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Comments: Scifigrl47 is an amazing writer, the majority of which is slash but her plots are well executed, planting innocent objects around her scene so nonchalantly, you barely realized that a major turning point of the story had just passed.
Comments: valtyr writes fics for The Avengers from 616-universe to Ultimates to Marvel Adventures and movie-verse. They're all largely slash of the Steve/Tony variety but her writing distinguishes every iteration of Steve and Tony in the multiverse from their counterparts, so even if you didn't notice before, you'll know which universe you're reading about through her characterizations. Also, her longer, plotty fics are a joy to read. The first Avengers fic I read has been recommended below, Secrets of a Successful Marriage, and everything else she has written will definitely appeal to someone.
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.The Affairs of Wizards by Pluma Desatada
Recommended by Cinnigan
Status: work in progress, but only a couple of chapters left
Synopsis: Tony Stark, playboy billionaire genius, is the CEO of the world's number one manufacturer of Anti-Psionic technology, like his father before him, and his grandfather before that. Loki Olson, a warlock raised by the staunchest supporter of anti-magic regulation, dreams of a better future where he no longer is a fugitive hunted by the government, and fights to make it happen.
Comments: An AU fic with a very good plot and extremely good characterisation. Actually follows the plot of the movies quite well, given it's obvious AU-ness. The pairing is frostiron, but this is a well told story as much as it is a shipping fic . Definitely worth a read.
Synopsis: None of this was supposed to happen. SHIELD wasn't supposed to find Thor and Loki on Earth three years after the battle. Loki wasn't supposed to be a silent shadow of who he once was. And the Avengers...weren't ever meant to have to endure the madness that would follow. "Cry, Loki. Cry."
Synopsis: He doesn't know why he is standing here in front of the prisoner, trying to persuade it to eat. If it does not deserve what it has, it killed thousands. Refused them the Tesseract and forced them into a war they never wanted. It deserves no mercy. And yet, here he is. ll Inspired by Lady Charity's 'Syrgja'.
Synopsis: Three months after Operation Avengers all is well. Or is it? When Steve and Tony hack into SHIELD to find missing weapons shipments they find more than they bargained for in the form of a prisoner who should, by rights, have been sent to Asgard long ago.
Synopsis: Compare and Contrast the Following, Part I. While Loki is imprisoned in the aftermath of his defeat, a foreign disc arrives on the Helicarrier and the Avengers watch Loki's degeneration. The Avengers watch the movie 'Thor'. Now, in knowing Loki, they begin to wonder at the motivation for his most recent actions, and who else was involved in directing the Chitauri army.
Synopsis: Compare and Contrast the Following, Part II. With Loki now living in Stark Tower and working with the Avengers and SHIELD in explaining his magic, another mysterious disc arrives so to clarify the Other's actions and Thanos' goals. The Avengers watch MARVEL'S 'The Avengers'. Further prepared for their enemy, they work to protect Loki from the consequences of his actions.
Synopsis: Loki is gone, and all the nine realms are safe. But is a world without the Trickster really a place to live in? What happens when the peace they all wanted slowly turns on them, and the only one who can save them is the one who no longer is.
Synopsis: Home is where you make it. Or, the AU where Loki falls to Earth after Thor, wanders around trying to work out what to do with himself, and somehow ends up working for SHIELD. Mostly because supervillains are so plebian.
Synopsis: There's a theory that goes that there's a universe created for every possible choice you make in life. Loki's made a lot of choices. He could make a lot more. Or, the one where Loki wanders through A Us of his life and it starts messing with his head.
Synopsis: Fury temples his fingers together. “Tell me how this started?” Phil tries to give a reasonable report of today's incident. As he spent most of his day trying to keep grade-school aged versions of his team away from a team of gunmen, he has only limited success.
Comments: An absolutely adorable and awesome kidfic where Papa Wolf Coulson has to make sure his little charges are kept safe while he takes care of those coming after them.
Synoposis: Steve makes the mistake of taking Thor to the zoo. Tony makes the mistake of buying nine penguins. Everyone else thinks they’ve made the mistake of joining the Avengers in the first place
Comments: The Avengers and penguins together are an instant win. Thor naming all the penguins with variations of Tony's name was hilarious, as well as the rest of the Avengers' reaction to the whole thing.
