The recent news that director Tim Miller is developing a movie about Kitty Pryde is only the latest surprising and bold move from 20th Century Fox in regards to their X-Men franchise. Though X-Men is one of the properties Fox sold to Disney with the expectation that the mutants will eventually be folded into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the studio still has several X-Men films either set to premiere (Deadpool 2), in production (X-Men: Dark Phoenix, The New Mutants), or in active development (Gambit, X-Force). Kitty Pryde joins that line up with huge potential to be a significant player in the X-franchise.
Though Kitty Pryde hitting the big screen is years away at best, the character herself in a unique position to be a bridge across the entire X-Men movie franchise. Most fans of the movies may only know Kitty, as portrayed by Ellen Page, as a relatively minor player within the X-Men. With her mutant power of ‘phasing’ (i.e. becoming intangible), Pryde’s biggest movie moments were an infamous confrontation with the Juggernaut in X-Men: The Last Stand, and later using her newfound time travel powers to allow Wolverine to journey to 1973 in X-Men: Days of Future Past. However, the young mutant sprite also has significant ties to the other big X-Men franchises thanks to Deadpool.
The Kitty of the movies has romantic ties to Iceman, but the Pryde of the X-Men comics’ most famous love affair is with the Russian mutant powerhouse, Colossus. By giving him a spotlight role in his madcap mega-hit, Deadpool launched Colossus, who was himself underutilized in the main X-Men films, to a newfound prominence.
If Kitty Pryde were to explore her classic relationship with Piotr Rasputin – they are seen teaching a class together at Charles Xavier’s School in the ‘happy ending’ of DOFP, so this was already teased as a possible future direction – it opens up Kitty’s ability to effectively tie the X-Men franchise together.
Kitty and Colossus (This Page)
KITTY AND COLOSSUS
In the comics, Kitty’s romance with Piotr had controversial elements because she was very young when it began. Also known as Shadowcat, Kitty Pryde was only 14 when she originally matriculated at the Xavier School and joined the X-Men. Colossus was several years older than Kitty, but as their relationship grew more serious, she made it clear she wanted to have sex with him. Since Kitty was still underage, this relationship became an issue for the editors at Marvel, who took steps to put an end to it. Colossus was given a new love interest in the original Secret Wars event, while Pryde met someone more age-appropriate, Douglas Ramsey of the New Mutants.
After many years of living separate lives and finding different partners, Colossus and his ‘Katya’ were reunited by Joss Whedon in the pages of Astonishing X-Men in 2004. Whedon was a fan of their original romance and reignited Kitty and Piotr’s spark, even bringing Colossus back from the dead to make it happen. Of course, there was no happily ever after for the two star-crossed mutants; they were separated once more when Kitty was presumably lost in space trying to save the Earth. In the years since, Kitty became briefly engaged to a different ‘Peter’, Peter Quill, in the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy. She even assumed the mantle of Star-Lord for a time. Colossus, meanwhile, had a tryst with Domino of X-Force.
However, the mutant lovers have not only been reunited in the pages of X-Men Gold, Kitty and Colossus are now engaged. If they do get married, not only will it finally take their romance to the next level, the comics can serve as a template for Kitty and Piotr in future X-Men movies.
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