From Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy to Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle, the superhero genre has its fair share of iconic couples. Most of the time, those love stories only exist on screen, but sometimes, Marvel and DC movies have other love stories going on behind the scenes.
However, in order to nab a superhero role, some actors have had to work alongside their ex.
Here are 10 celeb couples who fell in love on the set of superhero movies and TV shows:
1. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively played love interests Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris in Green Lantern.
While they were filming in 2010, Ryan was married to Scarlett Johansson, and Blake was dating Penn Badgley. However, by the end of the year, both of those relationships had ended.
Blake and Penn broke up in September, and Ryan and Scarlett filed for divorce in December.
Blake and Ryan didn't officially start dating until late 2011, several months after Green Lantern's release. They got married in 2012.
2. In Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Meng'er Zhang played Xu Xialing, and Yung Lee was an action designer.
They met on set and got married in 2021. Since production was still ongoing, their fellow cast and crew celebrated with them.
Meng'er told ScreenRant, "I was cast single and left married! ... We didn’t prepare anything for our marriage celebration, but the production threw a big party for us to celebrate. And then, the next day, Simu [Liu] took us to Disneyland and the next, next day, Awkwafina booked a whole venue for us to celebrate. We had a big karaoke party, and everyone was there; everyone sang. The next day, we all lost our voices. It’s really an amazing memory. We were really like a big family."
For the Shang-Chi premiere, Yung carried a Xialing action figure in his pocket. He told Entertainment Tonight, "I gotta keep her close to my heart."
3. Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult played love interests Raven Darkhölme/Mystique and Hank McCoy/Beast in X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, and Dark Phoenix.
In 2011 — a year after production wrapped on their first X-Men film — they started dating. While they were together, Nick hated the shaving cream Jennifer used to remove her Mystique body paint because she "would come home smelling like a man and, like, too tired."
She told Extra, "I was like, 'Don't touch me, I'm too tired,' and he was like, 'You smell like a dude.'"
4. Kate Mara and Jamie Bell played Sue Storm/Invisible Woman and Ben Grimm/The Thing in Fantastic Four (2015).
They didn't play love interests, but they fell in love for real during the press tour.
They first met about a decade before when they had to kiss during a screen test. On Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Kate said, "I had to kiss many guys that day for the screen test, and Jamie Bell took the [cake]."
They got married in 2017.
5. Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst played love interests Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man (2002).
They kept their relationship so private that even director Sam Raimi didn't know about it until their breakup about a year later.
6. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone played high school couple Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and its sequel.
When they first starting shooting in 2010, Andrew was dating Shannon Woodward, and Emma was dating Kieran Culkin. However, both of those relationships ended by mid-2011. Rumors of a relationship between Andrew and Emma swirled, but neither confirmed anything.
A few months before the movie's 2012 premiere, Andrew and Emma made their red carpet debut as a couple at the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards.
7. Tom Holland and Zendaya played friends-to-lovers Peter Parker and MJ Watson in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and the other two films in the trilogy.
After meeting during production in 2016, they became close friends. While romance rumors followed them for years, their relationship didn't become official until 2021.
Zendaya told Entertainment Tonight, "It's great to have that support and that love around you, because you need that. ... This isn't an easy job, so it's good to have that to free you up from it every now and then."
After Zendaya received her second Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series award at the 2022 Emmys, she revealed that Tom was the first person she texted about her win — referring to him as "my boyfriend" publicly for the first time.
8. Morena Baccarin and Ben McKenzie played love interests Leslie Thompkins and James Gordon on the TV series Gotham.
When they first met on set in 2014, Morena was married to Austin Chick, but they divorced in June 2015.
In September 2015, Morena and Ben's reps confirmed that they were expecting their first child together.
9. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner played love interests Matt Murdock/Daredevil and Elektra Natchios in Daredevil (2003).
During filming, the former Pearl Harbor costars were both seeing other people. Jennifer was married to Scott Foley, and Ben was dating Jennifer Lopez. However, Ben later told Playboy, "We met on Pearl Harbor, which people hate, but we fell in love on Daredevil."
