Ho Yay / Marvel Cinematic Universe

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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.

Thor

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 observes 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!
    • The drinking song that plays in the bar while Steve and Bucky are talking to Peggy is "There is a Tavern in the Town". It's just a catchy period piece at face value, but the song's literal meaning coupled with Bucky's general feelings of inadequacy during the scene leads to some ...interesting undertones.
    • 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. While he was most likely using it in the modern sense, historically "punk" also had quite an interesting alternative meaning...
    • Tying in with Fridge Logic or Fridge Brilliance (depending on one's personal Fanon), 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. There's also the fact that his namesake James Buchanan's biggest claims to fame are being terriblenote  or possibly gay. Bucky's parents were apparently sadists or prophets.
    • Bucky's relationship with Steve is similar to Peggy's relationship with Steve, in the sense that they only ever saw Steve, not Captain America, and that's who Bucky chose to follow into battle. Bucky never saw the hero — he only ever saw his best friend and the man he'd stand by no matter what.
    Steve: You ready to follow Captain America into the jaws of death?
  • 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.
    • This gem:
      Stark: (To Loki) There is no version of this where you come out on top.
    • Also, when Thor tries to retrieve Loki from the Quinjet, this line, in a very annoyed voice :
    Stark: Don't take my stuff!

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:

  • 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. And at the end of the movie, Sam is waiting by Steve's hospital bedside for him to wake up. He's even playing Marvin Gaye for him.
  • 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, 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 shared life experience." 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 makes it better, 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.
  • Drax the Destroyer's actor, Dave Bautista, has admitted believing that Drax has "a bit of a man crush" on Quill. This adds another meaning to Drax's declaration to fight beside the "honorable" Quill, and the part in which Drax (accidentally?) insults all of the present Guardians except Quill.

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 helps 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.
    • Lyndsy Fonseca doesn't mind, either.
    • 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. Peggy herself has referred to Steve as the love of her life.
    • It's revealed that despite the fact that Howard has developed weapons of mass destruction in the past, he considers his greatest shame to be not finding Steve alive. When Ivchenko hypnotizes Howard into hallucinating his greatest wish, it is to find Steve alive. Howard is absolutely thrilled at the idea of finding him and bringing him home, desperately trying to convince Peggy that it is real. He is only able to snap out of his hypnosis when Peggy manages to make him fully accept that Steve won't ever come home.
    Peggy:I know you loved him. I loved him, too. But this won't bring him back. [...] Steve is gone. We have to move on.

Daredevil:

  • There's a smattering of jokes about the exact nature of Matt and Foggy's relationship, and their personal arc across the first season wouldn't be out of place between a hero and his love interest.
  • Wesley and Fisk, with some even nicknaming Wesley, "Smithers".

Avengers: Age of Ultron:

  • The tension between Steve and Tony can easily edge into this — when Scarlet Witch makes Tony think that the rest of the team is dead, Steve is the one he goes to, and he's visibly horrified by a dying Steve telling him that he could have done more. Even lampshaded by Natasha, who quips "I thought you and Tony were still gazing into each other's eyes" after Tony says goodbye to Steve as the former leaves the Avengers indefinitely.
    Tony: I'm gonna miss [Thor], and you're gonna miss me...
    Steve: I am gonna miss you, Tony.

Captain America: Civil War

  • A line said by Crossbones to Steve in the D23 sneak peek:
    "You know, he remembered you. Your pal, your buddy, your Bucky."
  • Scott Lang has a Stupid Sexy Flanders moment with Steve, touching his pecs in a similar manner to Peggy Carter in TFA.
  • After the first trailer came out, there have been numerous jokes about how the film appears to be a drama about Steve choosing Bucky over Tony.
    Steve: Sorry, Tony, he's my friend.
    Tony: So was I.
    • Marvel plays with the scene where these lines were said in the "Civil War Cure" promotional video for Doctor Strange. Here, Strange is prescribing treatments for various injuries sustained in the film when the aforementioned scene comes up, prompting Strange to say that there's no cure for a broken heart.
  • Meta examples: The movie's writers describe Cap's relationship with Bucky as "a love story; he can't let go of his brother". Would count as a Ship Sinking if not for the hilariously mixed messages sent by the wording, plus the fact that Sam and Bucky apparently are nicknamed "Cap's two girlfriends" on-set.
  • Shipping Sam and Bucky with each other has gone way up post-movie, thanks to the Like an Old Married Couple flavor of their bickering (also helped by the actors engaging in much the same behavior during press junkets).
  • When Ant Man grabs War Machine, Tony gets pissed.
    Tony: Give me my Rhodey!
    • And continuing the trend of Tony's movie endings involving bonding with a male colleague, he spends his last moments in this film helping Rhodes learn how to walk.
  • Cap explaining to Wanda why he failed to properly defuse Rumlow's suicide vest before it was detonated, causing the disaster that launched the Sokovia Accords:
  • This movie in general seems dead set on cementing the idea that Bucky is Steve's real love interest. Steve's loyalty and devotion to Bucky is arguably the biggest over-arching theme of his series of films. Nearly everything that Steve has done in The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier, and Civil War had Bucky as the main motivating factor in some way. In The First Avenger, Bucky is what causes Steve to finally take initiative and join the war as a real soldier, with some encouragement from Peggy. In The Winter Soldier, Steve allowed Bucky to nearly beat him to death, without fighting back, because it was what Bucky seemed to have wanted. Here, it is established once and for all that Steve is willing to do anything for Bucky — to the point of splitting up the Avengers himself and becoming a fugitive, potentially ruining his legacy and reputation, just to protect him. That level of commitment is unnaturally high, surpassing even that of some Happily Married couples. On Bucky's end, it seems one of the main reasons why Bucky stayed away from Steve for so long is because he knows how far his best friend is willing to go for him, and that he doesn't want to cause Steve anymore pain. This is combined with the wracking guilt he has over the crimes he committed as the Winter Soldier, and with it the belief that he simply isn't worth it, even though Steve sees differently. This eventually leads to his decision to go back into a cryo chamber until a way to safely remove his programming is found. With how much the universe seems intent on keeping them apart, Steve and Bucky's relationship starts to resemble as that of one between Star-Crossed Lovers.
  • Zemo reveals that over the course of his plan he obsessed over the Avengers and followed them for a year. When he comes face-to-face with Cap the first thing he notices about him is "there's a bit of green in the blue of your eyes". Talk about dedicated.
  • The final shot of the movie, pre-credits, is Steve rescuing Sam from prison. Note that Sam's already smiling when he turns around, indicating he knows Steve's come for him. The knowing smile they share has been described as... less than heterosexual.

Jessica Jones

  • Jessica Jones has only one person she explicitly states that she loves: Trish Walker.
  • There's this exchange between Jessica and Claire:
    Claire: Take off your pants.
    Jessica: I usually like a little more romancing.
    Claire (smirking): Don't we all?

Doctor Strange

  • Mordo goes from a straightforward villain in the comics to a not love interest for Stephen Strange in this film, complete with a rescue romance minus the romance part. Maybe. Of course, their relationship becomes more of a Foe Yay deal after Mordo leaves Kamar-Taj and the Masters of the Mystic Arts at the end of the film.
    • Oh yes! Mordo constantly frets whenever Strange is in danger and is the first by his side when he needs help. Even the Ancient One seems to a ship it when she said that Strange and Mordo needed one another to balance out their respective strengths and weaknesses.


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