The Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to have reached the peak of its popularity this year, when the long-awaited Avengers: Infinity War finally premiered. And since the movie left more questions than answers, the conversations about the events that are about to happen in the MCU in the future will be ongoing for at least several more months, or, perhaps, for a whole year, 'till the fourth Avengers movie comes out.
But some fans of the movies don't limit themselves to learning as much as possible about the heroes in these films. They also want to know everything about the actors and actresses behind these cape. And one of the first things fans want to know is whether their favorite MCU celebrities are married or are in serious relationships. Partly it's out of curiosity, the trait that's inherent in most human beings. And partly it's also because we want to know whether we have a chance to date any of these people (if we're honest to ourselves, we know that we don't have a chance anyway).
From decades-long marriages to the couples that met only a year ago — let's see who of our favorite MCU actors and actresses have already met their life partners!
15 Chris Hemsworth And Elsa Pataky - Married Since 2010
In 2010, shortly before Chris Hemsworth was chosen for the role of Thor, he met the actress Elsa Pataky (she played Elena Neves in The Fast and the Furious franchise) and fell in love with her. During the Christmas holidays of the same year, the couple got married. Now Chris and Elsa, along with their three children (a daughter, India Rose, and twin sons, Sasha and Tristan) live in Australia.
We can assume that Chris and Elsa are a happy couple. I mean, just take a look at them! Any photo of them together shows the way they feel about each other. It seems that even after almost eight years of marriage, they can't let each other out of their sight!
However, just like any other couple, they have also had their struggles and problems. According to Elsa, the biggest challenge for her was to see her husband turning from an almost unknown actor to a huge Marvel star with millions of fans worldwide.
The actress admitted in an interview, "It puts a lot of pressure on a marriage, but we came out good because there is a lot of love between us and we are very strong personalities but love each other so much. We make it work." Well that's good to know, so keep up, Chris and Elsa!
14 Robert Downey Jr. And Susan Downey - Married Since 2005
Back in 2003, when Susan Levin produced the movie Gothika (it was her first full-credit producing job, by the way), she met a man with charming eyes and troubled past. It was the actor who played in this film, and his name was Robert Downey Jr. He was in the process of divorcing his first wife, and, for some reason, when Susan first met him, she thought that he was "strange," even though she realized that he was an amazing actor.
Soon after they met, Robert began his romantic advances toward the producer, but she rejected him twice, because she thought that the relationship wouldn't last and, as she said, "he's an actor; I have a real job." But Robert didn't give up, and soon enough their relationship began. He proposed to Susan that same year, and they got married in 2005.
Nowadays, the couple have two children; a son, Exton Elias and daughter, Avri Roel.
According to Robert, it was Susan who helped him give up his old drug and alcohol habits, and it was her support that helped him attain success. The old saying became true for the actor — behind every successful man, there's a great woman.
13 Elizabeth Olsen And Robbie Arnett - Dating Since 2017
Looking at the super-wide smile on Elizabeth's face, we can suggest that the current period in the actress' life is very pleasant. She looks so happy as heck — she's literally shining! Let's see who this man beside her is, because apparently, he is the cause of this happiness.
This man's name is Robbie Arnett, and he's an indie pop musician, who plays and sings in a little-known band Milo Greene. Lizzie (as her friends call her) and him met last February, when they both were spending their vacation in Mexico. They started dating soon after it, and, as we know, they're still a couple. Lizzie and Robbie have showed up to a number of events together, and they seem to always be holding hands and looking adorable.
Soon after their relationship went public, an insider shared with E! News:
"They are in an exclusive relationship and Lizzie is excited about him. She deserves it. It's very new though, but they seem to like each other a lot already." Well, we can see that!
Fans have no idea how serious their relationship is or how it's going to develop, but we certainly know that Lizzie and Robbie look very good together. They're beautiful and stylish people, whose smiles don't lie!
