FEATURE: Love Is In The Air! Romance In Comic Book Movies

FEATURE: Love Is In The Air! Romance In Comic Book Movies

It's Valentine's Day! Love is in the air, and in the vast majority of our comic book movies. I thought it would be fun to take a look at the best and worst comic book movie romances, so read on to check out my choices and leave your thoughts in the usual place.

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By VIRILEMAN - 2/14/2014
I am only looking at the films and not the source material. So grab your sweet heart and come read the top five best and worst comic book movie romances.
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Top Five WORST Comic Book Movie Romances (videos are trailers only)




5. Man of Steel-At what point did Clark and Lois fall in love again? For the record I enjoyed this film however I have never seen such a forced romance in my life. When they kissed at the end of the film my entire theater (me included) actually laughed out loud. The most iconic comic book romance of all time deserved better than this rush job.





4. X-Men-So, Jean and Scott are dating. Yup. That's about it. That's all the more development we got from the film's romance.





3. Green Lantern-Nuff said.





2. Batman and Robin-Remember Julie Madison? Yeah, me neither. But believe it or not she was Bruce Wayne's love interest in Batman and Robin. This movie didn't just have one awful romance, it had THREE! Poisen Ivy, Robin, and Batman love triangle. What a horrible film. Sorry for making you re-live it the past few seconds of this article.





1. Thor-So let me get this straight. Thor has two women in his life he could potentially have a romantic involvement with. One being a woman he has known for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years. She is a warrior and has EVERYTHING in common with Thor. And then we have Jane. The woman who hit Thor with her car, TWICE! And now they love each other. Worst. Romance. Ever. And yes, I'm even including Twilight.



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Top Five BEST Comic Book Movie Romances (videos are tributes to the romance in each film)




5. Superman-This is how Lois and Clark are suppose to fall in love. Superman loves Lois, Clark loves Lois, and Kal-El loves Lois. Clark works with Lois long enough that it actually makes sense that he would be in love with her as Clark and then Superman later on. Her take charge attitude and her no non-sense personality attract the mild mannered farm boy Clark. Take note Man of Steel, this is how it was suppose to be done.





4. The Amazing Spider-Man-Awkward high school love. The reason I don't think this romance clicked with everyone is because they didn't get that it is high school love. I fell in love with my wife in high school and am still happily married 9 years later. But the love I had for my wife in high school is different than the love we share now. It had an awkwardness to it when we first started out that slowly grew to a more mature, comfortable love. I think this was lost on some people. I personally loved it and thought they did a great job.





3. Blade 2-Blade falls in love with a vampire? Say what!?! But you know what? It actually works. Even though the guy spends his entire life hunting them, they still made it feel authentic when Eric and Nyssa fall in love. Talk about the Lion falling in love with a Lamb.





2. Iron Man 1, 2, and 3-Why do I think this worked so well? Tony and Pepper know each other better than most married couples do before they even got romantically involved. Pepper and Tony slowly, and very naturally develop a love for one another. It never felt forced or rushed.


And the best comic book movie romance we've had so far is...



















1. Captain America-What made this work so well for me was the fact Peggy loved Steve Rogers. Skinny, short, weak Steve Rogers. In fact after he becomes Captain America I'm not sure she prefered him that way. Steve lets that woman kiss him for saving all those troops. Peggy seemed worried he was changing. The romance was so well done I swear I can see the exact moment Peggy Carter started to fall in love with Cap. When he tells her why he doesn't just run away, you can see this look on Peggy's face like she really respected that answer and him. I also loved the scene with Peggy watching footage of Cap out in the field and having Steve pull out a picture of her in his compass. All the romantic scenes just clicked. I thought they brought it all together really well in the end. When Cap wakes up in the present with every one and everything he knew gone, his first thoughts were of Peggy. Loved it.





So there you have it. Agree? Disagree? Who cares!? It's the day of love! Go out and have some fun with your sweetie and stop hanging out on the internet you nerds. And if you don't have someone yet, hanging out on our favorite website isn't going to help. Peace out homies.
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anthonyEstark - 2/14/2014, 9:36 AM
I think Steve and Peggy was great. Thor as the Worst though? It was cheesy, but are you kidding me?
VIRILEMAN - 2/14/2014, 9:38 AM
Well then you tell me when they fell in love. Was it the first or second time Jane hit Thor with her car?
Cles - 2/14/2014, 9:44 AM
I like your top 5. I might order them slightly different (other than Cap and Peggy), but that's just subjective. Great list.

