Marvel a place where best friends
I actually thought it was going to be “marvel a place where best friends become gay as fuck” but I was disappointed.The ubiquity of this trope in recent comics movies does make me feel very much like an “any two guys” shipper. I wouldn’t be willing to give up mine, but it’s still all too much.
Despite the commonness of the trope, I do find that there are some key differences in these pairings, at least for me. It has a lot to do with narrative structure.
To begin with, I actually shipped Steve more with Peggy in the first Cap. She’s one of my fave Marvel ladies, but I admit it also helped that she and Steve got a lot of screen time and focus on their growing relationship. Unlike, say, Jane and Thor, it was clear that Peggy and Steve’s feelings developed over time and thus felt natural. It’s part of why the Peggy/Steve scenes in WS were so heart-wrenching. In the case of Bucky, he may have gotten even less screen time in WS than he did in FA, but his importance to Steve was actually focused on a lot more. In a way, he and Peggy’s positions in the narrative were switched. Re-watching FA after WS makes the nuances of Steve and Bucky’s closeness a lot more obvious because WS puts so much emphasis on how deeply they feel for each other. If it wasn’t for the fact that poor Peggy wasn’t frozen like the other two, it would actually feel pretty natural for the relationships to merge into a threesome.
With Thor/Jane, the relationship is not only far less developed (both in-universe and narrative-wise), but it isn’t even their main relationships. Thor’s most developed and important relationship by far is with Loki- it’s the main focus of Thor’s narrative in all three movies he’s appeared in so far. This may change in Avengers 2 since Loki isn’t appearing in it, but it’s hard to say yet. It isn’t just that Jane isn’t Thor’s main relationship though: it’s that Thor isn’t Jane’s. One of the things I love the most about the Thor films is that they show a realistic, quirky and wonderful relationship between two women. Darcy’s importance to Jane is made particularly clear in the second film- she’s the one who stuck by Jane’s side, supporting her and encouraging her. That narrative structure sets things up in a way that depicts Darcy and Jane having the relationship that Thor wishes he had with Loki.
I’ve talked about Cherik a lot, so I’m not going to analyze it here, and I’ve yet to see the second Amazing Spiderman so I can’t discuss Peter/Harry.