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“Captain America. Steve. I look at your handsome face... into your clear azure eyes... and, as ever, I feel the same guilty envy.”
— Tony, Tales of Suspense Vol. 1 #1

Stony is the slash ship between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark from the Marvel fandom.


The dynamic between Tony Stark and Steve Rogers differs in the different Marvel universes. In general, they have had a close friendship, and in one notable universe (Earth-3490), they were married as well.



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Tony Stark—in the form of Iron Man—along with the original team of Avengers, found Captain America frozen in a block of ice. Over the years, Captain America befriended Iron Man as well Tony Stark when Tony was hiding his superhero identity for many years.

Earth-616 is the main universe that Marvel comics reside in. In this timeline, Steve and Tony are best friends.


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Earth-3490 is a universe that appeared in Dark Reign: Fantastic Four Vol 1 #2 as an alternative universe where the Civil War ended differently. In this universe, the Civil War was averted because Steve and Natasha Stark, Tony's 3490 counterpart, were romantically involved with each other and later got married. In this universe, Stony is canon.


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Anthony Stark, once a brilliant and respected inventor living in the town of Timely, spiraled into alcoholism after the Union army used his repeating rifle to slaughter a large group of Confederates rather than let them surrender. He swore to never pick up a gun again. He broke his promise, however, after Sheriff Steven Rogers was shot and killed. He shot at Steven's killer in grief and rage, and later built a suit of armor to take down those involved in Steven's murder.



During Tony's childhood, his father, Howard, would constantly talk about the great Captain America, so as to inspire Tony to do great things in life. However, this greatly annoyed young Tony, who felt inferior to Captain America in his father's eyes.

When Nick Fury informed Tony of the Avengers Initiative, he learned that Steve was still alive. They met for the first time in Stuttgart, working together to subdue Loki. Tony commented on Steve's fighting skills and took a few subtle jabs at him.

Once the full team was assembled on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Helicarrier and working to decode Loki's scepter, Steve and Tony's personalities clashed. They argued constantly, with Steve feeling that Tony was not taking their situation seriously, and Tony not taking Steve seriously as a leader. They verbally sparred with each other and nearly got into a physical fight, but were interrupted by an attack by Loki's brainwashed soldiers. Immediately forgetting their argument, the two worked together to fix one of the Helicarrier's rotors, which had been damaged during the attack. They later fought alongside each other during the Battle of New York.


Steve and Tony fought alongside each other to retrieve Loki's scepter from the HYDRA facility in Sokovia. After Ultron's reveal and subsequent attack, the two argued, disagreeing on the morality of creating Ultron without the rest of the team's knowledge.

After the disastrous battle at the salvage yard, Steve and Tony tried to relax by chopping wood outside Clint Barton's farmhouse. They discussed how Wanda Maximoff had easily pulled apart the team with her powers, but the discussion quickly turned into an argument as the topic of Ultron came up.

After the Battle of Seoul, Clint delivered the android body Ultron had been working on to Tony, hoping that he would destroy it. Instead, Tony enlisted Bruce to help his complete Ultron's vision. Steve then arrived to Avengers Tower with the Maximoff twins to stop Tony from doing so. The two argued and even briefly fought, but before it could escalate, Thor arrived and shot lightning into the android, bringing it to life.

Steve and Tony fought at each other's side during the Battle of Sokovia, resolving their previous differences to work together. Tony retired from active duty after the battle, and Steve told him that he would miss him.

Natasha Romanoff also comments about how Steve and Tony were "gazing into each other's eyes".


Steve and Tony took opposing sides over the Sokovia Accords; Tony believed that the Avengers needed oversight, while Steve was wary of government agendas. They argued about the issue, though neither was willing to budge on their stance.

After Steve, Sam Wilson, and T'Challa were taken in for intervening in Bucky Barnes' arrest, Tony tried once again to persuade Steve into signing the Accords, promising that Bucky would receive mental health care instead of jailtime if he did. Tony said that sometimes he wanted to punch him in his "perfect teeth," but that he doesn't want to see him gone and that the Avengers needed him. Steve nearly agreed, though he refused when he discovered that Tony was keeping Wanda on house arrest.

Steve and Tony faced off at the Leipzig-Halle airport. Despite the best efforts of Tony's team, Steve and Bucky managed to escape, flying off to Siberia to deal with the supposed Winter Soldier threat. Afterwards, Tony visited the Raft, where Steve's remaining teammates had been imprisoned after the fight. He approached Sam and asked him where the two were heading. Sam made him promise that he would go as a friend, and then told him.

Arriving in Siberia, Tony called a truce with Steve, and the three of them made their way through the facility as a team. The peace did not last, however; Helmut Zemo revealed himself and showed the three the security video of the Winter Soldier killing Tony's parents. Tony angrily confronted Steve, asking if he'd known. When Steve replied that he did, Tony backhanded him across the room and went after Bucky. Steve fought against Tony, trying to defend Bucky from him, their friendship deteriorating throughout the battle.

Tony nearly beat Steve to a standstill. When Steve refused to back down, Tony raised a repulsor for the finishing blow, but Bucky grabbed his leg, distracting him. This gave Steve an opening to beat Tony down and disable his armor. As Steve walked away with Bucky in tow, Tony desperately shouted that Steve didn't deserve his shield. Steve hesitated for a moment, but dropped the shield and continued away with Bucky.

