No Azazel or Nightcrawler in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’?

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 24th, 2014 at 12:38 pm,

Alam Cumming Nightcrawler X Men close up No Azazel or Nightcrawler in X Men: Days of Future Past?

One of the most interesting and arguably most underutilized elements of the original X-Men trilogy were its blue mutant characters. From the shapeshifting and eye-catching Mystique to the fan-favorite teleporter Nightcrawler and the lovable and intelligent Beast. Alan Cumming put on a German accent, lots of makeup and hand-drawn tattoos, along with prosthetics (including a tail), to play Kurt Wagner AKA Nightcrawler in X-Men 2 but wasn’t brought back for Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand.

With Singer returning to the director’s chair for X-Men: Days of Future Past and making it a mission to see the return of practically everyone from the X-Men trilogy in addition to the core cast of First Class, moviegoers understandably wish to see Nightcrawler back, and actor James McAvoy gave fans a reason to be hopeful.

In an interview with Heat Radio, McAvoy namedropped many of the actors returning for the next X-Men team-up film, including Alan Cumming, seemingly intentionally:

“It’s huge, the cast is huge. You got me, [Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender,] Nicholas Hoult will be back and he’s just blossoming massively over [in america]. Patrick Stewart, Ian Mckellen, Halle Berry, Alan Cumming, Peter Dinklage I hear mentioned – I don’t know if that’s happening – “Huge” Jackman is coming by. He is huge. He’s massive, 7’5″ and muscle-ly.”

A month ago, Cumming hadn’t heard from Singer or Twentieth Century Fox, but since that time, Halle Berry agreed to return and franchise newcomers Peter Dinklage and Omar Sy were added, so it was very much believable that the son of Azazel – a character from X-Men: First Class we’d like to see back – would at least make an appearance.

Azazel X Men Jason Flemyng No Azazel or Nightcrawler in X Men: Days of Future Past?

Alan Cumming himself however, potentially shattered these hopes last week while guesting on Sirius XM’s Dirty Pop, where he responded to a caller question on Nightcrawler by admitting  that he’s not only scheduled for other work when Days of Future Past begins shooting next month in Montreal, but that he’s yet to have been contacted.

 “No, they haven’t [asked me to return]. Someone asked me that the other day and I said no. I know the one that’s coming up shoots this Spring, but I wouldn’t be available anyway. I don’t think they have. I was gonna meet my manager for dinner later, I was gonna ask him, but no, I’m sure they would’ve told me, had they approached.”

If the character of Azazel, the red teleporting combatant  from X-Men: First Class were returning for Days of Future Past, Singer would be expected to bring back Nightcrawler as well to connect and complete their story arc, but it doesn’t seem to be in the cards. Jason Flemyng told Independent.ie last week that he didn’t think he was returning:

“I don’t think I will be back. Initially I was gutted, but then, I remembered I had to get up at two in the morning, I had to be painted red and be slightly out of focus and posed a lot, and that was sort of it. Now I don’t have to do that.”

Will the demon-looking mutants ever had their story explored on the big screen or is it too late for the Mystique-Azazel relationship and Nightcrawler origin tale? They may very well be the first major letdown when it comes to returning X-Men characters. Should Singer make an effort to bring back these teleporting mutants? What about James Marsden’s Cyclops and Famke Janssen’s Jean Grey?

Bryan Singer will direct X-Men: Days of Future Past with newcomers Peter Dinklage and Omar Sy along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry.

The Wolverine releases July 26, 2013, X-Men: Days of Future Past on July 18, 2014 and Fantastic Four on March 6, 2015.

Follow me on Twitter @rob_keyes and let me know if you want to see Azazel/Nightcrawler return!

Source: Heat Radio (via XMF), “Dirty Pop” with Lance Bass, Independent.ie

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  1. You would think with the red hot exploding popularity that ACADEMY AWARD WINNER Jennifer Lawrence has now, that 20TH CENTURY FOX would try and develop that storyline a little more…

    Just more proof they aren’t worthy of dealing with MARVEL/DISNEY

    • Mystique has never been a main character in the films. She isn’t really meant to be either. Plus Lawrence didn’t turn any heads with her performance First Class.

      Giving her more screen time just because shes famous is unnecessary.

      • My thoughts exactly.

      • Nobody really knew who she was back then, now they DO and they are going to be LOOKING for her to have an expanded role, and any film producer “worth their salt” will see more Lawrence = more audience = more money.

