Marvel’s Lovebirds – Elizabeth Ross and The Hulk

Marvel's Lovebirds

Despite the anger issues that have largely consumed the life of the Jolly Green Giant, true love has entered his existence in the form of Elizabeth Ross, the daughter of Air Force General Thaddeus Ross.

The two lovebirds developed a strong attraction for each other after they began working on a top secret Gamma Bomb project in New Mexico. Of course, this project was controlled by Thaddeus, who disliked the fact that a quiet, lanky scientist was falling in love with his daughter. Upon Banner’s exposure to the gamma rays – you know, super hero origin stuff – Betty stuck by his side and supported him in any way she could.


Her affection for Banner was evident and wedding bells were soon to be heard. Surprisingly enough, Betty’s father even provided his blessings. Combine that with the fact that Banner found a way to keep his Hulk persona at bay, things were looking extremely good for the young couple. However, hijinx ensued shortly after. It always does when super heroes and weddings are involved.

An old foe of Banner’s known as The Leader created a machine that had the ability to revert Banner back to his savage Hulk state. He used it on him during the couple’s first shot at a wedding. He then also let loose a stupid villain called the Rhino, who lost against the Hulk in an earlier fight, in hopes of him actually eliminating the Hulk for good.

The Incredible Hulk, 124 | 1970

The Incredible Hulk #124 | 1970

The Hulk defeated Rhino, but only after destroying everything around him and succumbing to the beast inside. Thaddeus got hit in the head too by falling debris. Understandably, Betty was devastated, but things just got worse.


Thaddeus’ security chief Glen Talbot became Betty’s rebound guy after Banner fell in love with Jarella, a queen from the sub-atomic world of K’ai. Jarella placed a spell on the Hulk that allowed the Banner personality to rise up and once again take control. Jarella accepted the Hulk for who he was. The two were in love, but Jarella unfortunately died while trying to save a boy from being crushed under a falling building.

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Meanwhile, Talbot embarked on rescue mission to save Thaddeus who had been captured by the Gremlin, also known as Titanium Man. It was incorrectly reported that Talbot had died in the rescue. Betty had a nervous breakdown as a result, but the bad news didn’t stop there, as she was kidnapped by that scumbag of an organization known as A.I.M and was infused with an unholy amount of gamma radiation that turned her into the monster known as Harpy. Following several battles with the Hulk, Betty was eventually cured of her Harpyness.




The lovebirds tried to get married again, but their wedding was interrupted by Betty’s silly father who showed up with a gun and started terrorizing the place. Banner kept his cool and it was Betty this time, who handled the situation, telling her father how he’s controlled her for most of her life and that it was time for him to not be an idiot. Thaddeus complied, the wedding proceeded and they lived happily ever …


Being in close contact with someone who has a butt load of gamma radiation surging through their body is bad for you. Betty discovered the poisoning was taking its toll, so Banner invented a cure using his own blood. The Hulk’s ultimate nemesis, the Abomination, sneakily swapped Banner’s blood sample with his own before the transfusion. Betty’s condition worsened and soon after, she died.

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Following a complicated series of revitalizations, Betty returned as the mysterious Red She-Hulk. Her true identity wasn’t revealed until a sword pierced her body in the midst of a large-scale battle in New York between several characters closely tied to the Hulk, one of whom was Hulk’s son, Skaar. She unwillingly transformed back into Red She-Hulk before the wounds proved fatal and therefore healed herself in no time.

Hulk and Betty now share a complicated relationship, one that is largely occupied by the fact that both Banner and Betty now have a monstrous half residing within them. Trying to balance their power and responsibilities with their personal lives has proven difficult for the two. Though marriage doesn’t seem to be an option for them anymore, Betty Ross and Bruce Banner continue to be there for each other despite the overwhelming power they struggle to control.

