While many of the characters in the Marvel Universe join teams and organizations to fight crime, some of the most interesting team-ups have been Marvel characters who are best friends. Moreover, the BFFs we have gotten over the years have been nothing short of delightful. Whether they're Odd Couple archetypes or so similar they could be siblings, some of these friendships date as far back as the start of Marvel Comics. That's decades of fights, make-ups, life-changing events, and even deaths.
We have gotten some of the best team-ups in comic book history between best friend Marvel characters. From witty banter to heartbreaking loss and mourning, the most memorable moments in comics have occurred between the best friends of Marvel. Luckily, some of these friendships have transcended the page and moved to TV shows and films, so non-comic book fans can experience the pure joy of these timeless bonds.
From the ultimate drinking buddies to corporate business partners, Marvel characters that are best friends continue to bring readers some of the most popular and entertaining stories in comics history.
Deadpool And Spider-Man
Any friendship with Deadpool is guaranteed to result in biting remarks and insults. So, of course, he meshed perfectly with the wise-cracking Spider-Man. In fact, their relationship tends to veer into a sort of love/hate territory. Deadpool (being Deadpool) has an often-too-close attachment to everyone's favorite web-slinger. Let's be real: he just straight-up flirts with Spider-Man constantly. Poor Spidey. No wonder he gets fed up with Wade's antics from time to time.
Groot And Rocket Raccoon
You hardly ever see these partners separated in the comics or the movies. As one of the few people that can understand Groot, Rocket Raccoon formed an almost immediate bond with the arboreal creature. From then on, these two heroes have been stuck together at the hip. And why not? They're so awesome (and merchandisable)!
13 people just voted on Professor X And Magneto
Meeting for the first time in an Israeli Holocaust clinic, Magneto and Professor X bonded over philosophy, mutant rights, and literature. Their conflicting points of view led them down different paths, however, and they soon became enemies. Regardless, their friendship persevered even to Xavier's death, and he entrusted the X-Men to his old friend after he passed. Differences aside, the two men always held a constant respect and abiding love for one another.
12 people just voted on Wolverine And Nightcrawler
A set of rather unlikely friends, Wolverine and Nightcrawler were thick as thieves. Although they may seem like complete opposites, the two mutants would frequently go out drinking together. There were also notorious for pulling pranks on their friends and allies. In one of their wildest stunts, the duo tried to get Colossus drunk and then beat him up for breaking up with Kitty Pryde. Really, it's too bad we've missed out on seeing this friendship depicted in the X-Men movies and cartoons.
11 people just voted on Tony Stark And James "Rhodey" Rhodes
While he started out as Tony Stark's personal pilot and chief aviation engineer, Rhodey soon developed a close friendship with his boss. He never left Tony's side, even when Stark Enterprises was on the brink of ruin and he was facing bankruptcy. Rhodey also stepped in to become Iron Man temporarily during Tony's battle with alcoholism. Upon his (alleged) death, Tony left his fortune and control of his company to Rhodey. Additionally, Tony created the Variable Threat Response Battle Suit, Model XVI, Mark I (nicknamed "War Machine"), especially for his BFF.
Luke Cage And Iron Fist
A friendship born from a fist fight, Iron Fist and Luke Cage got along almost immediately (despite their violent meet-cute). After clearing Luke's name, the two worked together for Misty Knight and, later, created their own business: Heroes for Hire. Their partnership continued until the untimely death of Iron Fist. Luke continued as a solo hero until it was discovered that Iron Fist was actually alive and they reformed their business. BFFs to the end.see more on Power Man and Iron Fist
Deadpool And Cable
While this may not be the most believable friendship in the comics, it is certainly very entertaining. Why wouldn't Cable want to be friends with Deadpool after he tried to kill him, after all? Embodying the funny man/straight man trope, these two unlikely friends worked amazingly well together. They even wound up sharing some DNA with each other. Can't get any closer than that, right?
9 people just voted on Steve Rogers And Bucky Barnes
With a friendship spanning almost 80 years, Captain America and Bucky Barnes are the epitome of friendship goals. Their bond has survived decades of frozen, suspended animation, various side-switching, and countless brushes with death. When Captain America was assassinated, Bucky even took on his superhero name in his honor. Later, when Steve was found to be alive, he passed his blessing on to his best friend and officially retired from his role as Captain America. Now that's real camaraderie.