How X-Men Blue: Origins’ retcons change Nightcrawler and Mystique’s relationship
X-Men Blue: Origins turns the long-tortured relationship between Nightcrawler and his mother Mystique on its head, dramatically retconning decades of X-Men stories.
The Krakoa era of the X-Men is imploding in grand fashion, but some harsh truths are coming to light. X-Men Blue: Origins is bringing the harshest of those, examining the origins of Nightcrawler.
Nightcrawler has been on the run from Orchis in the months since the Hellfire Gala massacre. But he’s also had to contend with his mother, Mystique, who has been wandering New York in a furious rage, seemingly unaware of her actions.
The payoff to that happens in today’s landmark issue, which challenges everything fans have long known about the X-Men’s blue elf and his terrifying mother.
Warning, spoilers for X-Men Blue: Origins to follow
X-Men Blue: Origins establishes Nightcrawler as the son of two women
Many fans had successfully figured out that X-Men Blue: Origins was going to retcon Nightcrawler’s origin. Still, that doesn’t make it any less shocking
In Origins, we revisit some old lore. Mystique was posing as the wife of German nobleman Baron Christian Wagner. However, it’s revealed that she finagled her wife, Destiny, a role on Wagner’s staff so they could secretly be together.
When Destiny implores Mystique to start a family together, Mystique uses her mutant power to shapeshift, rewriting her DNA to be male. Nightcrawler is the progeny of that relationship, though Destiny’s actual reasons for wanting a family would be much darker.
Nightcrawler’s parents were originally Mystique and Azazel
This retcon undoes a pretty significant piece of X-Men lore. The history of Nightcrawler’s parentage was a long-known and somewhat underwhelming bit of storytelling.
In the original storyline, Nightcrawler is the result of Mystique’s affair with Azazel, a seemingly immortal mutant. Given Azazel’s demonic appearance and teleportation powers, he just made sense as Nightcrawler’s dad.
Though the new origin removes Azazel from the familial picture, he’s still factored into the story. A vision of Azazel conquering the world is what inspires Destiny to start a family with Mystique.
X-Men Blue: Origins reveals Mystique never really abandoned Nightcrawler
Seeing a vision of Azazel conquering Earth and killing the X-Men, Destiny manipulates Mystique into starting a family. Destiny has a vision that Azazel can be thwarted if he believes he has a child who can stop him.
Perhaps darker than that, though, is how far Destiny’s vision took her. She foresaw that Nightcrawler would need to suffer in his life in order to oppose Azazel, and intentionally left him to be captured.
The reveal pushes things further, with Mystique eventually learning that Nightcrawler’s disappearance was foreseen by Destiny. With no recourse, Mystique and Destiny ask Xavier to erase their memories, explaining the much more cynical, aggressive Mystique we see in stories who willingly abandoned her child.
Mystique and Destiny are Marvel’s ultimate ride-or-die couple
X-Men Blue: Origins does reaffirm one thing fans have been in love with: the seemingly unbreakable relationship between Mystique and Destiny that has survived decades of turmoil.
That may not be the case for much longer, though. While it seems inevitable the two will reconcile, the newly revealed truth about Destiny manipulating Mystique and Nightcrawler is sure to put a strain on that reunion.
That’s also not to say what Nightcrawler’s future could be, as the Uncanny Spider-Man was recently captured by Silver Sable in a story set after this issue.
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