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SHARING TIME:
    ღ - It's been a year and a half, has it? I suppose that's not surprising, I've been going through some growing pains stuff re: how to post recs and I've never really settled on a style/method that's worked for me (the details of which are painfully inane and not interesting to anyone but me XD) and so I just kind of shove everything onto tumblr and say, "I'll deal with it later."

But I've been doing that for about three years now and I'm in the middle of shark week, so I guess it's as good a time as ever to go, "Taking on a new project is totally a good thing to do, sure." \:D/ I dunno how successful it'll be, I don't know if I'll update the old site or just start a new one (oh my god the effort I had to go through just to find my password since I'd changed computers!) or stick to social media sites or what. But wish me luck, I guess!

I'll start with the MCU fic recs because, well. I definitely had some feelings about that! Post-Ragnarok and post-Infinity War, largely Thor-centric because I know what I'm about. :D

AND ONTO THE RECS:
    Marvel/MCU - 103 Fanfics


THOR FIC RECS:
The Lullaby Singer by TheOtherOdinson, odin & loki & thor & frigga, 85k wip
    Odin hasn't left Asgard in over a thousand years. When he finds out Loki is still alive and preparing to launch an attack on Midgard, he could send Thor to stop him. Or Odin could go himself.
    I don't even remember where I left off with this fic, only that I recently picked it back up again because I was ready to start reading in this fandom again, and promptly got sucked into it like you wouldn't believe. It's so good, it's one of those that's does justice to all the things it sets out to put into the story--balancing these four characters and their various motivations, being true to how none of them are perfect people, but they're genuinely trying, and breathing such wonderful life into Asgard's worldbuilding and history. It's a story that shows that Odin and Frigga made mistakes, but it's gorgeous for how it actually digs into Odin's character, understands him and why he does the things he does (he never does something without a reason, after all), and yet doesn't shortchange Loki's pain for it. And while Thor is not a central figure in this story, he's not without his motivations and presence as well, which is exactly how I enjoy my Loki fic. Well, Odin & Loki fic, it's really about the two of them at its heart, both separately and together. And it does a brilliant job of not softening the impact of either of their actions, while working towards showing the sympathetic reasonings behind them, which is my goddamned jam.
    One of the things that always stuck out early on to me is Odin's treatment of Sif and the Warriors Three, that when I first read it, it almost felt like it was trying to soften up Loki, trying to ignore the weight of his crimes--but the further the fic touched on how things unfolded, the more it showed why Odin did it, that there were deeper reasons, and I came around to actually agree with that decision. There's a moment where Frigga and Thor are discussing the secrets that have been brought to light and the things they have to still hold back, where she doesn't dismiss that the truth can be valuable, but that the reasons and purpose behind withholding something often have value as well, and she's right about that, it's not a black and white issue. That this is about all of the characters dealing with the fallout of Thor 1 and The Avengers and having to grow beyond it, which means it can't be a simple matter, it can't be a shallow one side is totally right and the other side totally wrong. That's why I love that this fic is already novel length and it's only beginning to have Loki start to soften towards his family, that it's still playing around with the bigger mystery of just what happened to Odin's mother Bestla, that it's not just about this part of the family, but the bigger family of their entire line. That it's a story slowly weaving in history in a beautifully done way, where I would happily read 300k of this fic and never get tired of it but also want to immediately know more right now!
    This is a fic that made me want to read in this fandom again (I give a lot of credit to this fic for getting me back into the world of the Asgardians!) because it's so nuanced and meaningful and has such impact. It's beautifully written, it has such great emotional impact (whenever someone goes to see Loki I always sit up a little straighter because I know something really satisfying is coming, and I love that my favorite is the Thor & Loki one, BUT ALSO this fic has probably my favorite Vili yet, I am SO IN LOVE with his dynamic with Odin, that they're such brothers), that it's still a fic that is very much aware of how the characters need to move forward (not just in their personal relationships, but Loki needs to learn to let go, Thor needs to learn to think more, so his attempts to go to the library or to take time to parse out his father's motivations or speak with his mother about secrets, all of it is geared towards giving Thor a quiet character arc that will let his natural goodness find its way out, just as it did in the arc of the movies themselves), and ALL OF IT IS JUST SO GOOD.

Ultimatum by berlynn_wohl, thor/loki, NSFW, intersex!loki, 2.9k
    Loki decides to join the Greek pantheon. When Thor shows up to bring him home, Loki agrees...on one condition.
    This was entirely a pwp, where Loki has fucked off during his younger days and the only way he'll agree to come back is if Thor fucks him, the way he's always wanted. And he gets very, very thoroughly fucked over a couch, pretty much everywhere Thor can stick his cock, he does, and it's one of those that's just cheerfully filthy and fun and delightful for it! I read this in the middle of my post-Ragnarok haze and it didn't even matter that it wasn't set around the movie, it was just a really fun sex romp with these two.

Territorial Pissings by peregrineMendicant, thor/loki, NSFW, rough sex, dub-con, 1.2k
    Thor needs Loki to understand that there are consequences for his actions.
    This is another pwp fic that's not going to be for everyone, but I enjoy some of these kinks, especially the spanking one as an outlet for emotional release, that someone like Loki would find it a good way to get past his resistance, his pride, and finally be able to let go of it, to feel like he can be punished and be forgiven. And at the same time be really, really turned on by it! But it's also just embracing being a pwp about cheerfully filthy sex and I always enjoy that, to go along with Loki being a mess.

All Our Cyclic Games by j_gabrielle, thor/loki, human au, ~1k
    Thor introduces himself first. Loki offers his name up shyly after a beat. They aren't called Thor and Loki here, of course, but a soul knows a soul.
    This was cute and fluffy and really kinda sweet! It didn't need to be long to do what it wanted to do, showing little moments of Thor and Loki reincarnated into a new life, finding each other again with such ease, and everything is soft, kind, warm, and fluffy. SOMETIMES I NEED THAT. ♥

The More Things Change... by TheOtherOdinson, thor & loki & odin & frigga & volstagg & sif & cast, 8.4k
    Loki ends up in restraints a lot. This isn't a new thing.
    This was a wonderful series of scenes of Loki getting tied up and various people helping him, a smattering of Norse mythology mixed into the movies and a whole lot of really great characterization to show how much people cared about Loki and yet I can see him building up this burning resentment for the situations he keeps getting placed in. I love every single one of these, TheOtherOdinson does one of the best jobs in the entire fandom at writing these characters, everyone is so sharp and well balanced, that this might be a Loki fic but none of the rest of them suffer for it, Odin and Frigga and Thor and Volstagg and Sif all get fantastic moments, there's such adventure and magic in this fic, it really feels like an epic, told in small scenes, and it's an absolutely fantastic read!

Bound in His Bones by gaslightgallows (hearts_blood), odin/frigga & loki, 2.6k
    There is only so much that Frigga can do, for a starving baby that she cannot even touch.
    Oh, I adored this fic, it gave me such feelings about Loki with both his parents, that Odin was the only one who could touch him, so of course he was Loki's favorite, that Odin spent as much time as he could with him, clearly adored the baby, but had so many other things of importance, too. And Frigga unable to touch this child that she could see suffering from not quite fitting in yet, not quite settled yet, and it made me ache right along with her, for how much she loved. This fic does a beautiful job of blending something heartbreaking with something hopeful, something aching with something sweet. It's a really lovely story that gave me a ton of feelings.

Rarities, B-Sides & Other Stuff by TheOtherOdinson, thor & loki & odin & frigga & various, 8.7k
    A collection of one-shots from my Tumblr blog.
    I almost wanted to recommend these individually, but I think they work better as a collection of various stories, which are always fascinating under this author's hand. I especially loved anything with Frigga--chapter #2 is probably my favorite, it's a headcanon/fic piece about Odin's first meeting with her, the utterly smitten way he has around her, an absolute dumbass about it, while she's sharp and intelligent and kind and warm, it just did my heart so much good! And chapter #4! With bb!Loki following kidlet!Thor around! SO MUCH CUTE! And chapter #5 with kid!Loki and Thor, after he was reborn! So heartbreaking, but also so sweet! Like, that's what this collection of ficlets is, a whole bunch of little scenes put together that just give me all the feelings, so totally worth picking up and reading!

Inspection by berlynn_wohl, thor/loki, NSFW, medical roleplay, 3.1k
    Loki reminds Thor of a game they used to play. (Another take on the missing scene on the ship after Ragnarok.)
    A really fun bit of light-hearted medical roleplay kink that has some satisfyingly hot sex and banter between the characters, one of those that's just so enthusiastic about what it wants to do, that it carries me right along with it into just having a blast while reading it!




THOR: RAGNAROK FIC RECS:
home through shadows journeying by Etharei, thor/loki, NSFW, ragnarok spoilers, 3.5k
    Life on the ship is a lot like being in limbo.
    This is one of the first fics I read in my post-Ragnarok haze and it's so good, the writing is lovely and it does a lovely job of balancing the weight of all that history they have with the more immediate intimacy and connection between them. It's one of my favorites of all that I've read for this movie so far, it's really satisfying and lovely sex, and just SUCH A GOOD READ for when you want fic based around those final scenes.