In 2003, Jennifer Garner and Scott divorced, and in 2004, Ben and Jennifer Lopez called off their engagement. The new Bennifer officially started dating in 2004.
They got married in 2005 but announced their separation in 2015. They officially filed for divorce in 2017.
10. And on the series Supergirl, Melissa Benoist and Chris Wood played love interests Kara Zor-El/Kara Danvers/Supergirl and Mon-El.
In 2016, Chris joined the cast for Season 2. He and Melissa first sparked relationship rumors in 2017.
They got married in 2019.
Sharing a sweet picture with her husband on Instagram, Melissa wrote, "Whew boy this is big love. This love wholly accepts me and encourages me to unapologetically be myself, and to unapologetically love myself — whoever that self is day after day. This love challenges me to be a better person and recognize that even when things aren’t easy or pretty, they should always be respectful. This love is the one I was always looking for, and I never should have accepted less."
And now, here are five superhero actors who had to work with their ex:
11. Michael Keaton and Michelle Pfeiffer played love interests Bruce Wayne/Batman and Selina Kyle/Catwoman in Batman Returns.
Initially, producer Jon Peters wanted to cast Michelle as Vicki Vale in Batman (1989) after Sean Young had to be replaced, but Michael blocked it from happening because he didn't want to work with his ex-girlfriend while he was trying to rekindle his relationship with his ex-wife. The role went to Kim Basinger instead.
Robert Wuhl, who played Alexander Knox, told the Hollywood Reporter, "At the time, Michael told me he was trying to get back with his ex-wife. Keaton was firmly, and underline firmly, against that casting of Pfeiffer, and he and Peters got into it."
Michelle finally got to suit up in the sequel. She replaced Annette Bening, who dropped out because she was pregnant. This time around, Michael was supportive of her on set.
Michelle told Entertainment Tonight, "It was great actually working with him having had a history, because I was really out of my element. Also, the fact that he had done this kind of picture before and I didn't know what to expect. I felt really comfortable with him. I felt really safe with him. I could go to him and say, 'Why am I feeling so awful? I don't know what's going on.' And he would explain it to me. 'I know. I went through it on the first one.'"
12. Though Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst dated during the first Spider-Man, they broke up before filming the rest of the trilogy.
Director Sam Raimi was "concerned they wouldn't get the same chemistry back," but the actors quickly relieved those worries.
He told the Sydney Morning Herald, "They really like each other, I think, very much. And that relationship probably just added to their ability to trust each other."
13. Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult broke up a year before filming X-Men: Apocalypse. They again reunited for Dark Phoenix in 2019.
Nicholas told Elle that working with Jennifer again was "like going back to school after the summer holidays."
He continued, "The reality of [the X-Men franchise] is there are lots of characters, so everyone was together for brief periods, but not every day for four months."
14. Robert Downey Jr. and Marisa Tomei dated from 1993-1994, breaking up 22 years before reuniting onscreen as Tony Stark and Aunt May in Captain America: Civil War. They reprised their roles in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Endgame.
Previously, they costarred in Only You and Chaplin.
Marisa gave Robert partial credit for spearheading the reinvention of Aunt May for the MCU, telling the Wrap, "I think Robert Downey had a lot to do with it. And then [Jon] Watts [the director] and I [talked] a lot about, well, I guess the mandate is a reinvention."
She continued, "But what is that? I don’t think anyone is really focused on that, really. There was a lot of bigger fish to fry. So, Jon and I did a lot of talking about it."
15. And finally, Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldaña started dating in 2011, then broke up right before New Year's in 2012 — a few months before they both landed main Marvel roles as Rocket Raccoon and Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy.
They started dating while filming The Words together but broke up right before New Year's.
They reprised their Marvel roles in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. They'll also appear in the upcoming The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
She said, "I crossed you off my list. Moving on. You cross a line, you need to know that you're going to walk this earth knowing that there's an individual who has no respect for you."