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Hello, anon, and thank you for the question.
This topic has been studied by researchers for years. There are three prevailing theories that I will relay to you now.
1. It keeps him on the ground.
You may notice in the gif above that Chris’ leg starts to rise as he laughs, possibly a precursor to his entire body undergoing a sort of lift off due to his joy. Chris then employs his upper body strength to force himself to obey the laws of gravity.
2. To check on his physique.
As you may be aware, anon, it takes a lot of hard work to maintain a superhero body. Chris is concerned that in the time he has spent sitting down, sans working out or eating, he has lost muscle mass. Understandably, he feels the need to make sure that he is still a specimen.
3. Object permanence.
Object permanence is a term applied to the understanding that an object still exists even when you cannot see it. Chris closes his eyes when he laughs, making him unable to see that he has not disappeared. By grabbing his left boob, Chris knows that he has not somehow ceased to exist.
I hope this helps.
Can we have another “Type the following words into your tags box, then post the first automatic tag that comes up.” post with the words
BTW all of these recs are explicit. I love smut and I’m not sorry! Also, these are in no particular order - well, except for the first one.
There are SO MANY popping up right now in Cap 2/MCU canon but my ultimate Sam/Steve fic is in comicsverse.
Some Kind of Pain by bactaqueen
This story is set in comics canon after another loss of Bucky (a very convenient source of Captain America man-pain) and Sam does what he can to be there for Steve. I love this fic because it starts off with a lot of macho dude-bro kinda interactions and slowly Steve falls apart, knowing that Sam can hold him together - not put him back together, but hold him together. Dude is a messy bag of feels and Sam picks up on this quickly and springs into action. With his penis.
The sex in this story is my favorite. I’ve got a thing for crying!sex and bottom!Steve, and you get both in spades here. READ IT, it will leave you horny and sobbing. Not even kidding when I say that this story is in the top 5 of anything I’ve ever read for the Marvel fandom. Bacta, you killed it. You killed me.
Growing Stronger, Warm, and Wilder by gloss
Another fic set in comics canon, and even better it’s set in the 1970s. Something about that makes it even hotter. It’s sort of a PWP blowjob fic but not really - It’s Sam’s POV and Steve is his enthusiastic and happy lover, and Sam’s inner monologue is so pained and doubtful towards the man that clearly loves him. Steve is happy and joyful in this fic, so glad and eager to perform for his man, and I just love that. I’m a big sap and I love stories about people who just can’t get enough of each other.
Bachelors by squirrelfish
This is a recent story in MCU canon and while it lacks some of the emotional punch of the other two, the intimacy between Sam and Steve is just so plain, it’s so there so there’s no need to get all mushy, I suppose. Once again, hot sex and enthusiastic Steve who can’t help but adore Sam.
Between Our Bodies There’s A Battlefield by thingswithwings
Another new MCU fic, and this is probably my favorite of the new stuff that you can find on AO3. Comfort sex featuring submissive power bottom Steve, and that is truly my favorite way to see that man. Big dudes that turn into little kittens in bed are like the best! Sam is wonderful and warm and supportive and willing to go outside of himself and try what Steve asks of him in order to help his friend. There’s a lot of chatting at the end of the story that serves to clarify everyone’s intentions, and when I first read the story I deemed all of that “too wordy,” but now I think it was a great move on the author’s part because it gave them the opportunity to develop the characters more, to flesh them out beyond the sex.
Baby, We’re Already Saved by lanyon
This is the least smutty fic that I rec (though sexin’ does happen), and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way this author decided to use Tony in this fic! Just love it! The writer created some brilliant fanon around Tony and Sam having met in the past, and when I read it for the first time it was just soul-crushing. Like, I want it to become MCU canon, that’s how awesome it was and how moved I felt. Beyond that, Steve and Sam have many a heart-to-heart in gorgeous places around the world. I like it when a writer focuses on a non-canon setting and makes it come to life. Lanyon is great at descriptive prose.
Reblogging some great Sam/Steve recs!
(On a separate note, because I am too lazy to keep tagging with every possible pairing name, I for one am going all-in for “#on your left" until fandom firmly decides otherwise because both #freebird and #american airlines are sadly full of unrelated stuff. *pimps pairing name*)
this is what i’m working on right now and i dedicate it to you