Marvel Reveals Mystique Is Not An X-Men’s Mother


Nightcrawler, created by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum, has been tied to Mystique for decades. In their first encounter in “Uncanny X-Men” #142 (by Chris Claremont, John Byrne, Terry Austin, Glynis Wein, and Tom Orzechowsk), the shapeshifter told him that while they looked similar, he should ask his adoptive mother about the real truth. Several years later, Claremont planned on revealing that truth — but the story never came to pass. The relationship was finally clarified in “X-Men Unlimited” #4 (by Scott Lobdell, Richard Bennett, Steve Moncuse, Glynis Oliver, and Dave Sharpe), which explained Mystique was his mother, but Destiny had no involvement in his birth — despite Claremont reportedly originally planning on having Mystique transform into a man as the father and have Destiny as his mother.

In “Uncanny X-Men” #428 (by Chuck Austen, Sean Phillips, Dave McCaig, and Rus Wooton), Marvel filled in the gap for who Nightcrawler’s father was with the storyline revealing Mystique married businessman Baron Christian Wagner while having an affair with Azazel, with Baron becoming his biological father. However, with “X-Men: Blue Origins,” the entire storyline is revealed to be a mirage created to protect Destiny and hide her pregnancy from the world.

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