While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is great at setting up male/male pairings, its history with good female characters is a little more fraught. At first there were Pepper Potts, Black Widow, Jane Foster and, um… no one? But queer fans have been in the fandom since day one, and wouldn’t let a lack of ladies stop them from shipping their favorite characters.
A lot of these are huge stretches because the MCU doesn’t feed us at all when it comes to WLW ships. Things are starting to get much, much better, but still, the amount of fics and fanart for these characters is nothing compared to those we get for male/male pairings. But that never stopped fan artists, fic writers, and stans from shipping. So here are 15 of MCU fans’ favorite lesbian and sapphic ships.
Okay, yeah they’re siblings. But these two have chemistry! All Nebula wants is for her older sister to love her, but she only knows how to show it through violence. And Gamora is equally dysfunctional, trying to be a hero all while avoiding the one person who needs her the most. It's honestly a pretty great dynamic (but, you know, they're sisters).
Two of the greatest warriors in the MCU would make quite the pairing. Valkyrie’s still looking for her new Queen of Asgard, so maybe Lady Sif is the right woman for the job. I honestly thought that this was about to happen at the end of Thor: Love and Thunder, but Marvel once again let us down.
Um, was that chemistry we sensed between Kamala Khan and her frenemy Zoe in the first episode of Ms. Marvel? The two aren’t friends at school where Zoe is popular and Kamala is not, but their paths cross at Avengers Con, where both are cosplaying Captain Marvel. After some mishaps, Ms. Marvel saves Zoe, who seems to be pretty enamored with the hero. Zoe is gay in the comics, and the show has hinted that she is as well.
Black Widow and Captain America is a classic MCU ship, and it’s made even better when you replace Steve Trevor with Peggy Carter in this What If… episode. Imagine that scene in The Winter Soldier where Black Widow and Cap kiss on the escalator, but imagine it with supersized Peggy instead.
After Tessa Thompson said that Valkyrie would be looking for a queen in Thor: Love and Thunder, fans thought that meant she’d get a girlfriend. One popular theory and ship was Valkyrie with Jane Foster’s Mighty Thor. How perfect would it have been for Jane to come back only to swerve right past Thor and go to be with Valkyrie instead?
Talk about chemistry!!! The MCU truly gave us an all-time great ship when it put Kate Bishop and Yelena Belova in scenes together in the show Hawkeye. Remember that elevator scene?? Remember the mac and cheese??? After Marvel de-aged Kate’s comic book bestie/flirting pal America Chavez, at least they gave us this top tier ship.
Black Widow wasn't a great movie, but it gave us this great performance by Florence Pugh as Natasha's little sister, who just wants some love from her family, even if they were techniacally just spies all along. It was real to her, and fans want Natasha to show her just how real it can get.