Marvel is a big family, and it keeps on expanding. Indeed, we do not get to see every superhero interact now and then, but Marvel sure as hell knows how to keep the concept of Friendship alive. While we see romantic relationships blooming in the MCU, we also see growing friendships, and it’s beautiful! So, here’s a list of 10 Surprising MCU Friendships that no one saw coming:
1. Sam Wilson And Bucky Barnes
Right off the bat, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier set future MCU projects and established Bucky and Sam as good friends. However, despite their friend in common, these two did not get along initially. The only common thread they had was Steve. The show highlighted the tension between the two as well. So, all in all, we got to see friendship progress from simple hatred to pure beauty.
2. Stephen Strange And Wong
As was the case with Sam and Bucky, the same was with Doctor Stephen Strange and Wong. When Wong first saw Strange, he saw an arrogant and egoistic human who does not consider anyone to be on his level. Strange’s attempts at humor also don’t go over well with Wong. But eventually, by the end of Doctor Strange, the two established a pretext to their friendship that was not spoken of. Plus, Strange was really surprised because Wong did not know who Beyonce is!
3. Thor and Bruce Banner
One might remember their epic battle at the Helicarrier. Well, it is because of that only that no one believed when they became such good friends. Thor: Ragnarok explored this beautiful side of Thor and Banner that made the movie an ultimate success. The two were reunited when they find themselves trapped on Sakaar. Once Hulk reverts to Banner, he and Thor get to partner up for the first time. And honestly, they make for a fun odd couple.
4. Thor and Rocket
Avengers: Infinity War had many moments that shook the audience. One of them was Thor meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy. But one thing was totally out of the blue and that was Thor and Rocket’s odd friendship. Plus it also hinted at a friendly rivalry with the Star-Lord. Rocket and Thor seemed to find some common interests in their love of a good fight. The reason why this friendship is important because Rocket is not easy to get along with!
5. Clint Barton And Wanda Maximoff
Wanda started as an enemy of the Avengers in Age of Ultron. Moreover, I say that she did considerable damage to the unity of the team as well. So it was an easy proposition that no one would really befriend her. But, that wasn’t the case when it came to Hawkeye. While they two seemed to have conflicting interests, in the beginning, the friendship quickly sailed. He was the one to give her the pep talk to join the team, he was the one who recruited her to Captain America’s team, and the two heroes shared a mourning moment in Endgame.
6. Jimmy, Monica, and Darcy
WandaVision gave us many great characters, and Monica Rambeau was one of them. But one trio that came out of the blue was Jimmy Woo, Monica Rambeau, and Darcy Lewis. While these three have no common thread to base a relationship on, the show quickly changed that. In a surprising change of events, the three found themselves in a tiff with SWORD. Well, this is where the great friendship began as they fought against them! I hope the MCU brings these three together again because it was an absolute delight to watch.
7. Gamora And Nebula
While these two are sisters, the hate between them was shown really often and almost felt too real. In Guardians of the Galaxy, Nebula is seen as the villain who is not only serving Ronan but is also trying to kill Gamora for betraying Thanos. And yes, the latter is their father so one can only imagine the hostile upbringing! But this quickly changed when Gamora accepted that she wasn’t always best with her. Soon, Nebula also stopped with her efforts of trying to kill her sister. This turned into a beautiful friendship between the sisters.
8. Carol Danvers And Nick Fury
Captain Marvel took the right approach with the timing of the film. The movie was set in the 1990s, hence allowing Carol Danvers to fit in with the current universe, and also gave us a young Nick Fury! Seeing Fury as he is just beginning to realize the scope of what’s out there made him a more pleasant character. As we know, Nick is not always the softest person and is in fact all about business. But his interaction with Carol showed the MCU an easier side to Fury, and the friendship definitely kicked off.
9. Tony Stark And Bruce Banner
It’s always amazing to see two beautiful minds together at work while being friends! This was perfectly shown in the relationship between Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. In The Avengers, the “science bros” became a mania for fans. They immediately clicked with their shared love of science and willingness to push boundaries. Moreover, their friendship did not seem forced. It was an easygoing process of exploring the individuals while giving us good moments.
10. Peter Parker And Happy Hogan
Happy wasn’t always as impressed by Peter. While the MCU focused on the Tony-Peter mentor relationship, it did not fail to establish a real connection between Happy and Peter too. Honestly, Happy was always kind of annoyed by Peter. But Tony’s death changed everything. Happy and Peter grew closer together. Moreover, Happy begins to see how Peter was similar to Tony and gave him advice on how to be a hero. So, it was definitely a beautiful relationship to explore!
Which of these surprising MCU friendships did you like the most? Let us know in the comments.