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When you think about it, superheroes can be a pretty fickle bunch. Through several decades of comic books and the dozens of comic book films released over the years, it's become abundantly clear that there's no such thing as a binding alliance. Comic book characters switch over the moral dividing line so often that keeping track of it all can be headache-enducing, a fact that one Captain America knows all too well. In the upcoming sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Cap sees himself facing off against an old friend, and in his honor, we've decided to list our favorite comic book movie frienemies.
Harry Osborne and Peter Parker (Spider-Man)High school best buds turned mortal foes, Peter Parker and Harry Osborne are the original frenemies. When Harry discovers that Spider-Man killed his father Norman (the OG Green Goblin), and later finds out that Peter Parker is Spider-Man, the news sets him on a raging path of revenge. Harry picks up the mantle of the Green Goblin and tries to put a stop to the webslinger's heroics once and for all.
Loki and Thor (Thor)Being second sucks, doesn't it? Brothers Thor and Loki were always thick as thieves, but under the surface, certain injustices began to slowly gnaw away at their friendship. Jealousy over Thor's birthright plus the discovery of his true frost-giant origins were enough to send the already mischievous Loki into full villain mode.
Dr. Connors and Peter Parker (The Amazing Spider-Man)Peter Parker and Dr. Connors had a budding Teacher/protege relationship in The Amazing Spider-Man, but Connors was slowly driven crazy by his limb re-growth serum and becomes the Lizard. When the Lizard decides to turn the whole of New York into gigantic reptilian creatures, Spidey had to take the respected scientist down.
Andrew, Matt, and Steve (Chronicle)There's nothing like finding alien superpowers to make a friendship stronger. In Max Landis' Chronicle, Andrew, Matt and Steve bond after accidentally obtaining powers, but Andrew gets consumed by his new found abilities and his terrible home life. After possibly killing Steve, Andrew goes on a rampage through the streets of Seattle, and it's up to Matt to stop him before more people get hurt.
Todd and Dave (Kick-Ass 2)In the sequel to Kick-Ass, the eponymous hero continues to wage his inept war against crime, but when his best friend Todd feels left out of the superheroics, he almost unwittingly becomes a henchmen of Christopher Mintz-Plasse's The Motherfu****, and inadvertantly get's Kick-Ass' father killed. Things between the two are reconciled at the end, but there are some things you probably shouldn't forgive.
Magneto and Professor X (X-Men: First Class)Did I say Harry and Peter were the original frenemies? Nope, that honor clearly goes to Magneto and Professor X. While Erik Lehnsherr and Charles Xavier were originally united in their fight for Mutant rights in the 60's, Professor X sought more peaceful methods, while Magneto was very much an ends-justifies-the-means type of guy, and the two have been at each others throats ever since. They still have mutual respect and affection for one another, but it's buried under years of hate.
Mystique and Professor X (X-Men: First Class)Wait, hold on. Did I say Magneto and Professor X were the original frienemies? Well, according to X-Men: First Class, the good Professor knew Mystique back when they were both children. The two were basically siblings growing up until Raven started to side with Magneto's more forceful ideas about Mutant rights.
Harvey Dent and Bruce Wayne (Batman Forever)Harvey Dent was a by-the-books district attorney that protected Gotham with law and order, while allowing Batman clean up whatever scum slipped out of the court and onto the streets. Their tag-team was broken up when Dent's face was burned by a disgruntled crime boss in the middle of a court proceeding, and Dent is driven insane by his disfigurement, becoming the villain Two Face.
Sabertooth and Wolverine (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)Bound by blood and death, Wolverine and Sabertooth were half-brothers that spent the better part of two centuries fighting through American military conflicts across the globe. After being recruited by William Stryker to join a group of mutant military group called Team X and carrying out some wet work on behalf of the government, Logan leaves the team, feeling dismayed by all of the killing, and Sabertooth sees this as the ultimate betrayal.
