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The Best Romantic Relationships In The MCU

Updated July 15, 2021 4.1k votes 510 voters 7.5k views13 items

List RulesVote up the MCU relationships that have your heart glowing like an arc reactor.

With more than 20 titles and counting, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was sure to have some memorable romances tucked between the endless fight scenes and sarcastic quips. So let's put down the comic books, grab some popcorn, and watch some movies in order to nail down the best comic book relationships to grace the big screen... at least from Marvel, that is.

From the major relationships that have served as narrative focal points throughout the MCU - we're talking Stark and Potts or Rogers and Carter here - on down to the relationships that have had less time in the spotlight, these are the relationships Marvel fans love to swoon over. Love isn't only reserved for rom-coms after all, right?

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  • Photo: Avengers: Age of Ultron / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    The Meet-Cute: Though it's clearly not the first time this pair has met - seeing as they are married and Laura is pregnant at the time - Joss Whedon and company dropped a surprise on everyone with the reveal of Clint Barton's family near the midway point of Avengers: Age of Ultron. It's more of a meet-cute for Laura and the Avengers, to be honest.

    The Romance: With Linda Cardellini only appearing as Laura Barton in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers: Endgame, this romance doesn't have all that much screen time logged thus far. This could easily change with the upcoming Hawkeye Disney+ series. That being said, Cardellini and Jeremy Renner immediately settle into a comfortable rapport that gives their relationship a credibility that certainly wasn't guaranteed. 

    Most Swoon-Worthy Moment: That lovely moment near the end of Avengers: Endgame, after the Hulk brings everyone back with the Infinity Stones, where Laura calls Clint on his cell phone five years after being "snapped" into oblivion by Thanos. This is the first inkling the audience gets that the Avengers' quest was successful. As Renner answers the phone, eyes welling with tears, many viewers cannot help but respond with waterworks of their own.

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  • Photo: Captain America: Civil War / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    The Meet-Cute: Wanda technically meets Vision when the rest of the Avengers do - halfway through Avengers: Age of Ultron - but this doesn't really meet the standards of the traditional "meet-cute." A more fitting moment would be when Vision saves Wanda from her certain demise at the end of that movie after Sokovia begins to crash to the ground. This is the first intimate moment the pair really shares together and it serves as a jumping-off point for their romance.

    The Romance: With the seeds firmly planted by Vision saving Wanda's life in Age of Ultron, the duo's courtship begins to blossom through the runtime of Captain America: Civil War, with Vision wishing that the people of the world could see her as he does. By the time Avengers: Infinity War rolls around, Wanda and Vision are in a full-blown relationship, even though they're on opposing sides of the Sokovia Accords. Though Vision was wiped out by Thanos at the end of Infinity War, it's clear that he and Wanda's relationship will be further explored in the Disney+ series WandaVision.

    Most Swoon-Worthy Moment: At the end of Infinity War, when Wanda is futilely attempting to stop Thanos from getting the Infinity Stone embedded in Vision's forehead, she ends up having to destroy the Stone, thereby destroying the love of her life. Resigned to his fate and wishing to make things easier on the woman he adores, Vision tells a trembling Wanda, "It's alright. You could never hurt me. I just feel you." It is a genuinely affecting moment between two of the more powerful, yet underutilized, Avengers.

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  • Photo: Spider-Man: Far From Home / Sony Pictures Releasing

    The Meet-Cute: Moviegoers first catch a glimpse of the playfully antagonistic MJ-Peter relationship near the beginning of 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming. As Peter and his best friend Ned are creepily obsessing over popular girl Liz's outfit, MJ chimes in with the appropriate comment: "You guys are losers." 

    The Romance: Liz Allan is the romantic lead of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The inevitable relationship between MJ and Peter is hinted at when she reveals, at the end of Homecoming, that her nickname is "MJ." This is a signal to comic book fans everywhere that she is sure to end up dating Peter. By the time Spider-Man: Far from Home ends, the couple is officially together, with more sure to come in the next installment of the franchise. 

    Most Swoon-Worthy Moment: The delightfully awkward and emotional scene the couple shares after Peter defeats Mysterio at the end of Far from Home is a realistic look at teenage romance and the high point of this fledgling romance.

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  • The Meet-Cute: After Black Panther's introductory scene, T'Challa and Okoye go on an extraction mission to bring Nakia, T'Challa's ex-girlfriend, back to Wakanda from an undercover assignment in a different part of Africa. When T'Challa and Nakia come face to face during a firefight, our hero utters the strikingly unsmooth line of "Nakia... hi..." - letting every viewer know just how smitten he still is with his former sweetheart.

    The Romance: The former lovers seem destined to remain apart, as Nakia tells T'Challa early on in Black Panther that she "can't be happy here" upon her return to their native Wakanda. However, through the bombastic events of the movie - including T'Challa's near-death experience - the pair end up together again by the time the film's runtime is over.

    Most Swoon-Worthy Moment: After teaming up to take down Killmonger and his plot to lead Wakanda into taking over the entire planet, T'Challa and Nakia lock lips, rekindling their relationship in light of everything that has happened. Though Nakia clearly feels her calling is to help others outside of Wakanda, she seems committed to making it work with everyone's favorite superpowered monarch.

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