve POV and Tony POV by sabrecmc
Summary: This is for a request for an injured Steve who was hiding his injury and another request for the boys stuck in Ye Olde Convenient Cabin. And second is Tony's POV after he realizes what happened with Steve.
Pairing: Steve/Tony (MCU)
Word count: ~18k

prompts filled: nervous breakdown
Rec: This is good old fashioned h/c with a side of a nervous breakdown. It's actually split between the chapters of unrelated stories that the author collected into one fic, part 1 is from Steve's POV (Chapter 7) and part 2 is from Tony's POV (Chapter 21). The second part is my favourite because Tony freaking out is just too good.

14) A Minor Incident by missbecky
Summary: Steve drags Tony along with him when he makes an impulsive decision to chase after Hydra. Things go downhill from there, and Steve discovers a new mission for himself.
Pairing: Steve/Tony (MCU)
Word count: 12k

prompts filled: nervous breakdown
Rec: This is one of those good old fashioned h/c stories which deals with Tony's PTSD. What's not to love?

15) Iron Man: Director of S.W.O.R.D. by Pookaseraph
Summary: In the wake of the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Avengers need to pick up the pieces, and figure out where to go from here. Tony had a plan, at least he thought he had a plan, but Steve Rogers seems to have blown most of those out of the water.
Pairing: Steve/Tony (MCU)
Word count: 74k

prompts filled: combat
Rec: I wanted to finish with something different. This is a very interesting take on post-TWS world (NOT Civil War movie canon compliant), and a rare beast of a story which focuses more on plot than on the sexy times. I thought it was going to be dry at first but I ended up faling in love with this Movie-verse Steve and Tony navigating a scenario eirily similar to the comic verse where Tony becomes Director of SHIELD. It presented a future for them in which they work together, not simply fall in love, and I appreciate the thoroughly detailed universe the author has constructed. It's definitely very AU after the Winter Soldier movie, but it's very interesting and fresh and a great read.

Thank you all, hope you enjoy these stories as much as I have and drop the authors a comment! <3

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