So, Avengers fic is apparently the hot new trend, if my reading log of the past month has anything to say on the subject, and I thought I’d help out the people who haven’t been obsessively tracking newly published Avengers fic on AO3. Side note: I’d planned to post this a week before the movie comes out, but, since that’s going to lie sometime around finals for a lot of people, I thought I’d post it now so I don’t ruin anyone’s semester.
Pairings and such are pretty much all over the place. If you want a feel for what to expect, I’ve been obsessively tracking the Steve/Tony, Loki, Clint Barton, and Darcy Lewis tags on AO3, so expect one of the above.
A Bromance Or: How Clint and Natasha Learned to Open Up and Love Their Team by prettyasadiagram
Summary: In which Clint can’t speak Russian and Natasha can make croissants.
Rating: PG-13 (language)
Pairings: None, but can be read as Clint/Natasha
One-shot; 2,409 words
Amateur Theatrics by galaxysoup
Summary: In which Thor’s primary problem-solving method (a mighty blow from Mjolnir) fails to have the desired effect on a magical artifact, and his secondary method (a mightier blow from Mjolnir) proves to be actively disastrous. Kidfic ahead.
Rating: R (language, Tony being given female assets, mentions of what Loki’s gone through according to Norse mythology, suicide)
Multi-chap; 26,562 words
Congratulations on Your Birthday by ashen_key
Summary: Between an ordinary little Russian girl living with her parents and an ex-Soviet assassin-turned-Avenger living in America are 31 birthdays, each celebrated (or not) a different way.
Rating: PG-13 (child death, child abuse, brainwashing, Natasha’s backstory in general)
Pairings: side Natasha/OFC and Natasha/Clint
Multi-chap; 3,100 words
Degrees of Separation by plingo_kat
Summary: Oh god, what if Jarvis infected Dummy with, with emotions. Jesus Christ.
Rating: PG-13 (language, Tony)
Pairings: Steve/Tony (negligible and background, mostly)
One-shot; 1,661 words
Family Ties by skiesovergideon
Summary: After his fall from the Bifrost, Loki finds himself taken in by a suburban family and lacking most of his magic. He resolves to escape them as soon as possible. This does not go the way he planned. Many OCs ahead.
Rating: PG-13 (language, violence)
Multi-chap; 84,560 words
Metal Heart by ashinan
Summary: No one has ever asked Tony if he was fine.
Rating: PG-13 (PTSD)
Pairings: Can be read as either gen or Steve/Tony
One-shot; 2,417 words
Our Bodies Get Bigger (But Our Hearts Get Torn Up) by hipsterchrist
Summary: Tony has been five years old for two whole days when he meets Peggy Carter for the first time.
Rating: PG-13 (canon-compliant character death, alcohol abuse, depression)
Pairings: Steve/Peggy, and here’s where it gets a bit tricky. The last sentence of the fic seems to hint to Steve/Tony, but I much prefer reading the fic as though that sentence doesn’t exist; it just feels off to me. So, read it however you wish.
One-shot; 2,026 words
Phantom Moments Between Each Breath by Sidara
Summary: People see the glow of the arc reactor. They never see the scars.
Rating: T (language, hinted PTSD)
Pairings: gen or Steve/Tony pre-slash
One-shot; 2,138 words
Semaphore by DevilDoll
Summary: “I’m trying to like you, Tony. You’re just making it very hard.”
Rating: NC-17 (depression, jokes about suicide, alcohol abuse, sex)
Genre: Angst/Drama/Romance (in that order)
Pairings: Steve/Tony, Tony/Pepper, past Peggy/Steve, past Steve/Bucky
Two-shot; 39,714 words
Silvertongue by Epiphanyx7
Summary: Post-Avengers. Loki’s plan had gone perfectly; now he needs only to see it to its natural conclusions.
Rating: R (violence, torture, depression, suicidal tendencies, character death; Loki’s PoV [sometimes with a veneer of sexism])
Pairings: Thor/Jane, one-sided Thor/Loki (although it can be seen as platonic), heavily implied Coulson/Clint (plays a small part)
One-shot; 34,004 words
still officially lost by pollyrepeat
Summary: “Barton has clearly imprinted on you,” Fury starts, and keeps talking right over Phil’s knee-jerk, horrified, “He has not,” to seal Phil’s doom by saying, “so I’ve decided that you’re going to take primary responsibility for him from now on.” // “Oh, God,” Phil says, faintly, before he can stop himself. // Otherwise known as SHIELD: The Early Years.
Rating: PG-13 (language, violence, underage drinking, mention of recreational drug use)
Genre: Humor/Friendship (or Family, really)
Pairings: Clint/Archery, Coulson/Improvisation
One-shot; 11,913 words
In other news, I need to find more Darcy fic.