        Wolverine isn’t the main character on X-Men either, by the way… but try telling that to Hugh Jackman.

        • False, lawrence was the weakest link in first class imo. She has winters bone and silver lining playbook. Everything else imo was sub par work

          • The Beaver?

      • Mystique is Rouge’s mother.

        • Just to clarify, she’s Rogues adoptive mother.

    • That’s kind of ironic since that is what they claimed they did with Halle Berry and Storm, and people still complain about it.

      As long as they don’t bring January Jones back as Emma Frost, she was about as animated as a mannequin.

  2. I feel like the film has a gaping hole in the form of the lack of two of the major characters from the first class side lacking their “future” counterparts. As such I really want to see Rebecca Romijn and Kelsey Grammer return.

  3. awww that stinks no night crawler =( hope to see him in future x men movies

    • I heard he died in the movie tie in video game

      • No, he quit the team because of all the fighting.

  4. My favorite part from previous film was the bantering between Xavier and Magneto. I think Singer is making this to big of scale, I dont have high hopes for this film with him directing.

  5. Nicolas Cage could be an almost perfect Nightcrawler.. he has the looks

    • …No.

    • So, you have never actually seen Cage act in the last 10 years? Or what he did to Ghost Rider last year, easily one of the worst comic adaptions EVER.

      We may have to dole out discipline to any poster mentioning Cage in conjunction with any comic character.

      • “easily one of the worst comic adaptions EVER”

        umm Halle Berry as Cat Woman falls in that category and they brought her back. (shiver)
        I have no faith in DOFP and will probably Cpt. Jack Sparrow it.

        • @Comment, Halle Berry was wrong for Catwoman but PERFECT for “VIXEN”. DC could have gone in that direction and I think that it would have worked a WHOLE lot better.

  6. That sucks Nightcrawler was one of my fave parts of X2. They translated his character very well imo. That scene where he invades the white house is so epic.

  7. What a shame. Nightcrawler was the best thing in X2!
    ’nuff said.

  8. Sad that X-Men movies still aren’t focusing on the core group, which Nightcrawler is a big part of. No Cyclops, No Jean Grey either. Not a good move. Pulling one of the best storylines from the core comic and not actually using the characters that made the tale what is was is another reason FOX isn’t keeping pace with Marvel/Disney.

    • I am halfway between
      “They already have too many characters, this isn’t gonna work.”

      and…

      totally agreeing with you. They need the RIGHT characters.

  9. To all the Bryon Singer fans out there, and he has done great work, please forgive this next statement…..

    I would feel much better if Matthew Vaughn was directing this. “X-Men: First Class” defied all expectations from poor first looks and was easily the best of the attempts by Fox to develop their comic properties. I did not like the dialog or pacing of the first 2 X-Men films under Singer, which I felt under utilized so many of it’s characters. Now, we are throwing time travel and more characters into the mix. I know Singer is the bigger name, but it was Matthew Vaughn and his vision which restored this franchise.

    • Honestly,I think that with all that we see going on in this production right now,I’m will to bet that this is the reason why Vaughn left.

      I have a feeling that after all of the work he put into FC to try and make it his own,FOX probably looked at the whole thing as a way to tie in the other movies,and Vaughn probably was thinking that it was a total reboot that he could shape and mold into his own.

      This whole production is doomed to repeat the exact same mistake that Singer’s other X-Men movies made.

      Fox really screwed the pooch on this one by now letting Vaughn just run with it.

      • Singer is a terrible director. He knows how to churn our 200m dollar movies though. Even his latest movie is poised to earn that much. While you can’t argue with consistency, it’s that kind of production that is going to prevent studios from betting against him and taking more chances with directors like Vaughn.
        Singer just isn’t well-versed in the superhero world. He’s making his own statement with the movies and not trying to tell the story from the source materials a la Peter Jackson, a la Joss Whedon. While that approach is great in original stories, these movies based on characters and stories that are at the heart of so many need to be treated with deference.

        • Box Office wise Singer is in a downward trajectory. The first two X-Men movies were his best cost vs. profit films. And while Superman Returns was not a total loss it only made 100 million over it’s production cost, which clearly is not what Warner had in mind. Jack the Giant Slayer is not even on course to break even at this point, and ironically even though Warner had a hand in distribution they used his X-Men fame to try and advertise the film (maybe they didn’t want to put the Superman name out there since they have a new version coming out.)

