What do many of the talented actors/actresses that play Marvel characters have in common? No, it’s not the fact that they all play in Marvel movies… it’s the fact that they are in high-profile relationships! In a Hollywood environment where long-term relationships just aren’t part of the vocabulary, some of Marvel’s most loyal servants have also remained loyal to their spouses over the years! Who is the star of Iron Man married to? Does Magneto have a girlfriend in real life? What about Captain America? Join us as we explore some of the most iconic Marvel characters that have been brought to life in recent times and the real-life relationships of the talented actors/actresses who portray them.
Ryan Reynolds – Deadpool
Even though Guardians of the Galaxy was renowned for its humor, Deadpool took it to another level. Not only that, but Ryan Reynolds’ Marvel masterpiece became the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time.
Reynolds has already had numerous attempts in the world of superheroes. Not only did he headline the box office bomb Green Lantern, but his first attempt as Deadpool also failed in the critically-panned X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He finally got it right though when he was given full creative license in 2016.
Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively
Funnily enough, the Marvel “Merc with a mouth” met his wife Blake Lively on the set of his commercial failure Green Lantern. The couple have been inseparable ever since working together on the project and tied the knot back in 2012.
Since then, Reynolds and Lively have had two daughters. Nevertheless, Lively has still managed to balance her professional life and family life pretty well, having roles in hit movies such as The Age of Adaline and Cafe Society.
Elizabeth Olsen – Scarlet Witch
The little sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley has proven that she also has what it takes to make a big name for herself in Hollywood.
Elizabeth Olsen first portrayed Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch in the 2015 movie Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Elizabeth Olsen & Robbie Arnett
Since her Marvel debut, Elizabeth Olsen has also reprised her role as Scarlet Witch in both Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.
For the last couple of years, Olsen has been dating singer-songwriter, Robbie Arnett. The couple met for the first time while both on holiday in Mexico. Since then, the actress seems to be very happy with the member of indie quartet Milo Greene. The couple can often be seen having fun on Olsen’s Instagram page.
Zoe Saldana – Gamora
Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most popular Marvel movie franchises to come out in the last few years is Guardians of the Galaxy.
With its outrageous sense of humor and ability to not take itself too seriously, Guardians has a special place in the heart of even the most casual moviegoers. One of the keys the franchise’s success is the wonderful actress Zoe Saldana, who masterfully portrayed the daughter of Thanos, Gamora, who is finding her place in the galaxy.
Zoe Saldana & Marco Perego
Although Zoe Saldana ended her 11-year relationship with Keith Britton in 2011, it was only two years before she met the love of her life – Marco Perego.
She married the Italian artist in a private ceremony in June 2013 and in a beautiful, unconventional way, they both adopted each other’s surnames, with Zoe becoming Saldana-Perego and Marco becoming Perego-Saldana. However, it has been confirmed that their kids will be called Perego-Saldana. The couple have had three sons together.
Paul Bettany – Vision
Although Paul Bettany made his first on-screen Marvel appearance in Avengers: Age of Ultron, his presence can be traced back to the very first MCU movie, Iron Man.
He has voiced Tony Stark’s AI system J.A.R.V.I.S. for a number of films. However, it was in Ultron when Stark took the AI and teamed up with Thor to create an android called the Vision. It only made sense for Bettany to play the character. The mind stone in his forehead basically gives him God-like powers.
Paul Bettany & Jennifer Connelly
One of the more high-profile couples on this list, Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly met on the set of A Beautiful Mind. Prior to his work in the MCU, Bettany starred in other movies such as Master and Commander and The Da Vinci Code.
His wife, Connelly, has had even more success on the big screen, appearing in movies such as Requiem for a Dream, Blood Diamond, and Noah. She also had a Marvel role, starring as Bruce Banner’s love interest in 2003’s Hulk.
Halle Berry – Storm
Long before Alexandra Shipp took on the role of Storm in the recent crop of X-Men movies, it was Halle Berry who made the role her own in the original movies.
Storm is one of the students of Professor X’s school of mutants and has the ability to manipulate the weather. Berry had already made a name for herself in Hollywood, starring movies such as Jungle Fever, Boomerang, and The Flinstones. However, it was her role as Storm that made her a superstar.
Halle Berry & Alex Da Kid
It should come as no surprise that during her career, Halle Berry has had a string of high-profile relationships.