Synopsis: In which Thor’s primary problem-solving method (a mighty blow from Mjölnir) fails to have the desired effect on a magical artifact, and his secondary method (a mightier blow from Mjölnir) proves to be actively disastrous.
Comments: A sweet-hearted and sincere fic involving a surprisingly complex kid!Loki and the Avengers' unsure attempts to help him fix a magic spell gone ridiculously wrong.
Synopsis: Loki had given a lot of thought to what his punishment might be but this one might be the worst of all. Apparently he was going to be redeemed. By THOR. That was such a bad idea it was painful. Where was an abyss to be thrown into when you needed it?
Synopsis: Steve's not usually oblivious - far from it, in fact. But he does have his moments. Like when he didn't realize that the team was actually serious when they talked about Mjölnir being a magical weapon that only Thor could lift.
Summary: Jane Foster's niece Maddie is sixteen days old when she is stolen out of her crib. The Avengers won't stand for this, and are faced with human trafficking rings, undercover assignments, and far too many moral dilemmas as they investigate and attempt to bring her home again.
Comments: For anyone looking for a real plot heavy fic that also has some really great character interactions and development.
Synopsis: Years later, Loki has to repay New York City for leading the Chitauri attack. He opens "Loki is Sorry Cakes," which has lazy business hours and very tasty cupcakes and muffins for free. Thor was being sarcastic when he said Loki could at least bake muffins...
Comments: A crack-y, hilarious fanfiction that's just kind of pokes fun at every given corner. It's extremely silly, but doesn't turn into one giant, boring joke about superhero cupcakes. If you need some silly Avengers and Loki, read this.
Pairings: Clint/Coulson, estabilished Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes and Thor Odinson/Jane Foster, hinted Tony Stark/Bruce Banner and one-sided (so far) Wade Williams/Natasha Romanov.
Synopsis: When Clint Barton takes a job prosecuting traffic offenses and DU Is at the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, he's pretty sure his life is finally going in the right direction. But the problem isn't the direction: it's where he ends up.
Comments: An amazing Alternate Universe Fic which makes good use of setting and characters, giving complexity and humanity to every character.
Synopsis: After inviting Dr. Stephen Strange to his home, Tony wakes up the next morning to find that his AI has undergone a very fleshy transformation.
Comments: Stemming from one of those Tumblr fic photosets, ironychan has written a very fun, very thoughtful, and very plot-heavy story where JARVIS has been magicked into a human body. Perfectly deals with the consequences of forcing an all-knowing computer into the frail, limited body of a human. The AI's meat-suit is inspired by the looks of real life JARVIS voice actor, Paul Bettany.
Status: 18 complete stories on author's profile, with more on the way.
Synopsis: The Vantage Point universe is a series of fics revolving mostly around Clint Barton, Natasha Romanoff, and Phil Coulson, with appearances from Nick Fury and the other Avengers. Much of it is backstory—past missions, “how they met”, etc. Clint/Natasha, though that’s not the focus most of the time.
Comments: Best stories for Clint that I've ever seen. If you like Hawkeye and/or Black Widow and/or Agent Coulson, this is worth checking out. All three have moments of awesome.
Synopsis: Agent Clint Barton is plagued by doubts about himself and the nature of his job. Assassin Natasha Romanoff is living a lie that cannot last. Though they fight for opposing sides, they are both among the best in their deadly profession. What will they find in each other when they inevitably clash? Story begins five years before Iron Man, hurt/comfort.
Comments: While there are many 'Clint recruits/saves Natasha' stories out there, there are very few ones worth reading. This is one of them. Fenix84 writes it like a good adaptation to a good movie.
Synopsis: An AU where the Avengers are not a superhero team, but rather a group of cats that Phil Coulson has rescued from various encounters with aliens and villains, who in turn adopt him and terrorize everyone else in the SHIELD office.
Synopsis: An Avengers version of The Prince of Egypt, where the jotun are slaves under the aesir and Loki was found in a basket on the river.
Comments: Despite what the summary implies, this is not just a Cookie Cutter Fic. Warning where it's due - some characters are out of character, the pairing might be considered a little cracky (it's Loki/Tony) and there is mpreg. But, if you can cope with all that, enjoy!
Synopsis: The Church of the Holy Shield, run by Pastor Nicholas Fury, has always communed with angels. Yet when the mysterious artifact they've long housed, the Tesseract, is stolen by a green-eyed creature claiming to be the very Devil, the six most powerful and deadly of these supernatural beings must band together to fight what may be their most costly battle yet. Avenging Angels AU.
