Fanfic Recs: Marvel Cinematic Universe

Proof that the remaining 10% is worth stepping out that door and becoming an Avenger for here.

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Author and Websites

Avengers Fanworks Search
  • Recommended by Pitac89
  • Comments: Your standard fic finders comm on livejournal, a requirement for every fandom, if you lost a fic or just want to wander through to see if anythings interests you.

General Fics
House Arrest by roxypony

Recommended by Jedi Vulcan

  • Synopsis: They thought defeating him was hard? That was nothing. Try babysitting him. Loki is placed under house arrest at Tony Stark's Malibu home, under the supervision of the Avengers. Slightly OOC AU Hilarity Ensues.
  • Comments: This story is pretty much one long extended Crowning Moment of Funny. Some of the Avengers are slightly OOC, but this just serves to make it even funnier. Highly recommended and excellent for a laugh.

First Impressions and Second Chances Series by lilsmartass

Recommended by Pitac89, Komodo Classic

  • Synopsis: The Avengers are over protective of one another, we all know that. But when misunderstandings lead to flawed beliefs of who a person is, and when others are judged for misguided actions carried out without thinking, it's hard to know who to protect and defend.
  • Comments: Misunderstandings abound, and Steve's issues and Tony's lack of self-esteem don't help matters.
    • Seconded completely, but warning: this is not a happy fic. It's full of angst, and a total Tear Jerker. It is totally worth the read, but have some tissues on hand, just in case.
    • Not seconded and a fair warning: The series starts out as something which sounds like a resonable take on the characters and some giant misunderstanding, but it eventually comes closer to a bashing fic, in which Tony is the poor misunderstoof whooby and Steve the uninternational bully who (despite the "uninternational" aspect) gets smacked down by more or less everyone. A very uncomfortable read which eventually flanderizes all the characters.
    • Has its own tropes page.

Heroes For Hire "Movies" by capyle

  • Recommended by Wild Goose
  • Synopsis: Heroes In Manhattan: From Captain America's Hidden Talents To The Truth About The Hulk, We Debunk The Myths And Expose The Daily Lives Of The Avengers.
  • Comments: An in-universe newsmagazine article on the Avengers, in the wake of the Battle of Manhattan. Very much a gen, team-focused story, with a particular surprise twist at the end.

Training Buddies
  • Recommended by Sparky Young Upstart
  • Synopsis: Sometimes the random guy in the street isn't out to get you.
  • Comments: A fun fic about Bucky and Matt crossing paths and starting to train together at the gym. They become friends, figure out things about each other's pasts, and punch things a lot. It's great!

Where the Heart Is by Stratagem
  • Recommended by imagivision
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: "It'll be temporary." "Mhmm, that's what you said about the dog." Clint glanced over at Lucky, their golden retriever that had been a mainstay in their family for the past three years. Okay, so Laura had a point. / Clint and Laura "adopt" the Maximoff twins, and they slowly become part of the Barton family. Family fun, family drama, family warm fuzzies. AU.

Shipping Fics

The Twice-Told Tale by arysteia
  • Recommended by Pitac89
  • Synopsis: For someone he'd hero-worshipped for so long, Steve Rogers in the flesh is a pretty big disappointment. For one thing, he keeps looking at Tony as though he reminds him of someone else, and even if he never says anything, Tony's pretty sure it's his father. A lifetime of not measuring up to Howard's expectations is more than enough, thank you very much, and he's certainly not going to make an effort to live up to any of Steve's. Steve's pretty clearly failed to live up to his expectations, in any case, and that's not hypocritical at all.
  • Pairing: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
  • Comments: No real spoilers for The Avengers, but a few for Captain America: The First Avenger. Overall a good fic, with good characters and a strong story.

your blue-eyed boys by Feather
  • Recommended: genisgone
  • Summary: Post-Captain America: Winter Soldier recovery fic.
  • Pairing: Steve/Bucky
  • Comments: Also, the best post-Winter Soldier fanfic you will ever read. It takes everything seriously, it’s heartbreaking and awful and hopeful and at times bitterly, terribly funny and at other times idiosyncratically adorable and also filled with nightmare fuel and every twisted hard one-step-forward-three-steps-back moment in recovery. Also it celebrates the women in the MCU. Also Sam Wilson is 100% the best friend ever. Also Steve is not, in fact, all that innocent. Also Tony Stark is at times ridiculously perceptive. And Game of Thrones puns. And a twelve-almost-thirteen-year-old chocolate selling neighborhood girl. And an almost religious reverence for really shitty coffee. Warnings for everything terrible one might expect to have happened to the Winter Soldier and beyond.

