Fanfic Recs / Marvel Cinematic Universe

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

These are recommendations made by Tropers for Marvel Cinematic Universe fanfics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. Feel free to add a fanfic of your own to the list, but remember to use the template found here.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier has its own page here. Iron Man has its own page here. Iron Man 3 has its own page here. The Avengers has its own page here.

Author and Websites

Avengers Fanworks Search
  • Recommended by Pitac 89
  • 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.

  • Recommended by ferristhewheel
  • Comments: This guy's fics are simply amazing. He writes in many fandoms and does quite a lot of crossovers, but most, if not all, of them are written well. Nearly zero typos/grammatical, punctuation errors, and everything is well planned. There is plot, and it will mesmerize you.

  • Recommended by error-cascade
  • Comments: All of their fics are high quality, character-driven (the plotting is excellent, although it is secondary in some pieces), and frankly, poetic. everythingispoetry has a lovely range in gen fics, different ships, one-shots and a 290k word series. This is a particularly good writer if you enjoy fics about psychological aftermath or mental health.

  • Recommended by hubakon1368
  • Comments: All of her fics, are really well made, have great character interactions and development, and well described scenes. She makes astounding fics that focus on the relationship between Clint Barton and Natasha Romanov and has even made entire rewrites of MCU installments that allow for more compelling plots and Character Development.
  • Has her own tropes page.

General Fics

Heart of the Storm Series by TheGreyTigress.
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Their love shouldn't be. He was a soldier, and she was a spy. He was everything good, pure, and strong, and she was lies, murder, and seduction. He was Captain America, and she was Black Widow. But somehow, in the dangerous chaos of their lives, their love is the only thing that matters, and it carries them through the storm.
  • Comments: Probably one of the longest and best MCU fanfics around, the Heart of the Storm series first started after the author watched the Winter Soldier and thought that Captain America and Black Widow had amazing chemistry, and therefore decided to write this series. With a pretty good update rate, it also starts with a slow build of a romance between the two heroes, who don’t end up together until the second story in the series. As for the series itself, the author plans to write all the way through until both parts of Infinity War, which should prove pretty interesting. With a pretty good update rate and already reaching a million words long, the series is a great recommendation to read even if you’re not entirely sold on the idea of a Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff romance, as there are plenty of other great stuff in the series outside of just the romance.
  • Recommended by Nerdman 3000

Chasing Ideal Series by Kizmet
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Following "Civil War" Team!Cap has to face the consequences of their actions. Meanwhile Rhodes is rebuilding the Avengers, Pepper's having a baby and unbeknownst to anyone Loki and Tony are getting ready to face Thanos.
  • Comments: A well written and very realistic look at the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War and the consequences of Team Cap's actions as well as taking a different view of canon events like Age of Ultron. The writer is not afraid to go for the jugular, particularly when it comes to Wanda Maximoff and Steve Rogers. Also, one of the best depictions of a teenage Peter Parker I've ever seen.
  • Recommended by windleopard

House Arrest by roxypony
  • Recommended by Jedi Vulcan
  • Status: Dormant
  • 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 Pitac 89
  • Status: Dormant
  • 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.
    • Warning: this is not a happy fic. It's full of angst, and a total Tear Jerker. It is 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 reasonable take on the characters and some giant misunderstanding, but it eventually comes closer to a bashing fic, in which Tony is the poor misunderstood woobie and Steve the unintentional bully who (despite the "unintentional" 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
  • Status: Complete
  • 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.
    • Seconded by Ferristhe Wheel: The entire series is really good. A must-read.

Training Buddies
  • Recommended by Sparky Young Upstart
  • Status: Dormant
  • 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.

Assembly Line (or Why It's a Lot Harder than Steve Thought to Recruit New Members) by MsBrooklyn
  • Recommended by Bookworm Gal
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: This is the ongoing tale of Captain America's attempt to recruit new Avengers from the masked do-gooders that have been cropping up in New York City, among other things. Daredevil? Sure. Spider-Man? Why not. Bucky? Of course. Deadpool? ...Maybe.
  • Comments: A series of stories that bring in all sorts of characters to interact with the Avengers. Whether that means characters like Daredevil and Jessica Jones or the version of Spider-man from the Ultimate comics, there is a decent chance they'll make an appearance. Furthermore, there is a half-decent version of the Clone Saga involved.
    • Seconded by anchor+chum. The first couple of stories in the series are very well done and stay within the MCU for the most part. Later installments leave the MCU far behind as the author brings in veritable waves of characters from both the comics and other superhero movies not part of the MCU (i.e. the X-men). It's not a bad choice, but if you are not familiar at all with the comics, you are likely to be very quickly lost. The series is on the whole well-written, with an engaging story, despite the character creep and universe-mixing.

