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9 celebrity couples who starred in Marvel or DC movies together, from Tom Holland and Zendaya in Spider-Man to Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s wedding after Green Lantern

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, and Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb all played couples in Marvel or DC films ... and dated or even got married in real life too. Photos: AP Photo, Getty Images/AFP

For many actors, playing a love interest in a film or TV show is just that – a role that they step out off as soon as the cameras stop rolling. But for some stars, their on screen chemistry continues off screen, too, or perhaps they were already a couple in real life.

From Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively tying the knot in a low-key ceremony to Zendaya and Tom Holland’s not-so-secret romance, here are nine celebrity couples who have appeared together in Marvel or DC films.

1. Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 3, post breakup. Photo: Columbia Pictures
Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst dated while filming their first Spider-Man movie and continued working together on the sequels after their split. Maguire starred as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, respectively, in the 2003 film directed by Sam Raimi.

They dated for a short period of time before calling it quits. The director told The Sydney Morning Herald in 2007 that he “had some worries” about the actors getting “the same chemistry back” for the sequels released in 2004 and 2007. But, to his relief, they were able to deliver the expected performances.

2. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner in Daredevil (2003). Photo: Twentieth Century Fox
Ben Affleck said that he and now ex-wife Jennifer Garner fell in love on the set of the 2003 Marvel movie Daredevil. Affleck and Garner met through the 2001 movie Pearl Harbor, but got to know each other better in Daredevil, the actor told Playboy. Affleck played the titular superhero and Garner portrayed Elektra.

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The pair got married in Turks and Caicos in June 2005 and Garner gave birth to their first child, daughter Violet, in December of that year. They welcomed two more children together, daughter Seraphina in 2009 and son Samuel in 2012, and announced their split in June 2015. Since breaking up, the actors have continued coparenting the three children that they share.

3. Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence

Bryan Singer, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016). Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Former couple Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence costarred in four X-Men movies released between 2011 and 2019. Hoult and Lawrence’s five year-relationship started after they were cast as mutants named Hank McCoy/Beast and Raven/Mystique in X-Men: First Class. They reprised the roles for X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019). The couple broke up in 2014, but remained amicable afterward.

4. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone

Emma Stone (and Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man. Photo: AP Photo/Columbia - Sony Pictures

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone dated in real life during their time as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Gwen Stacy in the Amazing Spider-Man movies. They costarred in two Amazing Spider-Man films released in 2012 and 2014.

It’s unclear when exactly Garfield and Stone began dating, but they were photographed kissing in NYC in March 2012, three months before the theatrical release of TASM. Garfield gushed about meeting Stone during the audition process and working alongside her on set in multiple interviews.

Their breakup was revealed in 2015, but the stars have remained amicable since.

5. Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb

Leslie Bibb and Sam Rockwell (right) alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow (left) in Iron Man 2(2010). Photo: Paramount Pictures

Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb were already together for a few years before costarring in the 2010 movie Iron Man 2. The couple met in the lobby of the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, California, in October 2007. Bibb was there to have dinner with some friends and Rockwell was staying at the hotel while filming Frost/Nixon.

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Bibb told Rosie O’Donnell in 2012 that she and Rockwell went on a date a week after, with Bibb not having high expectations. Weeks after that date, she admitted that she was in love with him.

In the second Iron Man sequel, Bibb reprised her role as a journalist named Christine Everhart. She shared some screen time with Rockwell, who played an antagonist to Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) named Justin Hammer.

6. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively

Blake Lively as Carol Ferris and Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan/Green Lantern in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure Green Lantern. Photo: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc./DC Comics

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively met as co-stars in the 2011 DC Comics movie Green Lantern. Reynolds starred as the titular superhero, also known as Hal Jordan. Lively portrayed Carol Ferris, a pilot and love interest to Reynolds’ character. Their relationship was confirmed by People in October 2011, four months after Green Lantern was released in theaters.

Reynolds and Lively went on to get married at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, in September 2012. They share three children together: daughters Inez, James and Betty.

7. Kate Mara and Jamie Bell

Kate Mara and Jamie Bell in Fantastic Four (2015). Photo: Twentieth Century Fox

Kate Mara and Jamie Bell fell in love after filming the Fantastic Four reboot movie, released in August 2015.

The actors actually met a decade prior to the film, at a screen test for another movie. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live in 2017, Mara said that Bell was one of many actors she had to kiss during her audition.

Neither of them ended up landing the roles they auditioned for, but they reunited when Mara was cast as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman and Bell got the role of Ben Grimm/The Thing in Fantastic Four.

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“We fell in love on the press tour,” Mara said.

The couple’s engagement was confirmed in January 2017 and they got married in July of that year. The actors welcomed their first child together, a baby girl, in July 2019.

“There was an instant connection, like we’d known one another forever,” Bell told ES magazine in 2017. “It was obvious very quickly that we were going to get married.”

8. Tom Holland and Zendaya

Zendaya and Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Far from Home. Photo: Sony Pictures
Tom Holland and Zendaya, who are dating in real life, currently portray Peter Parker/Spider-Man and MJ in the MCU. The actors met during Zendaya’s audition process for MJ, with Holland already having secured his part as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

Holland and Zendaya were romantically linked for years, but denied dating rumors. Then, in July 2021, they were photographed kissing in a car in Los Angeles. The actors spoke about the invasion of privacy in Holland’s 2021 cover story for GQ’s Men of the Year issue.

The couple have co-starred in three Marvel/Sony movies: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) and Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021). Although Sony has yet to make an official announcement about another Spider-Man movie, Holland and Zendaya will reportedly reprise their roles for a forthcoming installment.

9. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Birds of Prey (2020). Photos: Warner Bros. Pictures

Real-life couple Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ewan McGregor played adversaries in the 2020 DC Comics movie Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. Winstead portrayed Helena Bertinelli/The Huntress and McGregor played a narcissistic crime lord known as Roman Sionis/Black Mask.

Winsted and McGregor met while playing love interests on season three of the FX series Fargo, which aired in 2017. They went public with their off-screen relationship in October 2017. Since then, McGregor and Winstead have attended award shows and other events together.

The actors welcomed their first child together, a son named Laurie, in 2021. They reportedly got married in April 2022.

This article originally appeared on Insider
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  • Before getting back with J-Lo, Ben Affleck was married to Jennifer Garner, who he got to know better in Daredevil, while Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst dated during Spider-Man
  • Andrew Garfield is another Spidey who dated his on-screen love interest, Emma Stone; meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult dated through half their X-Men run