Steve Rogers/Tony Stark

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Pairing: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Alternative name(s): Steve/Tony, Cap/Ironman, Superhusbands, Stony
Gender category: m/m slash
Fandom: Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, Marvel Comics
Canonical?: no (except for Earth-3490[1])
Prevalence: high
Archives: Tales of Suspense
Other:
"Horizons" by Pond. Comicverse Steve and Tony kissing.
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Steve/Tony or Cap/IronMan is a popular slash pairing in the Marvel Comics 'verse, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also gets written for other canons featuring the characters.

In Fandom

On July 4th, 2007 Elspethdixon and Seanchai began posting Resurrection, Reconstruction, and Redemption, the first Steve/Tony novel. They are widely regarded as having kickstarted S/T fandom. Elspethdixon and Seanchai continue to be active in the fandom, and have been instrumental in its growth. They host the pairing's main archive, Tales of Suspense, which hosts fic and art.

The main Steve/Tony LiveJournal community is cap_ironman.

The Alphabet Challenge, which started in July 2008 and continued to September of the same year, resulted in 26 new fanworks, and was collected in a fanzine by Runenklinge.

The January 2009 Winter Fluff and Fairytale challenges on cap_ironman produced over 20 fairy Steve/Tony fairy tales. Steve/Tony AUs have been a tradition since.

In January of 2009 Kijikun launched the Cap_Ironman Big Bang challenge. The Big Bang went live with fic and art on July 7th.

When the Captain America: The First Avenger was released in 2011, both Tony and Steve finally had a movieverse counterpart. That and the anticipation for the Avengers movie lead to an influx of movieverse Steve/Tony fic, art, vids, and other fanworks.

Different Canon Versions and Universes

Across the Multiverse. Earths 616, 199999, 3490, 20051, 1610, 80920.

The Marvel Universe is a multiverse canon. Backstories and characterisation might vary in different universes, which has consequences how people ship the characters. In her info post about major Marvel Universes and how they relate to Steve/Tony tsukinofaerii explains:

Because of the tight interweaving, usually similar mediums and cross-section of interests, the Marvel multiverse fandom generally acts as a single fandom, rather than individual ones. Using as an example, many members may be fannish over several versions of Steve and Tony simultaneously without necessarily feeling that these are different fandoms. This also leads to occasions when a fan is not interested in certain versions of Steve and Tony, or they ship them with other people in different universes. The ultimate effect of this is the need for origin universe labeling.[2]
About the merging of the universes in fanfic (also, referring to the Across the Multiverse photoset):
Aside from the “two attractive white men” factor, which is not to be underestimated as a motivator, MCU Steve/Tony comes out of the pre-existing Steve/Tony ship that the rest of those panels represent. There was a strong ship before even the first Iron Man film, in part because their relationship is so close and highly-charged in the comics; they may have other relationships that are similar but few that are so frequently visible. Very few people ship exclusively MCU, even if they think they do, because fandom has passed a lot down to them which sets up a context for using RDJ and Chris Evans to play out scenarios more suited to a comic book setting.

Many of the “classic” and popular fics in the fandom were written pre-Avengers if not pre-MCU entirely. Post-Avengers popular fics like Scifigrl47’s Toasterverse clearly draw on comic book tropes as well as MCU ones, and that’s not an accident; Sci has a long fandom history and is pretty well-read in comics.

If you read a fanfic where the Avengers are all living together under one roof, that didn’t come from the endscene of Avengers where Tony’s clearly planning it; that came, even if only through older fics, from the fact that in the comics, they often have and sometimes still do.

If you read a fanfic where Tony is characterised as a self-loathing asshole who thinks he’s not good enough for Steve, that characterisation might be a woobiefication but also frequently comes down to newer writers from older writers who got it direct from the comics, where Tony often believes he’s not good enough for the friends he has, Steve especially.

If you read a fanfic where Tony has worshipped Steve since he was a boy, that derives from comics where Tony literally has a Captain America shrine in a room at Stark Mansion, and where his passwords are often some variation on Cap’s name. I could go on, but you get the idea.[3]

For more information on the Marvel multiverse see List of Marvel Universes.

Marvel 616

Earth-616 is the main continuity in Marvel Comics.

