Wedding bells will be ringing in the Marvel Universe in 2018 -- but the question is, for whom?
Though Marvel has decided to put a halt to its yearly summer blockbuster event series with the launch of the Marvel Legacy initiative, that won't stop the company from generating buzz with other marketing tactics. For example, earlier this week, the publisher released a teaser image by artist Phil Noto for a Save the Date wedding invitation on June 20, 2018, promising the "wedding of the century."
So we know a wedding will take place, so the question is, who will be tying the knot? The promotional image shows us there have been many marriages over the years between Marvel superheroes, from Black Panther and Storm to Cyclops and Jean Grey, but apparently offers no clue as to who will be the next to say, "I do." That said, we do have a few educated guesses for couples we wouldn't be surprised to see tie the knot.
Spider-Man and Mockingbird both have experience walking down the aisle, albeit with different partners. In his civilian life, Peter Parker married Mary Jane Watson, while Mockingbird (Bobbi Morse) married fellow Avenger Hawkeye (Clint Barton). Though neither of these relationships withstood the test of time (the less said about the dissolution of Peter and MJ's marriage, the better), the two superheroes recently began to gravitate towards one another during All-New, All-Different Marvel's Amazing Spider-Man run in 2015.
Mockingbird worked alongside Spider-Man as his S.H.I.E.L.D. liaison for Parker Industries. Some casual flirting eventually turned to Peter crashing on Bobbi's couch after he lost Parker Industries in the fallout of Secret Empire. Peter may be relegated to the couch for now, but who's to say he won't graduate to sharing a bed with Bobbi in the near future? Spider-Man and Mockingbird would make a dynamic superhero couple: Bobbi already knows Peter's secret identity, and since she's a hero in her own right, Peter wouldn't have to worry about putting her life in jeopardy by being Spider-Man.
A long-running fan-favorite pairing on the X-Men side of the Marvel Universe is between teammates Peter Rasputin and Kitty Pryde. The two lovebirds have played a game of on-again/off-again for decades, with both of their perceived deaths putting a halt to things at separate times in the past. And then, there was the time that Kitty decided to join up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to patrol the cosmos (and also fall in love with Star-Lord).
Now, Colossus and Kitty are teammates once again in X-Men Gold, where they're quietly giving their romance another try. Since they already have this dating thing down to a science, all that remains is to take things to the next level. Another potential clue indicating that the Summer 2018 nuptials could be for Peter and Kitty is that X-Men Gold writer Marc Guggenheim recently teased some big changes in store for the two heroes following the comic's “The Negative Zone War” arc.
“Also expect to see some major moves in terms of Rachel, Kitty and Peter’s characters,” Guggenheim told CBR. “They all come out of this Negative Zone arc fundamentally changed.” It's difficult to imagine a more "fundamental change" than becoming engaged - save perhaps for getting pregnant...