A similar, if slightly more tragic list over at Crave that I love:
http://www.craveonline.com/comics/articles/204477-6-loving-couples-who-marvel-has-recently-destroyed
Doopie - 2/14/2014, 10:43 AM
Batman and Catwoman (Keaton and Pfieffer)?
StrangerX - 2/14/2014, 11:31 AM
Hmmmmm... kinda surprised Tobey and Butterfaces relationship in Spiderman 1, 2 , and 3 didnt make it.
CherryBomb - 2/14/2014, 11:34 AM
Pepper and Tony are my favourite. I think they have a very iconic movie romance that isn't as cliched. Pepper is pretty bad ass too.

Loved the sexual tension between Batman and Catwoman in Batman Returns too.

And I thought Ryan and Blake had really good chemistry (well, obviously) in Green Lantern. The movie was bad but they weren't bad in it, they did good with what they had. I liked Blake's feistiness as Carol but the love story was cheesy.
CherryBomb - 2/14/2014, 11:35 AM
9 years is a long time, congrats to you and your wife by the way! <3
I hope you both are having a wonderful valentines day.
WeaponX93 - 2/14/2014, 11:36 AM
@Doopie
Agreed. Love the "Mistletoe" line. Great chemistry between them.

Here's a few you can add

WORST:
Wolverine and Silverfox
Iceman and Kitty
Batman and "Miranda Tate"
Hawkeye and Black Widow (no development, like Scott and Jean)

BEST:
Magneto and Mystique
Spiderman and MJ (Raimi)
Wolverine and Jean/Mariko
VIRILEMAN - 2/14/2014, 11:59 AM
Bruce and Rachael almost made it. I didn't put them on the best list because they technically never got together. I think I would still put them as number 6 if I had to. I enjoyed MJ and Peter well enough. I just think there were others that did it better including Gwen and Peter.

I totally forgot about Catwoman and Batman (Tim Burton). They were pretty great as well.

As for worst, I didn't think Wolverine and Silver Fox were that bad. Batman and Tali "Miranda Tate" were pretty terrible. I already had one Batman on the worst list and I wasn't trying to beat up on him the entire article.

@CherryBomb

Thank you. I'm very blessed to have her.
VIRILEMAN - 2/14/2014, 12:00 PM
@yossarian

Yeah, beastiality is not making my list.
robvillain - 2/14/2014, 12:07 PM
Nice list, especially the Blade romance. I would of opened up the list for Wolverine/Mariko; Bruce/Hulk/B. Ross; and Bruce/Batman/V. Vale.
VIRILEMAN - 2/14/2014, 12:10 PM
@yossarian

In hindsight I would actually switch Gwen and Peter with Blade and Nyssa. I will contend all day long that they did a great job of capturing high school love.
VIRILEMAN - 2/14/2014, 12:15 PM
@rob

I really loved the part in The Incredible HULK when Dr. Sampson ducks his head and Betty sees Bruce behind him and she gets up to chase after him and completely ignores Sampson. The director did a good making it feel like the entire world melted away except her and Bruce. I loved that scene.


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HeisenbergSaysRelax - 2/14/2014, 12:15 PM
@CherryBomb

I would agree with what you said about Green Lantern. I honestly feel the cast was fine. They did a great job with what they had to work from (which wasn't much). The performances of the actors were the only thing I liked in Green Lantern.
Destined - 2/14/2014, 12:45 PM
Nice list. Thor definitely deserves that one with Jane, just awful. And Steve and Peggy was just everything. Love the build with them.
SauronsBANE - 2/14/2014, 12:48 PM
Great article! And Happy Valentine's Day to you blessed sons of guns that get to share this day with your significant other!

