In celebration of the 60 year anniversary of the Fantastic Four (thank you Stan Lee and Jack Kirby!), Marvel just announced a new arc featuring … a wedding for Doctor Doom?
That’s right, this May, Doctor Doom will say “I do” in the new Bride of Doom saga. It just goes to show… maybe there really is someone for everyone?
In the spirit of high-flying heroes, dastardly villains, and well-inked wedded bliss, here’s a look back at some of our favorite comic book weddings!
Fantastic Four Annual #3, "Bedlam at the Baxter Building!" (1965)
“We're married, at last! And nothing will ever part us, my beloved!” -- Invisible Girl
The first Fantastic Four marriage, and a real celebrity wedding! SHIELD worked security, and well-known guests like Tony Stark and Patsy Walker rubbed elbows with the likes of Millie the Model, Dr. Strange and the Avengers, among others. Things got out of hand, of course, but after fighting off an assortment of villains assembled by Doctor Doom, including Mole Man and his earth-dwelling Moloids, Red Ghost, Super-Skrull, and the Mandarin, Reed (Mr. Fantastic) and Sue (The Invisible Girl) finally tie the knot.
The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 (1987)
“Face it, Tiger. You hit the Jackpot!” -- Mary Jane
In an ongoing case of will they or won’t they, this bride and groom definitely had their fair share of cold feet leading up to the ceremony… They come from different worlds, different social classes, and Peter’s life as Spider-Man could definitely put MJ at risk! But although Peter loses a little sleep and MJ spends time with her ex, in the end they both happily say I do. To make things even better, MJ’s uncle, Judge Spencer Watson officiated (because that’s what family’s for!) Later, the demon Mephisto erased their wedding from the world’s collective memory and continuity (talk about an annulment!) but the day lived on in their hearts.
New Avengers Annual #1 (2006)
“These words. They're just words. I'm dedicating my life to you and... I want you to know, I truly believe that together we are so much better than we are apart.” -- Jessica Jones
Luke and Jessica were a crime fighting team long before they dated, and it didn’t look like marriage was in the cards for them at first. But, love (and other intoxicants) had its own plans after all, and the two ended up with a beautiful daughter, Dani! Realizing their paths were indeed entwined, the two committed to each other and eventually married. And as luck would have it, Stan Lee was available to officiate!
Archie #601 & #604 (2009 / 2010)
“I do!” , “Do I ever!” -- Veronica and Archie
“I do -- forever!” -- Betty and Archie
In true Archie fashion, one wild romance just isn’t enough. Archie and Veronica finally tied the knot in a lavish wedding, but later found out that the whole thing had only been a dream! It was just one possible reality, a fantasy… followed quickly by another, Archie’s equally blissful (but slightly more down to earth) marriage to Betty! There’s the predictable drama -- door slamming, weeping, surprise pregnancy, and bouquet tossing -- but the two alternate-reality weddings are both beautiful in their own ways. These two aren't Marvel weddings, but this unforgettable arc took us all on a ceremonial rollercoaster ride.
Astonishing X-Men #51 (2012)
“You’re here. I’m here. Nowhere else I’d rather be.” -- Northstar
A gay interracial wedding in mainstream comics! The romance between Jean-Paul (Northstar) and Kyle is a breath of fresh air, especially when so many queer couples in comics-past could only be hinted at, eluded to, or villanized. Their outdoor Central Park wedding isn’t perfect, especially because Karma’s not there (blame the sewer-dwelling Morlocks) and Warbird refuses to support same-sex marriage. But lots of lovely folks did show up, including Rogue and Jean-Paul’s sister Jeanne-Marie, and all in all this was a sweet mutant wedding for the history books. When the couple share a First Kiss moment, swirling in the air above their friends, it’s a win for love everywhere!
Fantastic Four #5 (2018)
“...I ain’t never met anybody as beautiful as you. Inside and out. Everything you touch, every moment you’re a part of, is all the more beautiful for you being there. More than anyone, you are what makes my whole life beautiful.” -- The Thing
Another Fantastic Four wedding! After too many fake-outs and fan doubts and impersonations, this long time couple finally made things official! The blind sculptor with the artistic soul, and the kindhearted man inside a rock-like body were meant for each other. Ben (The Thing) prepares for the First Dance with some help from Sue Storm, there’s a wild bachelor party involving Serpent Society super villains jumping out of cakes, some superhero strip poker, and finally the friends all gather for a small ceremony (outdoor microwedding, anyone?) in the desert. Alicia’s uncle walks her down the aisle, and the Jewish wedding is officiated by a wonderful rabbi. Doctor Doom, in true Doom fashion, again tries to ruin the day, but doesn’t succeed, because, well, love conquers all.
Fantastic Four #32, The Bride of Doom, ‘Betrothal’
And here we are! Just in time for wedding season… Who will Doctor Doom marry? Who will officiate the villainous wedding? Only time will tell! But we do know that Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, the Human Torch, Thing, and Black Panther (among others) will be there to witness the ceremony…