‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’: Will Nightcrawler Make an Appearance?

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Alan Cumming’s uncomfortable makeup as Kurt ‘Nightcrawler’ Wagner in director Bryan Singer’s X2 contributed to him passing on X-Men: The Last Stand (which turned out to be a smart move), but there’s reason to wonder if the actor will go blue again for Singer’s return to directing the franchise on X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The X-Men trilogy cast members Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore and Ellen Page are confirmed to team with the stars of X-Men: First Class (except for maybe January Jones as Emma Frost). At this point, there are so many characters lining up, adding one more to mix seems okay (especially if it’s a fan-favorite like Cumming as the religious Nightcrawler)… right?

Well, actually, Singer refused to rule the idea out during an interview with The Huffington Post, saying he’s currently “toying” with elements from the script put together by First Class director Matthew Vaughn and screenwriter Jane Goldman, as well as X-Men: The Last Stand and Sherlock Holmes co-writer Simon Kinberg – and the director insisted “I haven’t decided yet, a few things.”

Days of Future Past is based on the popular storyline written by Chris Claremont – whose additional X-Men comic book output loosely inspired X2 and this summer’s The Wolverine - has a story that includes time-travel, mutant-hunting Sentinels, alternate realities and much more. It’s an ambitious project, one which requires even more complex mutant-based effects, grand-scale action and vaster character ensemble than previous installments; not to mention, if things work out, Singer’s film could address those continuity issues that X-Men fanatics have trouble letting go (for a complete rundown go HERE).

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Cumming’s in the same boat as Halle Berry (Storm) and Famke Janssen (Jean Grey/Phoenix) right now, as far as his potential involvement in Days of Future Past goes. During an interview with Coming Soon last December, the actor reminisced about how different the superhero movie landscape was back when X2 hit theaters – and, more important to our purposes here, confirmed that he’s open to coming back as Nightcrawler, should Singer decide to bring him back into the fold:

“I haven’t gotten the call. Someone told me that Nightcrawler doesn’t appear in the story but I don’t know, I think they would have called by now,” he told us before continuing, “It was funny that film because I really like it and everyone really responded to Nightcrawler and enough time has elapsed that I would like to go back to it. Although then when I did that film it was sort of the start of this spate of superhero and comic books made into films so it felt a little more special then it does now. X2 was a really great film, not just as a comic book film. I think it’s one of the films I’d been in that I think of as really good.”

It ought be mentioned: Nightcrawler’s not an integral part of the original Days of Future Past storyline (unlike Wolverine and Kitty Pride), so there’s no incentive to bring him back in that regard. Similarly, this installment’s already up against it to avoid reducing too many mutants to paper-thin versions of their past movie and/or comic book iterations (see: what happened in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine), so it doesn’t really need any extra challenges.

Nonetheless, it could be fun to see Nightcrawler back again – especially in a scene about the connection between him and fellow teleporter Azazel (Jason Flemyng). What do you think?

The Wolverine hits theaters July 26, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18th, 2014.

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Source: The Huffington PostComing Soon

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  1. Love night crawler!!

  2. I would love to see Alan Cumming back as Nightcrawler. He’s my favorite X-Men character.

    Isn’t Nightcrawler supposed to be the son of Azazel and Mystique? That adds extra complications to the timeline if Singer decides to include Nightcrawler’s parentage in the mix……. Hmm …… Maybe it would be better to forget that little bit of comic book trivia for the sake of simplicity.

    • I was wondering that as well… It could not only be the past, but also an alternate universe as well (AoA and Ultimate, for example)?

  3. My favorite character!

  4. I already assume Days of Future Past is going to be a relatively high quality affair considering its pedigree so I’m not too worried about what characters might or might not appear. I’m a big fan of Nightcrawler but if he’s absent I won’t be losing any sleep. Just so they continue to evolve a good story I’m down with whatever they end up doing.

  5. isn’t there more heroes than villains for this film already? Mutant wise,not counting the sentinels & those making them. Is Bill Duke gonna be asked to come back to play Trask who created the Sentinels? I wonder if the character gets mentioned aswell as Mastermold perhaps? I like Nightcrawler version with a sense of humor. But i think i always liked Beast just alittle bit more.

  6. Since it’s set in the 70′s, i would love to see dazzler. And maybe at the end of this movie reveal mr.sinister to set up an age of apocalypse movie :D

  7. Bullsh*t
    I read an article just after X2 came out and Alan Cumming said he did not have a pleasant time on set. He als hated the extensive makeup sessions he had to endure. Supposedly, he also had a falling out with Singer

    Now he’s waiting for a Call

    I say BULLSH*T

    • Ahem

      I’m sure he prob did have an unpleasant time due to the makeup sessions but he also has bills to pay :-D

    • Yes it it kind of BS. The guy turns down being in XM3 because he didn’t want to do the make-up again and then is wondering why he hasn’t been contacted about reprising a role he ALREADY turned down once before? Imagine that.

      It’s called burning your bridge.

  8. I just want an X-Men movie that would provoke Chris Claremont and John Byrne to give one another a dap at the world premiere.

    Days of Future Past was every bit as monumental to old school Marvel fans as Watchmen as to the DC crowd.