Later, Tony received a package from Steve containing a letter and a burner phone with Steve's number in it. In the letter, Steve apologized for the events that had transpired, and assured Tony that if ever needed him, he was a phone call away. Upon receiving a call from Secretary Ross that Steve had broken into the Raft, Tony refused to answer, and allowed Steve to break out his friends.


Tony was reluctant to call Steve for help finding Vision. He pulled out the burner phone that Steve had sent him, but before he could call, Cull Obsidian and Ebony Maw arrived. During the fight, Doctor Strange was abducted because he held one of the stones that Thanos was looking for. Tony and Peter raced to save him. They were able to kill Ebony Maw, but at the cost of being in space.

Later, when Steve and his friends arrive at the Avengers Base, they discussed where Tony and Peter went. Steve mentioned that Earth had just lost her best defender, in reference to Tony. Tony, Peter, Doctor Strange, and a small team of Guardians fought Thanos in his home world while Steve gathered an army on Earth to fight Thanos's army from taking the last stone from Vision.

Due to the strength of Thanos, as well as the fact that the separation of the Avengers made the team weak, they were unable to stop Thanos from collecting the last two stones and wiping out half the entire universe in an event called "The Snap." Devastated, Steve and the remains of his team tried to seek vengeance against Thanos who had disappeared after the Snap, while Tony and Nebula, the last Guardian who lived post-Snap, struggled to return home.

Steve was the first one to greet Tony and Nebula upon their return from space, but the conflict and feelings that they had during the events of 2016 remained. Soon after Tony and Nebula returned, they found Thanos who was living in a shack. A small team of Avengers travelled to him in hopes of obtaining the stones again. Unfortunately, Thanos had destroyed the stones, and Thor killed him.


For five years, Tony and Steve had gone their separate ways. Steve remained in the Avengers Compound, trying to find a solution to bring back the people who they had lost, while Tony married Pepper Potts and raised their child Morgan. There was a breakthrough when Scott Lang returned from the quantum realm, and Steve reached out to Tony to create a time machine that would allow them to get a new set of stones that would bring back the wiped universe. Initially, Tony was reluctant to do so because he believed that it would erase his time with Pepper and Morgan. However, after Bruce mentioned that the original timeline would not be altered, but rather draw from alternate timelines, Tony built a time machine that would retrieve stones from other timelines.

Steve, Tony, Scott, and Bruce were tasked to retrieve the Tesseract during their trip, but during the initial trip, they were unable obtain it. Steve and Tony traveled back further by themselves to get the Tesseract, which they did so successfully.

When they retrieved all the stones, Tony and Bruce built a gauntlet that would hold the power of the stones. Due to the fact that Bruce was the most resistant to the effects of the stone's powers, was chosen to wield the gauntlet and reverse the effects that Thanos did. However, an alternate version of Thanos had captured the original timeline's Nebula and used the time machine to return to the present and destroy everything.

Steve, Tony, and Thor confronts Thanos but were easily outmatched; however, the reversal of the process allowed the Avengers to match Thanos's army. In the final moments, Thanos obtained the stones again to destroy the entire universe this time. However, Tony was able to steal the Stones and disintegrate Thanos and his army, losing his life in the process.

During Tony's memorial, Steve was one of the closest people to send him off.




Although the two were shipped beforehand, the pairing didn't take off till after the events of the Civil War comic. Many shippers began to write fix-its or post story fan fictions that would have them get together. Shipping in the films took off based on their interactions being read as belligerent sexual tension, although some writers would use their knowledge of the comics to influence the way they wrote the characters in the MCU.

On AO3, Stony is the second most written ship within the Marvel Cinematic Universe tag; Tony's most written, and Steve's second most written.



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  • In the Earth-616 timeline, Steve left his will to Tony.
  • In an interview, Chris Evans talked about how Steve gained his beard. While he was interviewed, Evans mentioned that Steve missed Tony to the point it made Steve a little dangerous. He also mentioned that (while not giving off any spoilers) Steve and Tony are bound to reconcile sooner or later, even if it may be hard.
  • Stony has been featured on the Fandometrics most reblogged ship list several times:
    • It was the third most reblogged ship the week ending April 29th 2019.[1]
    • It was the ninth most reblogged ship the week ending April 15th 2019.[2]
    • It was the fifteenth most reblogged ship the week ending October 8th 2018.[3]





BlackIronShield refers to the ship between Natasha Romanoff, Tony and Steve
Devans refers to the ship between their MCU actors; Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans
Pepperstony refers to the ship between Pepper Potts, Tony and Steve
Stark Spangled Banner refers to the ship between Bruce Banner, Tony and Steve
Stuckony refers to the ship between Bucky Barnes, Tony and Steve
Superfamily refers to the ship between Peter Parker, Tony and Steve (Peter as their son)
T'Stony refers to the ship between T'Challa, Tony and Steve
T'Stuckony refers to the ship between T'Challa, Bucky Barnes, Tony and Steve
ThunderIronShield refers to the ship between Thor Odinson, Tony and Steve



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