The Incredible Nightcrawler
|Appeared in|| X2: X-Men United|
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
|Status|| Deceased (Original Timeline)|
Alive (New Timeline)
|Actor|| Alan Cumming|
- "The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of the death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me."
- ―Kurt Wagner[src]
Kurt Wagner, also known as Nightcrawler, is a mutant who possesses the ability to teleport himself to wherever he wants as long as he knows where he is going.
A trapeze performance at the Szardos Traveling Circus in Canada goes horribly wrong when Amandas Sefton nearly plummets to her death, if not for a hasty rescue by the mutant teleportation ability of her foster brother Kurt Wagner, also known as the Nightcrawler. Nightcrawler receives a few broken ribs, and is chastised by his foster mother, Margali Szardos, for changing the cues in the middle of the performance before the net had been rolled out for the performers. Nightcrawler is not as concerned for his health so much as the heartache he feels over Amanda's relationship with the trapeze artist, Werner.
Nightcrawler visits a church, and Amanda Sefton follows him, without his knowledge. Amanda reveals that she cares for him more than a foster brother, and the two share a kiss. They make the decision to leave the circus, to find a new life together. Meanwhile, back at the circus, Margali interrupts Amanda and Werner making out in Margali's trailer. and Margali asks Amanda where her foster brother is. Amanda tells her mother she has no idea, and recommends she visit a local church.
In the nearby woods, Nightcrawler makes a dash for freedom with what he believes to be Amanda Sefton, unaware that his mind is under the control of one of William Stryker's telepathic prisoner, Mutant 12. Stryker's soldiers apprehend Nightcrawler, and transport him to the Weapon X facility in Alkali Lake. Mutant 12's power wears off, and Kurt finds himself in a cell with William Stryker, an inhibitor collar preventing him from teleporting to safety. Stryker interrogates Nightcrawler, but the mutant refuses to cooperate with him.
As Amanda and Margali worry about Kurt's whereabouts, Stryker's soldiers beat Nightcrawler to a bloody pulp for praying. Amanda and Margali are left no other choice but to leave with the circus, hoping he chose to go his own way, as opposed to the alternatives. Back at Alkali Lake, Nightcrawler attempts to comfort Lady Deathstrike in their cell. Kurt believes her dying following her Adamantium bonding process, and she unleashes her claws for the first time. Stryker's soldiers rush into the cell, and Kurt learns that that the Weapon X Project had her claws grafted with the indestructible metal, before they knocked him unconscious.
Amanda and Sefton argue over the choices that they've made being responsible for Kurt's sudden disappearance, Stryker gives Nightcrawler the opportunity to kill his abusive guards. Kurt declines such savagery, and reiterates that his love of God will see him through. Amanda and Margali come to terms that Nightcrawler may never return, and Kurt reassures a rapidly healing and unconscious Lady Deathstrike that they will escape from their cell. One of Stryker's guards reveals that Amanda's love for him was merely a telepathic illusion to fool the mutant, and that she could never love a freak like him. The information wounds him more than all of Stryker's physical torture.
Stryker then performs a medical procedure on Kurt to control his mind. He forces Nightcrawler to teleport to the location of the soldier responsible for the revelation about Amanda, where Kurt slashes his throat with a Bowie Knife. Nightcrawler returns to Alkali Lake, where Stryker proclaims it time for the mutant to visit the president. Later, Amanda visits a church in Calgary, and asks God to watch over Kurt, no matter where his travels may take him.
Nightcrawler is brainwashed with a fluid from William Stryker's mutant son, Jason, in order to attempt an assassination on the President of the United States. Nightcrawler engages the Secret Service, easily defeating them and nearly killing the President but is stopped when a secret service agent manages to shoot him in the arm snapping him out of his trance.
Later, Storm and Jean Grey are sent to find him and bring him back to the mansion, under Xavier's orders. They find Wagner at an abandoned church. After a brief struggle and examining his wounds, he agrees to return with them. After being contacted by Logan, they arrive at Bobby Drake's house and pick up the children, and he introduces himself. Later the X-Jet is attacked by military F-16s and a hole is made in the jet after a missile struck it and Rogue was sucked out. Nightcrawler then teleported outside and saved her. The jet was saved by Magneto and they settled in the woods for the night. Nightcrawler was the only one of the group who knew where Stryker was due to him previously being one of his experiments.