12 Samuel L. Jackson And LaTanya Richardson - Married Since 1980
Samuel L. Jackson and LaTanya Richardson are the longest-married couple on our list, which isn't too surprising, as these two actors are 69 and 68 years old. When Samuel and LaTanya met in 1974 and got married in 1980, all their younger colleagues from the MCU were only kids.
Of course, such a long marriage couldn't go without any ups and downs. The harshest incident Samuel and LaTanya have been through happened when their daughter was only 8 years old. Back then, LaTanya found Jackson on their kitchen floor with illicit substances. Right after it, she convinced him to go to rehab. Jackson says about his wife and daughter, "[They] supported me and pushed me and give me a reason to get up and go and chase it day after day after day." It's great that he had them and managed to stay clean with their help.
After all these years and after everything they have been through, Samuel and LaTanya still enjoy being together. Every time they show up somewhere together, they hold hands in a very affectionate way and look like they are newlyweds.
11 Chadwick Boseman And Taylor Simone Ledward - Dating Or Not?
Chadwick Boseman is one of the most reserved actors of the MCU. While many others often appear at social events with their significant others, share their pictures on social media, and tell certain details of their private life in their interviews, Boseman keeps everything to himself.
It's easy to understand why he doesn't want the public to know everything about him, but still, fans are eager to learn as much as possible about the man behind Black Panther.
When Boseman was speaking about his beloved woman in the interviews, he never said any name, only calling her "a lady" in his life. Only recently, we learnt who this lady is. It's a singer named Taylor Simone Ledward. (Okay so it hasn't be confirmed by either the actor or the songstress yet.) Her grandmother shared with In Touch Weekly, "They respect each other" and added, "She's very happy and he is too."
We first saw the pair together all the way back in 2015, and it's believed that they started dating in the same year! They simply do their their best to hide their relationship from the public eye. In February of this year, Chadwick and Taylor were again seen during the NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles.
As of today, however, neither of them have officially confirmed that they are dating.
10 Scarlett Johansson And Colin Jost - Dating Since 2017
Scarlett Johansson has been married twice. Her first husband was the actor Ryan Reynolds, and her second husband was the French businessman Roman Dauriac.
During the filming of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Johansson was pregnant with Dauriac's child, who was born in 2014. But, even though the couple had a daughter, they eventually separated in 2017.
Being an extremely attractive and intelligent woman, Scarlett didn't remain alone for a long time and started dating another man shortly after her divorce. Her new boyfriend is comedian Colin Jost.
Soon after the couple had been spotted together, an insider revealed to US Weekly that Jost was telling his friends that "he wants to marry her" and that he was "head over heels" with the actress. If you take a look at their photos, you can understand that this is true — their eyes and smiles don't lie!
Even though they've been spotted holding hands several times at different events (including the recent Avengers: Infinity War premiere), Scarlett and Colin have been keeping their relationship private, not revealing any details to the public. Only recently, Jost publicly stated that he had a girlfriend, still avoiding to tell too much about this relationship.
9 Paul Rudd And Julie Yaeger - Married Since 2003
Paul Rudd is one of the most charismatic actors in the MCU. Not only his character, but also the actor himself is smart, funny, and adorable. For this reason, Rudd has a lot of fans. However, his heart is taken by one woman; a former publicist Julie Yaeger, whom he married in 2003.
Paul and Julie keep their relationship private, so we don't know many details about it, even though they've been together for 15 years. But still, there are some things to say about this couple.
First of all, Paul and Julie met when they worked together.
After Rudd's success in Clueless, the actor moved to New York City and was advised to get a publicist. His choice eventually fell on Julie. Soon after, he asked this attractive woman out, partly because she was the only person he knew in the city, and their relationship started.
Now the couple is happily married and they have two children — a son, Jack, and a daughter, Darby, who are 12 and 10 years old. Julie is always with Paul at all his movie premieres, and she and their children attended the ceremony, where the actor received his Hollywood star. What a close and united family!
8 Benedict Cumberbatch And Sophie Hunter - Married Since 2015
Benedict Cumberbatch is extremely popular now. While the actor has a lot of fans who think that he's gorgeous, he laughs at it, stating that he doesn't understand the hype around him. I wonder what his wife, the opera director and playwright, Sophie Hunter, thinks about it. Most likely, she agrees with Cumberbatch's fans and also considers her husband to be attractive in his own way.
