What made you ship Steve/Tony? How did you find them, and what do they mean to you?
I started shipping Steve/Tony around the second half of 2010. I believe it happened because I was so excited about “Captain America: The First Avenger” that I started researching everything I could about him. Comics, the MCU, cartoons, etc. And while reading about Civil War, somehow I landed on LiveJournal, on “Resurrection, Reconstruction, and Redemption”, which, IMO, is the fundamental fic of this fandom. It was an eye opener. It was there, this relationship, this OTP, all over the comics, and I haven’t noticed. What a fool I had been!!
Now, at that time, I had never had an OTP. The fan fiction archive of the Cap-Iron Man Live Journal community took care of that. I remember enthusiastically reading everything on Tales of Suspense. I loved it. The talent of the authors, the dedication of the community, the art! So many beautiful art! It was looking for art that brought me to Tumblr. I found Ironfries and Gryz (I can’t find her steve/tony art archive anymore, sorry) blogs and I was done. I had an OTP and was very protective about them.
I mostly ship them from comics, but I also enjoy whatever shows up that is made from cartoons and the MCU (RDJ and Chris Evans are not so hard on the eye, hehehe)
I am thankful for this fandom, cause I’ve learned so much thru it. I discovered LiveJournal, Tumblr, Archive of Our Own, 4chan (I know, I’m sorry, I slipped). I found blogs ran by people that is so passionate about social issues (I work as a counselor for my city’s human rights protection board), people that is so talented, so funny. Believe me, in my line of work you desperately NEED people that make you laugh.
So that’s it. Steve/Tony is my OTP. I’m happy I found them, they certainly added a lot of nice things to my everyday. :)