After arriving at Alkali Lake, Nightcrawler helps Storm save several children escape, however they, along with every mutant, are hit by pain when Professor X uses Cerebro to target all mutants and kill them, however this is only brief as Magneto quickly opened the doors to the room and ended their pain, only to redesign it to target humans and re-lock the doors. Nightcrawler and Storm teleport inside and stop Jason's illusions. When the dam begins to crumble, Nightcrawler teleports Storm and Charles out of the room and they escape to the X-Jet. The jet begins to malfunction and Jean Grey goes outside to save them, she prevents Wagner from teleporting out to get her and appears to have died in the water. Later, Nightcrawler and the X-Men inform the President of what could happen in the future between mutants and humans.
After the scuffle at Alkali Lake, Kurt takes up residence at Xavier's school and becomes the latest inductee to the X-Men team. Upon realizing Stryker stole crucial parts from Cerebro, The X-Men return to Alkali Lake to retrieve them. Given the fact the base had flooded, Kurt was selected as the best candidate to maneuver through the ruins, using his agility, acrobatics, and teleportation. Upon reaching Cerebro, Nightcrawler had to fight Sentinels. When Multiple Man attacked the Brooklyn Bridge, Storm and Nightcrawler come to stop him. Storm is left fighting the clones and Nightcraler finds the real one. He defeats him, sending him to a prison. During this time after Kurt is haunted by visions of Jason Stryker, having left him to die within Dark Cerebro. Originally rationalizing it as his guilt, he realizes it is truly Jason when Storm sees the apparition as well. After a while, Jason reaches out to him asking for help. Though he is indeed deceased, Kurt succeeds in helping Jason's spirit be freed. Later at the mansion, Nightcrawler tells Charles Xavier and Hank McCoy that he is a peaceful man and does not want to fight. He left to Germany to try and reconcile the violent lifestyle but was told that regardless of his choice whether or not to remain on the team, he was allowed to come back, and would always have a home at the school. Nightcrawler thanked the Professor before returning to his native land, taking his leave of absence.
At some point during the Sentinel Wars he was killed and his rosary necklace was put on a mural of mutants that had died.
Kurt was working in a Munich circus until he was captured and taken to a Mutant fight club. He tries to escape but the walls of the cage block his teleporting and he is forced to fight his opponent: Angel. Although initially he tries to dodge and avoid fighting, Angel tells him that if he doesn't fight they will both be shot, Kurt knocks Angel into the walls of the cage severely damaging his left wing. Mystique has found the fight club and shuts off the power to the fences allowing Angel and Nightcrawler to escape, Angel fights his way out but Kurt is taken by Mystique. Mystique takes him to Caliban in order to get a new identity to travel to safety. However, Mystique sees a news broadcast on Magneto and decides to go see Charles Xavier and she takes Kurt with her. At the school Kurt becomes friends with Jubilee who gives him a tour of the mansion, he also meets Scott Summers and Jean Grey. He tells Scott how he is unfamiliar with what a mall is, so Scott decides the four teen mutants should skip school and go out and have fun.
At the mall, Kurt gets to experience normal teen activities, he shops for records, sees "Return of the Jedi" and experiences "brain freeze" from a frozen drink at the food court. Scott then drives the four friends back to the mansion, only to find it has been attacked by Apocalypse and the Horsemen and Professor X has been taken. William Stryker also arrives and kidnaps Mystique, Quicksilver, Moira MacTaggert and Beast. Kurt hides in the rubble of X Mansion with Scott and Jean, who manages to use her telepathy to keep them cloaked from Strykers soldiers. The trio sneaks on the jet with the captured X-Men, to Alkali Lake Stryker's base for experimenting on mutants, to rescue their friends. At Alkali lake the trio is forced to hide from guards and encounter Wolverine locked in a cage, Jean sets him free and he goes on a killing rampage throughout the base.
