We are not against love and this list certainly doesn’t aim to mock the concept of romance. To non-superhero fans’ surprise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn’t confined to action and battles. It has blended in every factor that upgrades a movie into a global box office success. MCU takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions- laughter, romance, surprises, thrill, and heart-breaks. Some couples become ideal and popular even outside the comic book realms while some are nothing but annoying because of their lack of compatibility or the speed at which they proceed. We won’t shy away from admitting that some love interests made us wanna’ push them over the cliff. Their mere presence together takes away the fun from the plot. Here are the 10 most irritating romantic relationships that exist in the MCU.
1. Clint Barton and Laura Barton
The very introduction of Laura as Clint’s wife in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ had enraged the comic book readers. Bringing his wife and kids in the picture had shut doors of exploring Hawkeye and Black Widow’s bond. The two had something deeper and more intense that the movie fans will never know.
2. Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter
Bro-codes and sis-codes should apply to great-nieces as well. Out of all the characters Captain America aka Steve Rogers meets, he moves on from his great love, Peggy Carter with her niece, Sharon Carter. It was anyway hard to process Steve and Peggy’s sad love stor
3. Peter Quill and Gamora
Fans had to wait for nearly two movies to watch Peter and Gamora finally admit their feelings for each other. In fact, the wait, the slow-flirting, and the initial hatred and teasing were fun and entertaining. What disappointed fans was the way these characters were separated in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. Right when Gamora softened for Star-Lord, she was killed by Thanos. Even though, she returned in Avengers: Endgame, she is not the same Gamora anymore. Everything that the two went through together that made them fall for each other in the first place turned out to be futile.
4. Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanoff
Bruce and Natasha’s love story was one of the most poorly written in the movies. From being amicable in ‘The Avengers’ to sparking slow romance in ‘Age of Ultron, they suddenly decided to run away together. Talk about moving fast. And after all the slow-building chemistry, their story never came to fruition.
5. Bruce Banner and Betty Ross
Betty Ross had no role and character in ‘The Incredible Hulk’ other than playing Bruce Banner’s love interest. After Edward Norton was replaced by Mark Ruffalo, MCU compelled us to forget that ‘The Incredible Hulk’ ever existed. However, they did make references to a deleted scene of the film in ‘The Avengers’ and also brought William Hurt as General Ross in Captain America: Civil War. If General Ross exists in this universe then where is his daughter Betty? How can MCU simply erase a character and a love story without any closure?
6. Thor and Jane Foster
Don’t know what was worse, Jane and Thor’s bland chemistry or Jane dumping Thor off-screen. To begin with, the two never inspired any romantic sizzle within us. Can’t explain why but we felt absolutely nothing for this couple. Even Happy and Aunt Jane’s short-term romance was more fun to watch. And to make things more annoying, Jane and Thor’s “great love story” ended just like that without any explanation as if it was a one-time thing. Even Ted Mosby has had better breakups in How I Met Your Mother. But we can’t blame MCU as it was Natalie Portman who walked out of the project after the studios replaced director, Patty Jenkins.
7. Peter Parker and Liz Toomes
We always knew that Peter and Liz were not meant to be together. How could we take their romance seriously when Zendaya’s MJ was around? Forget about MJ signifying Mary Jane, Peter Parker’s love interest, but Zendaya’s character was much cooler and more fun than that of Liz.
8. Vision and Wanda
Vision and Wanda are interesting characters individually, but together they can be pretty boring and serious for the MCU theme. We are eagerly looking forward to taking a trip to Wanda’s imagination and reality in WandaVision but we also hope that MCU spares us their sobbing and serious moments this time. Let us explore the other sides of their bond that are still unknown.
9. Tony Stark and Pepper Potts
Tony and Pepper’s relationship could have been explored well outside the MCU because the predominant plot discounted the Oscar-winner Gwyneth Paltrow into an expendable love interest. In Captain America: Civil War, Tony shared that he and Pepper were on a break. But in the next movie, Avengers: Infinity War, the two were engaged. What happened in between? As it turns out, Paltrow wasn’t keen to revive her role as Pepper Potts in the MCU.
10. Stephen Strange and Christine Palmer
Rachel McAdams is an A-List actor and surely deserves more than what she got in Doctor Strange. It was quite disappointing to watch Stephen Strange mansplaining medical operations and jargons to his colleague Dr. Christine Palmer. Why did they cast an Oscar-nominated actress for such an insignificant role that was overshadowed by Doctor Strange?