Heroes Get Hitched: 10 MARVEL-Ous Weddings

<i>By <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/LucasSiegel>Lucas Siegel, Newsarama Editor</a></i> <p>This week's news that Marvel superhero Northstar a long-time member of both the X-Men and Alpha Flight will soon marry his boyfriend Kyle Jinadu <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/the-view-gay-marriage-northstar-x-men.html>attracted mainstream media attention</a> for being a progressive move, but it's actually the latest in a decades-old comic book tradition. <p>The history of Marvel is full of notable weddings, with many major characters walking down the aisle as their fellow superheroes (and sometimes uninvited supervillains) act as witnesses to the holy matrimony. It's been such a major part of Marvel history that they've even released collected editions gathering the best such stories over the years though those also serve as reminders that a comic book marriage typically lasts about as long as a comic book death. <p>With Northstar and Kyle set to tie the knot in June, here's a look at 10 of the most significant weddings in Marvel history till death or act of demonic entity do them part. <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p> <p>

BRUCE BANNER & BETTY ROSS

You might not figure Hulk the type to settle down, but his human alter ego Bruce Banner made an honest woman out of Betty Ross back in 1986's <i>Incredible Hulk #319</i>. <p>Since the beginning, their relationship was never really easy what, with him turning into a giant green monster, and her being the daughter of the military general bent on the Hulk's destruction (he showed up the wedding with a gun) but they made it last longer than you might expect (an extended period where Bruce's brain was in control of the Hulk's body was definitely an advantage), until Betty's apparent death. <p>Now back to life, Bruce and Betty have taken steps to rekindle their romance, though it remains, as always, complicated (Hulk married an alien named Caiera during the "Planet Hulk" storyline, Betty is now a Red She-Hulk herself).

PIETRO MAXIMOFF & CRYSTAL

The first of many mutant marriages on our list (in fact the first of mutant marriages to another species), Quicksilver, the son of Magneto and Crystal, younger sister of Medusa, queen of the Inhumans was never going to really work. The two were married soon after she saved his life and nursed him back to health after a vicious Sentinel attack, and they did have a daughter, Luna. Their daughter's name is of course a shout out to the moon that the Inhumans lived on for quite some time as well as the fact that her father Pietro is bat$#*! crazy most of the time. <p>The two separated more than once, for reasons of infidelity and villainy alike. Eventually, when Quicksilver stole Terrigen crystals, the secret to unlocking power in the Inhumans in an attempt to get his (and other mutants') powers back, Crystal unilaterally ended their marriage, citing a little-known Inhuman law. And that's why you don't marry outside your species, folks, you never know when they'll use some obscure law to end things.

T'CHALLA & ORORO MONROE

The king of fictional African nation Wakanda needs a wife of power and more importantly <i>internal</i> strength. Ororo "Storm" Munroe has been an X-Men team member, a field leader of multiple squads, and oh yeah, she used to be worshipped as a goddess in the Serengeti. <p>The pair's marriage came as a brief respite and seize-fire to the Marvel <i>Civil War</i> event comic, which had heroes fighting heroes in a war of ideals (and punching, lots of punching). The marriage led to the two of them becoming temporary members of the Fantastic Four, and had a hand in Storm's joining the Avengers, though solicitations for the <i>Avengers vs. X-Men</i> storyline (it's a story of heroes fighting heroes in a war of ideals...) show a bit of a marital spat between the two on the horizon. Sorry kitty cat, but your wife controls the forces of nature.

LUKE CAGE & JESSICA JONES

The relationship between Luke Cage and Jessica Jones started like many do as a one-night stand, back in 2001's <i>Alias #1</i>. <p>Despite these humble beginnings, Luke and Jessica a former superhero turned private investigator eventually learned they actually had feelings for each other, with Luke supporting Jessica through some particularly tough times. They also learned that Jessica was pregnant. <p>With both becoming integral parts of the New Avengers, Jones delivered her baby and the two married soon after in 2006's <i>New Avengers #1</i> and have lived relatively happily ever after, though the whole "superhero-ing putting young daughter in constant peril" part of the deal sometimes puts a strain on things, as seen recently during <i>Avengers vs. X-Men</i>. (Luckily they have Squirrel Girl as their superpowered nanny.)

CHARLES XAVIER & LILANDRA

Hey, mutants like getting married, okay? (This isn't the last mutant marriage on our list, either). Charles Xavier, leader/founder of the X-Men, and for a long stretch essentially the leader of the Mutant race as a whole, naturally needed a wife of similar stature. Enter Lilandra Neramani, the Majestrix of the bird-influenced alien race the Shi'ar. <p>The Shi'ar came to know the X-Men through the Phoenix, an ancient force of the universe that perpetuates a cycles of death and rebirth through hosts like Jean Grey and her offspring. You may have heard of it, especially if you're paying any attention to Marvel's <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/avx-post-game-avengers-vs-xmen-4.html><b>Avengers vs. X-Men</b></a> event. <p>But we digress. Xavier and Lilandra, after sharing an intimate mind link, fell deeply in love and were married. Unfortunately, due to the X-Men's involvement in the Phoenix's rampant destruction (amongst other universal threats tied to the mutant team), the Shi'ar council demanded their marriage annulled. With Xavier largely removed from the global (and thus universal) stage, it's possible he's pulling some feathers out of his pillows once again.