Benedict and Sophie have been in quite a long relationship, even though they married only three years ago. The two were friends for 17 years before deciding to take their relationship to a new level. The couple then got engaged in 2014, and now they seem to be extremely happy together with their two sons.
Being as famous as Cumberbatch is today, it's hard to keep the private life normal. However, the actor is committed to do it. "I'm a homebody," the actor once admitted. "I love to stay in at night, light a fire, have a whiskey and watch a movie or read a good book." In another interview, Benedict also confessed, "I have a family which gives me a purpose that is greater than me and more important than me beyond my work and my public life." I must say, this man's wife is a lucky woman!
7 Zoe Saldana And Marco Perego-Saldana - Married Since 2013
Zoe Saldana and the Italian artist Marco Perego began dating in 2013 and secretly married several months later. "As soon as we decided we were going to get married, we didn't wait," the actress shared in an interview. "We did it three weeks later." I can understand their reasoning, of course. Why would you want to wait to marry the love of your life?
It's interesting that Zoe and Marco didn't only decide to skip the tradition, where a wife takes her husband's surname, but also did the reverse. Marco took Zoe's surname and now his full name is Marco Perego-Saldana, while her full name is Zoe Saldana-Perego.
The couple has three sons, whose surnames are Perego-Saldana. It all seems to be a little bit confusing, but who are we to judge? They're progressive!
In one of her interviews, Saldana said that Marco and her are committed to raise their children as bilinguals, because both of them are fluent in English and Spanish, and they speak both languages at home. It's a good idea!
Let's wish Zoe and Marco to always be happily in love with each other and to keep on looking at each other with the same eyes for all their lives!
6 Dave Bautista And Sarah Jade - Married Since 2015
Dave Bautista, a heavyweight champion, wrestler, and actor who plays our beloved Drax the Destroyer in the MCU, has been married three times. His first wife's name was Glenda, and they were married for eight years in the 1990s and had two daughters. Then he married a woman called Angie, who was his wife for another eight years.
Now, he's been married for three years to a professional pole dancer Sarah Jade, and we all hope that this marriage is going to last longer than eight years. They both deserve happiness.
Dave is 20 years older than Sarah, but it doesn't prevent the couple from looking gorgeous together. I mean, even though Bautista is 49 years old, he looks way younger, mostly due to his outstanding physique. It's even hard to believe that this man has already become a grandfather (one of his daughters has two children of her own). Way to go, Dave!
Speaking about Sarah, she's a winner of a number of dance competitions, while also running workshops, where she teaches others to succeed in this sport, as well.
Anyway, Dave and Sarah seem to be happy together. Hopefully, Bautista has finally settled down and it's going to be the last marriage for him.
5 Paul Bettany And Jennifer Connelly - Married Since 2003
The actor who gave his voice to J.A.R.V.I.S., the main assistant of Tony Stark in all Iron Man and Avengers movies—who later turned into Vision—is a married man in real life.
Paul Bettany's wife is Jennifer Connelly, an Oscar-winning actress who was repeatedly called the most beautiful woman in the world. The couple has been happily married for 15 years, and they have two children.
The story of how their relationship began is very interesting. Back in 2001, both of them starred in A Beautiful Mind, a great movie based on a true story about a genius mathematician John Nash (played by Russell Crowe), who turned out to have schizophrenia.
Even though Connelly was Bettany's childhood crush, he didn't dare approach her and ask her out, while they were working on the same movie.
Only later, after he learnt about the September 11 terrorist attacks, he reevaluated his life and found courage to finally reveal his feelings to the actress.
In an interview with People, Connelly was asked how Bettany won her heart, to which she answered, "He started playing guitar and it was all over." It's so sweet! Wish we could hear the song he played to her.