I Want To Be More by ValkyrieShepard, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, 4.4k
    When Loki comes to visit Thor after everything's been done, a hug leads to something more intimate.
    More fic based on the final scenes, more emotional porn to go with the actual porn, and wall sex, yes, thank you. It does well with that sense of how they're in a better place, they both understand themselves and the other person better, and even brings in Loki's Jotunn form (always a bit of a favorite trope) and some very nice sex to go along with it. A lovely addition to the post-Ragnarok collection!

From The Ashes by IAmJustAlways (ThirtySeven), thor/loki & valkyrie & cast, ragnarok spoilers, 4.9k wip
    His people could now fit into a single hall in a space ship, and so many of them were children. Too many young faces would grow up without Asgard even as a memory. Of Asgard’s great, famed warriors there was only he and the Valkyrie left. How many healers with Asgard’s secrets resided in this hall, broken? How many of the mighty sorcerers? He had never cared much for books and things metaphorical, but in that moment Thor was ready to weep for all the knowledge lost in Asgard’s great Library.
    I think this might be the fic I'm most excited about seeing update, that it's the first one I've seen that may build up into something longer and more epic, something that builds from where the movie left off! I have been craving that, even as it was too soon to expect much from the fandom--but it's not just that it was the first I found, it's actually very nicely done. It works even just as this one chapter, that it's about the days immediately after they fly away from the ruins of Asgard, the slow process of trying to even begin to regroup, to try to figure out who should do what, how they're going to survive, where they'll go and how they'll get there, the details of worldbuilding that I crave, wrapped up in the exhaustion and terror of doing this without anyone to guide them. I love how much this fic gets into Thor's character, the balancing act the fic does with his soul-weariness after all he's lost and the weight that's been placed on his shoulders as the King of Asgard now versus that he bears up under this weight as only he can. It's a great look for all the cast and the details that come up woven into an interesting fic, but also great for how much I really, really fucking love Thor's character himself.

gage by spookykingdomstarlight, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, 3.8k
    “I don’t recognize the stars here,” Thor said after a pause so long Loki had thought he wouldn’t answer, would ignore him entirely. His voice seemed caught between rocks, spit out through sharp-edged pebbles that could only do what their nature told them to do.
    I'm not sure I'm going to be able to convey why this fic was so gorgeous to me, other than that it does something I've been dearly wanting--it's from Loki's point of view, but it's a fic that actually shows how he thinks about Thor, what he sees of Thor's issues, it shows Thor's struggles. It does so beautifully, there's such a weight to the characters here, such beautiful language and you feel the cost of everything they've been through, while still fitting with the tone of the movie. It's a beautiful fic about the complicated relations between these two characters, the issues that they both bring to the table, and a really great look at both their characters, it really does a beautiful job of Loki's view of Thor's character at the end of the movie. This sounds like a bland rec, but it really is one of my favorites of post-Ragnarok fic that I've read here!

followed you down by homovikings, thor/loki & asgardians, ragnarok spoilers, 1.3k
    It’s Asgard but it isn’t.
    OMG YES. Fic where they land in Norway and start to rebuild, the sense of how this is Asgard, but also it isn't, the weight that's on Thor as the leader of his people now and the growth he's continued over the course of the film, all wrapped up in the broad details of the things they have to do to set up a new place for themselves. It balances something of a bird's eye view of a plot with that this is about characters and the places both of them, Thor and Loki, fit into in this new world for themselves, how Loki balances what he wants to be, how Thor balances what he needs to be, and it's just really good, ahhhh.

Keep hoping, Keep fighting by will_thewisp, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, 1.7k
    Because that's what heroes do. Thor gives Loki that hug. Post-Ragnarok (so, SPOILERS).
    I loved this fic, that Loki was so prickly and Thor was so soldiering-through-everything, but in a way that there was clear love and affection there, much like how it felt like... well, not quite like the days before Thor's failed coronation, they've been through too much to ever be that again I suspect, but something in that direction again. It was sharply written and delightfully fun and pretty much exactly what I wanted from the fandom after the film, with bonus really good banter!

put out the flames by finalizer, thor/loki & avengers, ragnarok spoilers, 7.2k
    Thor has his doubts, but he takes Loki back to Earth. Somehow, it gets easier from there.
    Thor and Loki make it back to Earth and it goes about as well as anyone could expect it to. I enjoyed the banter here and how they're so much more united than they used to be, that Loki doesn't fit in easily with Thor's friends and there's still a lot of shit they have to work through, but the undercurrent beneath it is not an undertow anymore, there's something solid there that they can navigate. I enjoyed that this was a softening of Loki (though, it definitely focused on his issues more than anything) but not too fast or too quickly. It was a slightly longer read (for post-Ragnarok fic, that is) and yet it flew by, I'm really glad to have read it!

Here and now by Chelidona (Hobbity), NSFW, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, 1.9k
    Thor: Ragnarok spoilers! A missing scene for which I am sure there are already 100 fanfictions I will soon look for at the end of the movie, a scene that just begged to be expanded.
    Another lovely fic that gives me everything I want--hugs and resolution and porn! I thought this one did a very nice job of balancing the heavier and more serious feelings with that they're in a better place now, that it's obvious there's still a lot under the surface, but not in a festering way anymore, instead more of a long history and heavy weight that they can bear more easily now. And then the two of them coming together, the sex to reaffirm what they mean to each other, it was just really satisfying to read!

two by homovikings, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, ~1k
    They move as one.
    This is a bit more of a direct pwp fic, but it still has lovely emotional intimacy to go with the physical intimacy, and some very nice imagery--that one of Thor laying Loki out on the bed and pushing his legs apart stuck with me for awhile and was very, very nice. Just a lovely bit of writing here!

better stop and rebuild all your ruins by ohliamylia, thor & loki, ragnarok spoilers, 1.3k
    Thor and Loki regroup. Immediate post-movie tag.
    More banter and bonding between the brothers at the end of the movie, where they're speaking the same language a lot more, there's an obvious deeper getting of how they speak to each other, how each of them treats the other, which I thought did a nice job of following up on the movie's growing understanding from both characters, that it gave them the breathing room to really look at who each of them actually were now, to come to terms with that. And it's so much better here and a lovely little read.

might as well be strangers (but oh, i don’t want to) by EllaYuki, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, ~1k
    as they make their way to commandeer a ship out of sakaar, loki and thor have a conversation in an elevator. (loki's point of view during the elevator scene.)
    A nice little companion scene to the conversation during the elevator ride (as it says on the tin) that shows what Loki's going through, the growing pains he tries to wade through during the course of this movie. I wish the fic had been capitalized, that might be a deal-breaker for some, but the feelings of the piece were nicely done and so I had no trouble reading it myself!

Bookie's post-hug fic by thebookhunter, thor/loki, NSFW, ragnarok spoilers, 2.9k
    Thor has no intention to stop hugging. Fine by Loki. Like, really, *really* fine.
    Ahhh, I enjoyed this one as well! There's a satisfying shift in their relationship, especially from Loki's point of view, but also porn! With a brief bit of wall sex and then LIGHTNING PORN rather literally and, yes, I have been waiting for that and it was such a fun, satisfying fic for me, the porn and relationship both lovely to read! And I really do enjoy how much more settled they feel here!

The Breath Between Regrets by Vera (Vera_DragonMuse), thor/loki & valkyrie & heimdall & hulk & korg, ragnarok spoilers, 9.5k
    The journey to Midgard should take a year and a day. Long enough for many things.
    Oh, this was such a satisfying read, the length was just right for the giving room for all the events between movies to breathe, to give it time to explore life on the ship, to explore the developing relationships between various characters, and I really enjoyed how well balanced it was between the entire cast. It's still a Thor/Loki fic at its heart, but it did a lot of bits of building those other relationships, Thor's friendship with Valkyrie and Hulk and Heimdall all got their moments, even as Loki was most important, that the progression of the Thorki dynamic was wonderfully done, the characterization sharp and fun and so solid. I read this whole fic like I just whipped right on through it, the time barely seemed to pass because I was so engaged with it, nothing about it dragged at all, and was just really damn satisfying for slife-of-lice stuff that I'm craving about their journey to Earth.

What the Thunder Said by kyrilu, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, ~1k
    Days after the battle, Thor's skin is still sparking lightning.
    This was an absolute, utter delight to read, the banter is just a ton of fun, and this was really a fic about Thor coming to terms with everything, still wading through all the shit that happened, and it manifesting through lightning, as Loki pokes at him to help. It was lovely and super satisfying to read!

the silver forked sky by powerfulsound, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, nsfw, 1.2k
    There is a storm, sparking under Thor’s skin. Attracted to it, a magpie to shiny things, Loki is helpless in Thor’s wake.
    Another lovely fic, this one more a collection of moments on the ship after the movie, little bits and pieces of characterization that show the progression of their relationship, that it's not easy and it's not a smooth path, there are still jagged edges, but they are absolutely moving forward. And I really liked this line especially, from Loki's thoughts: I would have never knelt for her, but I would kneel for this insufferable oaf-

Reunion by riventhorn, thor/loki, nsfw, ragnarok spoilers, 1.3k
    After so long apart, Loki can't help being drawn to Thor.
    Another lovely post-Ragnarok fic that's all about their relationship and how they're drawn to each other and the new stage they're in, the new emotional intimacy that's something a little better than it was. Still a work in progress, but moving forward. A very nice read to pick up after the movie!