          I do agree with you that Singer just does not seem to have the skill set to handle films that are heavy on action and special effects. And I have not seen Jack the Giant Slayer, but looking at the response to that and how bad that Munsters pilot came off I really don’t know how he is going to pull something as ambitious as this sounds off.

    • Exactly! this is what i have been saying foever! i was super excited for this movie until singer joined. now the only reason i will watch is to see McAvoy, Fassbender, and whoever the heck it is who plays havok. also ellen page…

  10. Well crap. I love Nightcrawler and wanted to see more Azazel. But this definitely isn’t the first big let down of the series. X3 was a let down of almost every character. Same with Wolverine Origins, they killed every new major character except for that awful Taylor Kitsch Gambit.

  11. Meh……it’s ok that he’s not in it. This cast is already scary big. Big cast, a lot of characters, how long is this movie going to be? I have a funny/bad feeling about this movie.

  12. Bummer i always liked Nightcrawler. Ah well i’m sure this movie will be good anyway

  13. Bring back Kelsey Grammer, that’s all I’m hoping for at this point.

  14. Watchman’s intro>>>>>X2 intro

    That sucks, I really wanted Azazel to be in the next installment. I hate when actors complain about makeup, dude you’re getting paid.

  15. Gambit. That’s all I care about. Aslong as he’s in the movie and they get a good actor with a French or Cajun accent and he has a flirting relationship with rogue that’s all I care about. And also the banter between him and wolverine.

    • But they already screwed that relationship up because she’s messing around with Bobby Drake.

      Proof again in a long list of things that Singer doesn’t have the slightest clue about what’s going on with these characters.

      • I agree. Singer totally messed it up. They great movies but they were not x men Movies. Hopefully marvel/Disney spends some billions and buy x men from fox.

        That way we will get an x men movie in the same realm as the avengers but better.

        Proper costumes, cyclops the leader not wolverine. Gambit in the team. Rogue sexy and southern. Storm being African. Etc etc. how bout colossus being from Russia?

  16. just show a baby nightcrawler being born at the end and im all good

  17. GUYS. Long as Bryan doesn’t tweet about a new casting. Don’t believe it. He says Twitter is going to be the official venue of news about DOFP. So until he tweets about Nightcrawler (I hope he does soon) this will remain as rumors.

  18. I’m amongst the Nightcrawler fans that would like to see more of him, but I admit, I didn’t like the broken cringing sort of vibe X-2 Nightcrawler gave off. I was hopeful that with Mystique getting an arc in First Class and Azazel being there too they might try ‘fixing’ Nightcrawler’s characterization by dealing with that in future movies, but if it’s not swashbuckler fuzzy elf Nightcrawler I’m fine without. Alternatively, if they were considering an arc like that, they might simply want to save it for a future movie. They clearly have a lot on their plate with DoFP already, and if they were going to do a story like that, might as well give it room and not marginalize it.

  19. Why would Nightcrawler still be related to Azazel or Mystique if they have altered so many other relationships/origins in this series? As for Mystique not having enough of a role, the character has been in almost all of the movies and in First Class they wrote her in as Xavier’s adopted sister for whatever reason so she has had enough of a role.

  20. It would be awesome if they were to bring back Azazel and Nightcrawler, but I suppose I won’t miss them too much due to the involvement of almost complete return of the original and new cast. Although who I would love to see come back is Kelsey Grammar as Hank McCoy/Beast. If there was anything I liked and appreciated about X-Men: The Last Stand, it was him. I thought Grammar was great as the much older and wise Dr. McCoy, and I would love to see him return.

  21. They’ll be that many in the cast soon, the screen wont be able to hold them all and they’ll be popping out of the screen willy-nilly.

  22. I really hope they find a way to bring NightCrawler back! He’s always been my favorite character since the comics and has remained so.

  23. Nightcrawler is my all time favorite comic book character. Personally I don’t feel like Nightcrawler in X2 was a good adaptation. The opening scene with him in the white house was extremely good and captured what Nightcrawler could do excellently, but after that point they turned him into a pansy. Though a devout catholic and kind man, Nightcrawler did not shy away from a fight in the defense of others. To me X2 did a poor job with Nightcrawler by present fans with a chubby and pansy version of an incredibly awesome character.

  24. I for one would love to see at least Nightcrawler back but in a new franchise – Excalibur with Psychlok and Captain Britain, course they would find some way to get Wolverine in there. We also need an Alpha Flight movie.

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