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.
  • 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 the ill-defined meaning and content of the Sokovia Accords.

Example Fanworks

Fanfiction

Communities

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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