Comments: Basically, an AU where the avengers are angels, Loki is the devil, and SHIELD is a church. And it is awesome. Just know that the avengers will be called by the names of angels, so: Black Widow- Raziel, Hawkeye- Uriel, Iron Man- Gabriel, Captain America- Micheal, Thor- Ramiel and the Hulk- Ezekiel. Its all obvious in the text though.
Synopsis: PC's internet forum tries to find him after The Battle of New York.
Comments: A heartstring-tugging story of how the members of a Captain America forum that Phil Coulson founded try to track him after the events of The Avengers, and deal with their loss. Bring tissues.
Synopsis: Between them there're three apartments, a disgruntled downstairs neighbor, and a coffee shop with a barista who threatens them with tasers. Which, as a whole, that description sounds way more simple than it actually is.
Comments: A hilarious Friends!au that is gradually getting more serious with each new chapter.
Status: Complete, and the begining of an awesome series.
Pairings: Steve/Tony, but mostly slow burning pre-slash for most of it. Clint/Coulson, too, which is much more explicit.
Synopsis: Tony builds himself friends, and gets assigned a family. It's so much more than that, really, but there's no way to explain it any further without giving away too much.
Comments: It's the single most hilarious, touching, and well-written fanfic this troper has ever read. If it gets any better it may qualify for better than cannon status, and considering the movie it's based on, that's a real honor. Seriously, if you love the Avengers you will love this fic.
Synopsis: Darcy watched the Avengers defend New York from over two thousand miles away. She could look out her window if she wanted to watch the aftermath. She watches the news instead, and realizes one very important thing: the Avengers have a bit of a PR problem.
Synopsis: After contracting an Asgardian virus, Tony starts forgetting things. And people. And Steve.
Tags: Slashfic, drama, angst, myth, amnesia
Comments: This story is beautiful and is considered the crown jewel of the Tony/Steve fandom. A slow building romance coupled with the horrors of losing one's self and topped with pure Norse mythos will keep you reading until the end.
Comments: The team isn't filled with confidence by Tony's dating history, and tells him so. Tony does not take this well. Neither does Clint. (Also:the author is serious about their run-on-sentence problem.)
Synopsis: Tony Stark is secretly Iron Man, corporate supervillain and proud card carrying member of the Avengers' Rouge Gallery. Now this wouldn't be a problem, if he had never learned that his husband Steve was Captain America.
Tags: Action, Drama, Slash, Sex Scene,
Comments: Inspired by "Mr and Mrs Smith", this fic is the most well written Super Husbands AU you will ever read. Also featuring Supervillain side-kick Pepper, flying vintage cars, Ms. Marvel as the most reasonable person ever, and fish.
Comments: I don't know how, but ML Gumm tends to say a lot of things in very few words. In a single word, I would mainly describe this fic as "thoughtful." If you want something short and sweet, with a tendency to linger in your thoughts, give it a try.
Pairings: Stark Spangled Banner (Tony Stark/Steve Rogers/Bruce Banner)
Synopsis: Steve walks in on Tony and Bruce, and it changes everything.
Tags: Character development, D/s exploration, Polyamory
Comments: Probably one of the defining fics for this OT 3. Excellent writing and character voices, sweet without being saccharine, and just all-around good. It's the second in a series of three, but it can be read on its own just fine.
Synopsis: After the events of Civil War, Steve is brought back to life. He reconciles with Tony and they proceed to save the world.
Comments: Called the original fix-it, it's the first and one of the best Steve/Tony long fics. It's amazingly written, plot-heavy, doesn't ignore other characters and deals with loads and loads of post-CW issues.
Pairings: Loki/Tony Stark, one-sided Steve Rogers/Loki, Dr. Doom/Loki, Namor/Loki, Mephisto/Loki, Thor/Loki (in a platonic, "protecting his brother's honor" sort of way)
Synopsis:The Loki Problem: Loki catches a cold and his magic goes crazy. The Avengers are being taken out one by one... Deeds (or To Be Worthy): Tony must enter a tournament to win Loki's fair hand in beloved eternal matrimony. He's got some stiff competition, and limited time.
Synopsis: When Harry finally accepted the fact that he had stopped aging, ten years had passed and he knew it was time to leave. AU.
