When it comes to superhero shenanigans, one major advantage of comic books over movies is that they are way less restricted in terms of what they can and cannot show to their audience. That includes R-rated violence and dialogue as well as steamy sex scenes — add to that the fact that most of our heroes have existed in like a dozen universes, and that leaves them enough time to enjoy a very busy sex life. Plus, one can't really settle when they've got a secret identity to protect and a bunch of crime-fighting expeditions to schedule every now and then.
While Black Widow has surprised us time and again, the prime example of a roller coaster of a sex life is obviously Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, and I'm going to try and not make any sexual innuendos about his superhero alias in this article. It would take at least a few tomes to detail all of his flirts, kisses and sexy times in the sheets or elsewhere, but here's a first peek at nine of the women he's romanced.
1. Tony Stark And Natasha Romanoff Made A Sex Tape
Right, that happened: in the Ultimate universe, Black Widow and Iron Man made a sex tape together, and of course it leaked. And that's just after she was killed by Hawkeye for having murdered his child.
2. But That's Not The Only Time They Slept Together
At least everything wasn't documented on tape: in the Ultimates 2 #9, Natasha's in bed with Tony before pulling a gun from under the pillow... and shooting Jarvis, who walks in on them.
3. He Was Strong Enough For She-Hulk
She-Hulk's also quite the flirter, and I wonder how she'd compare Tony to Hercules.
4. Apparently He Likes Green, Because He Got Gamora In His Bed Too
Now that's an Avengers/Guardians crossover we can get behind! In Guardians of the Galaxy #4 (2013), Tony gets with Gamora.
5. He Went On A Date With Emma Frost
They didn't have sex (at least we didn't see it in the comics), but Tony Stark and Emma Frost definitely enjoyed a nice date together. Their romantic history was also hinted at as part of Emma Frost's character history.
6. Rumiko Fujikawa Was One Of His Most Serious Girlfriends
Although he's a master flirter, Tony Stark sometimes gets attached, too. Apart from our beloved Pepper Potts, he got quite serious with Rumiko Fujikawa — although she started dating him as a sort of provocation of her parents, who didn't approve of the relationship. Sadly, she was killed by an Iron Man impostor.
7. He Was Out-Flirted By Sunset Bain
Surprisingly, Tony's not always the one making the first move: Sunset Bain is the CEO of Braintronics, but also a villain under the alias of Madame Menace. When they were still studying at MIT, this ever-manipulating femme fatale flirted with Tony to steal his codes for Stark Industries.
8. He Made Out With Maria Hill While His Suits Were Watching
Maria Hill is an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and becomes director when Nick Fury disappears after the Secret War. In The Invincible Iron Man Vol 1 #10, Tony asks Maria to destroy one of his secret arsenals — but not before they share a kiss or ten.
9. And Obviously, Pepper Potts
In the comics, Pepper has quite a long and complex relationship with Tony. Although they both have several other loves over the course of their partnership, that doesn't prevent them from enjoying a few sexy moments together.
Bonus: Tony Stark And His Psycho Suit
Things got extra spicy when one of Tony's suits came to life in The Invincible Iron Man: not only did it have a sort of conscience of its own, it decided it was obsessed with Tony. To the point where it tortured him and threatened to murder Rumiko (the irony being that she was killed by an Iron Man suit in the end). That awkward story arc ended when the suit sacrificed itself to save Tony from a heart attack.