Privilege to love by will_thewisp, thor/loki, NSFW, ragnarok spoilers, 2.6k
    He didn’t know why Loki felt the need to fight him on every ground, to hide things that had no business being hidden, but he was determined to meet him on every occasion. To Thor it seemed that Loki fought with himself as much as with Thor.
    Sleepy sex! And that's really what this fic is about, it's a pwp that's about showing the repaired connection between them and being much more light-hearted and good than things have been in ages. It's definitely fluffy, but in the way that I really enjoy and I thought worked with the tone of the movie and where these characters are at. Plus, really satisfying and super hot sex, playful and sleepy and just like sinking into a very nice warm bath, ahhhh.

followed you down by homovikings, thor/loki & heimdall & valkyrie & tony & sif & cast, ragnarok spoilers, 5.3k
    It’s Asgard but it isn’t.
    I've recommended this fic before, but it's been updated and finished and so I wanted to do a new rec! I really enjoyed this fic, it sailed right along and it did a nice job of blending the movie events with those of the comics, of bringing Asgard to Earth, of reconnecting (or kind of not) with the other Avengers, of bringing Sif back to them, of showing that adjustment period where they figure out where to go next. It's a fic that's, at its heart, about Thor and Loki, but it does lovely worldbuilding and detailing, just as much as it shows the work they're continuing to do on their relationship and the better direction everything is heading in for them, after so much shit has happened. I also really, really enjoyed the Tony parts of the story, that was definitely a scream to read and I'd have loved for more of the Avengers to show up! But also, BUILDING A NEW ASGARD, yes give me all of that.

drowning on your shore by psikeval, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, 1.3k
    Loki, entirely solid, does not flicker and does not flinch.
    A lovely little coda piece for the movie, it's all about the intimate drama of the hug scene and everything they're going through then, how it cuts deeply into both of them, how much it means to both of them. And then adding in some really nice, satisfying kissing to go with that!

In my Arms by wetdandelions, thor/loki, NSFW, ragnarok spoilers, 1.2k
    “I’m here,” says Loki. Set after the end of Thor: Ragnarok. PWP. SPOILERS.
    Another nice little coda to the movie about that scene that got so many shippers going, with some nicely done and satisfying for resolution sex to go with it! A nice pwp for when you like emotional resolution but sometimes you just need them to kiss and then fuck already!

In the Flesh by hjbender, thor/loki, NSFW, ragnarok spoilers, intersex!loki, 6.3k
    Loki stares back, gives the stopper a gentle toss. It sparkles briefly in the air before he catches it again. “There isn’t anything else you’d like to give me? Nothing you’d like to say? Because”—he spreads his arms and smiles invitingly, both hands suddenly empty—“here I am.”
    The beginning of this is a little unfocused/more about Loki than anything, but once they get past the initial awkwardness, I just got absolutely engrossed in this fic and sailed right through it because it's pretty much everything I love in this fandom--banter, issues, and porn! It's what it says on the tin, that it's a pwp fic with one long sex scene, set after the movie and lightly touching on the possibility of Loki getting pregnant, and it hit all the tropes of this fandom in exactly the way that does it for me, that makes them sharp and sparkling again. The sex is ridiculously hot, it's as enthusiastic as it is filthy, the way they both give each other shit and yet it's done with such obvious adoration on both sides, that both of them are genuinely funny, that endears it even further to me. This really was one of my favorites to read for post-movie fic, it's pwp but it's not quick or over too soon, instead it revels in it for just the right amount of time and was super hot, god bless.

Nowhere Is Home Unless We're Both In the Same Place by Velocity_Owl87, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, 1.3k
    After the dust has settled, Thor realizes the implications of Kingship and Asgard's future mean for him as the new King of Asgard. Thankfully, he doesn't have to grapple with the situation alone, at least.
    And another lovely post-Ragnarok coda that gives even more emotional resolution and intimacy between these two characters, something warmer and softer than we've had from them in years, those moments of breathing room they finally have after the movie that are surprisingly warm and surprisingly kind. Another that's like a warm bath to sink into after watching the movie!

Heroes Run Towards Their Problems by Naiveandoptimistic, thor & loki & valkyrie & hulk & korg & cast, ragnarok spoilers, 1.6k
    Post-Ragnarok. Valkyrie is a drunken hot mess. Loki conceals, Hulk worries, and Thor gives some wisdom.
    A collection of scenes post-Ragnarok that focus on a variety of different interactions and I really liked pretty much all of them and the characterization here! I was especially charmed by what a mess Valkyrie is and how much I continue to absolutely love her pretty much forever. It was especially great to get some Thor & Valkyrie interaction, because I am D E S P E R A T E for more of their weird friendship! And this just did a lovely job with them and everyone together.

Not an Illusion by janto321 (FaceofMer), thor/loki, NSFW, ragnarok spoilers, ~1k
    Loki and Thor find comfort in one another
    Another short but lovely and satisfying pwp fic that gave me both the sexy times and the emotional satisfaction I was looking for after the movie! It doesn't have to be long to be a lovely little read that I'm delighted to add to the collection of post-Ragnarok fics. ♥

black sheep and mischief by grim_lupine, thor & loki, ragnarok spoilers, 3.2k
    A bird alights on Thor’s shoulder and pecks his cheek twice, hard enough to make him wince. “What are you doing?” it warbles in his ear. “Wondering what my brother is doing up at this hour, little bird,” Thor replies. “Will you go ask him for me?”
    Oh, this was a gorgeous post-Ragnarok piece, it does absolutely everything I wanted from a fic like this--it balances both Thor and Loki's characters, it keeps both of them sharp and funny and with narrative weight, while getting them spot on. This is a fic that really helped me see how Loki would fit into helping Thor to rule, given where he's at after the events of the last few years, that he's prickly and emotionally messy, but still somehow better. The fic really got that, while also understanding the heavy weight that Thor was carrying these days and how much his new role weighs on him, yet he carries on as he must. The way he feels tired here, weary and worn, but still ready to keep going is fantastic. And all of it is wrapped up in really fantastic banter, too!

Never Doubt That I Love You by ValkyrieShepard, thor/loki & heimdall & valkyrie & hulk & cast, NSFW, ragnarok spoilers, 10.6k
    After Thor's proposal, Loki pulls away. As Thor is busy trying to rule his people, Loki finds him again, and the two of them scout a possible planet for their people where Thor tries to get through his brother's walls. There is much Loki has to work through.
    This is a sequel to I Want To Be More, which it would help to have read first! This is a fic that definitely embraces the softer side of the characters, yet I can put that together with where they are in canon and I certainly tore through this without so much as looking up from my reader while I was reading it! I love that it balances the Thor/Loki relationship with bits of slice-of-life onboard the ship, that Thor's learning what it means to lead his people now that they no longer have Asgard, while also furthering Loki's slow coming around and that it's not a simple, smooth path. There's also some lovely wall sex and then some "exploring a planet so of course they have sex where Loki rides Thor's dick like a thing possessed" and the pacing and length of the story was just perfect for what it was doing. It's well balanced between the two characters and it scratched all those itches my id wanted after the movie and was just a delight to read today!

after you, i dont know what i believe in by CallicoKitten, thor/loki & valkyrie & bruce & heimdall & cast, ragnarok spoilers, 9.6k
    aka, the long road to midgard
    This fic was an absolute delight to read, there are some scenes where it has done the absolute best job of capturing the timing and feel of the movie's tone that I have yet read in this fandom, but it's also got plenty of serious moments, it gets in a bit of worldbuilding, it gets in some Thanos speculation, it gets in friendship building, it gets in Thor/Loki, it gets in people being disasters but still in a better place in their lives, it gets in Thor working to be a good leader to his people. It's honestly everything I could ask for from post-Ragnarok fic, that it's really an ensemble piece (if some characters get more focus than others), while also does justice to Thor's character, that he's not perfect, that he gets made fun of, but there's a gravitas to him when needed, that Valkyrie might make fun of him, but she obviously will follow him into hell, Heimdall is amused by him, but will follow his lead, Loki is a dick but you can feel the love he has for Thor as well. I love that there are moments when Thor feels betrayed by people, but he handles it in the way he does now--with a genuine reaction, while still being understanding and seeing their logic.
    I love that there are scenes like the group heading to Knowhere and, sure, Loki's the one with the contact, but the scene is about Thor finding ways to help his people, finding the best people for the best task, and when it goes sideways, it's about the King of Asgard's need to comport himself in a certain way, but without putting so much of a strain on the character that it breaks the story. That probably sounds like a weird thing to compliment, but it made it so satisfying, that it felt like this was a natural extension of the movie, that it got the balance placed on the various moving parts, and that this was a story centered on Thor himself. Each separate storyline running through this fic has its own weight and narrative importance, and it was just so satisfying. I admit, I picked it up because it was Thor/Loki, but I enjoyed it for the Thor focus and the ensemble focus and the plot focus, it was just exactly what I've wanted! Also, it was hilarious in all the right spots.

