WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Batman #50 by Tom King, Mikel Janín, June Chung, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Trish Mulvihill, Becky Cloonan, Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson, Frank Miller, Alex Sinclair, Lee Bermejo, Neal Adams, Hi-Fi, Tony S. Daniel, Tomeu Morey, Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts, Rafael Albuquerque, Andy Kubert, Tom Sale, Jose Villarrubia, Paul Pope, Mitch Gerads, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, Ty Templeton, Keiren Smith, Joëlle Jones, David Finch, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Greg Capullo, FCO Plascencia, Lee Weeks and Clayton Cowles; and X-Men Gold #30 by Marc Guggenheim, David Marquez, Matthew Wilson and Cory Petit, Both issues are in stores now.
Throughout the decades, Marvel and DC have been known to publish similar event stories around the same time -- for example, DC's 2015 event Convergence was just like Marvel's Secret Wars event, or the New 52 and Marvel NOW! relaunches. Just recently, both the Justice League as well as the Avengers battled ancient giant space gods that had come to destroy the Earth in No Justice and Avengers respectively.
But that's not all the big summer events that both companies have been building up to for a while now. For Marvel and DC, this year wasn't just about death and destruction -- it was also about love and celebration. Both publishers surprised their respective fans a while back by announcing the upcoming weddings of the X-Men's Kitty Pryde and Colossus on the Marvel side, and Batman and Catwoman for DC.
Both have been dancing around committing to each other for decades, meaning that their readiness to settle down and finally embrace their love for each other had been a long time coming. Fans were excited for both weddings, and the publishers appropriately built a solid marketing campaign around each event. Marvel and DC both wanted us excited for the announced nuptials, and all manner of promotional material and variant covers helped solidify the importance of these momentous events.
For a brief time, all seemed right for the love lives of superheroes -- until the other shoe dropped. X-Men Gold #30 arrived first, a little over two weeks ago, and the highly-anticipated Batman #50 finally arrived just this week.
Both issues featured their similar twists, in that the characters who were set to marry each other didn't go through with the wedding. In fact, both female characters ended up leaving the men at the altar. They had their different reasons, but the result was the same -- the hyped-up weddings didn't take place, and fans were left shocked, if not outright angry. But who did it better? Which twist felt logical, and which felt forced?
A Decoy Wedding
The backing out of her wedding by Kitty Pryde left fans (and Colossus) perplexed because there wasn't a ring of truth to it. Just before the two mutants were about to tie the knot, Kitty changed her mind and left. Later on, she would tell Colossus that their shared history was too rocky, that they didn't have a foundation strong enough to build a marriage on. While they ended the night on good terms, a secondary surprise came at the wedding reception, where Rogue and Gambit ended up getting married instead.
Kitty and Colossus were actually just a decoy in order to keep the real surprise of Gambit and Rogue getting married a secret. But some fans felt lied to, and justifiably so. Making matters worse is that Gambit and Rogue are equally -- if not more -- popular an X-Men couple. Had the buildup to the marriage of both these two characters been advertised from the start, fan reception would have been just as strong, and the actual issue simply a joyous occasion that wouldn't be marred by failed relationships and broken hearts. As best we can tell, this issue put a final nail in the coffin of the love story between Kitty Pryde and Colossus, for better or for worse.