In this universe, Steve and Tony are besties. I mean, besties. It's the matching shirts, slumber parties and swearing to be neighbors and have your kids be best friends sort of besties, with added homoerotic undertones, more than a few instances of pining and Identity Porn by way of Tony's "bodyguard". When they're not being besties, they're angsting over it (and tearing the world apart in the process).

Notes: Due to the telescopic timeline, the Avengers have only been a team for 10-11 years in-story, but have been published for over 50 years real time. This makes things somewhat confusing, especially since some points are "fixed" (notably Steve's service in WWII).

Tony has, at times, had a chest plate, an artificial heart, a replacement heart and now the reactor. During the New Avengers timeframe he gained Extremis, a techno organic virus which seems to operate as a form of technopathy. It's essentially a computer-brain that lets him store part of the armor in his bones and operate machines with his brain. Extremis rebuilt him from the ground up and resolved his previous physical problems, including his heart. Extremis was compromised during the Secret Invasion, and for some reason that was never really explained, he needed an arc reactor to recover from having his brain deleted.

About the only thing that changes more than Tony's physical ailments is his facial hair.

Trivia: Natasha Romanov was originally a Soviet Spy called the Black Widow who had been sent to seduce and destroy Genius Millionaire Etc Tony Stark. Somehow, she ended up dating a circus performer named Clint Barton (Hawkeye) and temporarily turning him into a villain with the power of boobies. Eventually, they both did a Heel Face Turn and became Avengers.[2]

MCU

In the MCU Steve and Tony meet for the first time in the The Avengers (2012) movie, set after Iron Man 2 and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).

Steve and Tony start off as highly antagonistic. Steve is bristly and easily prodded. Tony is, of course, a prodder by nature. Through the power of bickering, the self—induced fridging of Coulson, teamwork and Tony's attempted sacrifice, they seem to come to terms by the end of the movie. At the very least, they shake hands and look friends. Tony is currently very cozy with Pepper (which is adorable, I feel the need to say) and Steve has only been defrosted for a couple of months, so there's still plenty to work with.[2]

Popular Tropes

Fix-it & reaction fic for Civil War dominated the pairing for some time.

There are a surprising number of stories wherein they are best friends and sleeping together and yet one or both of them is mournfully convinced that the other thinks it's just casual sex and not TRUE LOVE.

Also popular is Extremis Behaving Badly, wherein Tony's (sadly short lived in canon) cybernetic-cyborgy-computer virus-implant thingy acts up and hijinx ensue. Examples: A Meeting of Minds by Nix; Without Irony by tsukinofaerii; There is no I ... by jadedoll.

In the Avengers movie fandom, there are a number of stories in which they start out hating each other (or thinking the other hates them BUT REALLY THEY DON'T!!), such as Ready, Fire, Aim by Gyzym and I stole the keys to this guy by kellifer_fic. In most pre-TA (pre The Avengers movie) stories the characters all move into one of Tony's mansions which leads to a lot of domestic scenes between Steve and Tony and the rest of the team.

For the most popular trope, OH NO POOR TONY, see most of the fandom.

Fanfiction

see also Category:Captain America Fanfiction, Category:Iron Man Fanfiction, Category:The Avengers Fanfiction

Pre-TA

The Man with the Clockwork Heart, fanart by La Pinshe Konsha
  • Arms and the Man by Sam Starbuck - Steve comes to terms with the future, his own sexuality, and his attraction to Tony. (MCU, pre-TA, 2012)
  • Ghost in the Wires by sororexitium - Everyone thinks Tony is dead but Steve is not convinced. (MCU, pre-TA, AU, 2012)
  • Ready, Fire, Aim by Gyzym - They don't exactly get along right from the start. Often recommended series. (MCU, pre-TA, 2011)
  • Semaphore by Devil Doll - ”I’m trying to like you, Tony. You’re just making it very hard.” (MCU, pre-TA, 2011)

MCU

Manip by meantforeyesurgery, inspired by a scene in The Act of Creation Will Be Your Salvation, based on the quote “It’s keeping you alive. It’s the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen”.
  • Coming Home by Sonora - Tony goes along with Shield's 1940s charade to help re-introducing Steve to the world but Steve figures it out and then there are feelings. (2012)
"Debrief? What Debrief?" by MarieLikesToDraw. Fanart of Steve and Tony kissing. (MCU) The story (First Impressions Are) A Work in Progress was inspired by this image.
  • Mr. July by jibrailis - Steve posses for a calender and Tony deals with it in his own way. (2011)