Incredible Hulk #609 | 2009

Incredible Hulk #609 | 2009


Marvel’s Lovebirds – Shiklah and Deadpool

Marvel's Lovebirds

Okay Deadpool, what’s going on here? You and Death were so perfect for each other!

||The mission||

One day, Dracula decided to hire someone to bring Shiklah, Queen of the Undead, to him so he could marry her and unite his faction with her underground monsters. You see, before humans came to be, Shiklah and her family ruled over the monster world. This ticked off the neighbouring vampires who sought to dominate them, and so, a war ensued that lasted centuries. The monster family got overwhelmed and as a result, Shiklah’s father sealed her away in a coffin until the war ended, or until someone took her hand in marriage. Mmmkay that’s quite extreme.

Anyway, Dracula decided he would be the one to marry Shiklah. So, who do you call when you need to retrieve a several thousand-or-more-year-old coffin containing the Queen of the Undead? DEADPOOOOL!

In a timely matter, Deadpool travelled to Arabian Peninsula and retrieved the coffin before a faction of teleporting vampires – mmkay that is quite extreme – managed to destroy it.

||The magic starts||

The Merc with a Mouth brought the coffin to Greece and got into a fight with the Minotaur, a weird creature that rears its head in the Marvel Universe from time to time. This however, resulted in the coffin shattering in mid-battle, awaking Shiklah and her pet, Bug.

The Queen then decided to repay Deadpool’s heroic service by kissing him and absorbing his life force. Deadpool died and joined Death in lovebird heaven where they lived happily ever after.


Oh, okay.

Deadpool kisses Shiklah after defeating the Minotaur |  Deadpool: The Gauntlet #5

Deadpool kisses Shiklah after defeating the Minotaur | Deadpool: The Gauntlet #5

Well, after Deadpool failed to die, (he can heal himself ladies and gentlemen) Shiklah looked upon him with renewed interest, and together they hopped on a train to Paris. On the way, Blade the Vampire Hunter was like, “Nuh uh mister, you have to give her up because she’s a monster,” and Deadpool responded with, “but I dig that.” The two fought, and with the help of Shiklah, they defeated Blade.

The two then, sigh, start falling head over heels for each other. They take to the streets of Paris, visit museums, while Deadpool explains to her what a smartphone is, and even goes as far as saying he hasn’t enjoyed someone else’s company this much without killing a person. They discuss immortality, and Shiklah explains how difficult it is to watch loved ones around her age. Deadpool responds by saying he can’t die. He even gets jealous when she incapacitates an A.I.M agent by kissing him. She, however, loves the fact that he gets jealous, and becomes increasingly enamoured with him. They got married didn’t they?

||The wedding||

Gosh darn it. Yes, the two get married, resulting in one of the largest gatherings of super heroes and super villains, ever.

Deadpool gets married | Deadpool #27

Deadpool gets married | Deadpool #27

All right, Shiklah isn’t all that bad, but … but, Deadpool and Death were beautiful together. This is just temporary right? Like Ross marrying another woman here and there but ultimately discovering Rachel is his soul mate? Right? RIGHT?

Marvel’s Lovebirds – Mockingbird and Hawkeye

Marvel's Lovebirds

Orphan turned hothead Avenger sharpshooter, Clint Barton, and super-secret spy Mockingbird, have been to hell and back together. Literally.


|| The squabble before marriage ||

After exposing corrupt S.H.I.E.L.D agents for breakfast one morning, Mockingbird was hired by Nick Fury to investigate Cross Technological Enterprise (CTE). Meanwhile, Hawkeye, who was placed on the Avenger’s bench warmer list upon being temporarily replaced by Falcon, of course, found employment with CTE as its security director. The two clashed, fell head over heels for each other, and then teamed up to take down the criminal mastermind known as Crossfire, who turned out, was controlling the CTE to further his plans for EVIIILLLL. More specifically, he was trying to implement his plans within the agency, which involved brainwashing super heroes into killing each other. With the adrenaline running through them as if they had just taken down a criminal enterprise, Mockingbird and Hawkeye got married. When Barton was appointed head of the West Coast branch of the Avengers, Mockingbird became the team’s first new recruit. She played an integral part in developing the then up-and-coming super hero group, and helped hone Hawkeye’s occasional incendiary personality with her professionalism.

|| Taking it too far ||

During one of the Avengers’ time traveling adventures, which sent them back to 1876, Mockingbird was abducted, drugged and abused by the Phantom Rider, a vigilante who didn’t learn that great power, meant great responsibili  – yeaaaaah you get it, he was bad. After a failed attempt to make her his bride, the Rider fought Mockingbird to the edge of a cliff, but unfortunately, plunged to his death after the Avenger refused to save him. Soon after, the Rider’s ghost appeared at the Avenger’s Mansion – it happens – and told the super heroes Mockingbird was responsible for his death. Hawkeye, troubled by the thought his wife had allowed someone to die, decided the two should take a break.