While teleporting in various locations inside, Kurt eventually finds the captured heroes and Scott uses his powers to blast open their cell. Kurt, Scott, Jean, Mystique, Quicksilver, Beast and Moira don armored suits and board a jet to fly to Cairo to save Professor X. The team is divided with Kurt tasked to retrieve Charles's body from Apocalypse before they transfer consciousness's, but he is attacked by Angel again. Nightcrawler defeats Angel again by teleporting him inside some rubble and retrieves Charles, the X-Men return to the jet and are preparing to escape but the Horsemen attack and Kurt is forced to teleport himself and seven others to safety, straining him and causing him to pass out. When he awakes, his fellow X-Men have defeated Apocalypse once and for all.
The mansion is rebuilt and Kurt stays on as a student permanently, also joining Mystique, Beast, Quicksilver, Cyclops, Jean and a reformed Storm as the new X-Men. Under the watch of Professor X. the team gathers in the Danger Room to train against an army of Sentinels.
Nearly ten years have passed since the X-Men’s defeat of Apocalypse and with their victory over the all powerful mutant has come fame and public acceptance. In 1992 when the crew of space shuttle Endeavor were in danger of being killed by a powerful solar flare the X-Men where sent into space by Xavier to rescue them much to Kurt’s shock and excitement. Making their way near the shuttle Raven asked Kurt if he could teleport inside and get the astronauts out but Kurt claimed that it was moving too fast and that he could not see inside to teleport inside. Cyclops proceed to blasted a whole in the shuttle slowing it down and allowing Kurt to teleport himself and Peter inside. Quicksilver then proceeded to use his super speed to quickly get the astronauts out of their seats and to Kurt who teleported everybody back to the X-Jet.
However one of the crew revealed that their captain was still inside the shuttle. Unwilling to leave anyone behind despite Ravens protest Charles had Kurt take Jean back to the Shuttle so she could hold it together and protect them long enough to get the captain to safety. However as Kurt retrieved the captain the solar flare struck forcing Kurt to teleport himself and the captain back to the X-Jet and leaving Jean behind. As Scott worriedly shouted at Kurt for Jeans whereabouts Kurt could only apologize as the flare struck the shuttle and Jean. Miraculously and unexpectedly Jean survived being hit by the flare and Kurt teleported her back to the X-Jet.
Returning to the X-Mansion Kurt and the team received praise from the students and Xavier. Later at night at a party featuring the mutant singer Dazzler. Jean (having become infused with the power of the cosmic entity known as the Phoenix) suffered a mental breakdown that resulted in her powers knocking several people back and resulting in her becoming unconscious.
When Jean escaped the X-Men pursued her to her home town of Red Hook, New York where it was discovered her once thought deceased father had lived. A fight soon broke out between the X-Men and Jean. Kurt attempted to subdue Jean, grappling with her while teleporting. However Jean managed to restrain him with her powers and proceeded to drop debris on him. When Raven attempted to talk Jean down the latter lost control of her powers and accidentally sent Raven flying into a piece of wood from one of the destroyed houses killing her.
Returning to the X-Mansion a funeral service was held for Raven as Kurt and the others mourned the death of the beloved field leader and idol. When Charles discovered that Hank enraged by Xavier lies and deceit and wanting revenge for Ravens death had teamed up with Erik to kill Jean, Charles having found out through Cerebro ;Jeans location in New York City had Kurt teleport him Scott, and Ororo to their location. There they found Hank and Erik supported by Erik’s Brotherhood of Mutants. A fight broke out in which Kurt struggled to teleport Xavier inside the building Jean was in. Eve tuna lily he succeeded and the two teleported inside only to be confronted by a now almost completely corrupted Jean thanks to the manipulations of the alien D'Bari known as Vuk. Jean managed to easily do away with Kurt and proceeded to nearly kill Xavier until Xavier managed to get her back to her senses. Around this time the Mutant Control Unit arrived and took everyone into custody outfitting them with Mutant Inhibitor Collars.