Crossroads by kyrilu, loki & heimdall, ragnarok spoilers, ~1k
    As Loki leaves Sakaar with a shipload of former prisoners, Heimdall decides to 'visit.'
    This was a short but delightful fic where Loki is weighing his options after being picked up by Korg and company, with Heimdall's thoughts in his head. The banter does a hilarious job with the movie's sense of humor and timing, that once I got to the end, it felt like, okay, yeah, I could see this with the movie! Plus, it's just really funny!

victory runes by spookykingdomstarlight, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, 3.3k
    A snake couldn’t change its colors, try as he might, trust his own intentions as he wanted to. At this moment, legs braced on either side of Thor’s lap, he couldn’t imagine doing anything to undermine Thor’s rule, his wants, his needs. But tomorrow was another day and Loki’s whims were mercurial.
    I was a little wary of this fic because of the unhappy ending tag, but I don't think it's a permanently unhappy ending, more that this seems like a reasonable bump in the road along the way. But where this fic won me over is in the way Loki looks at Thor, the way there's such weight and presence to Thor's character, that he's impossible to ignore when he's in the room, that Loki's complicated feelings towards him, that mix of love and hate, is done with such a deft hand that I had so many feelings about it. It's an ouchy fic, but a gorgeously written ouchy fic that does justice to both characters and was a beautiful read.

Laughing and Not Being Normal by etymologyplayground, thor & loki & valkyrie & cast, ragnarok spoilers, 5k
    The Revengers bum around.
    I really enjoyed this fic for being exactly what it sets out to do--the Revengers just kind of bum around the ship, because there's not much to do on a long journey and they're all stuck with each other. There's a nice touch of humor and something almost a little off the wall, in the way that fits with the movie's tone, and it's a great slice-of-life kind of piece, where it's just the characters hanging around and playing cards and being so themselves. The fic also really, really won me over when Thor got his moments to be the most obnoxious older brother just about ever in a way that was absolutely 100% Thor. It's a team piece, but it's got some great Thor moments and that is all I ever ask!

How Far Away The Stars by Ren, thor/loki, NSFW, ragnarok spoilers, 4.4k
    "I can't be your brother. More than that, I can't be your lover." Loki still won't look at him. "Yet I can't stop myself from wanting to be both. You asked me why I am as I am, Thor: this is the madness that consumes me."
    Yes, more satisfying and hot porn, thank you! It's also more about the hug scene, it's more of that intimate drama that I vibe so well on, the touches and feelings between these two characters that have such weight and heft to them that they cannot be ignored, that there's something almost larger than life about them even as this is a quiet, personal moment for them. It's very intimate, it's face-touching and hair-touching and quiet words that they wouldn't be able to say elsewhere, it's all that history between them, and then it's satisfying resolution through sex, where it's almost easy to slide into Loki, to open him up with fingers first and then push into him, that mix of something almost soft now and the harder way they treat each other. It was a lovely piece that just hit the right notes for me for what I wanted from it!

i brought a knife to a gunfight by paperclipbitch, valkyrie & bruce, 2.3k
    “I have questions,” Valkyrie says. “I don’t want to answer them,” Bruce replies.
    I loved this relationship in the movie and I'm sad I haven't seen more fic for it, but this one was absolutely delightful and really captures that sharp, funny tone from the movie! It's such a great buddy dynamic (but also I would totally be down for seeing them smooch) and there's such an irreverance and dark humor from both of them (even as Bruce is still kind of twitchy, in the way he should be after everything he's been through) that just worked beautifully, it's a great piece.

The History of the Aesir by what_alchemy, thor/loki & valkyrie & heimdall & cast, NSFW, ragnarok spoilers, 8.5k
    "This Thor niggles at Loki like a forgotten word on the tip of the tongue, like a tooth hanging by a stubborn thread, like the skin around a wound that refuses to die." or Loki gets a hobby.
    I really, really enjoyed this fic a lot, it was beautifully in character and there's a great sense of a building something within Loki, something complicated and difficult to name, but that suited his character so very well, especially as he was maybe kinda sorta nice to the other Asgardians and didn't stab them in the back immediately and maybe even liked some of them, that his feelings on pregnancy (and his relationship with Thor being tangled up in that) and what he can even do for the future of Asgard was all nicely mixed together. I really loved the details of Loki's magic here, the limitations of it and the various uses of it, the sense of nostalgia for what they've all lost, but what they need going forward as well, the sense of Loki and what parts of him are Odin and Frigga's, what parts of him are Asgardian, and what always will be, versus what parts are Jotunn. It's a really beautiful look at the complications in all of it, as well as some very nicely done fleshing out of the Asgardians left on the Ark.

the real banishment is the family we made along the way by scioscribe, loki & hela, 5.3k
    Hela did not ask for company in her sealed-up world, but evidently Odin is economical in containment strategies for his misbegotten children.
    I did not expect to become so engaged with a fic centered on Hela and Loki's relationship, as I'm more of a Thor fan, but, oh, this one worked so beautifully well. There's such a mutual bitterness here and the fic doesn't shave any of that off them, so much as it gently adds something else, bit by bit, nasty comment and broken bone by nasty comment and broken bone. What really got me--aside from that Loki wouldn't shut up about Thor, yes, give me all of that--is that they're not the same person, that there's something soft to Loki that's not there in Hela, yet even she comes around, but not in the same way as Loki. For all that they're themed similarly, they're very different characters, and this fic really gets that. But also it's just SUPER HILARIOUS as they spend years and years together in a magical prison that Odin tries to make kind, but it really isn't, and they swipe and snipe at each other, in that way that siblings do. It's a really, really fantastic piece!

How long we were fooled by Ark, thor/loki & frigga & valkyrie & asgard & cast, NSFW, ragnarok spoilers, 28.2k
    Loki is not a good man, he knows; there is something rotten in the core of him; and even a much better man might let Thor kiss him, since Thor still tastes of sizzling lightning, like gathering rain, like a desire so fierce and so awful to him that when released it could bring Asgard to its knees.
    This is definitely a Loki story at its heart, but Thor has a really solid presence in both Loki's thoughts and when he's in the room! It's a fic that starts from when they were children in Asgard to when they were growing up to the events of the other movies, all the way through to Ragnarok, and it's so easy to read, I practically read the whole thing in just two sittings because I barely noticed time passing. It lovingly works on their powers, makes them truly gods in this galaxy that they live in, that Loki's magic is immense, but also, oh, Thor and his lightning, it's truly this heavy, huge thing that looms in the story, that shapes their lives because of the sheer power of it, of Thor. It's also a fic that's very much about being a little softer to these characters, that Loki's not ever really going to be a good person, he never was, but Thor loves him and Loki loves Thor and they do find their way towards something good here. And, oh, the sex is so satisfying, the first time they have sex on an alien world and what it says about the way they've finally come together, the brief moments they have together over time, and then when they finally come together again after Ragnarok, when Thor is both a storm and almost kind when he fucks Loki, when he holds him and thrusts into him, it's beautifully written sex that's as satisfying emotionally as it is pleasing to the id. Such a good, long, kind-hearted, warm, satisfying read!

Say it right by yourfearlessleader, thor/loki, NSFW, ragnarok spoilers, 1k
    They don't talk about it. They've never talked about it.
    This is pretty much what it says on the tin--a rough sex pwp that's about the undercurrents of something better, something more put to rights, while Thor's hand his heavy around Loki's throat as he fucks him and it satisfying something in both of them. A nice bite-sized fic to help with that resolution we all want and give us some very pleasing sex to go with it.

Intermission by tegary, thor/loki & hulk, ragnarok spoilers, 1.8k
    Loki tends to Thor after his fight with the Grandmaster's Champion.
    Another fic where Loki tends to Thor after the fight in the Arena while also having to deal with both the Hulk and his own feelings. It's definitely on the softer side, but in a way that I can see fitting with the movie, and I'm always, always here for Loki fussing over Thor in a way that I can absolutely see happening, too!

victory runes by spookykingdomstarlight, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, 3.3k
    A snake couldn’t change its colors, try as he might, trust his own intentions as he wanted to. At this moment, legs braced on either side of Thor’s lap, he couldn’t imagine doing anything to undermine Thor’s rule, his wants, his needs. But tomorrow was another day and Loki’s whims were mercurial.
    I was initially wary of this fic, as the tags made it seem like it might be brutal on my poor delicate flower soul, but I didn't actually take it that way, as completely, fundamentally unhappy! It's more that there's all this tension brewing between the characters, they're in a difficult situation and while much of the animosity has been cleared away, there's still going to be some and there's still mistrust and they are still who they are. There's a really solid weight to the characterizations of both of them, I love that it's a Loki POV but Thor has such weight and presence in the room, and that the fight really felt like one they'd have. I took it as a stop along the way rather than the epitome of the whole journey, and it really worked for me that way!