Hawkeye confronts Mockingbird after he learns she was responsible for the Rider's death | West Coast Avengers #2, 1984

Hawkeye confronts Mockingbird after he learns she was responsible for the Rider’s death | West Coast Avengers #20, 1987

The break didn’t last long however, and the two were back together to save their teammate, the Vision, and shortly after, they even helped train the Great Lakes Avengers together.

|| The swap, and the death of an Avenger ||

An alien race known as the Skrull, known for their shape-shifting abilities and lust for conquest, kidnapped Mockingbird when she returned to the West Coast Avengers. The Skrull are really good at this, and therefore managed to avoided setting off any alarm bells with the Avengers. They replaced her with a Skrull duplicate, who acted out the part so well, she even sacrificed herself to save Hawkeye during one of the most dangerous missions the West Coast Avengers’ had ever embarked on; a trip to the demon Mephisto’s realm.

Mockingbird dies in Hawkeye's arms, after she takes a fireball to the back in Mephisto's realm | Avengers West Coast #100

Mockingbird dies in Hawkeye’s arms, after she takes a fireball to the back in Mephisto’s realm | Avengers West Coast #100, 1994

Three years later, during which Hawkeye became the leader of the Thunderbolts, an up-and-coming group of reformed villains, Hawkeye struggled to remain with the Avengers. That is until, he started to have some interest in Avenger Janet Van Dyne, also known as the Wasp. Their dallying romance didn’t last long, as Mockingbird suddenly returned one day after the Skrull invasion nearly succeeded, and reunited with Barton, who at this point traveled under the Ronin alias. The two founded the World Counter-terrorism Agency with defected S.H.I.E.L.D agents, because S.H.I.E.L.D is just too dicey for some people, and returned to the Avengers.

Marvel’s Lovebirds – Rogue and Gambit

Marvel's Lovebirds

Anna Marie and Remy LeBeau were latched on to a life of crime early on in their lives, until Professor Xavier welcomed the two youngsters onto the X-Men. When the two mutants finally met, it was practically love at first sight, until corruption consumed one of them.

Gambit, abandoned as a child because of his burning red eyes, was kidnapped from the hospital by the New Orleans Thieves’ Guild, who referred to him as the White Devil, the one who would unite the warring thieves guilds in the city. He quickly became a master thief, and soon took part in an arranged marriage organized between the Thieves’ Guild and their rivals, the Assassin’s Guild. Gambit and Bella Donna Boudreaux, the granddaughter of the head of the Assassin’s Guild, were on the verge of marriage, when Donna’s brother Julien objected and challenged Gambit to a duel. Gambit killed Julien in self-defense, but was then banished from New Orleans in an attempt to maintain the peace between the two guilds.

Rogue was raised by her Aunt Carrie after tragedy befell her parents, but she eventually ran away from home when she discovered the true nature of her powers, which included the ability to absorb the memories, abilities, personality, and outward physical characteristics of other beings through skin-to-skin contact. When the recipient of her first kiss fell into a permanent coma, she was taken in by Mystique and Destiny (Irene Adler), whom Rogue came to regard as her surrogate parents. Mystique, who was also a member of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants terrorist group, convinced Rogue to take part in their criminal activities. It was during her first assignment when she absorbed Ms. Marvel’s powers permanently, and gained the ability to fly and beat baddies to a pulp with her fists.

The two young mutants over time however, decided to start anew, and turned to the X-Men for help. Despite the obvious problem involving the inability to safely touch each other, they fell madly in love. Of course, their stubborn and competitive personalities resulted in frequent clashes.

