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[personal profile] longlivehumour
FANDOM: MCU / Iron Man
FIC LINK: "The Kids Aren't All Right" by Christine Everhart (vanityfair.com)
AUTHOR LINK: [personal profile] samdonne
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 11,500
MAIN CHARACTERS: Tony Stark, Christine Everhart

FIC SUMMARY: It’s been 'a hell of a year' since industrialist Tony Stark owned up to his alter ego in a move that stunned observers and longtime aides alike. With the US facing unprecedented homegrown suicide attacks, Iron Man's contribution to national security is more than ever under scrutiny. As she follows Stark during a year of crisis, exclusively for Vanity Fair, Christine Everhart explores the many contradictions of the man behind the mask, uncovers tales of personal loyalty, patriotism gone awry and corporate betrayal, and asks whether Iron Man is the embodiment of an outdated American fantasy—a self-made, unilateral, technological solution to hopelessly complex problems—and whether he can survive the violent encounter with reality.

RECCER'S NOTES: A mock Vanity Fair article on Iron Man. This is one of those fics that everyone must have surely read by now, but I have a grand total of six K titles in my faves list, so... Not that it doesn't deserve the publicity, because there's a small chance you haven't read this yet and if this is the case you should do so, immediately. It's that rare thing, a fic that really makes you stop and think, and then keep thinking long after you've finished reading. Plus! Photos, formatting, and a magazine writing style that makes me wibble.
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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: MCU/Captain America
FIC LINK: Anyway, Here's Wonderwall
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] KiaraSayre
RATING/WARNING(S): T | Canon typical violence/Graphic depictions of violence
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 2782
MAIN CHARACTERS: James "Bucky" Barnes

FIC SUMMARY: The Winter Soldier tracks down each and every HYDRA agent that forced him to kill and watches them die. He also tries to become a well-rounded individual with interests and hobbies. The results are mixed.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is somehow not as cracky as it seems. Bucky tries to recover from being the Winter Soldier by hunting down and killing the people responsible. He discovers things like sudoku and guitar along the way and tries to incorporate them into his life as a tactical way of fitting in, but also as a way to just be more NORMAL. It's funny and dark and weird and I love it.



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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: The Avengers, Marvel Cinematic Universe
FIC LINK: The Goat's Back
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] arsenicarcher
RATING/WARNING(S): M
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 10,155
MAIN CHARACTERS: Steve Rogers, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanov, Pepper Potts, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Thor

FIC SUMMARY: An AU where Steve's essentially a failed experiment, corporal punishment is the predominant form of discipline and team leaders take the punishments for those under them.

RECCER'S NOTES:

I think this is one of those "everyone has read it" kind of deals, but JUST IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T, here's the link. Delicious Steve Rogers hurt/comfort and team feels all wrapped up in a well-written package. This caters to my id in a big way, but there's so much to enjoy I'm sure I'd love it even if iddiness was taken out of the picture entirely.



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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe/The Avengers
FIC LINK: A Glossary of the 21st Century
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] kinky_kneazle
RATING/WARNING(S): T
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 17402
MAIN CHARACTERS: Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, Logan (X-Men), Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Clint Barton, Wade Wilson

FIC SUMMARY: Steve's sick of not understanding what's going on, and the team are not all that helpful, so he starts keeping an illustrated notebook for further research. With the help of wiki, google and Logan he starts to settle in and find his place in the twenty-first century.

RECCER'S NOTES:

I loved this -- it's not just a fic about Steve trying to adjust to the 21st century, it's a fic about Steve trying to adjust to the Avengers, and how he fits in with them. His relationships with Tony and Natasha are particularly well done, and the little glimpses of his backstory and time during the war are beautifully woven through Steve's efforts to establish himself in his current situation.



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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: MCU/Sesame Street
FIC LINK: It Starts Out Like an A-Word (As Anyone Can See)
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Amy
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 8092
MAIN CHARACTERS: Elmo, The Count, Telly Monster, Grover, Big Bird, Bert, Ernie, Murray Monster, Steve Rogers, Clint Barton, Tony Stark, JARVIS, Thor, Natasha Romanov, Bruce Banner, Nick Fury, Phil Coulson

FIC SUMMARY: This fic is brought to you by the letter Y, the number 12, and the Avengers' decision to help fix what Loki and the Chitauri did to destroy parts of Manhattan. (Mostly that last part.)

RECCER'S NOTES:

Somebody rec'd this to me ages ago and I dismissed it as "not my thing" - but oh, I was wrong. This is DELIGHTFUL. Played so much straighter than I thought it would be, and it's adorable and funny and the perfect pick-me-up fic.



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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: MCU/The Avengers
FIC LINK: Pour Back the Ocean
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] imperfectcircle
RATING/WARNING(S): T | Canononical character death
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 10907
MAIN CHARACTERS: Wanda Maximoff, Sam Wilson, James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Natasha Romanoff, Vision, Steve Rogers

FIC SUMMARY: After the events of Age of Ultron, Wanda has to find a new place in the world. Contains team training exercises, expected grief and unexpected kindness.

