Ho Yay: Marvel Cinematic Universe

Iron Man:

  • In the first movie, when Rhodey finds Tony wandering the desert after escaping the terrorists.
    Rhodey: Next time, you ride with me, okay?
    • Cue a hug that is more Tony collapsing into Rhodey's arms and a heartbreaking look of relief on Rhodey's face.
    • Then cut to Rhodey holding Tony's hand as he helps him off the plane.
  • Then there's the scene with Obadiah at Tony's house just before the climax. There was a definite bad touch vibe there.
  • A line from the original script for the second film (which still survives in the novelisation) has Tony drunkenly proposition Rhodey to join him in a three-way during his "last" birthday party.
  • Tony needs Gary, and Gary needs Tony.
  • Tony spends most of the third movie dodging questions about his PTSD, but The Stinger reveals he's opening up and telling the entire story to Bruce Banner.


Captain America: The First Avenger

  • Howard Stark and Steve Rogers. First, just look at how Stark looks at Rogers before the injection! Second, just look at how Howard observe Steve's newly-enchanced shirtless body.
  • There's tons of devotion between Steve and Bucky:
    • Steve is willing to walk 30 miles beyond enemy line into Austria for the hundred-to-one chance that Bucky may still be alive.
    • When trapped in an exploding HYDRA base, Steve is stuck on the wrong end of a collapsed bridge. He yells for Bucky to go, but he refuses.
    Bucky: No! Not without you!
    • There is no way the writers intended for the scene between Steve and Bucky in the bar to come across the way it did.
    Bucky: (leans over) But, you're keeping the [Cap] outfit, right?
    Steve: You know, it's kind of growing on me.
    • And when Bucky says goodbye to Steve before shipping off to war, he affectionately calls Steve a punk. The word had quite a different meaning in the Forties...
    • Ties in with a bit of Fridge Logic, but movieverse Bucky is a Composite Character whose backstory takes a lot from Arnie Roth, a childhood friend of Steve who was bigger and stronger than him and protected him from bullies, and was also super popular with the ladies. Oh, and the other thing Arnie was most famous for? A Gay Aesop.
  • When Steve asks the Howling Commandos to go back to the front with him, two of them, Jones and Dernier, converse in French and they're sitting awfully close to each other. Makes you wonder what else they use that for...

The Avengers

  • A lot of the lines between Science Bros Stark and Banner sound kinda flirty, and a thousand fanfics were launched in the single moment when Stark randomly pokes Banner in the stomach and Banner just puts up a mild, vaguely amused, "Oh, you" type of protest note . Couple that with the scene where the Hulk saves Iron Man twice in rapid succession, and the fact that these two are the only two members of the Avengers to hit it off the instant they meet...
    Stark: Finally! Someone who speaks English.
    • They are seen driving off into the sunset together at the end of the movie.
    • It's toned down in the movie proper, but the featurette included on the DVD shows that Tony is a little... excited about the Hulk.
  • Perhaps it's less suspect in Asgard, but the way Thor cupped Loki's cheek and neck while asking him to come home seemed a bit affectionate (in a not so brotherly manner) to mortal audiences.
    • Their lips were mere inches away from each other when Thor pulled Loki out of his seat on the jet.
  • Cap and Thor; that searching look Thor gives Cap when Cap goes on fighting after he's hit...it's like a light went on inside his head. Fan fiction appeared for these two months before the movie was released, but that moment helped make it less of a niche pairing.
  • As in the comics, Cap gets this with Stark. During their arguments, one can't help but think, "Just KISS already!" One reviewer noted that Cap and Tony's "simmering, crypto-erotic tension" outshone Black Widow and Hawkeye's attempt at chemistry.
  • Agent Coulson's fanboy tendencies toward Cap is played for laughs, but the way he tells him "I watched you while you were sleeping" can be interpreted in some ways...
  • Stark sort of flirts with everyone. It's reflex to him.
    Stark: (To Hawkeye) Better clench up, Legolas!
  • This little line spoken by Stark after Loki attempts to brainwash him, and fails.
    Performance issues. It's not uncommon... one out of five.

Thor: The Dark World

  • Malekith and Algrim. Moreso the latter to the former. This is helped by the latter's Undying Loyalty to the former. There's also the scene where Malekith puts the Kursed stone in Algrim.
  • Cap/Thor earns a new lease on life here when Loki shapeshifts into Captain America, and then some.
  • At one point, Loki tells Thor he looks "ravishing." He'd used an illusion to make the thunder god look like Sif but he still said "brother".