Marvel 616

Secrets of a Successful Marriage, illustrations by ironfries
  • All That Remains‎ by kijikun - Tony becomes the guardian of a nine-year-old girl who has spent her short life being trained as a weapon. As he learns to be a father he has to deal with the repercussions of the SHRA and the unexpected return of Steve Rogers.[4] Kidfic set post-Civil War in a universe where Secret Invasion never happened. (Marvel 616, 2008/2009)
  • America Isn't Chicken by Amuly - After Civil War Steve and Tony get together by playing a game of "gay chicken". (Marvel 616, 2013)
  • A Long Way to Go by duc - Historical AU where Tony is a young nobleman who is kidnapped and sold into slavery by business rivals, and Steve is some kind of warrior who purchases him; written for written for the Cap/Iron Man Big Bang 2011.

Ultimates

Catch a Falling Star, illustration by ironfries
scene from Engaging the Enemy, art by Whippy

Iron Man: Armored Adventures

  • All That Tomorrow Brings by TARDIScrash - Captain America is a seventeen year old Tony Stark's idol. Steve Rogers is his art history teacher. (Armored Adventures, 2012)
  • Living In The Future by Closer - Eighteen-year-old Tony Stark is the boy genius who woke Captain America, and now he's stuck with him. This is set in the Armored Adventures cartoon universe, where Tony lost his father and became Iron Man at sixteen instead of in his thirties. (2012)

Marvel Noir

  • Look here, look back, look ahead by marinarusalka - September, 1941: Returning from a mission as Iron Man, Tony Stark crash-lands in the Carpathian Mountains and is rescued by Captain America. The two heroes team up to investigate Nazi activity at a mysterious castle. But Captain America is keeping secrets that could destroy their new partnership before it has a chance to begin. (Iron Man Noir, 2011)

Fanvids

  • Sleepwalker by pencilnecklace (3:30). Civil War slash vid. (07/2011)
  • In The End by ILoveDinobot (3:41). A Steve/Tony Civil War vid. (02/2010)
  • Steve x Tony slideshow by eciepecie (3:41). This slideshow uses mostly fanart. Angst! (03/2010)
  • Echo by tomoyofanel (3:31). Steve/Tony slash vid about their profound bond. "They are the opposites, still, they are the same. Past and future." (04/2012)
  • I Summon You by kuwdora (2:57). "Steve is Tony's inspiration on how to be a superhero! His crush! Future husband! The end." (10/2011)
  • Little Lion Man by aheartthen (2:22). Civil War inspired vid using only MCU footage. (03/2012)
  • Parachute by VilyaXxX0llwyna (1:30 min). Awesome constructed reality. (04/2012)
  • Baby, That's Me by xKelociraptor (1:11 min). As of May 2012 the first YouTube result when searching for Steve/Tony slash on Google. (02/2012)
  • You, Me and Steve by nel_ani (1:54). "It's not that Pepper doesn't like Steve, she just figured she was getting involved with Tony, not Steve and Tony." (05/2012)
  • Open Your Eyes by VilyaXxX0llwyna (1:53). A Highschool AU vid that later inspired a fic of the same name.
  • If I only could by TheMadMoro (1:40). Tony Stark's reaction to death of Captain America. (10/2011)

Fanart

Resources

Archives and Challenges

Tales of Suspense, a Steve/Tony archive

Communities

Meta

Recs

References

  1. From the cap_iron man Info Post!: "[...] Earth-3490, where Civil War was prevented by the marriage of Captain America (Steve Rogers) and Iron Woman (Natasha Stark). According the one one-image panel to the right, they muted one another's aggressive tendencies, which allowed the 50 State Initiative to complete. I can only speculate on the extremely hot sex."
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 tsukinofaerii in cap_ironman. An Info Post!, 27 October 2011. (Accessed 06 January 2013)
  3. copperbadge. MCU Steve/Tony comes out of the pre-existing Steve/Tony ship, October 2013. (Accessed 28 October 2013)
  4. See jane_elliot in epic_recs. All That Remains by Kijikun (NC-17), 22 June 2010. (Accessed 07 June 2012)
  5. Sample reference link (accessed June 2, 2013).
  6. Sample reference link (accessed June 2, 2013).
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