Last week I posted an article stating my Top 5 Creepiest Marvel Love Affairs and, as promised, here are my Top 5 Greatest Marvel Love Affairs.
5: Luke Cage and Jessica Jones
If you're looking for a marriage that can stand just about any test and endure under the most trying of circumstances, look no further than that of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. Despite being forced underground first by Registration and then by Norman Osborn, the former Power Man and Jewel have risen above their predicament, bringing a child into this harsh world but showering it with such love and devotion she may never know the tough times she survived. Jessica has pushed Luke to be the hero and Avenger he always should have been while he has helped her pull her life together and even throw on the old spandex when Luke's life needs saving.
4: Gambit and Rogue
This relationship proves that love can overcome anything! Imagine not being able to kiss the person you love, well Gambit and Rogue know that all to well. When the X-men were divided into two teams to make better use of their large number of active members; Rogue was assigned to the Blue Team, alongside new X-Man, and love interest, Gambit. Rogue and Gambit were immediately attracted to each other, but the development of their relationship was slow and rocky, partly as a result of her inability to control her powers and partly as a result of long-term issues, including secrecy and dishonesty, with previous relationships on Gambit's part. Through their many break-ups and make-ups, Gambit and Rogue have one of the longest and most popular relationships in the X-Men series.
3: Cyclops and Jean Grey
Cyclops and Jean Grey are among the most iconic couples in comics. Their romance has spanned decades. They've been married, torn apart, killed, reborn, had kids from other timelines, and everything else in between. I knew I had to include Cyclops in this list, and it was hard to decide between Jean and Emma Frost. While I was looking into thin air in my room, trying to decide which romance was better, I happened to gaze upon my Dark Phoenix saga comic. That's when I knew I had to pick Jean. If you have never read The Dark Phoenix Saga, then I recommend you go buy it! What really got me about the relationship between Scott and Jean in this comic is the fact that he was willing to fight to the death for her. He stood by her through everything, even when it seemed that she (Phoenix) had left him for Mastermind, he still stood by. The end of the saga always brings a tear to my eye, when Jean decided that she had to be destroyed as punishment for destroying an entire alien species.
2: Sue and Reed Richards
Please don't kill me for this and just hear me out! Sue and Reed Richards may be considered the first couple of Marvel, and a lot of people were expecting this to be number one, but to me, well... let's put it this way. I want to punch Reed in the face every time I see him ignoring Sue for science! I mean c'mon man! That women is way out of your league and you are blowing her off to create a new dimension or something!?
Yeah, that's my reason to why it's not number one, but for the reason it is number two is very different. Even though he completely ignores her, they still stay together, they stick by each other and make it work. They have 2 children, Valeria and Franklin (Who is considered one of the most powerful Omega Level Mutants), and have been married for nearly 50 years! When you put all the neglect for science behind them, they are a truly loving family, and you will never see a more kinder and noble hero than Mr Fantastic.
1: Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson
Now, it may be that I have a spot in my heart for Spider-man, but to me, Peter and Mary Jane's relationship is the greatest in Marvel's history!
Everyone knows how they met and how they got married, but not a lot of people know about how MJ has known about Peter being Spider-man since the day his Uncle Ben was shot. Yeah that's right! Mary Jane figured out Peter was Spider-man when he jumped out of his bedroom, in his costume, after his uncle was murdered. Did she tell anyone? No. Did she tell him she knew? No. She kept that secret inside for years, going so far as to never seeing him again for two years. Afterwards, he got back together with Gwen Stacey, but all that ended when Norman Osborn murdered her. As he was grieving immediately afterwards, Mary Jane came to console him, Peter lashed out against her. This is where MJ began to come out of her shell. Despite the harsh words Peter unleashed, Mary Jane remained by Peter's side, being the friend he truly needed. Peter began to see that he wasn't alone after all
Eventually Peter realized what his feelings for Mary Jane were. He proposed to her but she was still hesitant. Shortly after, Mary Jane finally fully opens up to Peter. He discovers that she's known his secret all these years. She's not quite ready to fully be with Peter out of fear that all relationships end poorly. She soon comes to terms with her father and parents' relationship and Peter and Mary Jane are to get married.
The writers at Marvel had no idea where to take this marriage, and after Peter revealed his identity during Civil War, and Aunt May being shot, the end was near for their marriage, until Mephisto approached the couple and declared that they had a love like no other.
It was a love that "comes about once in a millennia."
To me, Mary Jane is Peter Parker's best love interest. Yes, people may say that Gwen is his true love, but Mary Jane is the only one he has married. The Raimi Trilogy didn't do their romance justice, and I feel that Sony have to include MJ in The Amazing Spider-man 3, and explore this particular element.