Crossroads by kyrilu, loki & heimdall, ragnarok spoilers, ~1k
    As Loki leaves Sakaar with a shipload of former prisoners, Heimdall decides to 'visit.'
    This was short but absolutely perfect for what it was, a couple of little missing moments between Loki and Heimdall and all the history between them and how Heimdall watches over his charges. It's got a hilarious sense of humor that fits with the movie, enough that the flow towards the lines from the movie wind up really working for me! Just a fun little possibility of a fic!

rebuild all your ruins by Lizzen, thor/loki, nsfw, ragnarok spoilers, 2.1k
    A simple expression of something, something like love. Post-Thor: Ragnarok, Hug Scene
    Not quite a pwp, but not quite plotful either, this was a lovely piece that sated my need for them to just kiss already--well, to just fuck already, too. It's all about the immediate, intimate drama rather than bigger scope, and there's this really nice feeling of kissing and kissing and kissing that really satisfied me, because sometimes a kiss is just as satifying as sex for when it comes to resolution and exploring what's between two characters.

The opposite of love by ravenbringslight, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, 1.1k
    Thor is weary.
    One of the things I really enjoy, after watching a movie that I'm deeply invested in, is coming to fandom to find these quieter moments that pick up on important scenes, that deliver me a sort of intimate drama and resolution, which this fic does very nicely. It's not about resolving everything, but instead about showing how much they've both lost and how that's drawn them back together and stripped so much else away that they no longer need. It's almost a tired piece, but a very hopeful and warm one, which fits the end of the movie perfectly!

a land flowing with milk and honey by LadyCharity, thor & loki & valkyrie & cast, ragnarok spoilers, 11.7k
    After Asgard is destroyed, Thor is crowned king, and he cannot stop being afraid.
    I really enjoyed this piece a lot! The way it worked for me is that it's set immediately after the film, the long days of nothing to do but think and wait for them all to get where they're going, so thoughts of Asgard and Odin's history are darker than they were in the film, this Thor is harder on Odin than we saw from him in the movie, but it's a piece that's about exploring Thor's grief and loss, along with the relationships between the Asgardians who have to come to terms with everything they've been through. It's a heavier piece--not a soul-crushing one, it's not unhopeful, it's not dark, it's just heavier and in a more sombre place, but appropriately so for all they've been through. The writing is smooth and clean and I just zipped through the whole thing, it was a very lovely fic to read for that emotional aftermath I crave so much!

"Oh my god, your brother pulled you off?!" by Foxleggs, thor/loki, NSFW, ragnarok spoilers, 1.8k
    On Sakaar, the brothers goad each other into a public sex show. Starring: Loki 'I'll do anything if you chant my name 3 times' Laufeyson & Thor 'I'll do anything as long as I can do it better than Loki and rub his dumb face in it' Odinson
    What got me with this fic is that it's all about how they are such brothers, that they're such dumb assholes who will put on a public sex show because god forbid either of them back down from this game of chicken. And it's so perfectly done, that Loki bites off more than he can chew, that he thinks he's got this in hand, but Thor AS HE ALWAYS DOES surprises him and just flattens him--all through Loki blowing Thor and then Thor rimming the hell out of Loki. It's hilarious and hot, it felt spot on to what I wanted from such a thing and was a great, great read.

Here and Always by mokuyoubi, thor/loki, ragnarok spoilers, 1.1k
    Or my take on what happens during that cut scene in Ragnarok. You know which I mean. Where the brothers hug...and then some.
    Another post-Ragnarok hug scene fic and it's that same sort of intimate drama that I've become fixated on, where it doesn't need much dialogue, it's all about the touching and what's between them, like the rest of the universe is at a distance and they're in their own space where it's just them. It's short but a very lovely read for when I'm craving even more resolution for these two!

How soft your fields so green by ravenbringslight, thor/loki, NSFW, ragnarok spoilers, 4.3k
    The Asgardians' ship stops for supplies. The price is not what Thor and Loki had expected; the aliens demand nothing less than a public royal fucking. Ok, it's not like it's the weirdest thing they've ever done.
    I'm not sure what I expected when I picked this one up, but I don't think I realized just how much of a screaming delight this scenario could be--because the fic captures this really great balance between nicely hot sex (well, it's sort of hot, it's also kind of hilariously not hot) and the banter between these two assholes the entire way. Like, yes, it's got the perfect tone for "this isn't even the wierdest thing they've ever done" while also still just being a real pain in the ass for Loki because WHY IS THIS HIS LIFE. So, so delightful and joyful and I'm smiling again just thinking about it!

Illuminate by j_gabrielle, thor/loki, NSFW, ragnarok spoiler, ~1k
    Thor catches Loki in a kiss. A press of lips that becomes a parting of mouths, a brush of tongues and soon devolves into wet sloppy heat. A mimicry of what Thor wants to be doing.
    Another short but very satisfying post-Ragnarok sex scene that gives some resolution, that balances both the rough edges of their relationship with the better place that they're finally in. A very nice post-movie treat, I enjoyed it a lot!

Some of the Stories are True by BlackEyedGirl, thor & loki & valkyrie & hulk & cast, ragnarok spoilers, 8.8k
    "Thor is used to his people speaking of him". Thor, Loki, Asgard, and the stories told after the fall.
    I really, really loved this fic a lot, the use of story-versus-truth, how both are important and how one flows into the other, is beautifully done. It's a fic that balances a lot of things, that bit of meta aspect, the ensemble cast, the building of Asgard wherever they go from here, that it's not a smooth path in any direction or sense, but that it is building somewhere. It's a fic that's about Thor at the heart, the characterization as he tries to settle into his role as King and deal with everything this fic has put in his lap, the use of Loki throughout the fic, the moments with Valkyrie and Hulk and Sif and the Avengers, the way Thor relates to them all or the way he sees them, is all really true to the spirit of the characters and is such a satisfying read!

Conflict Resolution by TheOtherOdinson, thor & loki, 6.2k
    After Odin's death in Norway, Thor and Loki were left alone to deal with their loss and anger. Just the two of them. With no interruptions.
    This was SO SATISFYING. Because one of the things that got lost along the way is that Loki sped up Odin's death along with all the other shitty things he's done, that Thor's justified anger is something he's had to let go of, because there are bigger, more important things to deal with. But here, in this moment, there's nothing to distract them and Thor is angry at everything Loki has done and made excuses for and never taken responsibility for and done to deliberately hurt their family, and it's so satisfying to see that expressed. The fic doesn't forget that Loki is a sympathetic character, though, and I love that I hurt for him even while I was very firmly on Thor's side, that I love both of them, and I get why Loki does the things he does, that he was lashing out from hurt (oh, when he's so hurt that Odin didn't do anything about it, that's the heart of Loki right there, so much hurt he gives to other people because he's upset Odin wasn't paying attention to him, despite that Odin would have every reason to believe he was giving Loki what he wanted), all wrapped up in how Thor is this incredible, dangerous presence that Loki can never ignore, that it's not just that Thor is massively strong, it's also that Loki can simply never ignore Thor. And the ending is so damn cathartic that it brings back all my Loki feelings and all my Thor feelings, ALL OF THEM.

through and through with fire by notbecauseofvictories, thor & loki & hela & valkyrie & cast, 4.3k
    It takes the combined strength of Thor, Loki, and Valkyrie to drag Hela onto the Grandmaster’s ship, though Loki gets a split lip for his trouble and Hela’s nails leave deep gouges in the leather of Thor’s vambraces.
    There's something so bitter and broken and aching about this fic, it really is a mournful piece, after everything all of these characters have lost. And I love the idea of Hela being dragged away from Asgard, kicking and screaming, almost hollowed out with the loss of everything and what she hasn't really gained, along with Thor and Loki and Valkyrie trying to deal with all of this. It's been awhile between my reading of this and the rec I'm writing, but I still remember that image of Hela mourning on the ship, just feeling that loss of all the Asgardians.

Plow Around the Bones by scioscribe, thor & loki & heimdall & valkyrie & bruce, 11.5k
    “Loki Odinson, I have never known what you are. I still do not. I saw potential.”
    This is one of those Loki-centric fics that remind me of why I fell in love with the character in the first place, that he's this giant tangled ball of feelings and conflicting wants, that Heimdall may see potential in him but also he sees all the brittleness and venom in him as well. That Loki's relationship with Thor is complicated and they have a better understanding of who each of them are now, but that doesn't make it easy, they still have old habits (some good, some bad, mostly the better) and still need a ways to go. It's sharply written, there's humor in the right places, but mostly it's just a razor's edge of all that's jagged and cutting about Loki, but also all that's good about him, and is a fantastic read post-Ragnarok!

rebuild all your ruins by ohfreckle, thor/loki, NSFW, 2.3k
    As Loki tries to settle into his new role on the ship, his thirst for his brother comes round to literally bite him in the ass.
    A cute fic set post-Ragnarok with some really fun banter (I love how much Thor just straight up laughs at Loki now) and then getting onto the good stuff, with Thor finding the right path between cheerfully jostling Loki out of his snit while also being genuine with him. And a very nice, very thorough rimming to shut Loki the hell up, which was ridiculously hot and fun!

