I combed through over 50, issues to find 98 different weddings shown on the pages of Marvel Comics over the decades. When it comes to Super Heroes, if you can survive the wedding day, you can survive anything. Planning a wedding in any situation can be stressful, but planning a wedding in the Marvel Universe comes with a whole new set of things that can go wrong besides centerpieces, rowdy plus-ones or drunk uncles. In the end, I tracked down just under distinct wedding ceremonies that graced the pages.
Just in time for the latest in a long line of X-Weddings, I found the risks involved with Super Hero wedding planning, just how often hero couples and villain couples—and all kinds of couples made it work—and the single foolproof way to make sure the ceremony goes off without a hitch.
First Rule of Weddings: Not exactly prime wedding season, but the guest list was positively stacked, and included the original X-Men lineup, all the Avengers, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, representatives from S. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were turned away at the door. What made the Mister Fantastic-Invisible Girl nuptials so notable in the history of Marvel was the notorious interruption. Sue and Reed, despite their challenges, went on to have one of the most enduring and iconic marriages in the world of Marvel.
A trial-by-fire is the hallmark of the Marvel wedding. For plenty of couples, this is a formative moment in their relationship. Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne had the first-ever intra-Avenger wedding, which was naturally crashed by the Circus of Crime imitating caterers.
When Scarlet Witch and Vision got hitched they had an even more ridiculous test: And if Pryde the bride is worried about possible unexpected guests, she should take heart that the experience can lead to a stronger relationship. During their much-later second attempt to tie the knot, the ceremony withstood an interruption from her heavily armed father, Thunderbolt Ross, and they made it to the reception.
How to Doom-proof Your Upcoming Nuptials Sometimes the knowledge of how to survive a wedding day is passed from father to son. Three generations of Jamesons have been wed in the pages of Marvel Comics: Both of the older Jamesons had a traditional ceremony, and both of the older Jamesons had one member of the couple kidnapped by a foe of Spider-Man.
The youngest Jameson eloped in Las Vegas and had an uninterrupted wedding. Read that as you will. Eloping turns out to be the only foolproof wedding in Marvel; nobody managed to thwart the improvisational ceremonies uniting Jameson and She-Hulk, or Hawkeye and Mockingbird. There have also been vows that made real-world history: The Young Avengers all met at a particularly disastrous wedding where future Hawkeye Kate Bishop was a bridesmaid. On that note, while mutants often see their powers as a curse, Kitty and Piotr are pretty lucky they have their powers on their wedding day.
I figure having most of the Avengers in your bridal party is a distinct disincentive for a full-on assault. X-Weddings are actually some of the most peaceful nuptials of any Marvel squad. The wedding of Scott Summers and Jean Grey was downright pleasant given how tumultuous that relationship would turn out to be.
Welcome to the reception, Kitty Pryde, I hope you survive the experience! Walt Hickey is a data journalist and writes the daily morning newsletter Numlock News.