You know the fanon that Tony invites everyone to stay at the Tower because he’s lonely when Pepper and Rhodey are busy? What if everyone comes to live there for that reason, and it doesn’t quite work according to plan?
I mean, he has friends around. So many friends! All the time! It’s great! Go team!
Except Pepper is waking up at ungodly hours of the morning to do yoga with Bruce. Or Rhodey and Thor are deconstructing battles instead of watching the movie Tony chose. Or Pepper and Steve talking about art when the whole reason Pepper picks out Tony’s art is that Tony doesn’t care, okay, this is not Tony’s interest. Even Rhodey and Clint discussing the finer points of barbecue- no, not with any robot help, just fire and a grill. It’s not that Tony isn’t invited, it’s just- his life has a very set order. Things are supposed to revolve around him! WHY ARE THINGS NOT REVOLVING AROUND HIM.
He hadn’t realized new friends at the Tower meant new friends for EVERYONE, this is like when Pepper and Rhodey discovered they both liked Walking Dead even though Tony wasn’t into it at all but times like a million.
Some nights, when Tony needs a break from his experiment but Pepper and Natasha are out for drinks and Rhodey and Sam are bonding over being the only normal people in the tower, Tony finds himself hanging around the common room of the tower with Bucky, both of them sulking (although both would fervently deny it), no one talking, no one even acknowledging the other.
JARVIS helpfully plays children’s programs about learning to work together on the television. Neither of them dignifies it with a response.