Rogue gets a tad upset at Gambit who appears to be using his powers to get an upper hand during a pick up game of basketball | X-Men #13

Rogue gets a tad upset at Gambit who appears to be using his powers to get an upper hand during a pick up game of basketball | X-Men #13

Even when Mystique, disguised as a student, tried to seduce Rogue in an attempt to break up her relationship with Gambit, Rogue responded with an overwhelming no.

Unfortunately, Gambit joined the evil super mutant Apocalypse in hopes of saving all mutants in the face of inevitable annihilation, something he thought could only be prevented with the power offered to him by Apocalypse. Gambit became one of Apocalypse’s four Horsemen, and took on the identity of Death. Rogue wouldn’t believe the news, until Gambit actually attacked her during battle. Devastated by the path he choose, she painstakingly let go of him, and continues to fight the good fight with her family, the X-Men.

Gambit taking on his new form of Death | X-Men: Hellbound #2

Gambit taking on his new form of Death | X-Men: Hellbound #2

Marvel’s Lovebirds – Captain America and Sharon Carter

Marvel's Lovebirds

Though a bit of an odd couple, super soldier Steve Rogers and secret agent Sharon Carter have over time developed a very close yet complicated relationship that unfortunately, “sniff,” ended in tragedy.

Heroic freedom fighter Margaret “Peggy” Carter shared several adventures with Captain America during World War II – before he turned into a popsicle of course – and upon her return home from battle, she delivered many exciting stories to her niece. Exhilarated by the thought of fighting for one’s country, Sharon became an agent of the secret international spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D, and quickly climbed the ranks.


It was Sharon’s first assignment however that coincidentally placed her in Captain America’s sights, who initially had no idea who Sharon was despite her striking resemblance to Peggy. Hoping to retrieve a powerful explosive called Inferno-42 which had the potential to level Manhattan, Sharon – who was code-named Agent 13 at the time – had to get by the costumed mercenary called Batroc first, who worked for a group of evil scientists called THEM. (They would later become the much more dangerous group known as Advanced Idea Mechanics, you know, those people with the strange yellow bee keeper suits? Yeah them).

The two entered battle, but Captain America quickly came to her aid and discovered the woman who had caught her attention earlier was actually an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.  Together they defeated Batroc, retrieved the explosive, and saved the day. The two embarked on several adventures after that, during which time Cap only knew her as Agent 13. The feelings intensified between the two however, and as Sharon’s adventures with the Star-Spangled Avenger began to mirror Peggy’s stories, the thrill consumed her, emotions rised, and the two fell madly in love with each other. On a later mission to stomp out one of Red Skull‘s evil schemes, Sharon was given the go-ahead to reveal her secret identity to Captain America. This strengthened their bond, and the two lovebirds teamed up on multiple occasions after that to take on dangerous missions across the world.

Captain America #1, 2012

Captain America #1, 2012

Then things got complicated.

Years later, when the Superhuman Registration Act emerged requiring everyone with super powers to register with the government, Captain America said no thank you, and an underground movement spearheaded by the man out of time surfaced. His lover initially supported the act, and was even willing to hunt down the the leader of the Secret Avengers. That is until a clone of Thor, created by Mr. Fantastic and Tony Stark, brutally killed one of the rebels. She then packed her bags, and joined the rebellion, unknowingly being controlled from behind the scenes by a psychological warfare expert known as Doctor Faustus, an associate of Red Skull.

Sharon Carter bends over in shock as Captain America is seemingly killed | Captain America #25

Sharon Carter bends over in shock as Captain America is seemingly killed | Captain America #25

Soon after Captain America’s surrender, Sharon shot him three times while still under the control of the Red Skull’s partner in crime Doctor Faustus. After a series of twists and turns, mind controlling machines, and alternate timelines, Steve Rogers finally returned and was granted a presidential pardon for the events of the Superhuman Registration Act.

