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Spider-Man and Captain Marvel - Secretly a Perfect Match

These two have been circling each other since Siege, but maybe it should be more than simple flirtation.

Can we really call our friendly, neighborhood web-slinger lucky in love? Sure he's nabbed dates with women like Betty Brant who should be out his league, but between poor Gwen Stacy, the on-again-off-again whims of Black Cat and the...tumultuous long-term MJ marriage, the Spider's certainly seen his share of heartache. Besides the Cat, Spidey tends to keep his romances in the civilian sector, often to their detriment and that’s exactly why United States Airforce Captain Carol Danvers is an absolutely perfect match for our favorite wallcrawler.

Carol with Peter? Isn't she too tall for him??

Now first, let's going to get into something that would be considered quite “meta,” and that’s that Spider-Man has a definite “type.” Regardless of who’s writing him, Spidey goes after, and even associates platonically with, a certain kind of woman: someone strong, independent, capable of taking care of herself, and just a little bit aloof. The one exception to this is Gwen Stacey and just looking at what happened there, it’s pretty easy to see why Parker began to gravitate toward another kind of woman.

Aunt May takes care of business her way.

Even though Mary-Jane has no powers to speak of, she still fits the bill on all of these attributes admirably. Even his elderly aunt has sent one of his earliest villains packing with a quick poisoning, showing that the women in Parker's life, whether friendly, romantic or familial, know how to take care of themselves but there's still only so much a normal human can do against a full-blown super villain. Sure, the Chameleon might fall to a plate of poisoned almond joys, but someone like Morlun isn't going to be so verbose with a bystander when trying to indirectly hurt Spidey.

And Gwen's death has always, and always will, hang heavy over his head and over any romance he chooses to enter. One need look no further than the reality-bending House of M or the introspective Spider-Man: Blue to see that Parker's first love was also the one he misses the most, but a quick glance at Captain Marvel shows that not only is she no shrinking violet, she's the kind of woman Parker would never have to worry about. Can you imagine if Osborn tried to pull his whole "blonde off a bridge" antics with a woman who can not only fly, but is indestructible and can project energy blasts?

To put it in the most basic, practical terms Spider-Man, perhaps because of his cavalier attitude and perhaps because, despite his powers, he's still painfully human, has some of the most vindictive, violent and emotionally charged villains in the Marvel Universe. Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, Dr. Octopus, Rhino, Kraven and more all had some kind of emotional tie to Parker and many sought, either intentionally or unintentionally, to harm him through his non-powered emotional ties. Now think about Capt. Carol Danvers being thrown off a bridge. She'd laugh it off and give ol' Osborn a face full of cosmic-energy violence and have him in custody before Pete even heard about the problem.

A woman who would appreciate a few chuckles

But this relationship isn't one-sided: oftentimes people who are hyper-driven need a sort of relaxing, easy-going jokester like Parker to go home to and have a chuckle with. After a nerve-wracking day of military missions, Carol could use the relaxing allure of a man who knows how to make her laugh and unwind, maybe even taken life a little less seriously, cause an unnecessary build-up of stress is good for exactly no one.

And just ask Wonder Woman about the trials and tribulations of dating outside the "order of superpowers," and how that can go wrong any number of ways. If a lunatic in a goblin costume with exploding pumpkins sounds bad, how about a race of alien monsters who impregnate and mutate anyone they come into contact with or any number of cosmic nightmares that the Captain has to deal with on a fairly regular basis. How's a normal man to relate, let alone cope?

Spidey and the Captain's flirtation may remain just that, but even the letters section in a recent issue of Captain Marvel was championing the idea of them as a couple. Even if it's not a permanent change, it would be interesting to see the two team-up as a couple and as a superhero team, even if it would only be in the short-term.

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Posted by Arevish

They would rock together

Posted by KRYPTON

It would be an interesting thing if the two heroes actually did date. For once we don't Spider-Man doesn't have to worry about his girlfriend knowing his secret identity and double life. They are Avengers. So I am sure it could work.

Good article

Posted by Dernman

I don't like it. They could be friends but not more.

Posted by FadeToBlackBolt

Spider-Man and Ms Marvel  are a perfect pairing. Brian Reed was building the couple, but then Marvel decided that it was a good idea and had to be scrapped.

Posted by SolthesunGod

I love Carol Danvers but she's too old for Peter. People tend to forget about her age but she's not far off Professor X's age.

Posted by Sammo21

I think it could be fun.

Posted by Crash_Recovery

I prefer Spider-Man being romantically involved with non-super folk. Spider-Man's books aren't typically team books, and do well to have Peter hang out with regular folks which are a grounding element to him.

Posted by Zeeguy91

No offense, but Marvel should just get him back with MJ already.

Posted by Smart_Dork_Dude

I'm all for it!