I absolutely agree with the worst romance, though I'd place MoS VERY slightly behind Thor. Thor and Jane's romance is just so forced and terrible. They spend a grand total of 3 days together on Earth, she runs over him with her car twice, they share ONE meaningful scene where he tells her about the nature of the universe, and all of a sudden they're head-over-heels for each other?? It's just so lame, cheesy, and cliche'. Not to mention completely uninteresting. I'd much rather see Thor with Lady Sif, it's a shame that aspect didn't go anywhere in Thor 2.
SauronsBANE - 2/14/2014, 12:48 PM
And MoS is almost just as bad. It's two attractive people who fall for each other, just because. It's bad enough that they couldn't figure out a way to make Lois essential to the plot and just had her follow Kal-el around like a lost puppy. But to go the extra distance and make them fall in love with each other? And on top of that, they choose to consummate their "romance" by kissing in the middle of what amounts to Ground Zero? Ever hear the expression "Feel the room"? As countless citizens lie dead or dying, they choose possibly the most inappropriate and blissfully ignorant time to kiss. Ridiculous.
SauronsBANE - 2/14/2014, 12:49 PM
But Tony and Pepper will always be my favorite cbm romance. It definitely helps that they have FOUR movies to develop their respective characters and their romance. It's just so well-defined, emotional, and believable. It's clear that for the majority of the 1st two films, Tony isn't exactly ready for that kind of responsibility. So they wait until the very end of Iron Man 2 for them to finally kiss, and that makes it so much more compelling. There's so much sexual tension, witty banter, and fantastic acting that immediately places them at the top of the list. Well done, VIRILEMAN!
PAF - 2/14/2014, 12:50 PM
@WeaponX93

When were Hawkeye and Black Widow ever a couple in the Avengers? How can they be on the "worst" list when they were never an established couple to being with.
CaptainSporty - 2/14/2014, 1:57 PM
Steggy
Pending - 2/14/2014, 2:17 PM
Good article but I would switch Peter and Gwen with Thor and Jane. Peter and Gwen's relationship was so shallow it rivaled Twilight.
VIRILEMAN - 2/14/2014, 3:35 PM
Disagree. Gwen's attraction for Peter started when she saw Peter stand up to Flash for the right reasons. Peter's attraction for Gwen started a long time ago apparently. It grew because they have so much in common. Jane and Thor were completely shallow. It was based on nothing. Him getting hit by her car? They have one camp fire sit down and now they love each other? How is that not shallow?
FantasticSpidey - 2/14/2014, 3:39 PM
Peggy and cap is the best for sure. But Thor was way better than the Jean and Scott tripe.
VIRILEMAN - 2/14/2014, 3:49 PM
Yeah well, you also think Dan Slott is a good writer so...



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VIRILEMAN - 2/14/2014, 4:22 PM
I was just watching the video I posted of Tony and Pepper and I really love how Tony made a necklace out of the shrapnel in his chest and gave it to Pepper.
mgeoff88 - 2/14/2014, 4:25 PM
I 100% agree with your pick for the best relationship. Cap and Peggy together felt very real and genuine.

That was also due to the fact that Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell had so much chemistry together.
Super12 - 2/14/2014, 7:13 PM
I like your top 5, but I don't think Green Lantern deserves to be in the bottom 5. There were a lot of things wrong with that movie but the romance wasn't one of them. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either. Plus, just saying "Nuff said" makes it look like you're just taking a shortcut with that one cause its an easy target.
DrDoom - 2/14/2014, 8:43 PM
TASM romance should not be in the top, and Thor should not be dead last.
VIRILEMAN - 2/15/2014, 12:43 AM
Yes they should.
notmuchtotellreally - 2/15/2014, 3:29 PM
Nice article! Peter and Gwen is my favorite!!!
VIRILEMAN - 2/15/2014, 4:44 PM
I know right!
DarthBatman - 2/15/2014, 7:03 PM
Nice article. Tony/Pepper and Bruce/Rachel are my favorites.

Peter and Mary Jane should be on the worst list. Their relationship was so unbelievable and forced. In the Raimi films, she liked nothing about his personality and thought he was a disapointment no matter what
VIRILEMAN - 2/16/2014, 2:21 PM
I thought about Bruce and Rachel. But they were never really involved so they don't count.

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