SPIDER-MANCE1 of 12As Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, it brings yet another version of Spider-Man's adventures to movie fans, along with yet another of his love interests, Liz Allan.
In all, Spider-Man's had dozens of love interests in the various Marvel comic book universes, but Newsarama assembled the 10 we think are most memorable.
Liz Allan2 of 12Ah, young Peter Parker and his crushes. Liz Allan was among the earliest — the attractive, popular high schooler who was dating Flash Thompson, Peter's schoolyard nemesis. Long after they both graduated high school, Liz and Peter met again, with Liz expressing feelings for Peter. The two never got together, however, and she ended up marrying Harry Osborn and becoming linked to several Spider-Man villains. But in Homecoming, Liz appears to be getting closer to being a true love interest for Spider-Man.
Silver Sable3 of 12This tough and gritty mercenary often teamed up with Spider-Man over the last few decades to fight international foes, sometimes coming into conflict with Marvel's heroes because of her more brutal crime-fighting methods.
More recently, Silver Sable admitted that she had romantic feelings for Spider-Man, although she didn't pursue a relationship because he was already involved. She also survived a near-death experience that had Spider-Man pretty shaken up (while he believed she was dead). She's since reappeared and reunited with Spidey for more adventures.
Michele Gonzales4 of 12When Peter Parker's roommate Vin got in some trouble, his sister Michelle moved in. Not long after, she and Peter had a fling, but it all went a sour when Chameleon pretended to be Peter and had sex with Michele. A few weeks of fan outcry later (after all, isn't that rape?), Peter was dealing with a relationship he didn't start, but one Michele obviously wanted to continue. Although the duo didn't last long as a couple, it's notable because Marvel eventually retconned the Chameleon/Michele sex, realizing it was in poor taste.
Carlie Ellen Cooper5 of 12After the magical dissolution of Peter's marriage to Mary Jane (still a sore spot for many fans), his love interest was Carlie Cooper, a police investigator who ended up discovering Peter's secret. After some mishaps related to being allied with Spider-Man, she leaves town to stop being a target of super villains.
Silk / Cindy Moon6 of 12Because Silk's origin aligned with Spider-Man's — having both been bitten by the same irradiated spider – the two are sexually attracted to each other in ways they almost can't resist. Their "pheromones" made their almost primal attraction out of control, although the two have never been involved on a romantic level.
Elizabeth "Betty" Brant7 of 12Betty, the secretary at the Daily Bugle, dated then freelance photographer Peter even though she was a bit older than him. Unfortunately, Betty blamed Spider-Man for her brother's death and the relationship soon-after fizzled. The two are still allies, though, and Betty's been upgraded from "secretary" to a full-fledged writer.
Kitty Pryde8 of 12For this one, we're leaving Earth-616 continuity because the Ultimate Universe had Kitty Pryde in a relationship with Peter Parker not only lasted quite some time, but fans embraced. Kitty is a crime fighter herself, as part of the X-Men, and when the two ended up in the tabloids, they became a bit of a sensation on the Ultimate earth. The media attention is too much, and the two end up breaking up.
Black Cat / Felicia Hardy9 of 12One of the best known girlfriends of Spider-Man, Felicia Hardy met Spider-Man in costume and reformed because of her adoration of the hero. The two have flirted with a more serious relationship since, but it doesn't seem to work outside the costumes. In continuity, her bad girl ways have returned, although her attraction to Spidey hasn't.
Gwen Stacy10 of 12Peter Parker's first real love, Gwen Stacy was the tragic love interest who lost her life because of her relationship with Spider-Man. Portrayed in the last Spidey-set of movies by Emma Stone, Gwen might be considered the first love, and she had a lasting effect on the hero, but she's not quite the No. 1.
Mary Jane Watson11 of 12Peter's lucky date with Mary Jane Watson turned into a long-term relationship that even saw the two getting married (in 1987). They stayed together for decades, but because Marvel eventually wanted to eliminate the marriage (and open Peter up to other love interests), the two became estranged through a magical spell by Mephisto. Peter agreed to the spell to save Aunt May (which almost, just almost, makes it understandable) but fans are still smarting from the move. The two are still considered the greatest love story of Spider-Man's history, and many fans believe it's inevitable that their relationship will be rekindled.
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