Two stories that play with what-if today. What if Tony didn't exist? Or what if Tony hadn't revealed Ironman's identity?

Shadow in the Stream (24746 words) by Azul_Bleu
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: The Avengers (2012), Marvel (Movies), The Avengers - All Fandoms
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Thor (Marvel), Bruce Banner, Natasha Romanov, Phil Coulson
Additional Tags: Community: avengerkink, quantum!, Tony hates magic
Summary:

Caught in the grips of spectacular hangovers, the Avengers wish Tony wasn't around to enable them, and a power decides to grant them their wish: a world without Tony Stark. How do you change reality back to normal without your resident genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, anyway?



This story is heart-warming and angsty. It has a seriously awesome Thor, plus awesome everyone else. I found the plot device whereby the world exists without Tony to be a little high school. But do persist past this as it is an enjoyable, plotty tale.


The Most Amazing Things (Some Terrible Lie) (26511 words) by copperbadge
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: The Avengers - Ambiguous Fandom
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Bruce Banner, Thor (Marvel), Pepper Potts
Additional Tags: Identity Issues, Secret Identity, Identity Porn, Alternate Universe, Publicity, unmasking
Summary:

Tony's decision not to reveal his identity as Iron Man to the world was shrewd and calculated. Too bad it's about to backfire on him like a Jericho missile.



Thanks to [personal profile] sally_maria for recing this one to me. I really liked the way Ironman being anonymous allowed Tony to be the kind of person he wanted to be.

What did you think? And do you have a favourite what-if to rec?
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