Hey Kitty, Kitty!
There is just something about the whole X-Men movie franchise that really can’t nail how to do a proper Kitty Pryde adaptation. Then again, maybe it’s just me. Regardless, I do think that Kitty has been really underused in the films produced by 20th Century Fox in spite of appearing in about a couple of them (I know she made cameos in the first two films, you damn nerds, but that doesn’t even count. Come on, a cameo?!). And don’t get me wrong: I think Ellen Page was suitable enough, and more than talented enough, to play the Xavier Institute’s resident phasing heroine, but it’s more a matter of the studio not giving her enough screen time or story arcs in the movies that came along. Yes, I understand she’s not one of the original members of Xavier’s child mutant soldiers. Still, her long history in the comic books is enough to prove that she can be considered a core part of the team. You know what? Not just the team, really. She’s as much a part of the X-Men franchise as a character like Cyclops, for example. And she is definitely more interesting (to me, at least) than Jubilee. Having said that, let’s take a look at just how storied Kitty Pryde’s tenure in the Marvel universe has been after more than 30 years of existence now.
You see, Kitty Pryde was created for greatness: she was the brainchild of one of the X-Men franchise’s greatest creative teams, namely Chris Claremont and old Uncle John Byrne. Furthermore, she was created during the era when the X-Men were right on top of Marvel’s publishing line, mainly thanks to the aforementioned creators. As such, Kitty was immediately received with great aplomb by fans. The thing is that she was one of the characters that gave new life to the already popular X-Men title back then by being one of the younger members of the cast. In doing so, Marvel was able to give fans a sense of continuity to the mutant corner of their universe by having a character that would potentially one day carry the torch for them. And carry the torch, Kitty did. Ever since her first appearance in X-Men 129, she has gone through a lot of status quo changes, which always turned for the better.
Like I said, from a teenage hero, she has gone from Wolverine’s apprentice to senior X-Men team member right up to even becoming part of the mutant school’s faculty. Most recently, she has even gone beyond the confines of the mutant franchise and crossed over to the cosmic side of the Marvel U, being paired with none other than Peter Quill himself (Star-Lord) in a romantic relationship. But since I’m one of those angry old sticklers, I will always be a fan of the Kitty Pryde and Colossus romance, one which I hope will come back soon. If I were to look at what happened to Peter Parker and Mary Jane, though, I wouldn’t hold my breath for that.
But hey, maybe in the next movie, right?