On the train to a containment facility the train was attacked by Vuk and her D'Bari determined to acquire the power of the Phoenix from Jean and use it to destroy Earth and inhabit it with their people. The X-Men and Brotherhood of Mutants proceeded to unite. During the battle a solider who had mentioned his son was a fan of Nighcrawler was killed by one of the D'Bari. Angered Kurt proceeded to slaughter numerous D'BarI and teleporting the one responsible for the soldiers death in front of the train killing them. Eventually Jean having fully mastered control of the Phoenix awoken and sent the train off the rails but using her powers to protect all of them. She then proceed to kill al the remaking D'Bari including Vuk before leaving into space. Choosing to roam the stars for the time being.
Kurt was present at a meeting with the rest of the X-Men consisting of Cyclops, Beast, Storm, Quicksilver, Professor X, and Beast as Deadpool angrily asked why the studio would not let them use any of the more famous X-Men. Before he could notice them Beast closed the door hiding them.
Kurt is a mutant from Germany, where he performed in the circus. He decorated his blue skin with "angelic symbols" which reflected his faith and devout practice of Catholicism. This form of artistic body modification was self-inflicted brands or scars; "One for every sin".
In the revised timeline, Nightcrawler is now proud of his mutation to the point of announcing to Beast that he is blue in response to Beast's surprise at Mystique not in her blue form. He is still religious and dislikes fighting unless he is forced to do so, in order to defend himself. When sufficiently angered Kurt has shown the ability to be incredibly brutal such as when he killed numerous members of the D’Bari for their role in killing a human security guard.
Powers and Abilities
- Teleportation: Nightcrawler can teleport anywhere; however, he only feels comfortable if he knows where he is going or if he has a visible sight of where he wants to teleport to.
- Prehensile Tail: Nightcrawler can use his tail as an improvise whip; to send his opponents flying across the room. His tail can also be used for more lethal applications as shown when killed numerous D'Bari aliens with just his tail.
- Superhuman Agility: Nightcrawler possesses far more agility then a normal human.
- Surface Adhesion: Nightcrawler is able to cling to solid surfaces, such as walls, via his hands and feet.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Nightcrawler reflexes are enhanced to a point where he can effortlessly dodge automatic fire and decisively teleport before being shot at. His reflexes appear to be equal to Archangel's. When rescueing Professor X, Nightcrawler teleport is shown ,from his perspective, to be travelling through wormhole like shadow. Whilst the time between disappearing and reappearing is almost one second, for Nightcrawler it feels like 6 seconds. This shows that 1 second is roughly 6 seconds long from Nightcrawler's perception.
- Master Hand-To-Hand Combatant: Nightcrawler is extremely skilled in hand-to-hand combat; his fighting skills combined with his powers, makes Nightcrawler a formidable opponent alone in single combat, as seen when he single handily managed to defeat the president's secret service. He was also able to overcome Archangel twice in combat.
- Camouflage: Due to his dark blue skin and dark clothes Nightcrawler can blend into the shadows or the night; making it extremely difficult, if not impossible for his opponents to see him.
- Storm - Friend and teammate.
- Jean Grey - Friend and teammate.
- Cyclops - Teammate.
- Wolverine - Teammate.
- Rogue - Teammate.
- Pyro - Former Teammate.
- Iceman - Teammate.
- Charles Xavier - Ally.
- Jason Stryker- Enemy.
- Charles Xavier - Teacher.
- Scott Summers - Teammate.
- Jean Grey - Teammate.
- Jubilee - Teammate and friend.
- Mystique - Rescuer and teammate.
- Warren Worthington III - Enemy.
- Earth-10005 (4 films)
- Canon (1 comic)
- In X-Men: The Official Game which fills in the gap between X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand, Nightcrawler tells Xavier he does not want to be an X-Man, for their lives are too violent and he is a peaceful man.
- It has not yet been stated who is Nightcrawler's father in the film series. Although he and Mystique had a brief conversation in X2, there was no reference to the fact that she is his mother like she is in the comics. However, the introduction of Azazel in X-Men: First Class, as well as the fact that both join Magneto's Brotherhood Of Mutants at the end of the film, means that a relationship between the two could be explored in a sequel.
- Another popular theory is that John Wraith, who appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is Nightcrawler's father due to his teleporting abilities. This was even confirmed in the movie's tie-in game but the game is non-canon.