Total Nerd Marvel Superhero Relationships That Are Way Healthier Than They Seem  

Hannah Collins
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If you thought Batman was the poster child for ill-fated romance, think again! Marvel superhero relationships are practically drowning in a sea of tears by comparison. However, not all Marvel characters that are in a relationship have sabotaged their chances at true love with pointless drama (although many give it their best shot regardless).

For every torrid love affair such as Ant-Man and Wasp's abusive marriage or Cyclops and Jean Grey's inevitably doomed romance, there are plenty Marvel superheroes who are actually in healthy relationships. That is, as close to "healthy" as you can get in the world of romantically involved Marvel characters. They may not be perfect matches, but they've been making it work long enough to still be considered among the greats, no matter how on and off their entanglements have been.

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Wolverine And Mystique


Wolverine And Mystique is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Marvel Superhero Relationships That Are Way Healthier Than They Seem
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At around 120 years old, Wolverine has had more than enough time to get busy with numerous ladies (and at least one dude). His relationship with Storm, for instance, spans multiple timelines with only their age difference and her marriage to Black Panther keeping them apart. The relationship deserving the most reconsideration, however, is the one he shared with Mystique during House of M.

Wolverine and Mystique, two of the oldest and deadliest X-Men characters, are more compatible than one might assume. Mystique's anti-aging abilities makes her one of Wolverine's few realistic prospects for a long-term partner, and his immunity to her powers thanks to his keen sense of smell suppresses her manipulative tendencies. Plus, Wolverine is already super-tight with her son, Nightcrawler. 

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Hulk And Red She-Hulk


Hulk And Red She-Hulk is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Marvel Superhero Relationships That Are Way Healthier Than They Seem
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The Hulk and Red She-Hulk (Bruce Banner and Betty Ross) are one of the longest established "destined" couples in Marvel alongside Peter Parker and Mary-Jane Watson. No matter how much gamma radiation, angry military fathers, and Hulk rage comes between them, you know it's only a matter of time before fate pulls them back together. 

Even death can't keep them apart. When Betty is thought to have died in Incredible Hulk #466 from radiation poisoning after prolonged exposure to Bruce, their romance could have been forever marred by tragedy. Since Betty's resurrection as the formidable Red She-Hulk, their shared plight only made them more star-crossed.

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Gambit And Rogue


Gambit And Rogue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Marvel Superhero Relationships That Are Way Healthier Than They Seem
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Is there a better "bad boy" type than Gambit (Remy LeBeau) in Marvel comics? Not if you ask Rogue, fellow X-Men member and recurring love interest. This pair has been dancing around each other for decades in an on-again, off-again courtship as unpredictable as Rogue's mood. Despite their difficulties, it's hard to picture either of them with anyone else in the long run.

Raised by the notorious Thieves Guild, Gambit isn't always wholly heroic or honest. Then again, Rogue was first introduced as a minion for villain Mystique. While the idea of a non-physical relationship thanks to her uncontrollable abilities would put most men off, the Ragin' Cajun is always surprisingly respectful of her boundaries and compassionate in her despairing moments. 

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Winter Soldier And Black Widow


Winter Soldier And Black Widow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Marvel Superhero Relationships That Are Way Healthier Than They Seem
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Though Black Widow's past has barely been touched upon in the MCU and MCAU, the long, storied history of Natasha Romanova's turn from villainy to (mainly) heroism is told in-depth in several Marvel comics. This makes her a logical match for the Winter Soldier (James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes), who shares a similarly shady past and career path.

While Steve Rogers knows Bucky Barnes better than anyone, Natasha knows his time as the Winter Soldier better than him. As a brainwashed KGB agent, James (as Natasha calls him) actually helped train her, which formed a lifelong bond between them. Their mutual respect is so strong James chooses not to restore Natasha's memories when they are erased during Winter Soldier (the comic), sacrificing their relationship to spare her recalling her traumatic past.

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