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In the comics, Nightcrawler is Mystique's son.

I could accept in X2 that it just never comes up, as I don't recall the two being on screen much together (if at all). But with X-Men: Apocalypse and now Dark Phoenix, it seems like something the filmmakers decided to ignore or just did not realize.

Has this ever been addressed in interviews or the films themselves (different timelines or some other explanation)?

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    He could just not be Mystique's son. – Adamant Jun 17 '19 at 1:17
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    If it's a decision that the writers of the movies have made, and they express it in the movie, is it necessary for them to talk about it publicly? – DavidW Jun 17 '19 at 1:20
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    Has there ever been any connection between them in the on screen universe? – Joe W Jun 17 '19 at 1:26
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    There is a scene of them together in X2. IIRC from the dvd commentary, Singer deliberately put it in as an homage to their relationship in the comics. – Darren Jun 17 '19 at 6:14
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    @JBH Sorry about the title, meant to be more light-hearted sarcasm than a rant. I can change it if you'd like. – PawnInGameOfLife Jun 17 '19 at 6:46
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Yes, they're not supposed to be related, even if you as an out-of-universe movie spectator know their comic backstory. There are two pieces of evidence for that.

The first is the audio commentary of X-Men 2, over the Mystique/Nightcrawler scene below (timestamp 1:14:13 in the movie, and therefore in the commentary):

Alright, this is uh, this is a big moment, 'cause this is another one of those scenes I think where... It's one of the first scenes I kind of took a step back, because being a nerd/geek, I really wanted to see a moment between Mystique and Nightcrawler. And fans of the comics know that in the comics, they're mother and son. So I really wanted to have a scene that would hint at maybe that's where we were going, but not necessarily there yet. And I think it's also a moment that kind of sums up Mystique's point of view, which we have never really heard up until now.

The second one is located in The Art of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), page 47:

After the cancellation of “Ms. Marvel,” Claremont and Byrne brought the character over to “Uncanny X-Men” as the leader of a new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. In the course of the Brotherhood’s battle with the X-Men, Nightcrawler notices the physical similarities between himself and Mystique and wonders aloud whether they are connected. Two decades later it is finally revealed that Mystique is Nightcrawler's mother, a part of X-Men lore that has not been adopted by the movies.

original text with a Pyro illustration

Now arguably Peter Sanderson, who wrote the "X-Men: From Comic To Screen" text above, was not involved in the making of the movie, but it's reasonable to think he talked with the movie's creators. Furthermore, the above is an official Marvel publication, and I doubt Marvel would have accepted to print such a phrasing if they wanted to have room for a potential "Nightcrawler is Mystique's son" part in the movies.

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    Thank you for both the great answer and un-deleting/editing this question! – PawnInGameOfLife Feb 25 '20 at 6:08

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