A new report indicates that Deadpool director Tim Miller is working to develop a solo movie starring X-Men member Kitty Pryde. But while there's still a chance that Disney's bid to acquire key assets from 21st Century Fox (including the X-Men) will result in the project getting scrapped, a Kitty Pryde movie presents Disney with an amazing opportunity to use the character to bring the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The popular hero debuted in 1980, in Chris Claremont and John Byrne's Uncanny X-Men #129. The young mutant, also known as Sprite, Ariel and (most famously) Shadowcat, possesses the ability to phase through objects and people. During one of her early adventures, Kitty meets Lockheed, a member of an advanced race of dragon-like aliens. The two share a mental/empathic connection, and he has served as her companion for decades.
Kitty was a key member of the X-Men since her debut, and she currently leads the leads the team in X-Men: Gold. In the past, she was a founding member of Excalibur (a since defunct team led by Captain Britain); S.H.I.E.L.D. (Marvel's premier international law enforcement agency); and the Guardians of the Galaxy, when Peter Quill was occupied with royal duties on Spartax.
The character has appeared in four of Fox's X-Men films. Ellen Page played the character in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand and 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past, with Sumela Kay and Katie Stuart providing cameos for the character in 2000's X-Men and 2003's X2, respectively. Outside of the films, she has appeared in different television versions of the team, including X-Men: Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men. Prior to the airing of the 1990s X-Men: The Animated Series, she lent her name to the title of the 1989 cartoon Pryde of the X-Men.
Kitty Has Broad Appeal, But Is Tragically Under-Explored In Film
All of her different appearances mean that Pryde is by no means an obscure character. Marvel's fanbase, in general, likes her and regards her highly. As such, she's a fantastic character for Marvel to develop in order to capitalize on the success of female-led action films such as Wonder Woman. Manyfans have critiqued Marvel for its lack of movies primarily starring female characters. A Kitty Pryde solo film would help to fix that problem while increasing the company's appeal to diverse audiences.
However, despite her popularity and appeal, Fox's films have left her relatively underexplored. She has appeared in several films, but she hasn't been the focus of much screen time, especially in comparison to some other characters. The film adaptation of Days of Future Past even relegated her to a more secondary role, despite the original comics depicting her as the one who travels back in time to prevent Mystique from assassinating Senator Robert Kelly, not Wolverine.