Civil War Team Iron Man

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Synonyms: Team Iron Man
See also: Captain America Movieverse, Iron Man Movieverse, Tony Stark Defense Squad
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Civil War Team Iron Man refers to a fandom position after the 2016 marvel film Captain America: Civil War.

While the term may have been used to an extent after the 2006-7 Marvel Comic Civil War, it greatly increased in popularity due to the film.

Being a member of Team Iron Man may refer to anything from a passing opinion about the film or to a strongly held position. After the film, many people argued the merits of each team on tumblr and several communities built up around the term (in the form of tags and collections on AO3). While Civil War Team Iron Man has distinct tropes in fanfiction, it can also refer to a position in a fandom wank or discourse.

Civil War Team Iron Man and Team Cap have both had their fair share of internet drama and bashing. Civil War Team Iron Man overlaps with the tumblr tag Tony Stark Defense Squad.

Common Tropes and Themes

  • Not Steve Rogers Friendly: Steve Rogers often gets the brunt of the blame considering he lead the opposing team in Captain America: Civil War, has had a previously antagonistic relationship with Tony Stark, and is seen as personally betraying Tony Stark by not telling him the truth about Bucky Barnes.
    • Some works portray Steve as confused and over his head, or as dangerously anti-social due to the stress of skipping forwards in time by 70 years.
  • Not Wanda Maximoff Friendly: For similar reasons, Wanda Maximoff is frequently bashed in fanworks. Many members of Team Iron Man point to her previous connection with HYDRA and her failure to stop the bombings in Lagos at the start of Captain America: Civil War.
  • Not Natasha Romanoff Friendly: Similarly to Steve and Wanda, Natasha also often is bashed or viewed negatively, due to her actions in allowing Steve and Bucky to escape during the airport scene and betraying Tony's side in the conflict that she was aligned with, as well as authors often bringing in the fact she found out about the Assassination of Howard and Maria Stark during Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and concealing the information from him.
  • PTSD: Works often portray Tony Stark's canonical PTSD favorably.
  • Public Support: Fanworks often portray the general public as supporting Tony Stark, due to his history of philanthropy and the feeling that the Sokovia Accords would provide protection against overstepping by superheroes.
  • The Sokovia Accords only formed part of the divide in the movie, but meta on both sides tends to focus on defining the meaning and content of the Sokovia Accords.[1]
  • Injury: Canon divergence where Tony Stark is (often permanently) injured in the battle with Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers at the end of the film. Examples include blindness or losing fingers due to frostbite.
  • HYDRA: Since Tony is left alone after the battle with a seemingly broken suit, fics where HYDRA captures Tony are fairly common.

Example Fanworks


  • Nobody's heroes by boleyn13 (2016)
  • Gone by nonna (2016)
  • Point of No Return by Brickgirl101 (2018-)
  • The Days of Reckoning Are Upon Us by Ana Steve Rogers always does what he thinks is right. Unfortunately, believing he is right isn't the same as being right. Sometimes he's wrong. And sometimes he has to face the consequences of his actions.Or, what if Team Cap was actually called out on their poor decisions and had to deal with consequences instead of being rewarded? A series of unrelated drabbles of what might have been.
  • Get Well Soon by Ana After coming back from Siberia, Tony is ready to quit. But he’s not as alone as he thought he was, and he gets a much needed reminder of it to get his head back in the game. And this time the kid gloves are coming off.
  • My Use and Value is What You Do by Izumi2 Toni Stark stared at her hand, expecting to also turn into dust. She closed her eyes. But Stephen Strange was much sneakier than she gave him credit for. "Time" was the trick and it was time to truly live up to her Futurist title.

Communities & Resources

Archive of Our Own

  • Works tagged "Civil War Team Iron Man" As of April 2020, there are over 1500 works.
  • AO3 Collection: Team Consequences (open, unmoderated).
  • Ao3 Collection: Team Decency (Salty Team Iron Man Fics).
    • This collections description reads: "My favorite stories depicting: Tony Stark being the BAMF we know he is, Tony Stark competence porn, Tony Stark bitterness, Tony Stark moving on and being fine, the effects of Team Cap's actions, and/or Team Cap being shovel-fed a massive serving of humble pie. (Open, Moderated) "




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