Some of us saw the big reveal of People’s Sexiest Man Alive this morning and screamed into our cups of morning Joe, “I knew it!” Of course Channing Tatum, oh he of charming personality, box office millions, copious shirtless scenes, and dance moves so sexy they could knock you out at the mere th—excuse me. I have to stop myself before I let it get a little too sexy in here. Anyway, when most Sexiest Men are named — excepting poor Bradley Cooper who strangely won during the Year of Ryan Gosling – we’re all in agreement. Duh, it’s Channing. Who else could it be? But why are we so readily in agreement? Is there some formula we’re recognizing here? (Besides the fact that every single winner of the yearly award has been unyieldingly sexy.) We think there just might be some grand method to all this hottie-praising madness. We dissected the résumés, hobbies, and physical attributes of all the past winners and came up with a few tips for future SMA hopefuls: Have Brown Hair Like Tatum, the majority of past SMA winners have wooed us with their raven locks. Of course, the brown-haired men are only beating the blonds by two, so if People feels like making up for past wrongs by throwing Gosling on next year’s cover, the blonds could start to pull ahead! (Sorry, Silver Foxes.) Play a Cop or Federal Agent Did you investigate unlawful activity in a movie? Were the stakes incredibly high? Were shots fired? You just might have what it takes to be an SMA, because 18 of 26 winners have played that role prior to winning. Yes, Being Married Helps. Actually. As most people with an Internet connection know, Tatum married his Step Up co-star Jenna Dewan in 2009, and they’ve been making everyone with a pulse jealous ever since. It turns out, there are far more SMA winners who were married when they won (including Richard Gere who shared his title with then-wife Cindy Crawford when they wed in 1991) than single men. Don’t Have an Accent We’re talking stateside accents, too. Only six past winners have full-blown accents, including Sean Connery and Matthew McConaughey, a.k.a. the original James Bond and the guy who plays bongos naked. That’s the kind of pull it takes to be an outlier in this group, apparently. Must Love Dogs We could put this under: Be an agreeable person. Or perhaps: Enjoy wonderful things. Even: Winners must possess the ability to love another living thing. Nineteen winners have or have had dogs. One even had a pet pig — may Geroge Clooney’s Max rest in peace. Don’t Have Green Eyes Only one winner has green eyes: Tatum. Perhaps he’s starting a green-eyed revolution? Star in a Movie With Julia Roberts Apparently, Ms. Roberts is the glue that holds America’s sexiest men together. Seven past winners were in movies with her and apparently, starring in multiple films with the Pretty Woman star earns you bonus points. Just ask two-time winners Brad Pitt, Gere, and Clooney. Speaking Of Two-Time Winners… Winning SMA once helps your chances of winning it again. In addition to Pitt, Clooney, and Gere, Johnny Depp has also won twice. Basically that means it’s been scientifically proven that one title can’t contain the sexiness of these men. Be in Your 30s Call it ageist if you want, but we’re just looking at the numbers, folks. The majority of SMA winners, including Tatum who clocks in at 32, were in their 30s. However, fear not, men above and below the magic decade. Tom Cruise squeaked in at 28 and Connery nabbed his title at the ripe old age of 59. Anything is possible… unless you’re not mind-blowingly sexy. That’s kind of a deal-breaker. Hail from the South The SMA title stretches across states and oceans, but there’s one region that’s churning out a whole lotta hotties. Congratulations, Southern states, you’ve given us the greatest number of winners, including Alabama’s own Magic Mike. (I’m sorry, sometimes I confuse reality and movies in which Channing Tatum is naked and dancing.) Duh. Take Your Damn Shirt Off If you want to be the Sexiest Man Alive, just do it. Take your shirt off. Or least wear a shirt that’s conspicuously unbuttoned. Not taking it off would be like trying to fly a plane before you get to flight school. Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler [Photo Credit: Just for Men; People (2); iStock; New Line Cinema; WENN (2)] More: Channing Tatum is Officially The Sexiest Man Alive From Not To Hot: 10 Stars Who Have Become Attractive in Record Speed Channing Tatum and Seven Other Funny, Sexy Stars
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