Realizing that their time together was precious, Sharon proposed to Steve, but before he could provide her with an answer he became stranded in Dimension Z, a barren world populated mostly by mutates and technological innovations. This twisted land created by genetic engineer Arnim Zola, was on the verge of dumping its dangerous inhabitants on to Earth through a portal. Sharon discovered a way to rescue Steve, but then had to make the most difficult decision of her life as she also found a way to stop the merging of the two worlds. To save Steve and prevent an alien army of Zola’s mutates from infecting our planet, Agent-13 detonated a device which broke the link between the two worlds, and as a result, perished in the ensuing explosion just as Captain America returned to Earth.


Marvel’s Lovebirds – Elektra and Daredevil

Marvel's Lovebirds

These two college lovebirds were all smiles until a horrific hostage situation at their campus in New York resulted in the death of someone very close to Elektra Natchios; her father.

Despite Matt Murdock a.k.a. Daredevil’s efforts to resolve the hostage crisis, Elektra left his side, and traveled to China in hopes of mastering the martial arts.

Upon her encounter with Stick – the mysterious sensei who trained Daredevil – it was evident evil had consumed a portion of her character. In hopes of steering her down the right path, Stick attempts to train her himself, but fails after she joins the Hand, a ruthless group of ninja assassins.

But as Elektra’s combat skills rapidly improve, her interest in the Hand diminishes. A life as an assassin-for-hire becomes the next phase of her life, and it leads her to crossing paths with Daredevil while on a mission to assassinate a known criminal named Arlarich Wallenquist. This thief however, was being protected from the shadows by the Man Without Fear, who was trying to ensure the man made it to his court date alive in order for him to reveal what he witnessed during a murder.

Not knowing the man behind the mask  was Matt Murdock, Elektra defeats Daredevil, but ultimately fails her mission, and is hunted down by another criminal known as Eric Slaughter, who deploys his men to take down the assailant.

Daredevil enters the fray, and helps put an end to the chaos, while revealing to Elektra his true identity. The two share a kiss, but it’s Daredevil this time who decides to leave her behind, and bring Wallenquist in.

Daredevil saves Elektra after a showdown with Slaughter's men | Frank Miller, Daredevil #168, 1981

Daredevil saves Elektra after a showdown with Slaughter’s men | Frank Miller, Daredevil #168, 1981

The two lovers teamed up for a brief period to confront the Hand, but their opposing careers initiated frequent conflicts between them.

Elektra quickly climbs the ranks of hired assassins, and ends up becoming employed by arguably the greatest crime lord in New York City; the Kingpin. After a number of missions that presented her with the option of killing Daredevil or friends of Murdock, the decision to go one-on-one with the master assassin Bullseye – who also discovers Daredevil’s identity – proves to be fatal.

The issue that showcases the death of Elektra ends up becoming one of Frank Miller’s most popular issues, and is interestingly told through Bullseye’s point-of-view.

Elektra’s final moments are spent crawling to Murdock’s home, and passing away in his arms.

Bullseye stabs Elektra, and leaves her to crawl her way to her Murdock's home | Frank Miller, Daredevil #181

Bullseye stabs Elektra, and leaves her to crawl to Murdock's home in one of Frank Miller's most iconic panels | Frank Miller, Daredevil #18

Bullseye stabs Elektra, and leaves her to crawl to Murdock’s home in one of Frank Miller’s most iconic Daredevil moments | Frank Miller, Daredevil #18

Daredevil grows nearly insane as a result of Elektra’s death. In a fight against Bullseye, Daredevil seeks nothing but revenge, and let’s the murderous assassin plummet to the ground.

Frank Miller, Daredevil #181

Frank Miller, Daredevil #181

Featured Image from Deviant Art user Memed

Marvel’s Lovebirds – Carnage and Shriek

Marvel's Lovebirds

These two love killing more than they love each other.

One is a former serial-killer bonded to an alien costume that enhances his lust for destruction. The other is a former drug-dealer who spent time in Cloak’s dark dimension, then turned insane, and mysteriously developed super powers that allowed her to turn people around her into an angry mob. Cletus Cassidy and Frances Barrison ladies and gentleman, a match made in heaven.