4 Cobie Smulders And Taran Killam - Married Since 2012
Cobie Smulders and the American actor, comedian, and writer Taran Killam had been dating for several years before they finally tied the knot in 2012. The couple has two daughters together.
When Cobie was pregnant with their first daughter, she was playing Robin Scherbatsky in How I Met Your Mother, and it was critical for the plot to make her character unable to have kids, so the actress had to hide her pregnancy on screen.
Killam loves and appreciates his beautiful wife, describing her as "the kindest, most selfless, most stunning individual with the most educated heart I've ever encountered."
When Cobie got her debut in a Broadway play in 2017, finally realizing the dream of her life, Taran was extremely supportive of her and stated that "She has jumped through many hoops; put herself out willingly and vulnerably, while still keeping a priority of being a superb mother and a phenomenal partner. She has been met with speculation, scrutiny and rejection but never gave up her commitment to her dream."
These two are extremely proud of each other, and you can see it in their eyes that they make each other very happy. Way to go, Cobie and Taran!
3 Mark Ruffalo And Sunrise Coigney - Married Since 2000
Mark Ruffalo and Sunrise Coigney have been married since 2000 and the couple has three kids. Mark and Sunrise show up to all the events together and never seem to let each other go when out and about. It seems that these two are incredibly happy, and I'm happy for them!
The question that arises when we see any celebrity couple is "How did they meet?" and, luckily for us, I can answer this question about Ruffalo and Coigney.
In an interview with Closer Weekly, Ruffalo shared this story, "I was living in a dump and didn’t even have a driver’s license or a credit card. She thought I was a mess, but she believed in me and kept encouraging me."
The actor also admitted that he knew that they were going to be together from the moment he first met Sunrise.
"I saw her and was like, I'm going to marry that girl," Ruffalo said.
When asked about how they're doing now, after all these years of married life, Ruffalo answered, "Sunny and my friendship-slash-marriage-slash-love affair is... changing and growing along the way. Honestly, it hasn't been without its difficulties, its shortcomings; it hasn't been without joy or learning or developing." What a great answer!
2 Josh Brolin And Kathryn Boyd - Married Since 2016
Josh Brolin is the actor who brought to screen the character, who's considered the most powerful MCU villain to date. In real life, this man isn't nearly as intimidating as Thanos, The Mad Titan, whose main goal was to wipe out half the universe (spoiler alert: his dream came true).
Brolin has always had a reputation of a ladies' man, however. Before marrying his current wife, Kathryn Boyd, the actor was married twice. The first marriage lasted for six years, and the second one for nine years. Brolin has two children from his first marriage.
At the moment, the actor seems to be head over heels with his new wife, a former assistant and model, Kathryn Boyd. He often writes about her on his Instagram account, telling his followers how much he loves his wife and how much he's proud of her. When Kathryn had a birthday, Josh wrote the sweetest and the most romantic post for her, "You are on top on my world. You are the cream of the crop, top of the heap, the creme de la creme."
Let's hope that Brolin has finally settled down with Kathryn and found the woman who is the one for him.
1 Evangeline Lilly And Norman Kali - Dating Since 2010
From 2003 'til 2004, Evangeline Lilly was married, but this marriage didn't work out well for her. It's possible that because of this negative experience, the actress decided that she didn't want to get married again. But that doesn't mean she can't date.
The actress has been dating her current boyfriend Norman Kali since 2010.
The couple met on the set of Lost, where Kali worked as a production assistant. Soon they began dating, and they have mostly kept their relationship private.
Despite their serious long-term relationship and the two kids they have together, Evangeline and Norman aren't going to get engaged, at least in the nearest future. "I don't believe in forever promises. I don't think it's realistic," Lilly confessed in one of her interviews.
At the same time, Evangeline doesn't rule out the idea of marriage completely. "I have an American son and an American partner," the actress stated once, "so marriage might logistically make sense at a point." We'll see! I'm sure that Lilly's fans would be very glad to see her in a wedding dress. There's no doubt that she'd look gorgeous.
But whether these two are married or not, the most important thing is that they seem to be very happy together, so we should just be happy for them!
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