So, I have to admit that there were a couple of instances of possible romantic involvement between Bruce Banner and Black Widow in the new [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) trailer that made me really happy. It's exciting in any superhero film, not to mention the ones that are being packed with as many characters as the MCU is into the Avengers sequel, to be reminded that regardless of their strength and influence, even super-soldiers and international peace-keepers can succumb to the power of love. As important as it is to note that even giant green rage monsters can go weak at the knees for Scarlett Johansson just like everyone else, I've also been thinking about all the other possible future romances that the MCU may hold, and this article is dedicated to all of my favorite Marvel comic book couples that are in the running.
So here's our first...
1) Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy
This is a given, but come on! Gwen and Peter's comic book relationship may be the best in history. Gwen's death contributes so much to Peter's character and his motivation for remaining a hero. It's heartbreaking, and it totally sucks, but it's so necessary! I know [The Amazing Spider-Man](movie:45497) franchise took the heat for a lot of directional mistakes, but their intentions for the two's love story isn't necessarily something I'm upset about or dissatisfied with. There's something really refreshing about the way that Marc Webb went about Gwen Stacy's life and death in his reboot, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. It showed, or at least was supposed to show, the innocence and purity of their relationship, and how it affected Peter's life as a superhero. If the new MCU Spider-Man can show some organization and self-restraint, I don't doubt that this love story can happen again, and this time, better! Even better, maybe we will see Mary Jane Watson again.
2) Jessica Jones and Luke Cage
This relationship also goes without saying. Luke Cage and Jessica Jones may be Marvel's most powerful power couple to date, and most withstanding.
In 'The Pulse' comics, Jones and Cage eventually end up living together, married, and having a son. The two are also essential to the New Avengers. With this being said, their relationship in regards to contributing to the future of the MCU could...
- Make it easier for the Defenders to be born. With the two hopefully crossing over into each other's show, team-ups between them may result in assembling the Defenders. In their upcoming Netflix shows, Jessica Jones role is currently held by Krysten Ritter. Luke Cage is being played by Mike Colter.
- Be a starting place for the New Avengers. In the comics, Tony grants the couple possession of the Avengers Mansion, which is home to half of the Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
3) Crystal and Quicksilver/Ronan the Accuser
Besides the Human Torch, who is one of the many other romantic interests of Crystal Amaquelin, I believe that Quicksilver might be the only man the royal sister-in-law, has ever been in love with. They even have a daughter, Luna. However, this relationship does not last and there comes a point in the comics that in an act of diplomacy between the Kree and [The Inhumans](movie:910490) (both races will play a big part in the MCU), Crystal is married to Ronan the Accuser, an anti-hero who fights and advocates for the Kree Empire. Mainly serving the purpose of reuniting the two houses, the coupling has some significance and influence over Black Bolt's taking over the Kree throne. This idea is a long-shot, but may be used at some point in the MCU's future if Ronan is toned down as a villain and used to develop Phase 4.
4) Hawkeye and Mockingbird
As everyone who watches [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](series:722469) knows, Mockingbird has already been introduced to the MCU, and boy is she awesome! Played by Adrianne Palicki on television, Barbara ('Bobbi') Morse while working as a S.H.I.E.L.D agent is placed on a mission with Clint Barton (Hawkeye) to defeat Crossfire, one of Hawkeye's biggest enemies.
After completing their mission, the two fall in love and get married later in the comics. The two are major figures in both the West Coast Avengers, which they start under the supervision of the Vision, and the recent New Avengers. This would potentially work because...
- Bobbi has already been introduced in AOS and is sexually active in the show with another character, Lance Hunter, who in the comics is the British commander of S.T.R.I.K.E. Currently the relationship is strained to say the least (and not spoil anything), and it is possible that she will be romantically available if introduced into the movie universe.
- Adrianne Palicki has already voiced an interest in working with Jeremy Renner and has been rumored to be thrown into the movie universe. By the end of Civil War, Hawkeye and Mockingbird could join the Defenders in creating a New Avengers team in the absence of major Avengers post Civil War.
- Joss Whedon has confirmed Hawkeye for Civil War, and the character holds a much more important role in Age of Ultron. With Clint as a higher-standing Avenger, he could be exposed to more of the spotlight and his character could hopefully be developed further using Mockingbird. The only things we really know of the MCU Clint Barton is what he has shared with Black Widow.
5) Scarlet Witch and Vision
Finally, my biggest and most favorite suggestion for a MCU movie romance is the one between Wanda Maximoff and the Vision. While in the comics, the two twins, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, of Magneto jump between the Avengers and X-Men, during which Scarlet Witch discovers a love connection to Avenger's android and attempts to have children with him against both teams opposition.
In the MCU, Scarlet Witch will most likely possess Inhuman powers, not mutant-based, meaning that she would have no relation to Magneto or the X-Men in this case. Her relationship to Vision, however, may still prove vital in the MCU attempting more provoking story lines in the future. So much of what Wanda goes through in the later comic arcs is due to her inability to have kids with Vision, which causes her serious mental breakdowns that have even ended with Avenger deaths.
This could potentially work as both characters, Scarlet Witch and Vision, will be introduced in Age of Ultron. On top of that, both characters will have unique and close ties to Ultron regarding their superhero origins. Their relationship may come sooner than later.
If the MCU's Avengers and FOX's X-Men ever wanted to collaborate in a multi-verse crossover event (seeing that the X-Men have already experimented with time travel and multiple dimensions in Days of Futures Past, which introduced both their own versions of the twins), Phase 4 would be the time. If Scarlet Witch and Vision's relationship survive Infinity War, one possible project Marvel could pursue is a standalone, no-strings-attached New Avengers story that would follow an altered version of 'House of M' where the X-Men would meet the Avengers and, after resolving the issue, go back to their respective universe.
SIDE NOTE: IF THIS CROSSOVER HAPPENED.....BLACK PANTHER AND ORORO (STORM)!