Their time together is often short-lived, but when they join forces, no one in New York City is safe. No one. Their initial encounter was at Ravencroft, a maximum security institution devoted to the study and incarceration of the criminally insane.  When Cassidy escapes by allowing the symbiote hidden within his blood stream to take over his body, he runs into Barrison, who cheers him on as he slaughters everyone in his path. The two discuss their love for chaos, realize they’re the perfect match, and upon this discovery, Carnage and Shriek begin to paint the town red one innocent bystander at a time. It even forced Venom and Spider-Man to join forces in order to stop them.

Carnage meets Shriek for the first time at Ravencroft | Maximum Carnage Part 1, Spider-Man Unlimited

Carnage meets Shriek for the first time at Ravencroft | Maximum Carnage Part 1, Spider-Man Unlimited, 1993

After nearly being defeated by Venom and Firestar, Shriek steps in and slaps him back to reality | Maximum Carnage, Part 8

After nearly being defeated by Venom and Firestar, Shriek steps in and slaps him back to reality | Maximum Carnage, Part 8

Even years after their separation – Spider-Man, Venom, alongside Captain America and a handful of other heroes did manage to put an end to the mindless slaughtering of New York – Carnage and Shriek managed to pick up right where they left off.

When personal computer manufacturer Michael Hall revives the alien symbiote to create a new breed organic prosthetic limbs, his plan becomes a nightmare, as a tiny portion of the living organism escapes and once again bonds with an incarcerated Cassidy. In the meantime, Shriek is being transported to another prison, but with the help of her inter-dimensional  pet doppelganger – who was also a member of the their kill-squad years ago in New York City – she escapes, and reunites with her rock-star.

Carnage and Shriek reunite after the two escape from incarceration. Again. | Carnage, Family Feud Part 4, 2011

Carnage and Shriek reunite after the two escape incarceration, again. | Carnage, Family Feud Part 4, 2011

Shriek slipped into a coma after battling Spider-Man and Iron Man, while Carange managed to once again slip through everybody’s fingers. There’s no doubt though that if these two lovebirds get together again, their love for killing combined with their bizarre love for each other, will always amount to a crazy, craaazy display of chaos.

Marvel’s Lovebirds – Rocket Raccoon and Lylla

Marvel's Lovebirds

The buzz surrounding Marvel’s eccentric super hero group, the Guardians of the Galaxy, has also matched the excitement surrounding its furriest member, Rocket Raccoon. Does he have a love interest you might ask, otherwise why bring him up in a lovebirds post? He certainly does, and her name is Lylla. She is a sentient animal like Rocket, except she’s an otter.

The two are from the planet Halfworld, a planet that houses thousands of mentally ill humanoids, and is separated from the rest of the galaxy with an impenetrable force field. Two big-time toy makers on the planet create a variety of playthings for the planet’s patients. One of the animal toy makers is the mole Judson Jake, the other the reptilian Lord Dyvyne.

Though not much is known about our two lovebirds, perhaps the most noteworthy story showcasing their love for each other involves Lylla’s kidnapping, and Rocket’s quest to get her back. When Judson Jake and Lord Dyvyne battle for market share, Lylla, who is Judson’s niece, is abducted on Dyvyne’s orders. This infuriates our raccoon hero, who sets out to rescue Lylla, and effectively put an end to the ongoing war between the two toy makers.

Rocket Raccoon #1, May 1985

Rocket Raccoon #1, May 1985

Rocket discovers that a book he’s been trying to decipher for a while called the Halfworld Bible, is actually a journal belonging to the original settlers of the planet. It outlines how the world was set up as a lunatic asylum, and the talking animals were bred to entertain the mentally ill, but over time, evolved and developed the intelligence necessary to protect them.

He decides to take the book to the robots that live on the other half of the planet, who build helmets that cure all of the mentally ill patients. And to clarify, these patients are actually descendants of the original patients who landed on the planet generations ago.

With the planets inhabitants cured of their mental illnesses, the two toy makers are left to fight over nothing, and Rocket is able to reunite himself with his soul mate Lylla.

As mentioned before, not too much is known about their relationship, and the story surrounding her kidnapping is quite silly – the depiction of Halfworld’s mentally ill is also handled quite carelessly – but just look at them … 


… adorbs.