Although she has already been married to David Justice, Eric Benet and Olivier Martinez, Berry is still not giving up on finding that one true love. Her most recent relationship was with British music producer Alex Da Kid, who is famous for producing songs such as “Airplanes” by B.o.B., Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” and “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons.
Forest Whittaker – Zuri
The reality is that Forest Whittaker was hired to play the character Zuri in Black Panther because that’s what Marvel does these days: brings in high-tier acting talent.
The actor won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. Zuri is a trusted servant to the Kingdom of Wakanda and in Black Panther, you will realize soon enough that Whitaker’s character has a major part to play in the story.
Forest Whittaker & Keisha Nash
Forest Whittaker is one of those rare Hollywood superstars who has managed to hold down a stable relationship for virtually the entirety of his career. In 1996, Whitaker met actress Keisha Nash on the set of the movie Blow Away.
Although 12 years younger than him, the pair fell in love instantly and since then, have had four children together. Although Nash has had some minor roles in movies such as Proud, she doesn’t have anywhere near the same level of commercial success as her husband.
Sophie Turner – Jean Grey
Although it was Famke Janssen who originally brought the character of Jean Grey to the big screen, Sophie Turner was eventually brought in to portray a younger version of the character in the box office smash X-Men: Apocalypse.
Young Grey is struggling to figure out her powers and although she has the potential to be the most powerful mutant in the universe, she also has the potential to lose control of her powers, which is ultimately what happened in the movie.
Sophie Turner & Joe Jonas
Ultimately, Sophie Turner may not have got the role as Jean Grey had she not already been a huge star on TV. Her role as Sansa Stark in the critically-acclaimed Game of Thrones has catapulted her into superstardom, and she’s still in her early 20s!
Back in November 2016, Turner was spotted for the very first time hanging out with Joe Jonas, of all people. However, things have since become much more serious between the two, especially since announcing their engagement on Turner’s Instagram account.
Sebastian Stan – Bucky Barnes
Arguably one of the most intriguing character arcs in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe is when we first see Bucky Barnes in Captain Amerca: The First Avenger.
He is first portrayed by Sebastian Stan as an idealistic individual who is best friends with Steve Rogers. However, after believed to have been long dead, it is revealed that he was cryogenically frozen and brainwashed to work for Hydra as an assassin. Now that he has been healed, there is no telling where his story could go next.
Sebastian Stan & Margarita Levieva
Although Bucky Barnes’s story is complicated, to say the very least, real life for Sebastian Stan is a little more straightforward. In 2009, while working on the comedy Spread, Stan met Russian actress Margarita Levieva.
The actress has also had roles in movies such as Adventureland and recently starred alongside James Franco in the hit TV series The Deuce. They were reported to be good friends for the following few years after Spread was released, before finally making things official in 2014.
Rebecca Romijn – Mystique
Although it was Jennifer Lawrence who transformed the character of Mystique into a three-dimensional character in the recent crop of X-Men movies, it was originally Rebecca Romijn who gave a more enigmatic performance as the iconic mutant.
Also known as Raven, Mystique has the ability to shapeshift into any living being, though her default appearance is blue and somewhat reptilian in nature. Romijn’s Mystique is an antagonist who works for Magneto to rid the world of the mutants’ oppressors.
Rebecca Romijn & Jerry O’Connell
Of course, for a while, Romijn was known in the industry as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, while she was married to Full House star John Stamos.
However, after a few years of marriage, the couple decided to separate. Shortly after, Romijn started dating Jerry O’Connell, who starred in movies such as Stand By Me and Jerry Maguire, to name a few. The couple had twin girls; Dolly, who is named after Dolly Parton, and Charlie, who is named after O’Connell’s brother.
Daniel Kaluuya – W’Kabi
The rise of Daniel Kaluuya has been nothing short of extraordinary. Ever since catching the attention of viewers with his performance in Black Mirror, the British actor has moved onto other projects such as Kick-Ass 2.
He was also recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for his work in Get Out. Most notably though, Kaluuya had a role in the hit Marvel movie Black Panther. His character W’Kabi is a royal advisor who is put into some difficult situations.
Daniel Kaluuya & Amandla Crichlow
Although Daniel Kaluuya is a fairly reserved individual, there is no denying that he has had to give his all on a variety of red carpets, due to the all the awards he has been nominated for recently.
It seems like every step of the way, a mysterious woman by the name of Amandla Crichlow has been by his side. Although there is not much information out there about her, she has made some appearances on British shows such as Prime Suspect and The Bill.
