These are pretty similar so imma combine them together ;D
For starters: Cherik is still my go-to pairing for anything X-Men. It’s the reason I started seriously blarging, and frankly why I got back into *fandom* three some odd years ago.
That being said, there are a few other pairings I like. Heck, if you make the case for any pairing, if you ship that ship, you have my blessing. I might not “get” anything out of it, but my point is that I don’t really have a notp.
But I suppose the second pairing I find the most interesting is the dynamic between Charles and Hank. I liked them very much as science buddies in First Class, I thought their friendship was cute, and even though Hank was smitten by Raven I liked the idea he had a bit of a crush on Charles too. I’ve always been fond of the mentor-mentee relationship, and I’m so happy that we got to see it develop a bit more in the sequel.
It’s obvious Hank cares about Charles a lot, as seen by the fact that he essentially stuck around when Charles was a complete mess, taking care of the house and a very distraught Xavier. It’s a bit of a role-reversal. James mentioned in an interview that Hank was essentially enabling Charles’ addiction, adding to the notion that Hank loved him too much to see him hurting like this. He’s very protective of Charles as well, attacking Logan in the beginning, gently carrying him around when Charles can’t walk anymore, etc. I think Hank is very much an unsung hero.
That makes it all the more interesting, to me, to think that Hank knows that Charles cares about him deeply, but would never fall “in love” with Hank. Either it would be improper, or because Charles’ heart belongs to Erik, no matter how much he hates him.