OK this is a rec list for starters foraying in the fandom. First of all - WELCOME!! Second of all - your feels are about to be fully invested into this pairing! So if you can’t cope with feels the size of Cap’s patriotism or Tony’s daddy issues, I suggest that you slip away right now because you’ll be crying, sobbing and screaming at these two.
Now! First of all - follow these tags. Stony (Steve/Tony) and Superhusbands are used interchangeably in the fandom. Also, the tags consist of a lot of fanfic recs that’ll fill up your time
and ruin your life and don’t even think about studying because dear god you’ll be hugging your pillow grossly sobbing from feels
And there’s also the very, very cute Superfamily tag, which is Peter/Steve/Tony as a family and Stony being superdads (Peter a.k.a. Spiderman) which is totally adorbs
Now also, follow the individual tags
Robert Downey Jr
OK now, here’s some general starter essays (which are very fun reads, and gives you a wiki-ish summary of what you’re shipping)
The Ship Manifesto (Basically, this is a must read. It’s practically an essay on the relationship in canon.)
And here’s an info post explaining the universes of Marvel
And now, get ready… it’s the fanfic rec time. The fanfiction in this fandom are some of the best I’ve ever read in my history as a fangirl - well written, right in the feels and with great plot. Most of these are quite lengthy. I’ve linked some authors - which means I rec all their fanfics, but I’ve also rec-ed the must read ones from them too. Now there’s a lot of fic recs also floating around of tumblr, and I definitely recommend checking them out - they’ll be in the tags. Ones I put an asterick besides are my personal favs of all time.
Basically EVERYTHING she’s written because I worship all her fics. She’s captured a very sarcastic, hilarious Tony voice in her writing and I absolutely love it.
signed, steeped, delivered
Ready, Fire, Aim ‘Verse* (Arguably one of the most famous verse’s in this fandom)
Apple Bottom Jeans (And Other Love Songs)
Variable Skill Sets* ADORBS
Tomorrow Belongs To Me
Secrets of a Successful Marriage* YOU WILL LOVE THIS TRUST ME. Sexy, funny - it’s like a Stony version of Mr and Mrs Smith
On The Record
Community Service* Because you can never go wrong when you have Peter in a fic
Some Assembly Required* One of my all time favorites, where Tony is given a sex change. It’s hilarious and sexy :)
Beware of this author, she is dangerous. I repeat: DANGEROUS. You will rip your stomach laughing, and also your wallet (and youtube history) will be in a dire situation due to a desperate want for roombas.
Some Things Shouldn’t Be A Chore*********** Or else known as the roomba fic
Ordinary Workplace Hazards, Or SHIELD and OSHA Aren’t On Speaking Terms
Phil Coulson is Not the Avengers’ Public Relations Manager
Four (Or Five) Reasons for Kidnapping Tony Stark
i stole the keys to this guy* Where it was Nick Fury’s idea, but he didn’t mean it like that
If At First
one hundred percent skill, fifty percent luck Where there is a poker game, a v-card and general misunderstandings
I Take My Children Everywhere (But They Always Find Their Way Home)* “Oh my god,” Phil groans, smacking a hand over his face just as a tiny Tony Stark marches up to him and very determinedly and with great gusto, kicks him in the shin.
Steve breaks up with Tony because he’s in love with Iron Man. That’s when things start to get complicated.
Four Times The Avengers Cockblocked Tony Stark (and one time they didn’t)*
(All I can say is poor Bruce.)
Tony is the only one who can defend Steve’s virtue. Tony hates his life.
Sex Lies and Newsprint
A year of Cap/Tony romance as told by the tabloids.
Average Avengers Local Chapter 7 of New York City
Steve and Tony accidentally start a national do-gooders association and fall in love.
Run Program DUM-E
Taking care of Tony is a lot of work. Especially when you’ve only got one arm. And your code dates back to the 1980s.
(ALL MY DUMMY FEELS. ALL. OF. THEM.)
At age fifteen, Steve Rogers had been in love with Tony Stark.
By age twenty, he’d (mostly) gotten over it. And then he promptly became Tony Stark’s fuck buddy.
(I highly recommend this fic and its sequels/inspired sequels, because of Phlint. Actually you kinda fall in love more with Phlint than Stony, and yes that’s possible. I might do a Phlint fic list now that I’m thinking about it…)
But The Heart
“Okay. So. Kids. It can’t be too hard, right? People dumber than us raise kids all the time. Not much to them. Just feed them, water them, distract them with shiny things and make sure they aren’t unsupervised for too long. Speaking of which, how long has tiny-spawn been alone in your kitchen?”
How To Royally Fuck Up The Avengers Tower
“Hey, Cap, it’s Tony. Stark. Iron Man. Uh, yeah- I was looking over the designs for your part in the Avengers Tower, and I am pretty sure Fury will castrate me if I put in some stripper poles, so I was wondering if you could swing by and see if everything is, uh. Dandy. Did people say ‘dandy’ in the 40s? I have no idea. Ah, anyway, drop by anytime. Yep. Bye.”
Living in the Future
Eighteen-year-old Tony Stark is the boy genius who woke Captain America, and now he’s stuck with him. That’s not a bad thing, but between Steve’s wide-eyed wonder at the new world and Tony’s little fanboy crush, the awkwardness just keeps happening.
(I’m personally a pretty big fan of everything Closer writes, because I love Suits. There’s a real good crossover that they did between Tony/Mike - if you’re in the Suits fandom, I highly recommend it, it has a fantastic plot. It’s called Sidekick.)
So No One Told You****
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.
(One of my favorite AU’s created in the history of fanfiction, this is a Friends!AU. Oh and this fic? It’ll make you ship ALL THE THINGS. And wish for a group of friends like them.)
No go forth and prosper, my friends.
And welcome to the end of your feels.