The Best Marvel Duos, On-Screen and Off

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Marvel Studios’ An esteemed ensemble of talented actors have brought some of the most important, memorable, and influential comic book and graphic novel characters to Hollywood, imbuing them with remarkable personalities that personify the human, the alien, and the alien. mutant species as if taken directly from the source material. Marvel provided its loyal viewers with friendships and on-screen adversaries that generated jaw-dropping scenes and uplifting dynamics.

But wait, it gets even better. Whether they’re best friends or sworn enemies onscreen, all of these Marvel actors are close friends in real life, which makes those intimate moments — for better or worse — all the more meaningful. Any dynamic, whether uplifting or unsettling, belongs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a talented cast of actors breathed new life into the ink-bound superheroes and villains.

The MCU first formed in 2008, starting with Robert Downey Jr. Iron Man. From there, it became a modern-day phenomenon, spawning an entire multiverse of unique and lovable characters and actors who grew incredibly close on set and remained friends until the end. Here are the best on-screen and off-screen duos from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Best Friends: Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)

It was inevitable that Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans would make the list. Although their on-screen relationship can be strained and strained at times (i.e. Captain America: Civil War), Tony and Steve had a lot of respect for each other and only got closer after the dust settled on the set Civil war debacle. Even before Tony Stark sacrificed himself in Avengers: Endgame, he was fighting side by side with Captain America the whole time. It only goes to show that Stark and Rogers are more alike than they initially thought, making them lifelong friends who relate and understand each other on a personal level.

The on-screen duo is only made more meaningful by the fact that Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. have an off-screen “bromance” that has since blossomed. The Avengers (2012). It should be noted that even Downey Jr. and Evans themselves addressed their BFF status. Plus, friends who get tattooed together stay together.

Friends Enemies: Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie)

When they first met at Captain America: The Winter Soldierr (2014), Mackie’s Falcon and Stan’s Bucky Barnes had an immediate dislike for each other. Another proof of this is in Captain America: Civil War, where they are forced to work together for Team Captain America. However, especially during the TV miniseries The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Wilson and Barnes gained a new admiration for each other and grew closer, bonding over their mutual respect. Naturally, spending so much time together on set led to Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie becoming almost inseparable.

During Disney Plus interview, Stan and Mackie had a “complimentary showdown” to express their appreciation for each other. Mackie drew attention to Stan’s “beautiful hair”, his winning personality that could “make a grown man smile” and his good looks. Meanwhile, Stan told Mackie he has “such a big heart that’s protected by a lot of strength” and “firm and soft” thighs. “I want to do every rom-com with you guys again,” he added. Maybe there could be romance in the duo’s future.

Best Friends: Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Edwin Jarvis (James D’Arcy)

During the filming of Marvel Agent Carter series, Hayley Atwell (Carter) met James D’Arcy (Jarvis) and the enchanting friendship that followed was both heartwarming and silly, full of running gags offscreen and even onscreen, as evidenced by the Agent Carter blooper reels. In the series, Howard Stark puts Jarvis in charge of helping Peggy Carter with “everything she needs” as the pair attempt to clear Stark’s name after an awkward misunderstanding. From then on, Carter and Jarvis grew closer, ultimately sharing the most vulnerable parts of each other and making Jarvis an irreplaceable companion for Carter.

When the cameras weren’t rolling, Atwell and D’Arcy made Dubsmash videos together and had fun on set. You could guarantee that Atwell and D’Arcy would part ways in an interview at some point and the laughter was contagious. The greatest tragedy in all of history was that Marvel Studios chose to cancel Agent Carter.

Frenemies: Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Loki (Tom Hiddleston)

Playing brothers Thor and Loki onscreen meant that Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston bonded like real siblings. In 2011, Hemsworth and Hiddleston met on the set of Thor, then returned to roles for two sequels. During this time, Thor and Loki had a rocky relationship, often consisting of Loki betraying Thor in one way or another and Thor threatening to kill Loki as a result. Still, there are times when Thor and Loki have teamed up (Thor: Ragnarokfor example) and when Loki dies in Avengers: Infinity WarThor is heartbroken and swears revenge on Thanos.

