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X-Men’s ‘Greatest’ Romance Has a Super-Creepy Backstory

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X-Men’s ‘Greatest’ Romance Has a Super-Creepy Backstory

With Marvel announcing that Kitty Pryde and Colossus will be getting married in June’s X-Men Gold #30, there has been a lot of talk about how great the relationship is between the two of them and, obviously, there have been plenty of awesome moments between the two heroes over the years (especially during Joss Whedon and John Cassaday’s Astonishing X-Men run) but the origins of their relationship remain more than a little bit on the creepy side due to just how young Kitty Pryde was when she and Colossus first began to date.

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Colossus and Kitty Pryde met each other for the first time in X-Men #129 (by John Byrne, Chris Claremont and Terry Austin), when the X-Men were looking to recruit Kitty to come to school at Xavier’s School instead of Emma Frost’s Massachusetts Academy. In this issue, Kitty is explained to be 13 and a half years old…

That is pretty darn young. Colossus’ age was not given at this point in time, but he’s obviously at least 18 years old and likely already 19 years old (we’ll explain why later).

In X-Men #131, Colossus saves the X-Men and he clearly makes an impression upon Kitty…

Kitty then takes a major backseat during the rest of “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” so there’s really not that much to talk about between the two until a famous storyline dramatically changed their relationship forever. That storyline was “Days of Future Past,” which began in X-Men #141, where we see Kitty and Peter alive in the future and, sure enough, they are marred in the future…

Once you establish that they are married in the future, then obviously you’re going to start looking at things with an eye towards them ultimately ending up with each other. That makes otherwise innocuous moments like later in the issue stand out…

Still, due to her age, Byrne and Claremont continued to play their relationship more of a crush by Kitty and an embarrassed older guy dealing with the crush by the younger girl, like when she kissed Colossus under the mistletoe in Uncanny X-Men #143…

or jumped on him later in the issue…

Byrne’s blushing Colossus is adorable.

In any event, even as Byrne left the series, the Kitty/Colossus relationship continued to be mostly a case of Kitty having a crush on the older teammate and her other teammates teasing her about it, like in this bit from Uncanny X-Men #149 (by Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum and Joe Rubinstein)…

Things changed on the X-Men’s long mission into space in the #160s where they were all nearly killed by being infected by Brood eggs. There was a real sense of dread on their mission and Kitty tried to distract herself by effectively throwing herself on Colossus. The two shared their first kiss…

Kitty turned 14 on this mission and it is weird how 14 was somehow treated as if it was an okay age to take things to the next level.

When they returned to Earth, Kitty got her 14th birthday party in X-Men: Special Edition #1 (by Claremont and Cockrum) and we finally got a firm bead on Colossus’ age, as the issue specifically notes that Kitty is now 14 and Colossus is now 19.

Now, do note that we are not saying that there has never been a case of a 19-year-old dating a 14-year-old out there. Of course there are examples of that happening. However, “I’ve seen 19-year-olds date 14-year-olds before” is not really a good reason to have a 19-year-old superhero dating a 14-year-old superhero.

Still, though, their relationship has remained mostly flirting up until this point, outside of the kiss on the space ship, but A. Colossus made a whole big deal about her being too young and B. they thought that they were going to die. It’s a weird time for everyone. So, if they stopped here, it wouldn’t be all that creepy.

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