Comments: Go read this. Now. It is extremely well written. One of the few complaints I have, is that Harry has the overused backstory of being the master of death, but the rest of the fic is excellent. The author also redeems Loki. Also, the author has some midquels to it and other HPxAvengers crossovers that are great. There are too many to link though.
Synopsis: The world is breaking; war and technology are pushing on the edge of the unbelievable, and S.H.I.E.L.D. desperately attempts to keep the peace. Their newest target is a man called Harry; he is capable of impossible feats and has no clear origin or allegiance. A new piece on the chessboard, one that doesn't follow any of the rules.
Synopsis: The first encounter is as survivor and child. The second is as rescuer and fallen god. The third may be their last. Each time the Doctor returns, he wears a new face. And each time, the darkness grips Loki tighter.
Synopsis: "Trust me, and I'll give you something better than a Mockingjay. I'll give you the Avengers."
Comments: It's the one of the most heart-stopping, well-written piece of crossover fic that I've ever seen. The story is fast-paced, with unexpected twist and turns, and oh-so-deliciously dark, it'll send chills down your spine and leave you wanting more.
Pairings: John/Sherlock, Tony/Pepper, Bruce/Betty, Thor/Jane, mentions of Natasha/Matt (Daredevil) and probably mentions of Clint/Coulson if you squint really, really hard.
Synopsis: ... and John sort of joins the Avengers. While Coulson's recovering from being stabbed in the chest by a magical spear, Fury is rapidly running out of Agents willing to play babysitter for the newly founded Avengers. So he calls in Captain John Watson, late of the British Royal Army, and blogger and best friend to the infamously antisocial presumably deceased Sherlock Holmes.
Comments:Set after "The Avengers" and "Reichenbach Falls." Because even a team of dysfunctional superheroes can't faze that man after being a roommate to Sherlock Holmes and John needs something to occupy his time with. And the Avengers are in desperate need of a babysitter that can deal with their level of insanity without running away.
Synopsis: Crossover with the Amazing Spider-Man. He wasn’t entirely sure when he first met Richard, and when he asked about it for his Best Man speech a few years later – turns out, neither does Richard.
But somehow, Tony made a best friend in the biochemical engineering department.
Comments: A little short, but still very satisfying.
Synopsis: Crossover with the Amazing Spider-Man. Phil Coulson is investigating the events in the Amazing Spider-man for SHIELD. Interrogating Curt Connors eventually leads him to discoveries he hadn't expected.
Comments: One of the best SHIELD discovers Spider-Man fics out there. Very good writing. It was last updated in September 2013.
Synopsis: Crossover with the Amazing Spider-Man. In which Peter is Tony's illegitimate child, and he's prepared to do anything to keep that a secret. Although, that doesn't stop him from trying to get Tony's approval. He is Peter's idol, after all.
Comments: This fic is one of the rare gen superfamily fics out there. The author has a realistic take on the illegitimate son idea, and doesn't choose to rush things for the sake of fluff. Completed as of March 2013, with a sequel in progress.
Synopsis: Due to a freak accident involving the Bifrost, the Avengers Captain America, Thor and the Hulk are thrown into the world of Middle-earth. They join the Fellowship of the Ring in their epic struggle to defeat the Dark Lord Sauron.
Comments: when this troper saw the premise, he was intrigued and started reading. I was soon immersed in this awesome story, where the three Avengers make a difference, both for good and for bad, in incredible and sometimes hilarious ways. The initial accident at the beginning leaves Thor and Bruce Banner without most of their abilities, which prevents them from simply curbstomping on anything they meet, but the way it is all worked out, it does so in a great way. This story is highly recommended for anyone that likes The Lord of the Rings and The Avengers
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.
Comments: Starts off Lighter and Softer, with lots of fluff, comedy and wall to wall snarking and appears to be a classic family fic. However, the introduction of Lucius Malfoy as a Magnificent Bastard allied with HYDRA, a mysterious and powerful necromancer who disturbs even his allies and The Winter Soldier adds a darker side to the story.
Synopsis: Off Ao3: After the events of The Avengers, Loki falls again, this time to Midgard—specifically, a small island called Castanet. Peace can never last long, however, and the arrival of just about everyone who’s ever even mildly disliked him rather complicates matters.
Pairings: Loki/Renee (Animal Parade/Tree of Tranquility)
Comments: The idea of Loki as the player character promises fun and the author has promised appearances by the Avengers and the Warriors Three in another thread.
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