Open Mind, Metal Heart by Huntressride13
  • Recomended by imagivision
  • Summary: For the first time in her life, Wanda Maximoff is alone. Even with the chance of Pietro's return she cannot linger on the past, but must focus on her future as a new member of the Avengers. Somehow she never considered the possibility that the Vision would be such a large part of that future.
  • Pairing: Wanda/Vision

Crossover Fics

Pokevengers by Feriowind
  • Recommended by: SAMAS
  • Comments: It's a simple transition on the surface: What if you gave the Avengers Pokémon? But under the surface, the relationship between the heroes and their animal-like friends grows into a big part of their history: Tony poses on the red carpet with his father's Ninetales. Steve Rogers is reunited with the Growlithe that's been by his side since the Great Depression, now a massive Arcanine. Pokemon are rare on Asgard, and Thor finds himself attracting a lot of baby Electric types. Not to mention Mewtwo and Absol: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

Christian Grey Vs Pepper Potts by Imarra Pendaran
  • Recommended by: Zelda Queen
  • Comments: This fic does a fantastic job combining the unlikely fandoms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Fifty Shades of Grey. While there is more than one Take That at the latter fandom, mostly in the form of various women from the Marvel fandom dealing with him, there is also a lot of examination of the relationships between the various Avengers, including canon ships (Tony/Pepper, Jane/Thor, and Rogue/Remy) but also Natasha and Clint as well as Loki and the rest of the Avengers and familial interactions with She-Hulk and Bruce.

The Price of War by Shu of the Wind
  • Recommended by: g3m1n1, AlienofDoom
  • Synopsis: In which Darcy Lewis stitches up gut wounds, runs away from home, buys a gun, becomes a lawyer, starts a blog, saves a life, really should be getting therapy, falls in love with her best friend, and learns how to make a mean chocolate babka. Not necessarily in that order.
  • Pairing: Darcy Lewis/Matt Murdock
  • Comments: Main fandoms are Daredevil and Thor, with mini-crossovers with Hawkeye, The Avengers, She-Hulk and Cloak & Dagger among others. As one fan puts it, “Everyone suffers but they cope much better.” Part One of the series The Making of Monsters.
    • Read this. I implore you. I beg you. It's amazing. Darcy fits in so well with the Daredevil cast without overtaking it, and feels like she belongs there. The writing style itself is just perfection, and we get insight into the minds of people like Vanessa and Wesley that we don't get quite enough of in the show. Whatever you're doing, stop. Read the first chapter of this, please, just see if you can stop.

The Search For Victory by Morena Evensong
  • Recommended by: [1]
  • Synopsis: During the hunt for Hydra, SGC operations are stalled. But the Ori's armies are still coming and Earth isn't any closer to coming up with anything that can stop them. Frustrated, Daniel Jackson takes a vacation and accidentally uncovers a clue to what could be an Ancient weapon. As a result of a chance encounter, he enlists the help of the Avengers and their associates. Against protocol, against orders, he and his friends, old and new, set out on a desperate quest to find a way to save Earth from another, larger alien invasion.
  • Comments: A rather well-written Stargate crossover. Thus far, characters from Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis have appeared, as have characters from most of the MCU up to Captain America: The Winter Soldier (including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.). Also, the Fantastic Four are involved, though they don't resemble any film version of them, and Carol Danvers has been briefly involved (though she has yet to gain any powers).
    • As mentioned above, it's well-written, albeit rather long. Updates are still coming in, and it seems likely to deviate substantially from both canons. Solid stuff.