    • I’m there with you. That story blew my mind at a young age. I was disappointed at later expansions of it though. I can’t compare it to Watchmen (comic) though.

    • A kindred soul! Days of Future Past and the Phoenix saga were epic and monumental. Singer should call them to come in as consultants :)

  9. This movie will probably end up rebooting the x-film series, what i don’t get is how they’ll explain the alternate universe thingy, the one in marvel comics is confusing enough. lol i would be sweet if an x-men get’s sent accidentally to the marvel zombies universe xd

  10. God no please no nightcrawler. Let me first explain he is my favorite xmen and they treat him like he is a piece of crap. Go back and watch x2 again and count how many times they diss him. Its a wonder anybody wants bryan singer back with how he treats a fan favorite like nightcrawler. Please god let this movie bomb so someone else can take over the xmen franchise. So much wasted talent. How hard would it be to have the xmen universe just focus on apocolypse as the villan? These fools at fox need to give it back to marvel.

    • Calm down and stop acting like a fanboy. It’s a comic book FILM, and I thought Nightcrawler was utilized in X2 more than most of the characters. He had an intriguing back-story and even some character development (who cares if he was insulted by people, he was insulted all the time in the comics for his appearance by the characters if you actually cared to pay attention. Bryan Singer is trying to make his adaptations relevant as 2 hour long films (not 100 dozen issued comic book series).

      • Well said William Fraser! Acien210 doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about. Nightcrawler was great in X2, and I would love to see him come back :)

        • He was awesome……for the first five minuites. Then they totally wasted him.

    • I know the comic book community is divided as to wether fox”s X films are any good, but when it comes to mainstream audiences and X films with involvement from Singer, they are generally well recieved, both critically and financially. Myself, I love Singers work on his X films, and this is the CBM im most looking forward to in 2014. As for saying lets hope this movie bombs so marvel can get the rights back, I remember hearing something similar a few years back before First Class was released. Remember how that turned out?

  11. I really hope so, Nightcrawler is my favourite X-Men!

  12. Nightcrawler was ok in X2, he really didn’t do anything special, he had one good scene. Please don’t bring him back.

    • I’m with you. I thought Cumming acted the part poorly. You can bring back the character, just not Cumming, at least not the Cumming we saw in X2.

      • I think he meant it more like he was not used enough.

  13. His make up was awesome and he stole the show with the White House scene, but I found him kind of dull overall in X2.

    If he is to return I would hope the Sentinel run dystopia has completely changed him and he is more like his Age of Apocalypse counterpart

    • Like!

  14. Maybe he’ll show up in the next Wolverine movie. During the 80′s he was often used as the calm to Logan’s storm. They had a pretty tight bond for a while.

    • Wow cool now that I know that that could really work :)

  15. Wow. Who isn’t in this movie?

    • Thunderbird.

  16. Nightcrawler is a cool x-men character, but I feel like adding more characters would overburden the movie. Include him as a cameo. Maybe at some point the main characters are viewing alternate timelines/realities and we could see him again. I think a specific storyline for him would be a bit much though.

  17. I vote yes all the way I always loved night crawler I was disappointed that he wasn’t in The Last Stand like I was in many ways, but I’m hoping he comes back I like him a lot and I loved X2 a lot to I also loved the actor who played him to

  18. Nightcrawler is one of my favorite X-Men characters, I would love to see the character back in another movie, whether it’s this or a later one.

  19. Any word on wether Kelsey Grammer returning to play Beast. He did an excellent portrayal of the mature version. Would suck if he is left out as he is one of the original members.

    • Agreed

  20. I think he can sit this one out as he’s not needed for this one, but there will be more x men movies to one for which m glad to hear he’s interested. I think after they get this continuity straight they should focus on assembling the 80s team for the next few x movies, which nightcrawler s defiantly apart of. Any word on Kelsey grammar?

  21. Nightcrawler would be OK, but I WANT CYCLOPS!!! Lots and lots of Cyclops!

    • wat about gambit??

  22. Singer toying with the script from vaughn and co around ?
    God help us !!!!!

  23. please no nightcrawler….. i love first class but putting nightcrawler in the mix will be troublesome oi. havok has already put a question mark over my head hahah(seriously why?) but thats all hollywood….but i always ask myself why cant hollywood get it right? why cant they listen to (the nation) and make a movie thats flawless? ever since 7th grade (2003) ive been hyped for black panther but instead they give us a excuse saying “its hard to recreate wakanda) ok how about luke cage? but instead they pull out guardians of something like seriously? but back to my main point no nightcrawler ill consider someone other than NC..btw kill off the angel girl with the butterfly wings…WASTE

  24. God yes kill off the angel girl what a waste indeed I thought first class was super lame, ” you be professor x and you’ll be havok you be magneto and ill be mystique” who wrote that s****?

  25. Why not include Gambit in this film?

  26. I really liked nightcrawler, although his best part was in the whitehouse.If they bring him back they should tell about his past more,like rogue dreamed about in X-men Evolution.Or they could just bring him back and kill him off like in the comic book.It’d be much more exciting with an epic fight scene.

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