Among the many, MANY questionable announcements to generate nerd-rage since the relaunch of the New 52 in 2011, the one that most chafed me was DC editorial’s insistence that none of their heroes was married, for some nebulous reason that never held water.  Yes, marrying off characters changes their status quo, but given that the entire point of the launch/boot/vamp was to change the status quo, the announcement seems suspect.  Of course, comics have long had problems with the m-word (because happy couples can be dramatically inert), but given that Barry Allen, Arthur Curry and that one guy with the red cape were all married for decades, I had hoped for better.  As always, though, even if the creators annoy us as readers, it provides grist for discussion, begging today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) knows that the train has already sailed, but will always quietly root for Ted & Victoria, asking: What two fictional characters do you most believe should be or should have stayed married?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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12 Comments

  1. February 15, 2014 at 11:51 am — Reply

    Peter and Mary Jane should be married. I always wanted Vance and Angelica (from The New Warriors) to be a married couple. And DC-wise, I really like Kyle Rayner better when he has a partner.

  2. February 15, 2014 at 12:19 pm — Reply

    Aquaman and Mera, although has it been stated in-story that they’re not?

  3. February 15, 2014 at 2:16 pm — Reply

    Is this the right time to ask for the Dibnys back?

    • Hannah Jones
      February 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm — Reply

      Yes. God I miss them…

  4. Gehrigan
    February 15, 2014 at 6:17 pm — Reply

    Clint Barton (Hawkeye) and Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird)

  5. Hannah Jones
    February 15, 2014 at 7:02 pm — Reply

    Storm and Black Panther…. They were so good together!

  6. Kirby
    February 15, 2014 at 8:05 pm — Reply

    Ralph & Sue Dibny never really stopped being married so, I’m going to go with Mister Miracle & Big Barda. Always loved those two interactions during JLI.

  7. Shush
    February 15, 2014 at 10:23 pm — Reply

    I agree with Robbie. Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson. Peter’s mundane life has always been a part of what made Spider-man interesting. Now most of his adult life has been retconned. Not the worst retcon I’ve seen, storywise, but one of the most disappointing.

  8. February 16, 2014 at 3:57 am — Reply

    Definitely Peter and Mary Jane. The one thing he had right in his personal life. On the DC side, Green Arrow and Black Canary. Always liked them as a couple.

  9. clubberlang6
    February 16, 2014 at 10:38 am — Reply

    I think that Clark and Lois Lane should still be married. Any chance of a Superman Wonder Woman romance bothers me.

  10. cody
    February 16, 2014 at 10:44 pm — Reply

    I think Ollie and Dinah should’ve stayed married always enjoyed that pairing and their duet in the Music Meister episode gets me every time. I’ve only seen the Dibny’s in Starman really enjoyed them in it though.
    I’ll put my vote in for Scott and Jean. Scott should never have gotten together with Emma Frost or at least waited till Jean died. This is all based on the animated series though didn’t start reading X-men till Messiah Complex.

  11. cody
    February 16, 2014 at 10:45 pm — Reply

    Agreed!

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