Well, it’s true that I have been hurt in my life. Quite a bit. But it’s also true that I have loved, and been loved and that carries a weight of its own. A greater weight, in my opinion. It’s like that pie chart we talked about earlier, in the end, I’ll look back on my life and see that the greatest piece of it was love. The problems, the divorces, the sadness… those will be there too, but just smaller slivers, tiny pieces.
It’s not outwardly apparent that Nightcrawler is that important to the X-Men, but he is. No X-Man represents the comic’s central minority metaphor as accurately as Nightcrawler. He’s a character that can’t hide in a crowd — he’s obviously a mutant. The anti-mutant hysteria tends to hit him first and it hits him hardest. The very first time we see Nightcrawler, he’s being chased by literal villagers with pitchforks — all because of how he looks. While he does wear an image inducer to hide his appearance from time to time, there have been a few stories that point out how wrong it is that he has to wear one. With Nightcrawler, writers have told stories about the dangers of assimilating into the norm instead of celebrating your differences. Bryan Singer even touched upon this in one of the best and must uniquely X-Men scenes in 2003’s “X2: X-Men United.” Nightcrawler asks the shape-shifting and equally blue Mystique why she doesn’t just change her appearance to fit in, to which Mystique replies that mutants shouldn’t have to. Nightcrawler’s mutation allows writers to tell stories they can’t tell with Kitty Pryde, Iceman, or Jean Grey.