Posted by x_29

Good article, though I do not see them as a couple to be honest.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@FadeToBlackBolt said:

Spider-Man and Ms Marvel are a perfect pairing. Brian Reed was building the couple, but then Marvel decided that it was a good idea and had to be scrapped.
Posted by davelecave

I''m fine with it, as long as someone other than Terry Dodson is doing the art.

Posted by fodigg

She's on my list of preferred spidey ships:

  1. MJ
  2. Carol
  3. Walters

I'm not convinced he needs to be with a super-powered love interest. Someone who can take care of herself, sure, but even Carlie Cooper fit that bill. But after watching him and MJ grow up together (while I grew up myself) she'll always be my fav for him, and with Marvel and She-Hulk I've seen enough fun team-ups that I prefer them to other options (e.g., Cooper, Black Cat).

So yeah, I'd support this.

(PS: Oddly, I do want to see MJ grow into a powered character, which would make all my options powered, but not because I think it'd make her more appropriate to date Peter. Just kinda happened that way.)

Posted by bob808

They would be great together.

Posted by Danial79

I'd sure like to see it :)

Posted by doordoor123

Isn't she gay now? I thought that was the whole deal with "Captain" Marvel.

Posted by joshuagamer

i would be ok with it. MJ will always be his lois lane for me, but in the meantime, I think they's make a marvelous couple (see what I did there)

Posted by Timotheus316

@doordoor123: Really door? She IS a captain. Your comment seems a bit trollish. She is a captain in the Air Force. Did you actually read the article?

Posted by Trevel8182

I always thought that Steve Rogers and Carol would be a great couple(they have so much in common.) For Peter i'm still not over One more day, Peter and MJ FOREVER!!!

Posted by pspin

This would be cool, as long as they don't get married, I could get on board with this.

Posted by nerdork

@doordoor123 said:

Isn't she gay now? I thought that was the whole deal with "Captain" Marvel.

Aren't we a little passed this, as a society? Which Troll from The Hobbit are you? Bert, Tom or Bill?

Posted by nerdork

well written article!. Thanks.

Posted by Jawshco

Corey, the "Match maker, match maker, making a match!" Ha! Good Article.

Posted by Strider92

@Trevel8182 said:

I always thought that Steve Rogers and Carol would be a great couple(they have so much in common.) For Peter i'm still not over One more day, Peter and MJ FOREVER!!!

I always thought of Steve Rodgers X Carol as like Superman X Wonder Woman in DC. That pairing would most likely be pretty boring and predictable due to their similarities. Which is the reason Superman and Wonder Woman were kept apart by DC (up until now). I still dislike the Supes X Diana pairing so having a Marvel version of that would drive me insane.

Due to Superior this won't be happening as the New Spider-man is a complete jerk lol but I would have been for Peter and Carol but Superior and Carol!? NO WAY! Superior is a jerk!

Posted by Mutant God

I think the only reason I think it could be good is because Carol never really had a love interest has she?

Also Carol isnt a Captain she is a Major

Posted by nerdork

@Jawshco said:

Corey, the "Match maker, match maker, making a match!" Ha! Good Article.

At the risk of sounding too feminine, as i have seen "Fiddler on the Roof" quite a few times...its actually, "Match Maker, Match Maker, Make me a Match".

Posted by AlKusanagi

@doordoor123: It's the hair, isn't it?

Posted by StMichalofWilson

Nice to see them have a realationship - before the whole "Superior" thing changes it.

Posted by Or35ti

I'd love for that to happen. They're great for each other!

Posted by Sovereign91001

I wholeheartedly support this pairing, make it happen Marvel.

Posted by Awesomecris88

It would be awesome.... My two of my 3 fav heroes... Just awesome

Posted by laflux

@Avenging-X-Bolt said:

@FadeToBlackBolt said:

Spider-Man and Ms Marvel are a perfect pairing. Brian Reed was building the couple, but then Marvel decided that it was a good idea and had to be scrapped.

Win. I have been saying this for years. Hopefully it happens.

Posted by Strider92

I want to see a Wolverine, Spider and Captain Marvel team-up. The parts with them in Avengers Assemble where they are just sitting there eating pop-corn and trolling the other Avengers cracked me up!

Posted by Jawshco
@nerdork Ha! Too late. Yes, I know the correct lyrics, but changed them to fit the context of what Corey is trying to do in his article. I don't want him to make "me" a match. I've already got one.
Posted by GothamRed

@Timotheus316: Isn't she ranked above captain level? like colonel level or around that?

Posted by The Mast

I seem to be one of the few who think Carol is just way too much woman for Spidey.

I don't think he's ready for her, yet. I think he'd worry about her too much based on the profession. It's one thing to worry about an innocent party getting caught in the crossfire. It's another to date someone in the field.