Obviously, despite the jealousy and bitterness surrounding their upbringing, Thor and Loki end up on good terms. Even better than that, Hemsworth and Hiddleston have a self-proclaimed “bromance” and revere each other for any successful roles that have followed in Thor and Loki’s footsteps. Marc Ruffalo took a nice photo on the set of Thor: Ragnarok which shows Hemsworth, Hiddleston and Taika Waititi napping together on a couch. If that isn’t true friendship, then nothing is.

Best Friends: Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)

Perhaps one of the healthiest friendships (both on-screen and off) goes to Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson. They had the chance to work together on Captain Marvel, sharing hilarious scenes and developing a budding friendship in the meantime. In the film, Nick Fury and Carol Danvers apprehend each other at first, but quickly become fast friends, saving the world together on numerous subsequent occasions.

Since Nick Fury asks Carol Danvers to help him in the fight against Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, they obviously shared a connection. Since the end of production Captain Marvel, Larson and Jackson remained good friends. They even have sang carpool karaoke together and during the press tour, coming together in perfect harmony to perform “Shallow” from A star is born.

Enemy friends: Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Kilgrave (David Tennant)

Now, this the pairing is decidedly worse than the term “enemies” can accurately describe. At least Falcon and the Winter Soldier made amends after their rocky start, which is more than can be said for Jessica Jones and Kilgrave. Krysten Ritter’s Jones and David Tennant’s Kilgrave were written to be sworn enemies, especially in the A.k.a graphic novels from which they are derived. Kilgrave horribly abuses, manipulates and tortures Jessica, making her a prisoner of her own mind for years.

By the time Marvel Jessica Jones the series ends, Kilgrave has been eliminated – with no chance of sparking a friendship from the abusive and one-sided “relationship” that occurs before. Luckily, Ritter and Tennant don’t actually hate each other — far from it, in fact. While another couple who joked religiously on set and appeared all smiles and laughs at red carpet premieres, Ritter and Tennant spent so much time together for Jessica Jones that they formed an unbreakable bond. Naturally, Marvel fans can’t wait to see them return – no matter what.

Best Friends: Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany)

We should use the term “best friends” loosely for this one, given that Wanda Maximoff and Vision are getting married. Although this was partly made possible by the Wanda hex (as seen in the Wanda Vision series), there were romantic feelings between the couple before that had developed organically. Still, Maximoff and Vision understand each other in a way no one else ever could, making for a heavenly match. It was truly magical to watch the romance blossom between them as the MCU progressed over the years.

In a press interview for Wanda Visionsaid Elizabeth Olsen Weekly entertainment what to do Wanda Vision together really brought out their “inner children”. We’re just doing it like we’ve never done it in our careers before and it’s been a shot. It’s been a privilege to watch Olsen and Paul Bettany’s friendship grow since their time on set and it couldn’t be more evident that the great on-screen chemistry has carried over off-screen as well.

Frenemies: Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen)

Of course, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen had to be included. It would be criminal not to do so. Honestly, two octogenarians kissing at nearly every press conference, red carpet event, and social gathering they attend is extremely fun, not to mention incredibly sweet. Patrick Stewart plays Charles Xavier and Ian McKellen plays Magneto in the old x-men films, with the exception of reprising their roles recently for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Any Marvel fan knows that Professor X and Magneto hate each other on the show, especially early on. Eventually, they learn to work together and have an on-going relationship — kind of like two exes who can’t make up their minds — and even have a brotherly bond.

It seems like the apple never falls far from the tree, as Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have been obsessed with each other since they first met and have only gotten “friendlier” over the years, with multiple kisses on the lips. expressing affection and admiration whenever the two come together. Stewart and McKellen will forever be the OG mutant leaders and most down-to-earth gentlemen to ever grace Marvel Studios’ cast list.