Did you know that several Marvel cast members have dated in real life? Some of them have even exchanged rings. Is it a case of “life imitating art”? Or would the backstage of the MCU be a conducive environment for the formation of couples? Fans are already speculating on social media.
The fact that actors and actresses fall in love while filming movies and series is not exactly a surprise.
Some of the most iconic couples in Hollywood met on the set of joint projects. That is: what happens at Marvel is not the exception, but the rule.
The Insider website listed 10 Marvel actors who dated, flirted or got married in real life; see below.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Although they are not part of the MCU, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have acted in Marvel movies. The actor played Matt Murdock in the film Daredevil, released in 2003. In the same film, Jennifer Garner lived the heroine Elektra – who also won her solo film shortly afterwards.
In real life, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner met while filming Daredevil. The actors exchanged rings in 2005, and since then, they have had 3 children. The marriage, however, ended in 2015.
Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson
In the MCU, Scarlett Johansson plays Black Widow, one of the most important female characters in the franchise. Ryan Reynolds, in turn, lives the fun anti-hero Deadpool. With 2 films released by Fox, the character should earn his first MCU adventure soon.
Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson’s relationship began in 2007. The couple made their union official in October 2008. The marriage lasted just over 2 years, coming to an end in December 2010. Currently, Reynolds is married to actress Blake Lively, and Johansson, with comedian Colin Jost.
Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana
In Marvel movies, Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana are part of the same team of heroes: the Guardians of the Galaxy. In the MCU’s cosmic franchise, Zoe Saldana plays the alien Gamora. Bradley Cooper, meanwhile, voices Rocket the raccoon.
The actors also played husband and wife in the film As Palavras, released in 2012. In real life, Zoe Saldana and Bradley Cooper had a short relationship between 2011 and 2012. The relationship would have lasted only three months.
Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence
Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence – at least as of yet – are not part of the MCU. But in the X-Men franchise, actors play very important characters: Beast and Mystique. In the role of mutants, the duo acted in several Fox films, such as First Class and Dark Phoenix.
The actors met on the set of X-Men: First Class, and started dating 4 months before the release of the feature. The relationship lasted just over a year, with the separation confirmed in January 2013. But it seems that Nicholas and Jennifer remained good friends after the breakup.
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone
In The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone played an iconic couple. The British actor lived Peter Parker, the titular hero, while Emma Stone killed it as Gwen Stacy, Spidey’s girlfriend.
In a case of “life imitates art”, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone also started dating for real. The relationship started in mid-2012, and lasted for about 3 years. The couple announced their separation in 2015.
Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly
Paul Bettany was introduced into the MCU with the film Avengers: Age of Ultron. In Marvel movies (and series), the actor plays the android Vision. Jennifer Connelly also lives an artificial intelligence: the actress voices Karen, the virtual assistant in Peter Parker’s suit.
Connelly also plays Betty Ross in the film The Incredible Hulk, released in 2003. Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly met in 2001, during the recording of the film A Beautiful Mind. The actors got married in 2003, and in the same year, they welcomed their first child. They remain together to this day.
Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb
Known for playing extravagant and fun characters, Sam Rockwell is part of the MCU cast in the role of Justin Hammer, the great villain of Iron Man 2. Leslie Bibb, in turn, makes appearances in several Marvel films as reporter Christine Everhart.
Sam and Leslie met on the set of the movie Frost/Nixon, in 2007. In the same year, the actors started dating – and they are together until today. However, they never got married. In an interview published in 2007, Rockwell revealed that he has no desire to have children.
Dominic Cooper and Gemma Chan
In the MCU, Dominic Cooper is known for his performance as young Howard Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger. British Gemma Chan plays two different characters in Marvel movies: Minn-Erva in Captain Marvel and Sersi in Eternals.
It is not known exactly when the actors started dating, but everything indicates that the passion began during the recording of the film Stratton: Special Forces. Dominic Cooper and Gemma Chan took over their relationship in 2018. Little is known about their relationship, as they both prefer to keep their personal lives out of the spotlight.
Tom Holland and Zendaya
Tom Holland and Zendaya are, without a doubt, the most popular couple in the MCU. In Marvel movies, actors play Peter Parker and MJ. The duo has already appeared in three solo Spider-Man films: Homecoming, Homecoming and, more recently, Homecoming.
In real life, Tom Holland and Zendaya took over dating in November 2021 – after spending months denying rumors about the alleged relationship. The two are still together to this day, and often delight fans with fun records on social networks.
Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton
Considered one of the most beloved actors in the MCU, Tom Hiddleston is the interpreter of Loki. In addition to acting in several Marvel films, the character has his own series on Disney +. Zawe Ashton, in turn, has not yet debuted in the MCU – but is already confirmed as the villain of The Marvels (the continuation of Captain Marvel).
Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton represent the MCU’s newest couple. According to the tabloid The Sun, the actors started dating in 2019, but the relationship was only confirmed in 2021. Currently, the actors are engaged.
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