It’s Friday, so you know what that means: It’s Fanfic Friday time, y’all! This month we’re going to be focusing on one of the purest ships within the Marvel Universe: Ironhusbands. For those who aren’t aware, Ironhusbands is a ship that features Tony Stark and James “Rhodey” Rhodes. Unfortunately, Ironhusbands is technically classified as a “rarepair” — a pairing that’s rare in the fandom and has under 2,000 fics on AO3 — but hopefully these ten fanfic recs will inspire others to write more fics for them and boot them out of the rarepair category!

Fanart of Rhodey being gifted Valentine's day gifts from Tony.
The sweet and pure Ironhusbands. (Fanart Credit to canofbees on Tumblr.)

1. Crossing A Line

By: martianwahtney

Summary: Mob Boss James Rhodes (War Machine) sets his sights on Stark Industries, more than ready to expose the corruption of Obadiah Stane. He enlists the help of Tony Stark. It doesn’t take Obadiah Stane very long to catch onto what Tony’s up to and is tragically quick to do something about it.

Rhodes will do whatever it takes to get Tony back and tear Obadiah down in the process.

Rating: General

Words: 8,521

2. It Wasn’t You

By: camichats

Summary: A month and a half ago, Rhodey was kidnapped and replaced with a Skrull without anyone noticing. In that time, he and Tony got together. Now though, they know he’s a Skrull, and Tony tries to figure out how to live with what’s happened.

Rating: Teen+

Words: 2,752

3. Untitled Ironhusbands Prompt

By: lovelyirony


“Does he know about the baby?”

Rating: Not Rated

Words: 854

4. i let you carve your name all over my insides

By: deathsweetqueen

Summary: A warm, hot, heavy palm lands on the curve of his hip and Tony groans into his pillow, clutching at it like a lifeline.

A laugh falls in his ears, tickling the hair on the nape of his neck.

Tony turns towards the side, eyes blinking open with some struggle, only to centre on dark eyes blinking down at him, a smile curling on Rhodey’s lips.

Later on, he’ll deny it to his grave, but he screams, surging up, grappling for Rhodey by the shoulders.

“What are you doing here?” he demands. “You weren’t supposed to get back stateside for another two weeks. What are you doing here, Rhodey?”

Rhodey laughs. “Things finished up sooner at the base than I thought it would. If you’d rather I come back in two weeks, I could-”

Tony silences him with his mouth, dragging Rhodey down on top of him with a yelp, his duffle bag falling onto the floor with a heavy thump.

Rating: Explicit

Words: 5,523

5. This Is The Real Life

By: Myrime

Summary: It takes doing the laundry for Tony to realize he is completely, irrevocably in love with Rhodey. Who knew that the way to Tony Stark’s heart is to teach him how to wash his clothes.

Rating: General

Words: 3,167

6. A Little Love For Everybody

By: Myrime

Summary: Heavy snowfall makes it impossible for Tony to drive home for Christmas. Instead, he spends it with Rhodey and his family. He is far more welcome here anyway. Now, if only everybody would stop making insinuations about Rhodey and him sharing the bed.

Rating: General

Words: 4,595

7. dog tags

By: imposterhuman

Summary: 5 times rhodey lent tony his dog tags, and 1 time he gave them to tony for good

Rating: General

Words: 2,740

8. Untitled Ironhusbands Prompt

By: lovelyirony

Summary: “Share your address” by Ben Platt for fresh out of MIT tonyrhodey

Rating: Not Rated

Words: 1,154

9. four weddings and a funeral

By: tcnystcnks

Summary: N/A

Rating: Not Rated

Words: 1,780

10. If I Should Lose You Now

By: martianwahtney


“You’re in an alternate universe,” Magic Man said calmly, as if it was the most obvious thing in the world.

The faceplate flipped up.

“I’m in a what,”

“Alternate Universe,”

Tony blinked a few times, considering what Magic Man had said. Logically, it made sense. No Steve Rogers, he only recognized half of the Avengers, they knew Frank Castle as the Punisher, JARVIS wasn’t responding to him, and they had no idea who he was.

“How do I get back?”

Tony Stark lives in a universe without James Rhodes.

James Rhodes lives in a universe without Tony Stark.

A white mist forces Tony into Rhodey’s universe and then rips him away all too soon, and Tony will do whatever it takes to get back to the universe where Rhodey is.

Rating: General

Words: 10,823 (Work In Progress)

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