Cardio by Oceanbreeze 7
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Challenge: A Fitness Exam...Tony Stark didn't do Fitness Exams. Tony wasn't weak, Tony lifted a 45 LBS Pipe Wrench with his left hand while he was DYING...Tony just didn't show off, that's different then being weak.

Damaged Defenders by Sherza
  • Recommended by Mangagrl 2665
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: {direct from Archive of Our Own} Thor takes a good look at Loki once he has hauled him back onto the quinjet, and realizes that there is something odd about Loki's eyes. Thor has grown and changed much in the last year, and no longer takes anything for granted. So he starts asking questions. It doesn't take long to figure out that Loki is not acting of his own free will. Tony Stark knows what it is to be forced to do as an enemy commands. Steve Rogers has seen the atrocities manipulative madmen are willing to commit. Clint, Logan, Bruce and Natasha have been subjected to said madmen. They all know what it is to lose themselves, and to seek redemption. Together, this band of broken heroes draws a line in the sand. They will not tolerate any tyrant, foreign or domestic. That includes Nick Fury and the WSC, who have used everyone on the team for their own aims. It includes Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross, who has hunted Bruce against all reason. It includes Odin, who treats his sons like commodities. And it includes Thanos, who has delusions of conquering Earth. Along the way, they learn to trust each other. They learn to help each other. They become a family.
  • Comments: This story does crossover with X-men. But you don't have to have seen it to understand if you have a general understanding of X-men. Also there is some Spiderman thrown in there.

The Widow's Followers by Nolite Timere Eos
  • Recommended by Ferristhe Wheel
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: People realize that there is no Black Widow representation anywhere and Natasha vows revenge by taking over the internet. The internet does not mind.
  • Comments: Even in the real world, there really isn't a lot of merch for female protagonists (i.e. Rey), but Natasha solves this problem amazingly. Strongly recommended.

Starbucks in Manhattan by Introvertasaurus
  • Recommended by Storygirl000
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: Who knew I would meet so many famous people while working with my friend at Starbucks? Takes place several months after CAWS. Bucky and Peter Parker will be included.
  • Pairings: Some Bucky/OC
  • Comments: Or, two Starbucks employees bond with New York's superheroes (and Loki) when they come in for drinks. Definitely a fun read.

Shipping Fics

The Twice-Told Tale by arysteia
  • Recommended by Pitac 89
  • Status: Complete
  • 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
  • Status: Complete
  • 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 Huntressride 13
  • Recommended by imagivision
  • Status: Complete
  • 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

Five Things Darcy Loves About Working for SHIELD
  • Recommended by Warrior Dragon Mage, SuperTulle
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: The Bronx was up, the Battery was down and thank freaking Thor that SHIELD provided housing or Darcy suspected she wouldn't have been able to afford to live closer than Vermont.
  • Pairing: Steve Rogers/Darcy Lewis

The Only John Wayne Left in Town
  • Recommended by Warrior Dragon Mage
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: Clint debriefs to a SHIELD committee about how he became a country singing sensation. Clint's got a secret love, and it's spelled b-a-n-j-o.
  • Pairing: Clint Barton/Darcy Lewis

A Long Winter by dropdeaddream, WhatAreFears
  • Recommended by: SuperTulle, Mooncinder
  • Status: Complete
  • Summary: In 1945, Steve Rogers jumps from a nose-diving plane and swims through miles of Arctic Ocean to a frozen shore. In 1947, Steve Rogers marries Peggy Carter. In 1966, the New York Times finds the lost letters of Sergeant James Buchanan Barnes.
  • Pairings: Steve/Bucky, Steve/Peggy
  • Comments: The story is wonderfully researched, the drama is heartbreaking, and I have never had a cry this long and fulfilling. And read the rest of the series too!

Crossover Fics

The Hancock Initiative by Bakkughan
  • Recommended by: Blobmeister 45
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: When he was a drunk vigilante, the world didn't want him. Now a hero, the world doesn't need him. When S.H.I.E.L.D. makes him an offer to protect humanity in exchange for some answers, Hancock accepts. How will the Avengers deal with the strongest man alive?
  • Comments: Though it starts off slow, it begins to pick up speed at chapter 4 and then doesn't stop. The characters are all very well written and both franchises are blended really well into one story in a believable way.

Pokevengers by Feriowind
  • Recommended by: SAMAS
  • Status: Dormant
  • 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
  • Status: Complete
  • 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
  • Status: Complete
  • 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]
  • Status: Complete
  • 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.

