While romance isn't necessarily the most important part of superhero films or comic books, it is fascinating when we see superheroes starting to get together in their spare time. You wouldn't believe some of the couples that have formed over the years in various timelines, realities or universes! Here's some of the weirdest comic book couples ever.
1. Hawkeye And Mockingbird
Sure, you love Jeremy Renner's version of the archer who never misses on the big screen, but did you know that in Marvel Comics, Hawkeye didn't have a wife, he had a longtime relationship with Mockingbird a.k.a. Bobbi Morse from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? The two were pretty happy together in the time when they both worked for S.H.I.E.L.D., but all good things come to an end, especially in comics.
2. Tony Stark And Iron Man Armor
This is where things start to get weird. Around the time when everybody was blaming Y2K for everything, a suit of Iron Man armor was struck by lightning and became sentient. However, instead of being ambitious and trying to take over the world like any normal sentient robot, he instead fell in love with Tony and convinced the hero to get inside of him so they could go save the world together. Unfortunately, he started murdering villains, tied Tony to a tree on a desert island, and was a pretty abusive boyfriend in general, before ripping his own heart out to save Tony's life, ending that pretty quickly.
3. Wolverine And Squirrel Girl
Um, yep. At least it was heavily implied that these two had some relations before meeting again in this comic above, where they made it pretty clear that there wasn't going to be anymore of whatever went on between them. However, it is pretty weird because Squirrel Girl is typically seen as being pretty young, while Wolverine is definitely not. Don't worry though, this isn't the last time that Logan's relations with teammates will make it onto this list. In fact, coming up next is a little something that very nearly happened on the big screen.
4. Wolverine And Storm
Yes, that's right. Wolverine, throughout his time in the X-Men Cinematic Universe, was pretty obsessed with Jean Grey, had a wife that manipulated him for years and almost hooked up with Storm. In fact, you can still find a video of this in a deleted scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past, where the two appear romantically entangled. In the comics, this relationship was in full flow for a while, as Storm and Logan had a go at being a couple while they were teammates. Unfortunately, it didn't last out to create weather-manipulating, invincible babies. Yet again though, this isn't the last we'll see of Wolverine's escapades on this list.
5. Wolverine And Rogue
He really does get around, doesn't he? This is the weirdest for fans of the X-Men films, because Logan is over a hundred years older than Rogue, who is no more than a teenager when they first meet and develop a kind of older brother/sister or even father/daughter bond through the rest of that trilogy. In the comics Rogue was never portrayed so young. She and Logan got up to some fun for a while, but somehow the emotionally unbalanced and very violent Wolverine was unable to hold a long-term relationship together — who could have guessed?
6. The Wasp And Magneto
Um, yeah that's pretty weird. It could be hard for film fans to imagine this, having seen both young and old versions of Magneto on the screen and very little of the original Wasp helping her husband Hank Pym in Ant-Man before becoming trapped in the Quantum Realm. However, in the comics, Janet Van Dyne was in an abusive marriage with Hank Pym, and it didn't turn out well. She was quite busy with other escapades, including what was almost a full-blown relationship with Magneto after "Secret Wars" when he began to turn from his villainous ways. In the end, it was his past that kept her from really loving him.
7. Hawkeye And Scarlet Witch
This is another coupling that is hard to imagine because Wanda Maximoff is basically a teenager in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but she has always been a woman in the comics and had plenty of partners across various universes and timelines, including fellow Avenger Hawkeye. These two have a solid friendship in the films, but Clint is married and Vision has his android eye on Wanda, so don't expect this one anytime soon.
8. Daredevil And Black Widow
Oh the intrigue. This was a long-time relationship, with these two being pretty happy together despite Natasha being very secretive and of questionable allegiance pretty often. But Daredevil, star of his own Netflix series, is pretty unlikely to turn up in the films to steal Hulk's girlfriend, so we're unlikely to get these two together on screen, but it's fun to revisit the comics and imagine what it could be like.
9. Spider-Man And Captain Marvel
I'm sorry, but I'm a traditional kind of Spider-Man fan. I want to see Peter Parker either in high school dating Gwen Stacy, or as an adult married to Mary Jane. So, when we saw an adult Peter Parker — after accidentally reversing his entire marriage with Mary Jane — dating Carol Danvers, it was just weird for everybody. Sure, it could be interesting, but she is going to be at least 10 years older than him (at a guess) when she joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so probably not.
10. Scarlet Witch And Captain America
Weird again, but that's because Steve has a kind of mentor/older brother thing going on with Wanda in the films, and she is meant to be about 18 or something like that and he's 80 or so. Fortunately, this wasn't a huge relationship, it was teased in early Avengers comics but happened much later for real. Don't expect this in the films either, though. Steve has his eye on Sharon and finally being happy, which hopefully occurs after Avengers: Infinity War.
11. Scarlet Witch And Quicksilver
Oh hell no! But yes, it did indeed. Remember the brother/sister relationships I mentioned Wanda having with Hawkeye and Captain America? Well, she has a thing about those types of relationships. In the Ultimate Marvel Universe — where everything is just wrong all of the time and everybody dies and it's all terrible — Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were indeed brother and sister, and were in a long-term, incestuous relationship before Scarlet Witch was rather mercifully killed off by Ultron. Anyway, that's about as bad as it can get, so I'll leave you on that horrifying note.
What other comic book relationships still surprise you?
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