Hugh Jackman – Wolverine
Without a shadow of a doubt, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine has been the character that the X-Men franchise has built itself around.
With an adamantium skeleton that manifests itself into vicious claws, Wolverine can be optimized by one word: rage. However, Jackman recently hung his X-Men boots when he reprised his role for the last time. He portrayed an older version of the character in the movie Logan, which was critically acclaimed for essentially being a Western that happened to have Wolverine in it.
Hugh Jackman & Debora-Lee Furness
While Hollywood can be a tumultuous environment to maintain a stable relationship, Hugh Jackman seems to have broken the mold in his career.
Before becoming a huge superstar, the man from Down Under met Debora-Lee Furness on the set of Australian TV show Correlli, back in 1995. Just a year later, the couple tied the knot. Although Debora-Lee suffered two miscarriages while trying for a baby, the couple have since adopted two kids. They are still going strong to this very day.
Evan Peters – Quicksilver
Diehard Marvel fans might be scratching their heads after realizing that the character Pietro Maximoff, better known as Quicksilver, has been portrayed in both the MCU and the X-Men Universe, albeit by two different actors.
After first being played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Avengers: Age of Ultron, it was Evan Peters from American Horror Story who made the role his own in X-Men: Days of Future Past. His sequences alone as Quicksilver have made him an extremely popular character.
Evan Peters & Emma Roberts
Evan Peters and Emma Roberts go way back, having worked together on numerous American Horror Story episodes. Then, after working together on the movie Adult World, Peters and Roberts became romantically involved.
Just a year later, the couple got engaged! However, things haven’t been so easy for the couple. After a series of domestic issues, this on-and-off relationship seems to still be going. It’s difficult to keep up with all the twists and turns going on in the lives of these two young superstars!
Dave Bautista – Drax The Destroyer
In case you didn’t know by now, don’t let this guy’s imposing appearance fool you: Drax the Destroyer is not a bad guy!
In fact, he is one of the Guardians of the Galaxy and there are many reasons to sympathize with Dave Bautista’s character. It was the MCU’s arch-supervillain Thanos who was responsible for the death of his family and Drax won’t stop until he’s got the revenge he deserves. Bautista will reprise the role in Avengers: Infinity War.
Dave Bautista & Sarah Jade
Before breaking into Hollywood, Dave Bautista was better known for his ring-name Batista, which he used during his time in the WWE. He was a heel for the majority of his time as a wrestler, which made it even more surprising when he was cast as Drax.
One thing is for sure; Bautista has had an eventful personal life. He has been married three times, had two daughters and has become a grandfather before the age of 40. Bautista is now married to competitive pole dancer Sarah Jade.
Angela Bassett – Ramonda
She had one of the more minor roles in the Marvel hit Black Panther, but there is no denying that Angela Bassett’s role as T’Chaka’s wife, Ramonda, was extremely important.
Although Bassett wore impressive headgears throughout the majority of the movie, she eventually revealed her long white dreadlocks, to symbolize the character’s old age. It is at this juncture in the movie that Ramonda has to take responsibility as Queen to ensure a safe future for her people and the Kingdom of Wakanda.
Angela Bassett & Courtney B. Vance
Angela Bassett’s love story with Courtney B. Vance goes way back to 1980, which was the year that they first met. After 17 years of knowing each other, the pair ended up getting married and nine years after that, they had twins. However, the couple’s connection goes much deeper than that. Together, Bassett and Vance wrote the book Friends: A Love Story. Vance is also a respected actor in his own right, starring in movies such as The Hunt for Red October.
Robert Downey Jr. – Iron Man
The character that started it all. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) owes a lot to the man behind the success of its first movie – Iron Man.
What separates this current crop of Marvel movies from other superhero flicks are their abilities to not take themselves too seriously. That is why Robert Downey Jr. was the perfect casting choice for Tony Stark – an obnoxious know-it-all who you can’t help but love. The question is though: will Iron Man survive Infinity War?
Robert Downey Jr. & Susan Levin
Film producer Susan Levin is the rock that has kept Robert Downey Jr. grounded for the last 15 years. Ever since meeting on the set of the movie Gothika, the pair have been absolutely inseparable.
Robert and Susan tied the knot in 2005 and since then, the couple have welcomed two children into their family, a boy and a girl. After a series of failed relationships and years of substance abuse, it seems like Robert Downey Jr. finally found some stability in his life.
