Comic books are known for their bombastic action sequences, played out by larger than life heroes trying to save the world from larger than life villains. As consumers, we pay to read these action sequences, and then pay again to watch them in live action when Hollywood makes the film version. With the amount of comic book movies out for the current season (Deadpool, Batman v Superman, Captain America 3) and the numerous comic book films and television shows in development, it seems that this need for unrealistic action is only growing. There is nothing wrong with us for liking this kind of stuff, but action alone won't move the narrative, which is why we need all the other elements of plot such as character development, daily drama, and romantic relationships to create a fulfilling context for our comic book adventures.
This list will focus on Marvel comics only, so no Aquaman, Green Arrow and Black Canary discussions. It will also look at some of the important and sexiest romances Marvel comics has produced for us. This list focuses on the comic books, and while some of the movies we have seen follow the comics closely, others do not, so I can't say whether this article contains any spoilers for the films. The massive amount of sexy relationships in Marvel comics, many coming from X-men titles, is hard to break down (one of my favorites was Thor having to always ignore the sultry advances of the Enchantress to stay true to his love Jane Foster). However, I have decided to focus on ten relationships that not only advanced the characters but added a little steam to the comics as well.
10 Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman
Marvel's first romance is also one of the most durable. When Fantastic Four began in 1962, Sue Storm and Reed Richards were already in love, even though the thing was a little sweet on her. The two of them never seemed too affectionate in the pages of the comic, but off panel they were pretty hot for each other. With Namor constantly creeping about trying to make time with Sue (and remember, this is the guy who only wears a Speedo), Mr. Fantastic had to live up to his moniker, often.
9 Scarlet Witch and the Vision
This is a pretty weird one, but steamy nonetheless. The Vision is a robot and Scarlet Witch is a human mutant, this we pretty much all know from Avengers: Age of Ultron at least. When your mutant ability allows you to alter probability, you could basically have any guy y0u want. Therefore, the Scarlet Witch decided she wanted a real machine to be her man. In love with his programmed personality I guess, the Witch used her abilities to not only allow her and Vision to be together sexually, but to make herself pregnant and give birth to twins.
8 Rogue and Gambit
Talk about a steamy relationship! Gambit, the bad boy mutant with the sexy Cajun accent, and Rogue, the former bad girl mutant with the killer body, met as members of the X-men and didn't take long to fall in love with each other. Sexy people in dangerous situations will lead to love after all. But in this case there was a problem: Rogue's powers prevent her from making physical contact with other people, lest she absorb their powers and knock them out.
7 Colossus and Shadowcat
6 Daredevil and Elektra
5 Luke Cage and Jessica Jones
4 Spider Man and Silk
3 Cyclops and Emma Frost
2 Spider Man and Mary Jane Watson
1 Cyclops and Jean Grey
I don't know how he does it, but Scott Summers has been a romantic interest non stop for over half a century now. His epic love story with Jean Grey helped define the emotional aspect of the X-men comics in the early 1960's and drove the narrative for many memorable X-Men storylines in the decades to come (as well as sounding like something from a Mexican Telenovela). Cyclops and Jean were hopelessly in love, and their love endured even when confronted by other suitors who wanted one of them for themselves, such as the Angel, White Queen, and (most famously) Wolverine. When Jean seemingly died, Cyclops dated and later married Madelyne Prior, a clone of Jean who naturally turned evil and attempted to destroy everybody in a psychotic act of violence as clones tend to do. When Jean returned from the dead they were reunited and comic fans rejoiced. Jean is dead yet again, but that never actually sticks in comics so time will tell how the relationship proceeds in the future.
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