Many bizarre romantic trysts have happened in comics, and one that’s hardly ever mentioned is the time ‘X-Men’ antagonist ‘Magneto’ decided to hook up with founding ‘Avenger’ the ‘Wasp’. While the pairing has mostly been forgotten, the story it comes from isn’t obscure. It takes place in the third and fourth issues of one of Marvel’s first major crossover events, ‘Marvel Superheroes Secret Wars’ (1985), by Jim Shooter, Mike Zeck, and Bob Layton.
The classic saga features many Marvel heroes and villains being abducted and forced to fight each other by an ancient otherworldly being called the Beyonder. It was basically a commercial for Mattel’s upcoming Marvel toyline, but it had a major impact on Marvel and its fictional universe. One early surprise in the plot is that ‘Magneto’, when abducted, is placed among the heroes, not the villains. When everyone is surprised by this, he defends himself and says that unlike the other criminals, his motives are righteous, making him (in his mind) a good guy. While others try to make use of Magneto as an ally-of-convenience, the ‘Wasp’ (the leader of the ‘Avengers’) objects, seeming furious at him for his crimes.
After some shenanigans and battles between the heroes and villains, the ‘Avenger’ and ‘Magneto’ have a proper fight, ending with ‘Magneto’ trapping the shrunken-down ‘Wasp’ in a big ball of metal. He takes her to a fortress on the Beyonder’s Battleworld as his prisoner. However, once he releases her, his demeanor changes and he immediately starts flirting with her. Janet van Dyne resists his charms, but not for very long, because in the next scene in which they appear, he successfully woos her into making out with him.