Chris Hemsworth – Thor
When Chris Hemsworth picked up the legendary hammer of Mjolnir, many fans were skeptical as to whether or not the character of Thor could work in the same universe as Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk.
However, due to the MCU’s policy of keeping things light-hearted and funny, it seemed like anything was possible when the first Thor movie came out in 2011. Hemsworth recently took the comedic element of Thor to another level when he was directed by Taika Waititi in the hilarious Thor: Ragnarok.
Chris Hemsworth & Elsa Pataky
Back in 2010, even before the first Thor movie was released, Chris Hemsworth met Spanish actress Elsa Pataky and before they knew it, the pair were dating.
That very same year, Hemsworth and Pataky got married. Pataky is also a successful actress in her own right, having starred in movies such as Snakes on a Plane and numerous movies in the Fast & Furious franchise. After having three kids together, the family moved from L.A. to Byron Bay, Australia.
Mark Ruffalo – The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk has been portrayed by many talented actors over the years, with a variety of results.
While Lou Ferigno’s iteration of Bruce Banner is still one of the most iconic, Eric Bana and Edward Norton both tried to put their stamp on the green monster. Where they failed, Mark Ruffalo succeeded. The talented actor was brought on to carry on the role in Marvel’s The Avengers and has been the carrying the green flag ever since.
Mark Ruffalo & Sunrise Coigney
When Mark Ruffalo is not doing the impressive motion capture work and transforming into The Incredible Hulk, he is spending quality time with his beloved wife Sunrise Coigney.
The couple have been married since the turn of the Millennium and even have three children: a son and two daughters. Through thick and thin, Coigney has been by Ruffalo’s side. She supported him when he had a brain tumor taken out and also when he lost his brother.
Bradley Cooper – Rocket Raccoon
It might just be a voice role, but Bradley Cooper’s personality is all over Rocket Raccoon.
When you first heard that a movie was coming out that had a tree with eyes and a talking raccoon as two of its main characters, you probably worried a little. However, Bradley Cooper’s portrayal of Rocket in Guardians of the Galaxy has made him something of a cult figure. Cooper, who is known for doing great impressions of fellow actors, was a great choice for this voice role.
Bradley Cooper & Irina Shayk
It seems like Irina Shayk doesn’t waste any time between high profile relationships. She had previously been with Real Madrid soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo for five years.
Even though their relationship came to an end in January 2015, she was soon romantically involved with Bradley Cooper. Before the end of that year, Cooper moved into Shayk’s New York apartment and in 2017, the couple welcomed their first child into the world – a daughter who they called Lea de Seine.
Paul Rudd – Ant-Man
At the darkest of times, the MCU movies have a pretty humorous tone. So it made sense when the franchise finally released a pure comedy in the form of Ant-Man.
It also made sense that the casting team would bring on a comedy actor as prolific as Paul Rudd. The star of comedies such as This is 40 and I Love You, Man played the criminal-turned-superhero Scott Lang, who takes over the role of Ant-Man from its predecessor Hank Pym, who is played by Michael Douglas, of all people.
Paul Rudd & Julie Yaeger
Despite being something of a late bloomer as a Hollywood superstar, Paul Rudd hasn’t let the glitz and the glamor affect him or his relationship with wife Julie Yaeger.
The couple have been married since 2003 and have had two children – a son called Jack and a daughter called Darby. In 2015, Yaeger was able to celebrate with Rudd as he unveiled his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Since tying the knot, Rudd has been in movies such as Anchorman and Knocked Up.
Josh Brolin – Thanos
Josh Brolin is a unique inclusion into the world of Marvel movies as he is one of the only actors in the world today who is playing not one, but two characters from the same comic line, right now.
Without a doubt, the more high-profile character that he has portrayed is the ominous supervillain, Thanos. The Mad Titan, as he is colloquially known, is pretty much the main star of Avengers: Infinity War. Brolin will also play the role of Nathan Summers aka Cable in the highly anticipated sequel to Deadpool.
Josh Brolin & Kathryn Boyd
It’s amazing to think that Josh Brolin was Brand Walsh back in the 1985 cult classic The Goonies.
The actor has come a long way and has since been in critically acclaimed movies such as No Country for Old Men and Milk. For the good part of a decade, Brolin was married to Diane Lane. However, the couple separated in 2014. Since then, the actor has been in a relationship with Kathryn Boyd and tied the knot in 2016.
