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Ranking the 7 best duos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Jul 2, 2018

On July 6, Marvel Studios will release its 20th feature film, Ant-Man and the Wasp. In the first post-Infinity War outing for the massive multiverse, Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will team up as the tiny (or giant) heroes to take on a new villain, Hannah John Kamen's Ghost.

This second Ant-Man solo outing isn't the first time the MCU has featured two characters with a strong bond. Whether it's childhood friends, siblings, or a trigger-happy raccoon and a sentient tree, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had its fair share of awesome duos.

In honor of Ant-Man and the Wasp, SYFY WIRE has ranked the Top 7.

T’Challa and Shuri

As adults, most siblings come together and go to the parents' house for Christmas. In the case of T'Challa and Shuri, they come together and run an entire kingdom. T’Challa's Black Panther wouldn't be what it is today without the help of his tech genius sister. From creating his suit to driving his car from thousands of miles away, Shuri is the perfect partner for her brother. Of course, they have the obligatory brother/sister banter, but their love for each other is so strong that Wakanda's future is in good hands (assuming everything works out after Avengers 4).

Doctor Strange and Wong

As Stephen Strange trained to become a Master of the Mystic Arts, he learned a lot about himself, the person he was, and the person he should be. However, his arrogance just transferred from medicine to magic. That where Wong comes in. He is the perfect foil to help take Stephen down a peg or two. What started as a relationship based on irritation and annoyance grew into mutual respect, where now the two are partners in protecting the world from magical threats. Do they still annoy each other? Of course, but now it's out of friendship.

Tony and Rhodey

The first duo of the MCU, Tony and Rhodey are inseparable (minus the whole "kidnapped by terrorists" thing). It's not often that there is a genius billionaire that can create his own super suits of armor around. Being the billionaire's best friend who gets entrusted with one of those suits happens even less often. Like Wong to Doctor Strange, Rhodey helps keep Tony grounded; he's not only not afraid to tell Tony when he's wrong but is just as unafraid to stand with Tony. And who else gets to call a founding Avenger "Tony Stank"?

Peter and Ned

Your high school friends are going to be some of the best friends you'll ever have, and the case for that isn't any stronger than Peter and Ned. After accidentally discovering Peter's secret identity as Spider-Man, Ned gets fully on board with his best friend, from asking him weird questions about his powers to eventually being the "guy in the chair." If you can't trust the guy who you build LEGOs with to keep your greatest secret, who CAN you trust?

Steve and Bucky

"I'm with you 'til the end of the line."

Truer words have never been spoken when it comes to the relationship between Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. Through no fault of their own, this friendship is over a century long, and even with what one could call some "setbacks," it has never been stronger. Steve knew that the real Bucky was there within the Winter Soldier, and not once did he give up on his friend. His belief in Bucky was so strong that it eventually cost him his place in the Avengers, his shield, and his friendship with Tony Stark. The look of sheer terror on Steve's face when Bucky 'died' for the second time in Infinity War shows how strong their bond is.

Rocket and Groot

Have you ever wanted a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but only had peanut butter in the cupboard? Sure, you enjoy the sandwich, but it's just not the same. That's what it's like seeing Rocket and Groot on the big screen. Yes, they are funny and cute at times on their own, but when they're together is when the magic happens. This relationship is special because it transitioned from a brotherly relationship (akin to Supernatural's Winchester Brothers) to a father/son relationship. That's what made the ending of Infinity War that much more heartbreaking.

Thor and Loki

The Asgardian brothers have had each other's backs, or been at each other's throats, depending on what day of the week it is. That's why they're the MCU's number-one duo. Their bond is so strong, yet so different. It's obvious they love each other, but most of the time ego gets in the way. Loki's thirst for power has driven him to almost kill Thor on multiple occasions, yet Thor not only continuously forgives him but also goes to Loki when he's in need of help. From Thor finally getting the better of Loki and his hologram trick to Loki sacrificing himself to Thanos to save his brother, the sons of Odin are the most complex yet greatest twosome in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.