Not only is the Marvel Cinematic Universe the highest-grossing film franchise of all-time, but as of now Avengers: Endgame has brought in more money at the box office than any other movie ever has. While there is no doubt that all of the franchise’s incredible action and the main characters’ awesome abilities has a lot to do with that, people also really care about the MCU’s characters.
As much as fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe love the franchise’s characters by themselves, they tend to invest in some of their relationships even more. Of course, in some cases that means caring about romantic couples but in others it is the series’ friendships that are truly the best. With that in mind, it is time to take a look at this list of 7 MCU romances that saved the movies and 8 of the series’ friendships that were even better.
15 Friendships: Stephen Strange and Wong
When Stephen Strange and Wong first met on the big screen, for those unfamiliar with the comics, it likely seemed like they were destined to hold one another at arm’s length. Instead, ever since Wong came to realize that Strange is the sorcerer supreme that the world needs, they’ve had one another’s backs at every turn and they seamlessly play off one another.
14 Romances: T'Challa & Nakia
Easily one of the suavest characters in the MCU, even when T’Challa battled Erick Killmnger he managed to keep his cool. That is why it was so adorable to see him nervous to see Nakia again for the first time in a while. Given the chemistry they exhibited later in the movie and how strong-willed Nakia turned out to be, we can understand why T’Challa felt that way.
13 Friendships: Natasha Romanoff And Clint Barton
As the two militant members of the MCU’s Avengers, it makes perfect sense that Natasha Romanoff And Clint Barton would gravitate towards one another. However, their friendship is so much more than that and even though we’ve barely seen any of their shared history, it is abundantly clear that they’ve been there for one another throughout the years.
12 Romances: Gamora and Peter Quill
Certainly, a case of opposites attracting, Gamora is an extremely serious character while Peter Quill is the Guardians of the Galaxy’s resident goofball. Despite their differences, the affection these two share grew organically and is very believable.
In fact, this is a spoiler but we were heartbroken to see their relationship start from scratch again in Avengers: Endgame.
11 Friendships: Peter Parker and Ned Leeds
First off, one of the major reasons why Peter Parker and Ned Leeds’ friendship is so great is that we can easily picture them spending a day simply hanging out and making each other laugh. Also fiercely loyal to one another, ever since Ned learned Peter’s biggest secret he has done his very best to help his buddy stay safe even when it has put himself at risk.
10 Romances: Wanda Maximoff and Vision
On the face of things, it is weird that MCU fans have bought into a human being having a romance with an android but here we are. Unlike the other two romances that have already appeared on this list, Wanda Maximoff and Vision seem completely at ease when they are together. In fact, it seems like Vision has given Wanda some peace in this world for the first time and we’re loving it.
9 Friendships: Tony Stark and Happy Hogan
Back when Happy Hogan first appeared on the big screen, he seemed like nothing more than Tony Starks’ very attentive personal assistant. Thankfully, over time viewers came to see that the two men truly cared about one another and were the closest of friends. As a result, this is a spoiler but seeing Happy cope with the events of Avengers: Endgame has been highly emotional in the best way.
8 Romances: Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne
In the hands of lesser actors, we could easily imagine Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne’s fledgling relationship coming off as forced as it seems like all of the solo MCU movies feature romance. Thankfully, Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly pull off their roles to perfection and we can’t get enough of seeing their characters enjoy pushing each other’s buttons.
7 Friendships: Rocket Raccoon and Groot
Easily the most ridiculous main MCU characters, the idea that a superhero movie would star an outspoken intelligent raccoon and a talking tree creature is pretty surprising, to say the least. Even more amazingly, the two characters are fan favorites for good reason and Rocket shares a tender friendship that lights up the screen with both versions of Groot.
6 Romances: Peter Parker and MJ
Even though we love the movie Spider-Man: Homecoming, we have to admit that we were never really all that interested in Peter’s one-dimensional crush in that movie, Liz. On the other end of the spectrum, the awkwardness of Peter and MJ circling around one another in Far From Home was as entertaining as teen movie romance and one of the best parts of that film.
5 Friendships: Scott Lang and Luis
Given the fact that Paul Rudd is nearly universally recognized as a hilarious person, it seems hard to fathom that any character from the movie Ant-Man could upstage his portrayal of Scott Lang. However, when Luis tells a story it is so entertaining that Michael Peña did just that. On top of being a great comedy team, it is really touching to see how much Scott Lang and Luis care about one another.
4 Romances: Tony Stark and Pepper Potts
Easily the most fleshed-out romance in the MCU, not only is the relationship Tony Stark and Pepper Potts share well-defined in the movies but fans know both characters as individuals too. In fact, in our opinion, Pepper is the only character in the movies who truly understands Tony and she has the upper hand in their relationship more often than not. That dynamic helped to kick the MCU on the right foot and ended the Infinity Saga on a heartwarming note too.
3 Friendships: Tony Stark and Bruce Banner
Throughout most of their lives, Tony Stark and Bruce Banner have spent their time around people whose intellects could never live up to theirs. As a result, it clearly means the world to both of them that they’ve found someone who they can relate to. Often referred to as the science bros, it also is a lot of fun to see Banner and Stark work together since their minds meld in a dance of sorts.
2 Romances: Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter
Despite the fact that we’ve barely gotten to see Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter together in their prime, moviegoers have seen Cap pine after his true love in one movie after another. If it weren’t for the fact that Agent Carter is such an awesome character, that could get really annoying. Instead, we found ourselves desperately wanting these two to finally get their moment in the sun together.
1 Friendships: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, and Bucky Barnes
Three former soldiers who all seem to have been cut from the same cloth, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, and Bucky Barnes all have a pronounced sense of duty that define their characters. On top of that, despite how serious all three characters often seem to be, their interactions can be surprisingly hilarious at times.
Once you combine those two elements of this trio’s bond, it makes perfect sense that any of them would lay down their lives for the others at a moment’s notice.