RECCER'S NOTES:

Oh, this fic hit me right in the feels. I actually cried. This is a beautiful story about Wanda trying to work her way through what happened in Age of Ultron. Gorgeous character building and lots of team/found family feelings. There are no spoilers for Civil War here.



ozqueen: (films: marvel: clint & natasha)
[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: MCU, Captain America, The Avengers
FIC LINK: Something That Starts With
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] fabrega
RATING/WARNING(S): G | Spoilers for Civil War
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 1825
MAIN CHARACTERS: Scott Lang, Sam Wilson, Clint Barton, Wanda Maximoff

FIC SUMMARY: "Come on," Scott says, "We've gotta keep ourselves entertained."

"We really don't," Sam counters.

(Spoilers for Civil War)

RECCER'S NOTES:

An adorable and funny take on a 'missing scene' from Civil War. I love all of the featured characters here; they're voiced very well and I can accept this as my new headcanon quite readily.



[personal profile] mythicmistress

FANDOM: Spider-Man, The Incredibles
FIC LINK: Origin Story
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] jjonahjameson
RATING/WARNING(S): G/no warnings
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete/2568 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Edna Mode, Peter Parker

FIC SUMMARY: Crossover. Too bad there isn't a category called 'silly'...SpiderMan gets some help with his itchy suit and a costume designer gets a new career direction.

RECCER'S NOTES: I love Edna here. Pity she didn't let Peter get any words in.
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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Captain America, Iron Man, The Avengers, Marvel Cinematic Universe
FIC LINK: Oasis
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] sholio
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 8595
MAIN CHARACTERS: Pepper Potts, James "Bucky" Barnes, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Avengers Team (MCU)

FIC SUMMARY: "There are bees on my roof. Bees, Pep."
"I think you mean my roof, as the building belongs to Stark Industries, of which I am CEO."
"The important word in that sentence was bees."
(Or: the one in which Pepper accidentally introduces Bucky to gardening therapy.)

RECCER'S NOTES:

Who else is already sick of this week? :( Work has been super busy and draining and I've barely had time to read anything lately, so on a Monday night after an especially tiring day, I wanted something especially feel good.
When I first read this I expected it to be much crackier than it is. It's definitely still fun but there's a little thread of seriousness all the way through it as well, and Bucky's recovery is lovely to watch. There are some minor pairings floating around in there but for the most part this is definitely a fic about Pepper taking charge in a very accidental sort of way and guiding Bucky along on a project to help him get back on his feet. Bucky & Pepper friendship turns out to be one of my most favourite things - who knew?



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[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe / Agent Carter
FIC LINK: Columbia
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] CourtneyCourtney
RATING/WARNING(S): General Audiences
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 1700 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Edwin Jarvis, Peggy Carter, Howard Stark

FIC SUMMARY: Edwin Jarvis learns to navigate in the wake of Steve Rogers.

RECCER'S NOTES: An interesting look at Edwin Jarvis. Captures the determination and melancholy of Season 1, as Jarvis navigates around the legend of Captain America, and his friends' lingering grief for a fallen hero.
dirty_diana: Hawkeye and Black Widow in Avengers film (clintasha)
[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe / Captain America / Avengers
FIC LINK: Source Code
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Closer
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete/10 000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanov

FIC SUMMARY: Steve finds himself in the unenviable position of having to either prove he's himself or listen to the news media continue to speculate that he's a robot, a clone, or a lunatic.
RECCER'S NOTES: I'm a sucker for stories about fame in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and this is a great one as both the public and Steve wrestle with the return of Captain America. As well as the fact that his backstory is, well, kind of unbelievable.
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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe
FIC LINK: Closing the Circuit.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] AlchemyAlice
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13
WIP?/WORD COUNT: novelette | ~ 14,500 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: team, ensemble

FIC SUMMARY: SHIELD's down, Captain America's AWOL, and on the whole, things are kind of FUBAR. On the other hand, Tony might have some semblance of a plan.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This was a great and believable story, about team-building and beginning friendships. The characterization was spot-on for me, and the interactions between the characters build from this.

The plot is paced well, and I like how all the strands come together.

ozqueen: (films: marvel: clint & natasha)
[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: MCU, The Avengers, Captain America
FIC LINK: Eat Your Heart Out, Milo Manara
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] NiennaNir
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 1874
MAIN CHARACTERS: Phil Coulson, Clint Barton, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, Tony Stark

FIC SUMMARY: Carter J. Grant’s artistic work on the new Captain America books comes with mixed reviews from the Coulson, Barton team of comic critics.