Benedict Cumberbatch – Dr. Strange
When Benedict Cumberbatch was announced to play the role of Dr. Stephen Strange, the most dedicated fans were in absolute euphoria. Stephen Strange is a neurosurgeon who ends up in a car crash.
Without his hands to operate, Strange travels to Nepal to try and find a healer. Instead, he finds a dojo that specializes in the magic arts and over the course of the movie, becomes a sorcerer. Dr. Strange will have an important role in Avengers: Infinity War, as he carries one of the Infinity Stones.
Benedict Cumberbatch & Sophie Hunter
Benedict Cumberbatch has spent the majority of his career living a pretty quiet personal life. However, that has since changed in the last few years.
In 2014, after being friends with Sophie Hunter for nearly two decades, the pair announced their engagement in the “Forthcoming Marriages” section of The Times. Less than half a year later, the couple tied the knot at the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Mottistone on the Isle of Wight.
Jessica Alba – Invisible Woman
One of the biggest mysteries surrounding Marvel cinema is the following: how has there not been a good Fantastic Four movie yet?
Although the original movies starring Jessica Alba are considered superior movies compared to the recent Josh Trank-directed reboot, it is still clear that she couldn’t save the movie from failing, from a critical standpoint. Alba played Sue Storm, better known as the Invisible Woman. In case it wasn’t clear already, Invisible Woman is a woman who can become invisible.
Jessica Alba & Cash Warren
Despite the fact that her time on the Fantastic Four film series was fairly unsuccessful, there was a silver lining for Jessica Alba’s time on set.
While filming the first movie in 2004, she met Cash Warren, the son of actor Michael Warren. The pair instantly hit it off and just four years later, they tied the knot in Los Angeles. They also built a family together. Their third child, Hayes Alba Warren was born on New Year’s Eve 2017.
Chris Evans – Captain America
Another iconic character from the MCU, Captain America has had one of the most compelling arcs throughout his own trilogy, as well as The Avengers movies.
Chris Evans portrays Steve Rogers, a skinny man who is determined to serve his country during World War II, before being transformed into a supersoldier. After being cryogenically frozen, Rogers wakes up in the present day and becomes an integral part of The Avengers. However, he has abandoned the shield since developing new beliefs…
Chris Evans & Jenny Slate
Another high-profile couple on our list of Marvel couples is Chris Evans and the hilarious Jenny Slate.
After the comedienne/actress separated from filmmaker Dean Fleischer-Camp in 2016, Slate has since moved on, becoming romantically involved with Captain America himself. Although the couple broke up just a year later, they have reportedly got back together, with the two exchanging romantic messages over Twitter. Slate also said how beautiful Evans is in an interview with People magazine. “He is, inside and out,” she said.
Anna Paquin – Rogue
At one point, moviegoers got the chance to see the X-Men for the first time through the eyes of a young girl played by Anna Paquin.
Her character, Rogue has a special power: absorbing powers and even memories from other mutants. Paquin reprised her role as Rogue in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Although the final cut saw her in a cameo role, a version called The Rogue Cut was released on DVD that gave Rogue a much more integral role.
Anna Paquin & Stephen Moyer
Although Anna Paquin’s superhero career fizzled out over the years, she has since developed a reputation as a vampire after starring in the hit series True Blood.
When the pilot aired back 2007, she started dating co-star Stephen Moyer. Then, in 2010, the couple tied the knot and have been inseparable ever since. They have had twins together and through Moyer, Paquin also has two stepkids. After taking some time out to focus on family life, Paquin is returning to acting in the Martin Scorcese-directed The Irishman.
Michael Fassbender – Magneto
Although he appears to be a villain, Magneto is a character that has many layers in both the comics and on the big screen.
He may have had big shoes to fill after Ian McKellen pretty much retired from the role, but Michael Fassbender was a worthy replacement as a younger version of Magneto. The powerful mutant has the ability to manipulate metal and aims to defend the world’s mutants against the people he considers their oppressors: humans.
Michael Fassbender & Alicia Vikander
Although he tries to keep his personal life as private as possible, Michael Fassbender doesn’t seem to do himself any favors when he’s on set. In 2012, he started dating Nicole Beharie after the pair worked together on the movie Shame.
Then, in 2014, Fassbender became romantically involved with the incredibly talented Alicia Vikander after working together on the movie The Light Between Oceans. After tying the knot in a private ceremony in 2017, the couple now reside in Lisbon, Portugal.