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

  • Let the meta-shipping begin.note 
  • Fitz pats Ward in uncomfortable ways a few times, including what looks like a broslap on the backside, and seems to idolise him more than a little. He also responds to Ward's betrayal with a similar amount of distress to Skye, who was Ward's Love Interest.
  • Simmons and Skye develop something of a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship over the course of Season 1. In particular, Simmons' response to Skye's life-threatening injuries is to spend the best part of an episode stroking her forehead and hair. Then there's the fact that they've hugged at least as many times on-screen as they have with their canonical love interests...
  • Following Ward's betrayal and Simmons' temporary departure, Fitz develops a relationship with Mack that is reminiscent of his relationship with Simmons in Season 1. A lot of Fitz/Ward shippers have defected to Fitz/Mack for this reason. It's even been noted that in Season 2 the Mack/Fitz/Simmons dynamic operates almost identically to the Fitz/Simmons/Triplett Love Triangle in Season 1.
  • Simmons has a rather transparent girl-crush on Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird. Bobbi herself has more of a Cool Big Sister attitude to Simmons.
  • When Fitz sadly tells Mack and Hunter how badly his attempt to confess his feelings for Simmons went and how he's sure she doesn't feel the same way to the point of leaving, Hunter is quick to assure him that "it's her loss". It's a sweet moment, but it does come across as a little flirtatious at the same time.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier:

  • At the end of the movie, Sam watches Steve sleep while Marvin Gaye plays.
    • Several reviewers have noted that Sam plays a role normally filled by the Love Interest in a superhero film (emotionally balanced, nurturing person who gets the hero to open up emotionally in a supportive way). They even have a Meet Cute, for goodness sake.
  • As per usual for a Captain America film, there's Bucky and Steve's friendship. Bucky becoming the Winter Soldier does not diminish the vibes; if anything, it increases them. The amount of Steve/Bucky Fan Fiction skyrocketed when this movie came out, no thanks to this:
    • When Natasha is trying to set Steve up with someone, he complains that "it's kind of hard to find someone with similar life experiences." Yeah, Steve, who could you find that grew up in 1920s/30s Brooklyn, fought HYDRA in World War II, was made into a Super Soldier, and was frozen and thawed in the 21st century? Who could possibly fit that description?
    • "I knew him." Yes, Bucky, yes you did. The Helicarrier battle between them just makes it worse, with Steve literally begging Bucky not to make him do this. Then when Steve no longer has to fight with the lives of over twenty million people on the line, he drops his shield into the water and refuses to continue their fight, getting the crap beaten out of him in the process, and falls into the Potomac below towards near certain death. Who saves him? Bucky.

Guardians of the Galaxy:

  • Groot and Rocket are very close, much like in the comics. Groot is very loyal and protective of Rocket and when Groot sacrificed himself to save the team, the normally snarky and caustic Rocket is openly weeping!
    • After the movie got its Honest Trailer, Groot and Rocket became an obvious copy of Science Bros.
  • Also when the team is incarcerated together in the Kyln and a large inmate gets a little too touchy-feely with Quill, Groot and Rocket step in to protect him with Rocket explicitly stating that he was their "booty." note 
  • Yondu and his First Mate Kraglin. The two are rarely seen apart, and Kraglin is evidently privy to a lot of Yondu's secrets and quirks. Yondu and Kraglin even seem to act like surrogate parents for Peter Quill, with Kraglin remarking that Quill "turned out okay" and Yondu beaming proudly when he finds out Quill literally Trolled him.
  • Gamora and Nebula are typically trying to kill each other during their few scenes together, but one deleted scene has them more literally at each other's throats. The scene is titled "Sisterly Love". That's not what most are thinking.

Agent Carter:

  • Angie's attachment to Peggy, and the way she acts jilted when Peggy pushes her away, has led to some massive Peggy/Angie shipping:
    • Angie is very insistent about wanting Peggy to move in with her in the same apartment building after Peggy needs a place to stay.
    • After Ray's death Peggy goes to Angie for comfort. It doesn't help that "Someone to Watch Over Me" is playing in the background. Here are the lyrics
    • Angie's answer to Peggy saying she wouldn't belong in Broadway because she can't sing is "It doesn't matter when you got legs like yours".
    • As of the finale, they are living together in one of Stark's houses.
    • Hayley Atwell certainly isn't discouraging it.
    • In the season 1 finale, Peggy ditches Sousa so she can see a friend...that friend being Angie, because they're moving into one of Howard's places together.
  • Adding some Foe Yay, Dottie outright kisses Peggy to make use of that knockout lipstick. In the series finale Dottie is practically giddy at fighting with Peggy, but also goes all The Roommate on her. She also taunts Peggy with Double Entendres like "Isn't this fun?" and "I thought you'd be better."
  • Howard Stark tells Peggy: "I knew how much Steve meant to you! Because I know how much he means to me." Basically equating himself with Steve's canon love interest. Then there is the season one finale where Stark's greatest wish is shown to be finding Steve. Peggy flips his words right back at him: "I know you loved him. I loved him, too."