RECCER'S NOTES:

Quick, fluffy and adorable. I have a real soft spot for "Avengers living in the tower and doing lazy things like eating breakfast or watching movies together" fics, and this is one of them. There's a great thread of humour all through this fic. It left me with a smile on my face.



sixbeforelunch: iron man on a pink background, text reads "everyone needs a hobby" (mcu - iron man hobby)
[personal profile] sixbeforelunch
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe
FIC LINK: Сказка|Skazka
AUTHOR LINK: [personal profile] ranalore
RATING/WARNING(S): PG, implied child harm
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 200 words, complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Natasha Romanova, Bucky Barnes

FIC SUMMARY: Folklore of the Red Room.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is a very short story that packs a huge punch. There's not a lot to say about a 200 word story, but if you're familiar with the backstories of Natasha and Bucky, I highly recommend taking a minute to go read this one.
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[personal profile] ozqueen
[* sly mod note: banner posts for May & June will be up this weekend, I promise! I'm so sorry for the delay; work has been crazy busy lately. Keep on gensploding, gensploders ♥ *]


FANDOM: MCU/Iron Man
FIC LINK: Almost No One Makes It Out
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] atrata
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 28,101
MAIN CHARACTERS: Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, James 'Rhodey' Rhodes

FIC SUMMARY: What would have happened if Tony hadn't been born filthy rich? A military AU.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This rec has been floating around my flist lately, though it's not a new fic. I haven't seen it posted here yet (?) so -- enjoy! This is a fabulous, gritty, well researched story. I'm very picky with my AUs and this is absolutely one of the best I have ever read. I love Tony and Pepper's friendship here (you can maybe read a little more into it, but affectionate friendship is pretty much the limit of it, and it's tagged as gen). The other details of the fic, including how Iron Man ends up fitting into the world, are wonderfully done.



ozqueen: (films: marvel: natasha)
[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: MCU | The Avengers
FIC LINK: Love is for Children and Other Lies
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] fahye
RATING/WARNING(S):
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 30,095
MAIN CHARACTERS: Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Maria Hill

FIC SUMMARY: War is the child's emptiness, the surrender of identity, the transformation into a simple system: purpose goes in, action comes out. (Natalia Alianovna Romanova, and everything that she became.)

RECCER'S NOTES:

Oh how I love an excellent back story ♥ I love the patchwork history given to Natasha here, and the way she comes to each decision that brings her to SHIELD's door. There are some fleeting pairings, but Natasha and her journey is right at the heart of this story, and it's so, so well done.



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[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe / Avengers, fusion with His Dark Materials
FIC LINK: Lacuna
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] morpholomeg
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen / as in notes
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 29 000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Phil Coulson, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Melinda May

FIC SUMMARY:

There were many rumours about the Black Widow, some of which might even have been true. The most reliable of these were presented to Clint in maybe the sketchiest mission briefing he'd ever received, full of words like 'allegedly' and 'probably' and 'although it seems unlikely' which seemed out of place in a SHIELD file. There was only one piece of information that truly surprised him.

"We seriously don't know what her dæmon is, sir?" he asked Coulson.


RECCER'S NOTES: This is definitely my favourite His Dark Materials AU, for how perfectly the daemons are integrated in both characterisation and plot. The author takes advantage of Pullman's worldbuilding to create a believable allegory of normality and disability - but underneath all that is a lovely tale of Natasha, Clint, and how they became friends.
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[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe / Iron Man / Agent Carter / British Actor rpf
FIC LINK: aunts aren't gentlemen
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] screamlet
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen / none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 7400 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Tony Stark, Edwin Jarvis, Anna Jarvis, Peggy Carter, Maria Stark, Howard Stark, Paul Bettany

FIC SUMMARY: “First things first,” Tony says. “I loved A Knight’s Tale."

RECCER'S NOTES: Adorable framing of Tony's backstory. Which manages to be both fun and thoughtful. More complicated than a typical exploration of The Ways in Which Howard Sucked, with a nice glimpse at the women who would have been just as formative.
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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe
FIC LINK: Infinite Coffee and Protection Detail - series.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] owlet
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13
WIP?/WORD COUNT: series [two complete stories posted so far] | ~ 87,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Bucky Barnes; Steve Rogers, team

FIC SUMMARY: The mission resets abruptly, from objective: kill to objective: protect.

RECCER'S NOTES:

There are two complete stories posted so far. You could read only one or the other, but it works better together. While there could be more, each story has an clear ending.

The first one depicts Bucky's reclamtion of himself from the Winter Soldier. I love how this is depicted, how it wars inside of him. Love also the humor that is spread throughout the story. It's hard work for him, so the humor is very much appreciated. He has some help though, the OCs are great!

The second story deals with Bucky's integration into the team. I love how he learns to connect with each of them, each in their own way.

dirty_diana: Hawkeye and Black Widow in Avengers film (clintasha)
[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe / Avengers
FIC LINK: The Nine Lives of Natasha Romanoff
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] starrika
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen / canon-typical violence and general Red Room themed sketchiness
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 11 700 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Phil Coulson

FIC SUMMARY:

She is Nataliya. She is Nathalie. She is Talia. She is Natasza. She is Natasha.

A story of how Natasha Romanoff found herself, with a little help from that annoying American with the bow.


RECCER'S NOTES: Lovely Natasha backstory, a beautiful sketch of how she fought to make herself, and the believable could-have-beens of her origins with SHIELD.

“Clint Barton,” he replied, perfunctorily shaking hands with LeClair. Natasha wondered if he always used Clint. She doubted Barton was his last name, but perhaps it was. The American had done nothing as he was supposed to; it was unexpected and refreshing. She rather hoped he would not be the next on her list, but if he kept turning up like this, the Red Room was bound to notice. The Red Room noticed everything.