The Marvel Cinematic Universe is constantly growing and constantly introducing new characters, some of which are completely original such as Layla from Moon Knight, or Darcy from Thor. Naturally, though, the majority are straight from Marvel Comics, whose introductions are either pleasant surprises or long-awaited fan favorites. When it comes to the latter, it’s often because a character appears on screen and fans imagine others from the comic teaming up with them.
Since the recent MCU announcements at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, many fans have theorized about supergroups like The Young Avengers, The X-Men, and the recently confirmed Thunderbolts. Some of the coolest collaborations aren’t these big, epic team-ups, though, and instead prove that sometimes it just takes two.
What does it even mean to be worthy?
Introduced in 1983 in issue 337 of Thor Vol.1, Beta Ray Bill is the chosen champion and protector of his people, the Korbinites. Being both an alien and a cyborg, Bill hosts a number of abilities, the most interesting of which is that he is one of the few beings worthy of the mighty hammer, Mjolnir. After befriending the Asgardians, Bill takes on Thor’s likeness and goes on to fight alongside him many times.
Although he hasn’t been officially introduced into the MCU yet, one of the huge carved faces seen on the outside of Hulk’s tower in Thor: Ragnarok shares an uncanny resemblance to Beta Ray Bill. Not only that, but the weapon gifted to Bill by the Asgardians is none other than the Stormbreaker, Thor’s current weapon in the MCU.
The path of the spider
Shang-Chi and Spider-Man are no strangers to fighting on the same team. However, on one occasion in the comics, during the Spider Island event, the webhead found himself without his spider sense. At Madame Web’s suggestion, Spider-Man sought training from Shang-Chi to make up for it. Together, the two developed a personal martial art called the Way of the Spider.
In the MCU, two of them have yet to meet, though it’s still early days since there’s only been one Shang-Chi movie. When they finally meet, it will undoubtedly be exciting to see two of the coolest characters, not to mention the most talented actors, on screen together. It may even be closer than expected as Sony is set to introduce Madame Web in 2023.
Same Names, Different Faces
Making his first full appearance in Captain America: Sam Wilson Vol. 1 #6, Joaquin Torres became the new Falcon. As the series title suggests, this was shortly after the original Falcon, Sam Wilson, became Captain America. With the new Falcon as his ally, they would prove to be as natural partners as the original duo.
Technically, these two have already met in the MCU, where Joaquin Torres is introduced The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. But they haven’t really teamed up to their full potential yet. It’s probably not that far off, since Sam Wilson has already become Captain America in the MCU.
The king and the queen
In the comics, Black Panther is mostly allied with the Avengers, while Storm is allied with the X-Men. Despite this, they actually met long before either became their super-personas when they saved each other from kidnappers. Theirs would eventually marry and fight together many times, though they would later part ways.
Until Black Panther: Wakanda Forever comes out, Black Panther’s fate in the MCU is unclear due to the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman. However, with the film’s many characters potentially taking up the Black Panther mantle, and the expected entry of the X-Men into the MCU, this team-up might not be that far off.
A small misunderstanding
When Maya Lopez, AKA Echo, was a child, her father was killed by Wilson Fisk. Fisk then took her in and trained her to work for him. Later, Fisk convinced Echo that Daredevil had murdered her father in an attempt to get her to kill him. After they battled and eventually cleaned up the whole mess, they became strong allies and Echo repaid Fisk with a bullet to the face.
If that backstory sounds familiar, it’s because it was adapted in the MCUs Hawkeye series where the role of Daredevil is replaced by Hawkeye. Still, with Daredevil set to appear in a number of series, including Echo in 2023, the two should be able to skip the part where she tries to kill him and team up.
The enemy of my enemy
Venom is a prominent member of Spider-Man’s Rogues Gallery, so it can be hard to imagine them working together. It’s not unheard of though, but it’s usually only to fight an enemy that threatens them both. For example, when Venom’s murderous offspring, Carnage, began wreaking havoc across the city, Venom and Spider-Man had no choice but to team up and stop him.
This team-up actually almost happened in Spider-Man: No Way Home. During the Statue of Liberty match there were plans to have Tom Hardy‘s Venom joins the fight, but his appearance was unfortunately cut. However, there is still hope that they may meet soon as Venom left a piece of his symbiote behind when he was sent back to his universe. Plus, who knows what will happen in Sony’s Spider-Verse?
From America to Atlantis
While it may seem like an odd duo, Captain America and Namor the Sub-Mariner have actually teamed up more than a few times in the comics. They first met during World War II when Captain America was part of a group called the Invaders. Namor would join the team as well, and together they took on villainous groups like the Thule Society.
As it turns out, Namor is set to appear later this year in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Although Steve Rogers has retired and there has been no mention of him having previously met Namor, the new Captain America, Sam Wilson, may team up with him in the future. If so, it will be interesting to see how their different personalities will interact.
Gods, gods, gods!
Going all the way back to the 1960s, when Thor’s comics were called Journey Into Mystery, the God of Thunder and Hercules have always seemed to be at odds. In their first issue together, the two met and immediately started fighting. Although they would have many more battles, the gods would actually grow to have a close bond, albeit one of rivalry.
Thanks to Thor: Love and Thunder, various gods from many other mythologies were introduced, including Zeus. Of course, it wasn’t until the post-credits scene that we saw Brett Goldstein‘s Hercules for the first time. With him vowing revenge on Thor for attacking his father, it’s likely that we’ll see their first showdown on screen sooner rather than later.
The wonders of Marvel
Making her first comic appearance in 2014, Kamala Khan became a superhero inspired by her idol Captain Marvel, AKA Carol Danvers. After assuming the title of Ms. Marvel, Kamala would eventually meet Carol Danvers and team up with her to save Kamala’s brother. Captain Marvel then became Kamala’s mentor figure and they became very close, at least until the second Civil War event.
Carol Danvers has already been a big part of the MCU for a while after helping in the fight against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. In addition, thanks to her own show Mrs. Marvel, Kamala Khan has made her debut. Not only that, but the show’s post-credits scene set up the upcoming film The Marvelswhere the two will undoubtedly work together.
Being arguably the two most popular Marvel characters, it’s impossible to lump Spider-Man and Deadpool together. Their sense of humor complements each other, their costumes are extremely similar, and of course they are very transportable. Since their first official meeting in Cable & Deadpool #24, they’ve had their ups and downs, but the two have become an iconic duo.
Follow Spider-Man: No Way Home, Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man is finally coming into his own as a superhero. Plus, though Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness didn’t have the Merc with a Mouth, as many fans expected, Deadpool 3 in the horizon. With Spider-Man expected to be a major player in the upcoming Multiverse Saga, fans shouldn’t have to wait too long for their bromance to become official.
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