In news that not even the most devoted Marvel Comics fan saw coming, it was reported today by
The character of Kitty was introduced in 1980, in the middle of the legendary run from creators Chris Claremont and John Byrne on
5. “Kitty’s Fairy Tale”
Uncanny X-Men #153
I’ll admit, this one is a bit of a long shot, but it’s one of my favorite Kitty Pryde stories, so I’m including it. In this lighthearted issue, Kitty tells a fairy tale to Colossus’ kid sister, Illyana, back when she was still a little girl and not the teenage superhero Magik. Kitty’s story has the various members of the team in comical situations, and Kitty of course positions herself as the fairy tale princess at the center of it all. Hey, with Disney now owning Fox, maybe this could be Kitty’s turn to be the first Marvel hero/Disney princess?
Mekanix (6 Part Limited Series)
Despite having been around for nearly 40 years now, Kitty Pryde has never really had a solo ongoing series. The closest she ever came was a limited series called
Kitty was a mainstay of the X-Men from 1980-87, until she and teammate Nightcrawler were injured in battle. While they were recuperating, the rest of the X-Men “died.” Really, they faked their deaths and went to live in Australia. A mourning Kitty and Nightcrawler decided to make a new life for themselves in jolly old England, founding the team Excalibur. Excalibur got into all kinds of wacky interdimensional adventures that were more humorous than typical X-Men fare.
Even without the rest of the Excalibur team, this basic premise would make for a good Kitty-centric movie, and the concept of an American ex-pat (X-pat?) making a new life for herself abroad is a terrific basis for a film.
Kitty Pryde and Wolverine (6 Part Mini-Series)
With Hugh Jackman retiring from the part recently, Wolverine likely isn’t going to be a part of this adaptation. However, the basic premise of this comic could be adapted without Logan’s involvement. In this story, Kitty Pryde heads to Japan to rescue her kidnapped father, but then she herself is also taken by Ogun, a telepathic mutant martial artist who brainwashes her and turns her into a ninja. Eventually, she breaks free of his control, but because of her newfound skills, she emerges as the stronger and more kick-ass Shadowcat. And if you ask me, Shadowcat would be a terrific title for a movie.
Uncanny X-Men #143
One of the earliest Kitty Pryde stories is still one of the very best.
Not only is this story entertaining, it works well as a solo film, with the other X-Men only needing to make cameos. It shows how smart and resourceful Kitty is, even as a teen, and works as a horror film and even a superhero Christmas movie! If there were any Kitty Pryde X-Men story to adapt as a film, this one is it.
Which Kitty Pryde stories would you like to see get adapted? Be sure to let us know below in the comments.