It's Valentine's Day and love is in the air. In comic books, love has often been a major part of character growth and narrative progression. Thanks to comic book adaptations, many people know about the love between key characters such as the X-Men's Cyclops and Jean Grey, Peter Parker and Mary-Jane Watson in Spider-Man and the Reed Richards and Sue Storm from Fantastic Four. However, there are also many love stories featuring Marvel characters that aren't as well known. With that in mind, here are five of the sweetest #Marvel romances that have not been shown in movies or cartoons.
5. Kelda And Bill
The idea for this article came when I was rereading #Thor. While there have been many love stories in the Marvel Universe, their's was a love that shouldn't have been, but was destined to happen as if the Sisters of Fate deemed it so. Bill was out on a stroll because he couldn't sleep and Kelda just wanted to walk among mortals. She explained that she, like many of the other gods, was just as curious about mortals as mortals were of the gods.
She tells Bill to visit and indulge his curiosities. Bill indulges those curiosities and after a short time, the two fall in love. While he had his doubts, Donald Blake (the mortal shell of Thor) reminded him that a bird and a fish can love each other and can build their house on the edge of the river. Bill Sacrificed his life and went to live with Kelda.
Even death could not keep the two away from each other. Bill's sacrifice for the Lord of Asgard (Balder) landed him in Valhalla. Once Kelda died she was reunited with her love and the two met each other with a kiss. Even though this was a short-lived romance, it is one of my favorites. It represented the true meaning of love: accepting each other's differences no matter how big if it means being together.
4. Deadpool And Death
For Death, it was always going to be a lonely life since no one alive could interact with her and the dead are only with her for a short amount of time. No one other than Thanos (who Death wanted no part of) could see her. That is, until she came across Wade Wilson during his days as a test subject for Weapon X. Normally, anyone who saw Death while they were alive would go insane. Death figured it was because Deadpool's soul pierced the veil of death but something was keeping his physical body from crossing over as well.
Even after #Deadpool lost the ability to see Death when he was alive, whenever Deadpool was on the brink of death the two would meet up and spend what little time they had being together. Deadpool also may have snuck a kiss from Death while he was dead and married. His wife was not happy. Fun fact: Thanos hates Deadpool because Death loves him.
3. Cyclops And Emma Frost
What started as just a psychic affair turned into a very beautiful and fitting relationship. Emma Frost has never been known as a loving woman. In fact, not being able to feel emotion in her diamond form is very appropriate for her. Despite Emma joining the X-Men because Cassandra Nova created Emma, Emma fell in love with Cyclops — someone who is her polar opposite. Guess what? Emma ended up being a better match for Cyclops than Jean Grey was.
Emma challenged Cyclops to be better and more sure of himself, even breaking Cyclops down to build himself up again. All of this made made Cyclops a better leader and person. The crowning moment was when Emma gave Cyclops's death meaning rather than letting him die an uneventful death — a final gift from the woman who never stopped loving Cyclops. This is a story that would have and can work way better in the movies than the Jean and Scott Summers love.
2. Rictor And Shatterstar
There was a joke in comics that Rictor and Shatterstar had something going on during their time on Cable's X-Force team. Apparently, we were all right (Madrox was confused that anyone was surprised when they came out). Despite the fact that the two of them came from different worlds (literally), they loved each other. Even when Shatterstar would do things that were not OK in normal relationships, Rictor stood by Shatterstar because he loved him. Rictor didn't just blindly let things happen, he continued to help guide Shatterestar through life as his emotional anchor through this new life he knew little to nothing about.
The two grew together and without Rictor, Shatterstar would not have grown to understand what it's like to have all the feelings and the proper way to let them out. Sure, it was extremely difficult for Rictor at times (well a lot of the time), but Rictor loved Shatterstar and was dedicated to help him.
1. Wolverine And Melita
Don't let #Logan's self deprecation fool you. He has dated some amazing women in his day (Mariko, Yukio, Storm and Domino, to name a few). Of all of the other super women Logan has dated and slept with, Melita Garner stands out among them all for a few reasons. Unlike the other women he's been with, Melita was not a fighter, superhero, or involved in any illegal activity; Melita was just a reporter. However, she was tough enough to deal with all of the baggage that came with dating Logan.
She was not intimidated by his enemies, the life he leads or his teammates. She was even hurt by the fact that she was growing older and Logan stayed the same age, embarking on adventures all over the galaxy for days on end.
What started as an article on who Wolverine is really (after he saved her from a couple of muggers) ended in a relationship that should have (and could have) lasted forever (thank you, Mystique) — a normal woman in Logan's VERY abnormal life. If and when they remake the Wolverine franchise, I hope that they keep him away from the X-Men, let him have his own adventures and include Melita — a change of pace would be great.
Do you have a favorite couple or comic book love story? Let me know in the comments below.