Future Imperfect by Soroka, thor & loki & tony & cast, 38.2k wip
    Getting his people to Earth is only the beginning of Thor’s problems.
    I am really enjoying this post-Ragnarok fic that takes a different path than Infinity War did, where Thor and the Asgardians make it to Earth, but that really is only the beginning of it all, where the fic isn't without hope or a misery-fest, but it sure as hell is exhausting and so very heavy in exactly the way it's meant to be. It's centered on Thor's character, how he's trying to find the best path for his people and what that means he has to give up, what it means he can't give up, and trying to do his best for as many people as he can, and it's really a satisfying read for that! I love the developing friendships, especially with Tony, I love how Thor is very much a god, but there's also something really human about him, as he tries to navigate the way Earth has changed, how he has to be so very aware of politics now, and the fic does a great job with balancing how exhausting that is with a sense of hope and humor. I'm loving it for all of those things, but also Thor, it's such a great read if you're a fan of his character, a really satisfying look at him and the plot shit he has to wade through.

blóðflekkug by incandescent (lmeden), hela & odin & frigga, 4.5k
    "Hela, my child, do you know what it means to be firstborn?" he asks me.
    This is a really fascinating look at Hela's character, someone we really don't know that much about, and what might have made her into who she was. It's fascinating to look at elements of mythology and advanced alien technology being woven together, so it's not wholly canon-compliant, as well as it's definitely against Odin as a character (or, rather, enjoys him more as a fucked up character, I think!), but it's not meant to be about that, it's meant to be something of a story, maybe a little bit of a myth mixed with the truth, to tell of who Hela was and how she came to be, so I really, really enjoyed this a lot!




AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR FIC RECS:
if you love something, let it go by theprimrosepath, thor & avengers, infinity war spoilers, 14.5k
    By now, the Avengers are well-acquainted with grief. But grief is a companion that rarely travels alone, particularly not around a prince. Really, grief is the least of Thor's problems.
    A really gorgeously done fic that shows the sheer weight of Thor's grief, managing to make it feel actually heavy and like only a god could bear this much on his shoulders, while also still making Thor human. It does a wonderful job of showing Thor's various losses, all of the people who meant something to him, the way that's left its mark on him, but also that he is still Thor, he's always been the strong one. The scenes are told out of order, it took me a moment to adjust to that, but each one of them hits with the impact it's meant to, it's really a fic about Thor and, even if I enjoyed his scenes with Loki the most, that his relationships with Heimdall and the other Avengers and Asgard are all just as important. It's a heavy fic, but not an unhopeful one, it's cathartic in its grief, and just a really wonderful read for this character I love so much.

Soft Shocks by stereobone, thor/loki & cast, NSFW, infinity war spoilers, 14k
    "And why," says Thor, "would I need to come with you to Jötunheim?" "Ah, well," Loki says. "They may be under the impression that we're married."
    For a fic that deals with Infinity War events, this fic is actually pretty happy and upbeat and thank god for that. It's so much fun, as Loki has grown up a lot and wants to actually be a decent leader for Jotunheim, while still having a complicated relationship with Thor, so many issues to work out, and just a whole lot of gleefully embracing the SO MUCH FUN FAKE MARRIED TROPE and then adding in some very nicely satisfying sex to it! I read this in pretty much one sitting because it was just such a goddamned delight!

Promises by FelicityGS, thor & loki & gamora & cast, infinity war spoilers, 1k
    The dead have rules.
    A lovely sort of intimate, immediate feeling of how the dead react during Infinity War, how the fic nudges them towards fixing things, and so it's just this really neat very immediate feeling, but also sort of dreamy, hazy feeling, that works well together!

But Tell It Slant by scioscribe, thor & loki & thanos, infinity war spoilers, 3.7k
    Thanos smiles. “You remain a liar.” “Oh, until the end,” Loki says. “I learned from the best. May I have my moment with my brother now?”
    Oh, I really enjoyed this a lot, that it was Loki being sneaky and distracting, that he's flying by the seat of his pants, but still manages to pull it off, largely thanks to getting Thor into the right place, who picks it up and runs with it, that Thor gets it and I love that this is exactly how I want them to work together, that Thor is still Thor, even as Loki is getting his moment in the sun, that they're about complementing each other, that Loki couldn't do this without Thor, yet that doesn't take away from the delightful dialogue for him or that he knows how to put his tricks to good use. A really fun fix-it piece that I enjoyed greatly!

Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood by TheOtherOdinson, odin/frigga & loki, infinity war spoilers, 1.2k
    Valhalla isn't all it's cracked up to be for Odin Allfather. Frigga Allmother is making sure of it.
    This was pure joy to read, that Frigga was reading Odin the riot act in Valhalla, that you really kind of feel for him because her temper is legendary and she's so amazing that she cannot be denied, but then also the absolute hilarity of when Loki shows up and everyone reacts accordingly. It's light-hearted and hilarious, which is exactly what I needed after that movie! And I refuse to think Valhalla would go any other way!

Soft Shocks by stereobone, thor/loki & cast, NSFW, infinity war spoilers, 14k
    "And why," says Thor, "would I need to come with you to Jötunheim?" "Ah, well," Loki says. "They may be under the impression that we're married."
    This fic isn't precisely Infinity War-related, but it does have spoilers for the movie (though, it's set in the future, with only brief glimpses into the aftermath) and so into this section it goes, especially when I really need all the fix-it fic I can get my hands on! It's a happier fic, it's pretty much 14k of pretending to be married fic, with sex and miscommunication that gets resolved fairly easily, which makes it very easy on my fannish heart, and just made me happy, it really is one of the author's best fics, I think. It's just so much fun, watching Loki get more settled into his skin, into the relationship with Thor, even as there's this world-shattering kind of upheaval going on with his realizations, there's something entirely warm and kind here, there's less poisonous anger here, and instead it's building towards something, it's fun and joyful and good. I read through the entire thing in two sittings because I couldn't put it down, it was just so damn charming and adorable/funny in all the right places, and the sex was ridiculously hot! All the things I could have asked for.

To Never Have Loved At All by hitlikehammers, steve/bucky & cast, infinity war spoilers, 2.8k
    Steve will say they had work to do, and a universe to put to rights. They had people to find and hearts to unbreak. They had a mission. There was no time for any of them to mourn. Steve, as it turns out, says a lot of things that are mostly bullshit.
    I am a sucker for Stucky fic, I'm a sucker for Infinity War aftermath fic, and this fic just hit my buttons really well. There's a nicely done sort of intimate feeling to the messiness, that it's about feelings and the scrambled thoughts of someone who survived and lost the person they loved, more than it is about dialogue or action, it's about the reunion and fixing things, and that's exactly what I wanted.

The Cruelty of a Brother by gaslightgallows (hearts_blood), thor & loki & cast, infinity war spoilers, 1.4k
    Asgard and her people are alive. One person in particular isn’t happy about that. Thor doesn’t care.
    More beautifully written JUST FIX EVERYTHING ALREADY fic, which goes right straight for the good stuff--Loki waking up in Asgard and not knowing what the fuck is going on, so wary and unsure, until Thor talks to him and helps him understand. There's all these little details of sparkling interaction ("Knocking just gives you an excuse to ignore me. How'd you know it was me, anyway?" "You're the only one who doesn't knock." -- DELIGHTFUL!) but mostly it's just something that really, really made me feel better. Whatever A4 brings, I will always have lovely fic like this to soothe my soul.

I'm Here (Again) by hjbender, thor & loki & steve/bucky & avengers, infinity war spoilers, 1.5k
    At the end of it all, the victims of Thanos's universal genocide return to the world of the living. Thor waits for one in particular—one who, above all others, deserves a second chance.
    Another fic that is just a straight up fix it and ALL ABOUT THE PARADE OF HUGS that are needed by both the characters and me. As the author's notes say, it's pure sunshine and rainbows, which makes everything a little easier to process and wait out the long stretch of time between here and A4.

hath no fury by Bundibird, tony & nebula & cast, infinity war spoilers, 2.1k
    [Or: After everything, on a silent planet of ruins, Tony’s hands shake as he stares at the dust that coats his fingers.]
    A really intense, great look at the sheer burning of the anger in Tony, which is a fascinating match against Nebula in the same scene, that the fic does a great job of it not needing to ever be about screaming or yelling, but instead it's a banked but furiously hot rage that's going to boil over eventually, while in the meantime it drives them both forward. It's awful and bitter and angry, which is exactly as it was supposed to be.

as long as there's sun by triedunture, thor/loki, infinity war spoilers, 1.1k
    A short take on when Thor went to Nidavellir.
    As it says on the tin, it's a short fic about a moment Thor has on Nidavellir that's a moment of something half sweet and half bittersweet, a moment of intimacy and kindness but also painful for all that Thor has lost. A very nice read!

take all you can carry by havisham, steve/bucky & cast, 2.4k
    Bucky Barnes reassembles himself to a reasonable degree and makes romantic overtures to one Steve Rogers. It's happened before and will happen again.
    A series of scenes across the span of their relationship, from pre-CA:TFA to Infinity War, the history of everything between them and the weight of what is and isn't said. It's a piece that fleshes out their interactions in a bittersweet but hopeful way that I enjoyed a lot.

