What do we love more than our favorite superheroes kicking evil butt? When our favorite superheroes team up to kick even more butt. For whatever reason it is, we love building on an ever expanding comic book universe.
We can say that it’s just good movies and TV shows that made the Marvel Cinematic Universe a hit but let’s be honest. The reason the MCU is as huge as it is today is because of the massive Marvel universe they are creating in a live-action environment and teaming up some of our favorite superheroes.
One of the best ways to show an expanded comic book universes is to combine two or more of our favorite franchises and have them work off each other. Here are the top 10 greatest Marvel team ups of all time. Let’s start off with:
10. Wolverine and Punisher
You know this is going to kick a lot of butt when you team-up two of Marvel’s most violent and popular characters together. Back in 2004, writer Peter Milligan thought it was about time these two brutal antiheroes teamed up to take down a legendary place of refuge in South America where the most dangerous criminals and killers can hide out.
Of course these two don’t get along at first because they both seem to have attitude issues and are known for not playing well with others. However, when they do finally get some traction in their common goals, it’s some of the most gloriously violent action you’ll ever see in a limited comic series. If you get a chance to read this five part epic, it will more than satisfy your hunger for comic book action.
9. Spider-Man and Venom
Oh yeah, you know why these two are teaming up. You know exactly why these two need to work together. They practically only have one common enemy and he is one of my favorite Spider-Man villains of all time. You guessed it, it’s Carnage. Venom and Carnage are easily archenemies of each other as they never get along due to them constantly competing with each other to see who is the stronger symbiote.
Spider-Man and Venom usually have to team-up to take down Carnage because Carnage is an incredibly dangerous and insane madman who just wants to spread death and destruction wherever he goes. While it would be really exciting to see this happen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's highly unlikely we ever will.
The Marvel movies always try to keep a family friendly vibe and adding Carnage would either have to make the film a hard R or 18A rating or they would have to reduce his psychotic character to PG-13.
Regardless, While Spider-Man and Venom are enemies to no end, it's still great to see them team-up and work together to take down a greater threat, especially if that threat is an insane symbiotic killer with no morality.
8. Captain America and Falcon
This is probably one of the oldest, if not the oldest, team up in the Marvel Universe. At the time of the late 60’s, it seemed pretty taboo to have Marvel’s oldest and most popular franchise team up with a black man.
It’s kinda like when Star Trek had Captain Kirk kiss Uhura on screen for the first time, it just wasn’t the norm for the time. However, what people really like about this pair up is how much they see each other as equals as neither saw each other as simply a black or white man but just as two heroes who wanted to do right.
Both Captain America and Falcon shared their similarities of being war veterans who hit hard times after the fighting was done. We also see their comradery in Captain America: Winter Soldier and in the upcoming Civil War as they always have each other’s back and always work together. It’s one of the oldest team-ups in comic history and it definitely deserves it’s spot on this list.
7. Spider-Man and Human Torch
Believe it or not, Human Torch and Spider-Man actually started out despising each other and even developed a rivalry over the years. This all started when Spider-Man first happened upon his spider powers and he broke into the Baxter Building in hopes of joining up with the Fantastic Four.
They, of course, reject him but he still left an impression on them, more notably with Human Torch who disliked Spider-Man’s attitude towards being a hero. Spider-Man was still at that point of his hero career where he thought he would get paid for his heroic acts.
However, despite all this, they soon grew from bitter rivals to close friends over the years as they grow from jealous, insecure teenagers to dignified adult heroes. Even though they still compete all the time to see who’s the better superhero, it’s more friendly competition than bitter rivalry.
6. Ghost Rider, Wolverine and Punisher
Hey it’s Wolverine and Punisher again and this time they’re also teaming up with the Spirit of Vengeance himself, Ghost Rider. In this team up, these three antiheroes go up against one of Ghost Rider’s strongest foes, Blackheart, who wants to recruit the three antiheroes to help him dethrone his father, Mephisto.
This will allow him to become the next ruler of the Underworld. The three antiheroes decline his offer and Blackheart retaliates by kidnapping a girl named Lucy to sacrifice. You can’t get much more badass than the famous vigilante, the Spirit of Vengeance and the most brutal X-Man teaming up to fight demons in hell to save a damsel in distress.
This team-up was short lived though as they were only teamed up for two one-shot comic book issues but you cannot deny that this team up is amazingly badass.
