Superheroes movies are not just about action. They comprise almost all the elements and genres. From hard action to drama, they have it all. Amidst all the fighting and power-ups, love provides us with a little relief. If we talk about Marvel and DC collectively, the action is without a doubt in the center of it all. But they don’t sideline emotions. Many of our favorite heroes are actually driven by the same emotion. And along with those emotions comes a bit of romance too. Of course, at times it can get cringy and nonsensical. But today, we will talk about those ten superhero love stories that actually fit very well:
Mr. Incredible & Elastigirl (The Incredibles)
This one definitely has to top the list. The connection between them is inseparable and it has been shown on a lot of occasions. It’s an endearing, startlingly authentic depiction of the comforts that a loving marriage provides. It focuses on almost all the parts of a husband-wife relationship, Like Helen suspecting Bob of infidelity. Or Bob taking care of his kids while Helen is not around. It’s all too beautiful. Meanwhile, no action or story plot is compromised.
Peter Parker & MJ (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
A love story that is too subtle. It’s one of those love stories that develop perfectly according to the plot. Even though Spider-Man: Homecoming only teased an impending romance between Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and Michelle “MJ” Jones (Zendaya), it just executed in a manner that’s not cheeky. This movie just lays the foundation for a love story that will be there for everyone to cherish.
Batman & Catwoman (Batman Returns)
Batman is easily one of the most heroes there is. A billionaire, donning the bat outfit and straight-up cleaning his city by battling crime – that is Batman for you. Michael Keaton’s interpretation of Bruce Wayne was always depicted as a little more unhinged. The pair never quite got to seal the deal, but the sexual tension between them is off-the-charts in every single scene they share together regardless. Definitely, something to look out for. Creating tension is also a tough task while showing emotions too.
Wade Wilson & Vanessa (Deadpool)
The romance between Deadpool and Vanessa is pure gold. Both of them are hopelessly in love with each other, and it just shows. The movie being R-Rated allows them to express their emotions even more freely. The movie establishes that whenever Wade gets too close to her, she is taken away. It’s romantic, and sad at the same time. Vanessa, unfortunately, died in Deadpool 2. It will be interesting to see where he will go from here in Deadpool 3 without her damsel in distress.
Stanley Ipkiss & Tina Carlyle (The Mask)
Even though the movie is dark, it also touts an early comic book movie romance actually worth it. It has culminated perfectly within. Tina Carlyle (Diaz) finds herself pursued by insecure bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss (Carrey) and also his titular alter-ego, the latter proving far more exuberant in his efforts. The emotion of love has been amalgamated perfectly with dark humor to give us a soothing romance.
Peter Parker & Gwen Stacy (The Amazing Spider-Man)
A romance that eventually turned into a series of tragic events is Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy’s love story. The movie beautifully composes their interests and love for each other. Even when it was sheer trouble, Gwen did not think twice before helping her man, Peter. This eventually led to her death. A moment that was the saddest of all in The Amazing Spider-Man.
Wyldstyle & Emmet (The LEGO Movie)
We hardly doubt that it will be your most favorite romance of all time. The great thing about the gradual romance between Emmet (Chris Pratt) and Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks) is that he’s an aloof goofball while she’s a Master Builder. The recent sequel takes their romance another step further. Also, let’s not forget the hilarity of Wyldstyle still being a tad tied up with Batman (Will Ferrell).
Tony Stark & Pepper Potts (Iron Man)
This is easily one of the most organic love stories. All credit goes to the natural rhythm and strong chemistry between Downey and Paltrow, it easily seems like a real love story. The relationship has grown so much that Tony basically cannot do anything without Pepper, or without having her in his head. Even though Tony left us in Avengers: Endgame, Pepper stays to live her memories.
Diana Prince & Steve Trevor (Wonder Woman)
Wonder Woman shows us Diana (Gal Gadot) as the powerful one, while Steve Trevor is the vulnerable mortal. The ‘getting-to-know-you’ boat scene is an instant classic of not just superhero romance but comic book cinema as a whole. Steve sacrifices himself to save the day, leaving Diana with a century’s worth of emotional turmoil. He did come back in Wonder Woman 1984 but at a major cost. Hence, he has to leave again.
Steve Rogers & Peggy Carter (Captain America)
Captain America: The First Avenger just makes the concept of love fresh all over again. Using the same old lines – a scrawny guy falls in love with a beautiful girl, the movie really reverses it in a new fashion. The entire film is centered around this power fantasy, what with Cap becoming a mountain of a man thanks to some government-sanctioned serum, and impressively, it doesn’t come off juvenile or misogynistic. The movie majorly consists of action and the story of Captain America, but his love for Peggy is never sidelined, even in the future MCU movies.
Which one is your favorite of all? Let us know in the comments below!