Happily Ever After by Loxxlay, thor & loki & gamora & cast, infinity war spoilers, 8.4k wip
    Thanos is dead, and the universe moves on. Nobody finds it easy.
    This is a lovely series of scenes set around Loki and his struggles to move on and recover from everything that happened, the complicated relationship he has with Thor, that's better but not free of tangles. It draws some parallels between the Gamora & Nebula relationship, in a nicely done conversation between Loki and Gamora about their siblings and how to approach them and what to do and how to move forward. It's more about emotional moments of intimate drama, rather than a big plot, and it's lovely for filling in the humanizing details for them!

my reasons for defying reason by gaslightgallows (hearts_blood), thor & loki & valkyrie, infinity war spoilers, 1.9k
    All his life, Loki has only ever wanted one thing.
    Another Loki-centric fic that reminds me of why I fell in love with the character in the first place! The conversation he has with Valkyrie is sharp and perfect to both characters, but also, oh, when Loki thinks Thor is dead, the fic punched me in the feelings just exactly the way it intended to. And it's a great fix-it for IW in a way that made my heart so much gladder! Fixing things and beautiful writing, I can't ask for more.

The Shining Sun by TheOtherOdinson, thor & loki, infinity war spoilers, 7.9k
    Death is not absolute. Not if Thor Odinson has anything to say about it.
    Oh, this was such a good fic! I'm not sure how to describe it, without spoiling some things that I think are better built up to (I wouldn't say it's a twist or anything, just something built up to, in the way it should be), but it's beautifully done, it got me right in the feelings place all over again, it's the right blend of bittersweet with hopeful, and it does exactly what I would want it to do. There's something so weighted here, something heavy and difficult, something bitter even as it's hopeful and good, an impossible to fully make right feeling that's done exactly as the fic intends. I really loved this version of Valhalla (getting to have Loki talk with his parents again, the way he interacts with the others already there, it was wonderful) and where this fic left the characters off by the end, that it truly felt like the end of a very long journey. Because the fic really conveys that as well, just how far they've come, how exhausting so much of that journey was, and how much weight they carried along the way. A wonderful fic I'm so glad we got to read!

To Slip Away by MagicalGirlHell, thor & avengers & loki, 9.3k wip
    Half of everything is gone. The Avengers have lost so much, and now they're losing Thor.
    Another wonderfully done fic about the weight of just how much Thor has lost, how he's still slipping away even after the immediate danger has passed, because so much is pulling him away, but also he bears it better than nearly anyone else could, this is also a story about Thor's strength of heart just as much as he's strong in other ways. The scenes with the other Avengers are very nicely done and it's a fic that really kind of punches me in the feelings all over again, in just the way it's meant to.

Run For The Shadows by obiwanjedi, thor/loki & hela, NSFW, infinity war spoilers, 10.3k
    Loki wakes on Helheim only to discover he isn't alone.
    A fun, Loki-centric IW fix it fic, where it's pretty much exactly what it says on the tin and is just a really good time! It's a cute semi-roadtrip fic with Hela and Loki sniping at each other, while Loki pines after Thor, and then eventual reunion with some very nice sex and myth stuff mixed in, all of which is very soothing to the soul! Another really fun feel good piece to read that I enjoyed.

the devil is not the king of hell by ragnasok, loki & thanos, infinity war spoilers, 1.1k
    Thanos goes willingly to his death, expecting to open his eyes upon the face of his daughter. It is another who greets him.
    Thanos and the afterlife is not what he thought it would be. This is a lovely piece that's just the right amounts of satisfying and creepy, that sense of Thanos may have a physical power that others don't, but he'll never be a god, which doesn't always translate to the same type of power, but it's one that goes far deeper than he can never have. I really loved the way this sends a thrill along my nerves every time I think of that, "You will never be a god." line in the movie now!

Watch Our Souls Fade Away by GloriousBlackout, nebula & tony & gamora & avengers & guardians & cast, infinity war spoilers, 61.1k
    Nebula and Tony struggle to come to terms with everything they've lost as they make the journey back to Earth. Takes place immediately after the events of Avengers: Infinity War.
    This was a solid, nicely long fic about what Nebula does after the events of Infinity War, which I am always here for. She's more unfocused here than she is in the movies, but the fic has a really solid, sure grasp of the characters and their interactions, the heart of what needed to be here is absolutely here. It's definitely a fic about the moments in between the action, it's about living with all that damage in the in beween spaces, it's about the friendships (no matter how bitter and caustic and damaged they all are, they still want something more) and the very slow burn towards friendship and something better in all of them. It's a fic that takes 60k+ for Nebula to find any kind of peace inside her own skin and even then it's not ignoring the amount of jagged edges she has, so it makes for a satisfying place to end for her. And I really love just how central her relationship with Gamora is here, give me all the space sisters fic!!

nanna by biggrstaffbunch, thor & cast, infinity war spoilers, 1.4k
    Thor, after.
    A series of connected scenes that show Thor's loss and grief, the strength that he has to carry through that even as that grief hits like a goddamned truck. This one hurt to read, in exactly the way it was meant to.

fix you in this moment by victoria_p (musesfool), steve & natasha, infinity war spoilers, ~1k
    "We're gonna fix this," he says, trying for that adamant certainty he's usually so good at and falling short to his own ears.
    A really lovely, intimate moment that looks at these two people's friendship and the slivers of comfort they can offer each other after everything that's happened. It's just the right amount of heavy-hitting and yet a little understated, as these two characters would be. Great for both their characters, but especially the solidity of the relationship between them, the heart of everything that's connected between them.

He Was Born in Fury and He Lived in Lightning by Sendnukes, thor/loki, NSFW, infinity war spoilers, 6k
    A million little intimacies. or A lifetime between brothers.
    This is one of those fics you read when you want something for this ship, where everything about the two of them revolves around each other, as told in pieces across their very long lives, as they are each the definition of each other. It's one of those fics that I just sailed right on through because it was so easy to keep reading, and it satisfied my Thorki-loving heart, to see them cross all the choppy waters, that even if it ends where IW left us, there's something satisfying about it.

All The Things We Ever Wanted by crowleyshouseplant, gamora & nebula, 2.6k
    This story takes place in between Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 and Infinity War. It explores the dynamic between Nebula and Gamora, and how their relationship develops after their reconciliation.
    This is a lovely piece focusing on the relationship between these two, getting that balance of humor that this part of the franchise has and the weight of what's between these two characters, the pain that's not fully put to rest yet, but is better. With bonus moments of Nebula interacting with the other Guardians, which is always a delight!

Goodnight, Sweet Prince by flute25, loki & frigga, infinity war spoilers, 2.1k
    In the end, there was darkness.
    Loki wakes up after the events of Infinity War and doesn't quite know where he is, but someone is waiting for him. There's this really lovely, unfocused, almost dream-like or maybe a touch of stream-of-conscience style to it that really works to show the confusion and fear Loki has in those moments, unable to trust what he's seeing. It's still clear what's going on, but that chaotic thoughts feeling works for what the fic is, when Loki's dead and wakes up somewhere else and meets his mother again--which is a wrenching, bittersweet thing that I really enjoyed reading. Just the kind of fic to punch you in the feelings but also soothe things that finally there's some peace for that nerd.

Revival by longforgottenhymn, thor & loki & odin & frigga & asgardian cast, infinity war spoilers, 17.7k
    Thor refuses to believe that his people are truly lost. In a last attempt to set a stop to Thanos' plans, he rips the Time stone from its gauntlet and is sent back in time to change what he cannot accept and make peace with his inner demons.
    This is pretty much exactly what I wanted post-Infinity War, both as a fix-it and as a Thor-centric fic. It balances being about Thor's relationships with various characters and being about Thor himself, what he's had to face and what he's still facing, that it's really good at understated heartbreak when he finds himself traveling back in time to Asgard, on the day of his coronation, and trying to fix things. There's such a solidity and presence to his character here, that there's such strength there, even as Thor feels the weight of everything he's lost as he spends more and more time with Asgard, there's a really great building towards how this isn't really quite his place anymore, there's a great sense of building towards a breaking point (but not a broken point) in that wasn't overdone and thus made the scene all the more powerful for when it did happen. And, oh, seeing Thor interacting with a young Loki, with his mother and father, with his younger self, the contrast from where these characters started to where they are now, that this is Thor's journey, that it's a fix-it in exactly the way I wanted it (that what came before cannot be undone on a narrative level, otherwise it wouldn't have meant half as much as it does) and just really quality Thor characterization and lovely writing. I just want to vomit up feelings and this fic was perfect for giving me that in such a quality way.

How Tony Stark Saved the World by dilatory, tony & avengers, infinity war spoilers, 8.4k
    (Wherein Tony takes it upon himself to save the universe from day one.)
    Another time travel fic that really scratched the id and gave me just what I wanted--time travel hijinks and dealing with feelings and clawing their way back to victory, all wrapped up in some nicely done Tony voice. It also does a really good job of balancing the large cast (though, it's definitely Tony-centric, but it's a really charming kind of Tony that I enjoyed a ton, the moment of Thor asking about Loki was kinda totally perfect) and takes the reader through all the Avengers movies, really tying everything together, the way IW itself did. I just really liked this one a lot, it was super satisfying and fun to read and soothed my heart when I needed it.

these fragments by Wildehack (Tyleet), valkyrie & thor & loki & cast (& background loki/valkyrie), infinity war spoilers, 4k
    “Someone has to survive this day,” Thor grinds out, pressed briefly close to her by the fight. “Someone will,” she tells him.
    Half IW-based fic and half-Valkyrie centric fic, this is another one that was pretty much exactly what I wanted. I really loved everything about this one, the out of order scenes actually work well for the feel and point of the story, the characterization is spot-on for Valkyrie and the Thor/Loki/Valkyrie interactions (so much fun!), I really enjoyed the way the time travel happened, and it does a great job of blending together Ragnarok and Infinity War, using Valkyrie to thread everything together for the Asgardian parts of the story. A very, very good read!