5. Iron Man and War Machine
When Tony Stark was going through his alcoholic phase, Col. James Rhodes took over the role of Iron Man and was soon given his own armor and the title War Machine (man, even that name is so much cooler).
What makes this pairing interesting though is that Rhodes was the first and practically only person Tony trusted with his secret identity. Even though they don’t always get along and disagree on most things, their trust and respect for each other has always been more important to them.
Even after a long estrangement and capture from Tony’s archenemy, Rhodes and Tony can even put their differences aside to accomplish their one goal to take down the Mandarin. No matter what is thrown in their way, nothing will take down this great team-up.
4. The Thing and Human Torch
Anybody who knows about Fantastic Four knows that Human Torch and Thing do not get along very well. They constantly act like kid brothers picking fights and bothering each other, mostly due to the immaturity of Human Torch.
However, what really makes these guys work as a team-up is that no matter how much they fight, argue and make each other crazy, they know that they both still love each other like family. Human Torch being the brother of Susan Storm and Thing being the close childhood friend of Reed Richard, these two are pretty much stuck together.
You just know that they are the type to not pull any punches on each other but as soon as someone else messes with one of them, the other one would intervene right away and defend their brother from another mother. They are both so funny and touching to read about and you’ll love any moment when they are teamed-up together.
3. Spider-Man and Deadpool
You got to love the set up between Spider-Man and #Deadpool because they are probably two of the funniest superheroes put to comic books. However, while Spider-Man can be a bit of an immature smart mouth who can get under his villains’ skin but you still can’t get more crazy and off the wall immature than Deadpool.
So whenever Spider-Man and Deadpool team up, Spider-Man is usually forced to be the more mature one because Deadpool usually just does whatever he wants without thinking of the consequences. Deadpool always likes to pick fights and annoy the crap out of Spider-Man which is funny because Spider-Man does the exact same thing to his enemies. It’s so funny when the roles are reversed.
No matter what they’re teamed up against, whether it’s a big time villain or a professional monkey hitman, you just know it’s gonna be hilarious crazy fun.
2. Luke Cage and Iron Fist
You all probably knew that these two would end up on this list because they are probably one of the most well known crimefighting duos in all comic books. It’s funny too because when you look at them, you wouldn’t think that they would make a good match. Luke Cage is a street smart tough guy while Iron Fist is a laid back philosophical master of martial arts, what could these two have in common that could make them one of the greatest Marvel team ups? Well that’s kind of the point of this team-up. They constantly try to understand each other’s different worlds while in the process, creating a bond like brothers. They usually fail at trying to understand each other’s world but somehow that makes them even closer.
This even leads them to create their famous superhero group, Heroes for Hire. We're probably going to be introduced to this team-up in the upcoming Luke Cage or Iron Fist Netflix series and hopefully the characters will be as likable as their comic counterparts. This might seem to be one the more bizzare team-ups but only the people who’ve read the comics will understand why it’s one of the greats.
1. Deadpool and Cable
You cannot deny that whenever these two are put in a dangerous situation together, it’s either crazy-hilarious, action packed with violence or both. Deadpool and Cable started out as enemies when the Merc with a Mouth was hired to take out Nathan Summers a.k.a Cable.
However, over the years their rivalry fizzled out and they became the oddest of friends. Cable sincerely wanted to change the world to make it a better place and this sort of inspired Deadpool to do the same - even though he doesn’t really know how or is sometimes just too lazy to do so. Even after they were separated and pitted against each other in the Civil War, they still reunited as friends or BFFs as Deadpool likes to put it.
Out of all the team-ups on this list, none are as strange and as fun to read about because you just cannot understand the depth and craziness of their friendship. Maybe it’s because, in some weird way, they bring out the best in each other as Deadpool makes Cable more flexible and less of a stiff while Cable brings out Deadpool’s want to do better with his abilities.
Whatever it is, you can’t deny that it’s so much fun to watch Deadpool’s crazy goofball personality clash with Nathan’s serious stiff attitude. They become such good friends that Cable will even pay Deadpool in secret for mercenary jobs just to keep his self-esteem up and Deadpool has touching, yet sometimes weird, daydreams of wanting to keep probably his only good friend in his life.
It’s impossible not to smile when you read about their adventures together. If you can find any of their comics, have a blast reading about the best Marvel team-up ever.