Marvel’s Lovebirds (sorta) – Cloak and Dagger

Marvel's Lovebirds

Though not romantically involved, the two have nearly been inseparable since their initial encounter with each other as teenagers. For years, they’ve relied on each other’s powers to cope with their own, and as a result have developed one of the strongest relationships in the Marvel universe.

Tyrone Johnson was 17 years old, living in a poor South Boston neighbourhood, when he and his friend Billy witnessed a robbery. The criminals fled the scene, leaving Billy and Tyrone wrongly suspected of the crime by a police officer, who shot Billy dead. Terribly afraid and confused, Tyrone fled Boston, and made his way to New York City.

Spider-Island: Cloak and Dagger #1
Dagger discovers the two of them are on hero-for-hire advertisements

Penniless, hungry, and alone, Tyrone decided to steal a young woman’s purse. That was until someone robbed her first, which forced Tyrone to tackle the thief and return the purse to its rightful owner, Tandy Bowen. The two immediately became close friends.

When the naive Tandy was lured away by a couple of strange men one day, Tyrone followed her to ensure no harm came to her. Unfortunately for the both of them, the two teens were captured, and delivered to criminal chemist Simon Marshall,  who had been testing a new synthetic heroin on runaway teens. Somehow surviving the experiments, Tyrone and Tandy fled the dicey shelter, and discovered they had developed strange powers, which managed to link the two together. The young boy found himself engulfed in darkness,  with a strange, surfacing hunger that only managed to diminish in the presence of Tandy, who was glowing with a brilliant light.

Hiding his shadowy appearance in a makeshift cloak, Tyrone began absorbing Marshall’s thugs into his darkness while Tandy struck them down with daggers of light. This marked the emergence of Cloak and Dagger, who from that point on declared war on drug crime. Though their methods were ruthless during their initial stint at vigilantism, they developed into true super heroes who formed admirable relationships with local authorities, and in time, big name super heroes as well.

The inseparable duo have been threatened with separation on several occasions during their crime fighting days. From sympathetic Father Francis Delgado – the man who took them into the  Holy Ghost Church, providing them with a new sanctuary – who over time became romantically obsessed with Tandy, to the super-villain Carnage and his massive killing spree in New York, which nearly cost Dagger’s life, obstacles have been aplenty.

Web of Spider-Man (Maximum Carnage part 2 of 14) Cloak and Dagger rescue a seriously injured Spider-Man

Web of Spider-Man (Maximum Carnage part 2 of 14)
Cloak and Dagger rescue a seriously injured Spider-Man

Despite facing off against other dangerous foes like Doctor Doom, the Beyonder, Mephisto, Thanos, and many more, Cloak and Dagger continue to have one of the longest lasting, and strongest relationships in Marvel.

Feature image from: No-Sign-of-Sanity, DeviantArt

Marvel’s Lovebirds – Peter Parker (Doctor Octopus) and Anna Maria

Marvel's Lovebirds

Following Doctor Octopus’ successful mind swap with Peter Parker, the former member of the Sinister Six set out to establish a legacy superior to the one of Peter Parker’s Spider-Man.


Mary Jane Watson, the woman Parker loved a great deal, is not the one we see the superior web-slinger fall in love with. The former super-villain’s friendship with tutor Anna Maria quickly develops into something extraordinary. As a result the man we once knew as a criminal, a man the world rejected, was suddenly giving his heart to the brilliant scientist and established gourmet chef. Mary Jane was mathematically deemed a distraction to Ock’s quest as Spider-Man,  and therefore shut out of “Parker’s” life.

Despite being on the receiving of ridicule on a regular basis due to her size, Doc Ock made nothing of her appearance, seeing only beauty, and inspiration. Though unaware of the fact the he’s the Superior Spider-Man, she’s under the impression that Parker works closely with the wall-crawler, and helps him build most of his equipment. Anna highly admires his intelligence, and strong initiative to get things done, despite any obstacles that stand in his way.

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Superior Spider-Man 15, 2013
Maria reveals to Peter that she stole his phone before a meeting with the school chancellor.

With the return of the real Peter Parker no longer a matter of if, but a matter of when, the relationship between Doc Ock and Anna Maria will arguably be the most interesting aspect of Spider-Man moving forward.