Xmen: Apocalypse (2016) - Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee)
See what Nightcrawler will look like in Xmen: Apocalypse! 20th Century Fox released some official images of Nightcrawler on Twitter and there's quite a bit we can learn from them.

For those who don't know, Nightcrawler is a mutant named Kurt Wagner who first appeared in Giant-Size X-Men #1 (1975). He has inhuman agility, dexterity, coordination and balance which made him a perfect circus performer. His most well-known mutant power is the ability to teleport leaving behind a smell of "brimstone." Back in 2003, he appeared in X2 played by Alan Cumming. This time around he'll be played by 18-year-old Kodi Smit-McPhee.


1. Tattoos
 The 2003 version was covered with tattoos that had a religious significance to his character. This matched his comic book origin as a devout Catholic who saw his mutation as a curse. This time around we don't see as many tats. We do see a few on his forehead, but not nearly as many as in the later film. Since this is a prequel to X2, it means Wagner got himself heavily tattooed later in life.

2. Michael Jackson Fan
The movie is set in 1983 and that's the year Michael Jackson's Thriller album hits #1 on the US charts. It looks like Wagner is a big fan with his jacket inspired by the Thriller version.

3. Hair

The 80s had some epic mullets, crimped looks, and tons of hairspray and Nightcrawler is a big fan of the do. His hair doesn't match a lot of styles from the 80s, but still kind of matches Uncle Jesse's hair on Full House. His attempts to match popular styles are a desperate attempt to fit in despite his appearance.

4. No Gloves or Shoes

Nightcrawler isn't covering his hands or feet with gloves. He's not trying to cover his bizarre-looking toes and fingers, which means he's proud of them.

5. Two Toes
Another thing to notice is that he only has two toes in front, whereas the comic version has an extra toe in his heel for grabbing things. Bryan Singer often changes character designs for his movies and this is another one.

6. Nightcrawler Will Be Fun
 In X2, Nightcrawler was very sand, angry and violent at times, but Smit-McPhee promises the younger version will be more light-hearted. "Whereas I think what they're trying to show here is the more vulnerable Nightcrawler and the one we all kind of related to in the comics." Smit-McPhee told Den of Geek. "It's really the fun, happy, swashbuckling Nightcrawler that we all love, so I really can't wait to portray that. He's just very vulnerable and truthful, and grounded in his faith. I think it's something new though that we'll see. But as I said, all of the traditional things that we want in it – it's still there. Hint, hint,"

Here's what Nightcrawler looked like back in 2003

Here's what Nightcrawler looks like in the comics

The X-Men: Days of Future Past sequel is directed by Bryan Singer and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Oscar Isaac, Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Rose Byrne, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Lana Condor, Ben Hardy, Olivia Munn and Lucas Till.

X-Men Apocalypse opens May 27, 2016 in the U.S.

How do you feel about Nightcrawler's look? Are you looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse?

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I like the new look. Glad they are bringing him back for the next movie as he was a fun character.

spacerguy said...

The blue animal man looks ready to pounce,!

Maurice Mitchell said...

He is a fun character and that's what was lost in the last film. Hopefully with a prequel they can explore that since Nightcrawler was a jokester in the comics.

Maurice Mitchell said...

He's jumping high Spacerguy!

Pat Dilloway said...

He looks pretty cool.


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