Nothing and Everything by Sholio, tony & nebula, infinity war spoilers, 3.5k
    Sometimes, keeping someone else going is all you've got.
    This is a gorgeous look inside Nebula's head after everything that happens on Titan, the balance between all these sharp, jagged, alien edges to her versus her care for her sister, that tremendous, aching loss, and this weird human she's been stranded with, the determination that burns in both of them to get up and keep pushing themselves, is really beautifully done.

ready for a war (again) by owedbetter, shuri & t'challa & t'chaka & okoye & cast, infinity war spoilers, 2.4k
    You cannot fix death—even she knew that. She has tried.
    A gorgeously post-IW look at Shuri's character, struggling to bear up under the burden now on her shoulders, that of the Black Panther mantle and the loss of her family and now Wakanda turning to her. It gives her a few moments to grieve and then this sharp, bright hope that she can do something about this. It's a really great Shuri piece, but it's also a really great post-IW "I need some hope" piece!

Small Pieces by gaslightgallows (hearts_blood), loki & cast, infinity war spoilers, 1.8k
    Small pieces play large parts, and small lies create large problems.
    This is one of those gorgeously written pieces that I would love to be true, that Loki was this clever and cunning and magical, that there was a plan that he was putting together to trick Thanos, so that he's still there and not, you know, dead. It does a great job of working with what's on the screen and making it more, it's a fantastic look at Loki's character and his trickery and his love for Thor, and it's a really cool theory piece that I loved reading.

We Kill the Flame by jamestiqueeriuskirk, thor/loki, NSFW, infinity war spoilers, 2k
    His whole body had been regrown, as far as Thor could understand the science from the evasive, wandering explanation Loki had given him, and he was tender all over, but the neck must have, necessarily, had the hardest time of the regeneration process, and it looked angry for long ages after the rest of Loki had returned to relative normalcy.
    This is a really nice fix-it fic that's about the span of their lives and the meaning of touch between them, as well as it's about how it's just these two people in the world for this moment, and the fic really does that well, how they're the only two in this moment, centered around Loki's sensitivity about his neck and how they both do and don't push that. It's a great blend of being rough but also being incredibly gentle, that there's all these sharp edges to everything, but also such kindness and care and affection between them. The fic really sold me on them taking these moments for themselves and how Loki would push himself in this way and how they would reclaim the gesture--along with some very nicely done sexy times!

Pick Up the Pieces And Go On by LtLJ, tony & nebula, infinity war spoilers, 1.8k
    Tony and Nebula, on Titan, after the end.
    I didn't know I needed Tony & Nebula fic when I started looking for IW fic, but once I started picking them up, I definitely wanted as many as I could find. I love the stitled feeling of the characters here, who are dragging themselves back up to do something, both of their voices felt spot on to me (Tony's sense of humor is sharp but not overdone, Nebula's distance alienness is perfect as well, how strange humans are to her) and it was just a really, really good piece!

Coming Back by Emotionallyunstabl, entire cast (some steve/bucky), infinity war spoilers, 1.9k
    Fixing Avengers: Infinity War.
    This was just pure, straight up FIX IT ALL RIGHT NOOOOOW fic, where it's months after IW and they use magic to bring everyone back, and it's a series of different reunions (Steve/Bucky, Tony & Peter, Gamora & Quill, Thor & Loki, etc.) that are just totally fluffy and soft and warm-hearted. It was one of those that I read to soothe my soul after the heartbreak of the movie itself.

How ya been, Buck? by dvorahbee, steve/bucky, NSFW, infinity war spoilers, 2.3k
    A fix-it for Bucky and Steve's reunion because I wasn't too happy with that half-assed reunion we had.
    Expanding on the Steve/Bucky reunion scene and it's just a nice bit of something good before everything goes to hell. We know that there was more to Steve and Bucky seeing each other, that wasn't their first reunion in the movie, but getting fic that actually gives us more is really nice to have.

it's been a long, cold, lonely winter by ragnasok, thor/loki, NSFW, infinity war spoilers, 4.6k
    Loki never used to feel the cold. These days, it's in his bones. Thor does what he can to warm him up.
    This is another fic that does a great job with being about the aftermath of Infinity War, that once the big plot stuff is out of the way, there's a more quiet and intimate drama between the characters, as they attempt to put themselves back together and settle. There's something that's just the right blend of rough and gentle here, there's so many jagged edges after everything that's happned over the last few years, but also a sense of being settled into who they are as they know they love each other. Add in some very satisfying sex and this was a really lovely, wonderful post-IW fix it read!

Reveille by Ark, thor/loki & rocket & cast, NSFW, infinity war spoilers, 12.5k
    “Are you a spirit?” “Dear Thor,” says Loki, looking delighted, and framing Thor’s face between his hands. “However do you make being dense so charming.” He shakes his head. “I’m afraid not, brother. This is all in your mind.”
    This is a fic where Thor is definitely all about Loki, you gotta roll with that when you pick it up, but I enjoyed it a lot, there's some great conversations with Rocket, there's a very nice sense of Thor getting some closure after the loss, there's a very nice sense of the weight of Thor's character, that this is something of a fix-it, but not necessarily a fluffy one. It's nice for me to get some closure as well! Plus, there's some very nice sex once Thor finally, finally gets to fuck into Loki and have him!

and miles to go before I sleep by limerental, thor & loki, infinity war spoilers, 2.2k
    Instead of being snapped in Thanos' fist, Loki crash lands into a forested wilderness on Earth, followed closely by Thor. The forest offers a brief respite before the storm again swallows the both of them.
    This fic does take Thor and Loki away from the action, so pretty much all they do is have a quiet night in the woods, but there's a nice Loki point of view to go with it, some very nicely done brotherly bonding, and an ouchy conclusion that has a really great impact at the end, so I enjoyed this one a lot!

see how deep the bullet lies by rudderless in an ocean of stars (the_space_between_stars), tony & nebula, infinity war spoilers, ~1k
    Tony Stark is left on Titan with an angry alien assassin and a handful of dust, and for some reason, she insists on keeping him alive.
    This is short, but I have really developed an interest in Tony & Nebula fic, and this one is sharp and bitter and hard but also dimly hopeful, all in the exact way it should be after their loss. I really like both of them there, there's something so grinding about Nebula and something so heavy about Tony, both really struck me.

aftermath: wakanda by miraphora, shuri & okoye & m'baku, infinity war spoilers, 1k
    In the moments following the end of battle, M’Baku plants himself like a mountain and refuses to be moved.
    Some post-IW reactions from the Black Panther characters, about the aftermath and picking themselves up from the hurt and where they go next, the ache of those moments after their losses, is really beautifully done here.

New Life by barryandiriswestallen, tony/pepper, infinity war spoilers, 1.3k
    Half of humanity is gone. Half of humanity remains. Tony returns to Earth to find out which half Pepper is part of.
    Listen, you'll never pry Tony/Pepper from me and I loved their brief moments in IW, so getting fic where Tony makes it back to Earth and falls apart all over her, because of all the shit that's gone down and the loss of the kid, is really good for me and this one was nicely done! It's more hopeful than I expected, but I don't mind because I want to be happy about things!

helvegen by homovikings, thor/loki & cast, infinity war spoilers, 1k
    Okay, he thinks. Okay.
    This is a lovely piece about Thor in the aftermath of Infinity War, the brief moments of connections he has with the other Avengers, the thoughts he still has for those he's lost, the heaviness of that loss, even as he keeps moving forward, one mundane day at a time, even once those sucked into the soul stone have been returned, because Thor's losses aren't so easily fixed.

hold some dirt with those hands by magdaliny, steve/bucky & cast, infinity war spoilers, 3k
    It had sent him to his knees.
    Steve and Bucky in the spaces between the movies, the moments of quiet intimacy and almost being out of time, as they recover in these stolen moments. Lovely and just the right amount of bittersweet.

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Date: 2018-12-01 03:46 am (UTC)
umadoshi: (Winter Soldier - Bucky)
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
This is an amazing list. (As always.)

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Date: 2018-12-02 04:51 pm (UTC)
umadoshi: (Winter Soldier - Steve & Natasha)
From: [personal profile] umadoshi
*g* There's a reason why I may have literally thousands of MCU fics tucked away "to read", on top of the handfuls I've actually made it through! (The story of all types of media I enjoy. Oh, time, why so finite?)

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Date: 2018-12-04 06:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] umadoshi
HA, maybe if tumblr really does go down, we'll all finally have the time to read those fics again, like we used to. ^_~

Maybe! Although in practice I spend almost no time on Tumblr now, so...I'm not sure where all my time goes.

I will miss Tumblr if it goes entirely (and am mad about all their bullshit), but if it brings some people (back) here, that would make me very happy.

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