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.
~ Nightcrawler praying after Jean Grey's sacrifice.
You know in the circus, most people were afraid of me. But I didn't hate them. I pitied them. Do you know why? Because most people will never know anything beyond what they see with their own two eyes.
~ Nightcrawler to Storm.

Kurt Thomas Wagner, more commonly known as Nightcrawler is one of the main protagonists in X-Men 2, X-Men Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix. His abilities include teleportation and agility and reflexes. His tail can also be used as a weapon.

He was portrayed by Alan Cumming in X-Men 2 and by Kodi Smit-McPhee in X-Men Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix, who also played Norman Babcock in Paranorman and Alexander in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.


X2: X-Men United

Nightcrawler was controlled by Colonel William Stryker to assassinate the President. He stood undercover and watched as Alicia Vargas read a speech excerpt by Abraham Lincoln. He then raced through the White House with a combination of teleporting and running, attacking those he found on the way until he reached the Oval Office. There he jumped on the President and raised a dagger as if to stab him, but was shot by a guard - dropping the dagger and teleporting away. It fell next to the President and on it was written 'MUTANT FREEDOM NOW."

Storm and Jean Grey attempt to recruit Nightcrawler after his discovery by Professor X through Cerebro. They look after him before taking him to the X-Jet to make their way home.

Following the abduction of several students from Xavier's School by Stryker's soldiers, Nightcrawler joins the X-Men in their rescue mission. After picking up Wolverine, Rogue, Iceman and Pyro, they are threatened by jet fighters. A missile tears through the X-Jet, and Rogue is sucked out before being rescued by Nightcrawler. Just before the X-Jet crashes, everyone is saved by Magneto.

Later in the evening, Jean Grey read his mind, discovering the location of Stryker's base. He aided the X-Men with their mission to find Professor X and the abducted students. Following Jean's apparent death, Nightcrawler prayed for no more evil hoping everything will be good.

Later on, he appears with the X-Men for one last time when they travel to the White House.

X-Men: Apocalypse

Nightcrawler appears as one of the major protagonists.

Dark Phoenix



Nightcrawler is a religiously devoted and gentle soul. He is obviously haunted by the experiments he suffered from Stryker and the actions he was forced to do, to the point where he scarred himself for every evil action he did, in the covet of the Archangel Gabriel. Nightcrawler has grown attached to his comrades, such as rescuing Rogue when she fell out of the X-Jet and he seems to have a close relationship with Storm above all others. (And Storm is si love interest secret)



  • The character was meant to appear in The Last Stand, but Alan Cumming didn't want to go through the make-up process again due to it being uncomfortable. He still planned on returning when Bryan Signer was attached, but left when Brett Ratner came to direct.
    • The character's reasoning for not appearing the film was explained in the video game, stating he didn't want to live a violent life.
  • According to Bryan Signer, Nightcrawler, Rachel Summers, Psylocke, Deadpool, Gambit and Jubilee were meant to appear in Days of Future Past, but were cut out for running time purposes.

External links

Nightcrawler at the X-Men Movies wiki


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