HANK PYM & JANET VAN DYNE

A lot of the marriages on this didn't go smoothly, but this one takes the (wedding) cake. <p>Hank Pym also known as "Giant-Man," also known as "Ant-Man," also known as Yellowjacket, etc., etc., and the Wasp were a well-established couple, but didn't actually get married until Hank Pym was under the influence of dangerous chemicals, back in <i>Avengers #59</i> and #60. So that was a bad omen right off the bat. <p>Infamously, Pym once struck Janet during a nervous breakdown, leading to their divorce. After that incident, they eventually reunited and became an on-again, off-again couple including once going to, um, <a href=http://i.newsarama.com/images/01-your-turn-janet-big.jpg>creative lengths to keep things interesting</a> up until the Wasp's death during <i>Secret Invasion</i>. As a tribute, Pym temporarily took on his late wife's codename (and wings). He continues to use his scientific genius to try and ensure his wife's resurrection, which, if history if any indication, probably is only a matter of waiting long enough.

THE VISION & WANDA MAXIMOFF

Marvel Universe weddings come in all forms, including the rare union between mutant and synthezoid. <p>Though unconventional, the love between the two was pure, and they made it official in <i>Giant-Size Avengers #4</i>. Thanks to her reality-warping powers, they even had twin boys, surprising just about everyone that such a thing would even be possible. (Those kids, it appears, are kinda sorta Wiccan and Speed of the Young Avengers.) <p>Like a lot of marriages in both the real and fictional world, Scarlet Witch and Vision's coupling wasn't built to last. The two experienced a lot of ups and downs over the years before parting, and things eventually came to a tragic and definitive end with Vision being split in half by She-Hulk thanks to an out-of-control Scarlet Witch. Though she now appears to be sane and the Vision is back functioning, he recently slammed the door to Avengers Mansion in her face, proving that some differences really are irreconcilable.

SCOTT SUMMERS & JEAN GREY

Founding members of the X-Men. Lovers who've had a... troubled time. Two of the most powerful and influential mutants ever. When Scott and Jean married in <b>X-Men #30</b>, it was a moment of "finally" for fans of the mutant couple. <p>Of course, this was Scott Summers' second marriage to a redhead... in fact, it was in a way his second marriage to Jean herself. You see, when Jean had died, Scott met her clone, Madelyne Prior, and married her, even having a kid (Nathan Christopher Charles Summers Dayspring Askani'son, or Cable for short) with her. When Jean returned, Scott almost immediately abandoned his nascent family for his old love. <p>All the X-Teams were in attendance for the wedding, and of course it wasn't the end of the adventures for Scott and Jean. Their honeymoon was spent several thousand years in the future, raising Cable as Slym and Redd. Their marriage wound up seeing its fair share of trouble. Him, possessed by Apocalypse, her possessed again by the Phoenix Force, him cheating on her in his mind with Emma Frost, her... dying... again. But their wedding was still one that was celebrated, at the time.

REED RICHARDS & SUE STORM

In October 1965, after just four years of publication and courtship, comics' first family became a true family by law with the wedding of Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Girl. In <b>Fantastic Four Annual #3</b>, Reed and Sue took their vows in front of the X-Men, the Avengers, Spider-Man; basically all the big heroes of the then relatively young Marvel Universe. <p>Of course, what made the wedding special wasn't necessarily the nuptials themselves (or the comedic guest appearance by FF creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby), but the crazy all-out Marvel Universe battle that led up to it. Doctor Doom sent just about every villain in Marvel's stable against the assembled heroes, resulting in some fun outside-the-norm battles like Super Skrull vs. Thor and an early team-up of the Avengers and future member Spider-Man. <p>Sue and Reed are also notable as the longest-lasting current marriage in all of comics, as long-standing DC Comics marriages Lois and Clark and Barry and Iris were undone by the New 52 reboot, and our #1 marriage was, well, click and find out!

PETER PARKER & MARY JANE WATSON

Oh boy. <p>Culminating a courtship that started with "Face it Tiger, you just hit the jackpot," the wedding between Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson in <i>Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21</i> timed to correspond with Peter and MJ's wedding in the Spider-Man newspaper comic strip and a live-action event held at Shea Stadium was a peaceful affair; no supervillains crashed the party because it was Peter Parker getting married, not Spider-Man. Peter and MJ went on to live in wedded relative bliss for years. <p>So what makes this wedding #1? Well, it's taken on an almost mythic quality of late, because thanks to a deal Peter Parker made with Mephisto (Satan, basically) to save his Aunt May's life, no one remembers that this wedding ever even took place. <p>An incredibly polarizing move at the time, it made a wedding that would have been notable no matter what it's Marvel's flagship character, after all, and one of their most famous couples into the stuff of legend. And though it doesn't look like it'll be remembered anytime soon, Peter and MJ remain quite close.

Heroes Get Hitched: 10 MARVEL-Ous Weddings

Date: 23 May 2012 Time: 08:55 PM ET