Plus, Carol is mine and he should back off.

Posted by nerdork

@Jawshco: I actually kinda figured that, but i posted it, and was going to delete it...but i thought, "whatevs".

Posted by OmegaHans

It won't last. Carol's attributes won't allow it to. 9 out of 10 she'll be the first to break it off.

Spidey needs to be paired with love interests more recognizable in his own books again, and enough of sticking him in there with other teams just because Marvel's writers today want it easy and don't see fit to write a solo correctly.

They'll do anything to sweep MJ under the rug, but that's a big hump, you ain't going to pretend it isn't there.

Posted by spideyfan69

I would love them together!!! I was a Spidey X Ms.marvel shipper before it was cool!!!!

Posted by Mr. Kamikaze

Would be nice for Peter to finally have a girlfriend who can take care of herself...and is practically invincible, it's a girlfriend made just for the guy who can't keep any girlfriend alive or safe.

Posted by sora_thekey

They did go on that date together back during Dark Reign... That went really well.

There's just one thing I am questioning about your article

Regardless of who’s writing him, Spidey goes after, and even associates platonically with, a certain kind of woman: someone strong, independent, capable of taking care of herself, and just a little bit aloof. The one exception to this is Gwen Stacey and just looking at what happened there, it’s pretty easy to see why Parker began to gravitate toward another kind of woman.

What do you mean by Gwen Stacy being the exception? She had all of those, lets call them: "qualifications". Sorry, I just have the need to defend my favorite female comic book character.

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Posted by Botiste

@SolthesunGod said:

I love Carol Danvers but she's too old for Peter. People tend to forget about her age but she's not far off Professor X's age.

Good point, but such is the way of Marvel (Most comics really). Magneto asked for Rogue's hand in marriage. He's like 85 and Rogue is younger then his daughter, yet nobody says a thing about this. Marvel has a (no cougars allowed) policy. You could be an older man dating a younger lady, and if you are an older lady you must look good in some tights. It is rather ridiculous.

Posted by kid Apollo

i dono, it jus doesn't seem 'right' to me. they've both had their fair share of heartache and heartbreak but can you imagine the awkward conversation they'd have to have if Carol told him about the time she had a baby?

'well i was mind controlled and convinced to go to Limbo to be with some guy i'd barely met. we stayed their for a while and he secretly impregnated me. suddenly i was back home like nothing had ever happened. a few days later i was fit to burst and when i actually had the kid... it turned out to be the guy that got me knocked up in the first place'

sounds like an episode of Jerry Springer

Posted by v1z4rd

i approve of this post Mr. Schroeder

Posted by spidershamrock

I would be open to this change of pace but I dont think it would last very long, no damsel in distress scenarios for the writers to exploit. I say give it a go

Posted by Grey56

@Zeeguy91 said:

No offense, but Marvel should just get him back with MJ already.

What this gentleman said. A tryst ? Sure - why not. Someone other than MJ in a sustained relationship ? Nah, thanks.

Posted by nappystr8

I haven't read any of the issues that involve the two characters interacting on any meaningful level, but from my experiences reading both characters they really don't seem to have much in common. Carol Danvers in a no nonsense career military woman, I just don't see her and the jokester uber-scientist Peter Parker even being friends outside of the team, much less having a romantic relationship.

Posted by Strider92

@kid Apollo said:

i dono, it jus doesn't seem 'right' to me. they've both had their fair share of heartache and heartbreak but can you imagine the awkward conversation they'd have to have if Carol told him about the time she had a baby?

'well i was mind controlled and convinced to go to Limbo to be with some guy i'd barely met. we stayed their for a while and he secretly impregnated me. suddenly i was back home like nothing had ever happened. a few days later i was fit to burst and when i actually had the kid... it turned out to be the guy that got me knocked up in the first place'

sounds like an episode of Jerry Springer

"Yeah well my girlfriend ended up sleeping with Norman Osborn and having two kids who wanted to kill me. I then sacrificed my marriage to the devil to save a woman who was probably going to die in a few years anyways. Oh and I also had a kid but it was stillborn.....or Osborn stole him/her."

Yep that would be one interesting conversation. Although the date Peter and Carol went on went really well lol.

Posted by mewmdude77

I fully support a Peter and Carol relationship. They have a good amount of chemistry, Peter wouldn't have to worry about her, Carol wouldn't be in a relationship with a jerk, they spend a lot of time with each other anyways, and Peter likes blondes a lot anyways.

Posted by Strider92

@mewmdude77 said:

I fully support a Peter and Carol relationship. They have a good amount of chemistry, Peter wouldn't have to worry about her, Carol wouldn't be in a relationship with a jerk, they spend a lot of time with each other anyways, and Peter likes blondes a lot anyways.

True story

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