Shinnen:New Year by Ford1114 and Kanius
  • Recommended by tikum31
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Years have pass since he wielded the Guilty Crown. The young man, his wife, and their other friend meet new people to have a New Year Nightfest, alongside many sub-plots in a playground that is Manhattan. However, when an ancient conspiracy makes its reemergence, the heroes and villains put aside their differences to stop them, while the young man must reunite his Guilty World.
  • Crossover with: Guilty Crown, Guilty Crown: The Lost Kingdoms, YuYuGiDigiMoon, Digimon Fusion Kai, Kanius Production Abridged, various anime and fictional works in popular culture, Jurassic World references
  • Comments: This is a mega crossover taking place after Guilty Crown. At times it’s hard to follow with so many characters, but the plot and concepts are interesting enough for readers to keep going, and focuses on Shu’s main perspective in getting involved to confront his past demons. MCU characters such as the Avengers, Loki and Guardians of the Galaxy make their appearances. Thanos (who wields the infinity gauntlet and the gems) and Ultron have sided with Da'ath (the main antagonist group).
  • Has a trope page.

Child of the Storm by Nimbus Llewelyn
  • Recommended by Theenmityofages 1994
  • Crossover with: Harry Potter, at first. It then develops into a Mega Crossover with elements of the X-Men, DC Comics, Hellblazer, Sandman and The Dresden Files featured.
  • Synopsis: New Mexico was not the first time Thor had been a mortal. It was only a refinement of the technique. What if James Potter had been Thor, incarnated as a memoryless newborn? On his death, Odin removed his memories as James, due to grief. In Harry's Third Year, a reformed Loki restores them. Harry now has a father, a family and a heritage that is going to change the world. Forever.
  • Status: Series Ongoing.
  • Comments: It starts out as a light-hearted and somewhat sappy fic to begin with, before changing gears around chapter 9, quickly growing into a far darker and more complex story than the premise would have you believe. The result is an epic which emphasises the Butterfly Effect and how the characters respond. There's also a vast Chekhov's Armoury, and apparently innocuous things, apparent inconsistencies, can and will come back up to 74 chapters later. It's also entirely unafraid to push the boundaries of the T-rating as far as they'll go with some very dark chapters, and a growing onset of Black and Grey Morality. However, there are plenty of Breather Episodes in between the serious action/plot heavy chapters, and they, along with a Lemony Narrator, prevent the fic from sliding towards Grim Dark territory.
    • It's not perfect, however - particularly early on, entire chapters go by without much, if anything, happening and asides are dedicated to relatively meaningless things. In other words, the author is rather in love with the sound of his own voice and has admitted that he doesn't have a proper beta to cut out some of the more extraneous material. It comes off as more preoccupied with World Building than developing the plot, at least at first - the first proper battle isn't until chapter 44, though there are action scenes before that and things do pick up speed from there. At 80 chapters and over 800,000 words long (and that's just the first book...), this is not a fic for a light read. If you like intricately plotted slow burn fic with a lot of Foreshadowing, World Building and Character Development, this is the fic for you. If you don't like any of those things, you would be well advised to steer clear.
    • Furthermore, a repeated complaint is that the villains of Book I come off as omniscient and, at times, omnipotent. The Word of God response is to point to the fact that they lose every single open engagement they get into with the heroes and that HYDRA are deeply embedded in the highest echelons of the most powerful spy agency the world has ever seen, of course they're practically omniscient. As it turns out, they're Not So Omniscient After All and the assumption that they are comes around to bite them hard.

Vainglorious by Numen
  • Recommended by Scorpio Bot
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Crossover with: Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Synopsis: Taking place in a fusion of the Worm Universe and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this fic focuses on the story of a Dark Elf - Taylor Hebert.
  • Comments: While mostly acting as a crossover between Worm and the Thor trilogy of movies, this fanfic incorporates a number of elements from other pieces of the MCU.

Magnets for Trouble by PitViperOfDoom
  • Crossover with: Big Hero 6
  • Recommended by: 9_miho
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Hiro gets invited to Stark Expo personally by Tony Stark, from one former boy genius to a current boy genius. Life is looking good, if uncertain. Of course, we must recall what happened at Hiro's last expo...

Marvel Tolkien Cinematic Universe by Dr Matthattan
  • Recommended by: Silver Wizard
  • Status: Parts 1, 2 and 3 Complete, Part 4 Ongoing
  • Crossover with: The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit
  • Pairings: Sif/Boromir Wanda/Bard
  • Synopsis: A series of crossovers between the MCU and the Tolkien Legendarium (movie version). A freak accident involving the Bifrost sees Captain America, Thor and the Hulk transported to Middle-earth, where they end up joining the Fellowship of the Ring in their epic struggle to defeat the Dark Lord Sauron. And this turns out to be only the beginning of the Avengers' interactions with the world of Arda.
  • Comments: Honestly, I can't recommend these highly enough, they are quite simply some of the best crossover fanfictions I've ever read. If you're a fan of both Marvel and Tolkien, then these are a must-read.