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Despite being one of the most popular elements of Bryan Singer's beloved X2, the character Nightcrawler - as portrayed by Alan Cumming - has been missing from all three X-Men movies that have been released since his live-action debut (albeit two of the titles were prequels). It's been said that the reason for his absence in X-Men: The Last Stand is because doing the makeup for the mutant was a very long and arduous process that, in the end, didn't necessarily seem worth it for the story that they wanted to tell. But with X-Men: Days of Future Past quickly getting ready for production and bringing many of the cast members from the original trilogy back together, Cumming has revealed that he would like to be part of the reunion as well.
In an interview with Coming Soon, the Tony Award-winning actor has revealed that while he has not yet gotten a call to appear in the upcoming X-Men: First Class sequel, it would be something that he would enjoy being a part of. ""I haven’t gotten the call," Cumming said, saying that he heard that the character didn't appear in the script for Days of Future Past. "I think they would have called by now," he added. "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."
That said, he does acknowledge that the making of the film would be different than it was the first time around. When X2 came out in 2003 it was still the early days of the comic book movie boom, which made the experience a special one in Cumming's mind. What's more, he actually considers the project to be one of the best he's been involved. Said the star, "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's worth mentioning that in the comics Nightcrawler is said to be the son of Azazel and Mystique, two characters that both appear and are united in X-Men: First Class, played by Jason Flemyng and Jennifer Lawrence. It might be tricky to include the blue teleporter's parentage into the continuity of the series, as Nightcrawler and Mystique actually shared a conversation in X2 and didn't seem to have any kind of familiarity with each other, but it's a fun thing to think about.
But what do you think? Would you like to see Nightcrawler return for X-Men: Days of Future Past?