12:04pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Marvel Sets the Date For 'X-Men Wedding Special'
This May, two beloved members of the X-Men are about to tie the knot, and Marvel Entertainment is pulling out the stops to make it an affair to remember — including bringing a beloved member of the creative family back for the occasion.
Spinning out of the ongoing X-Men: Gold series, this May’s one-off X-Men Wedding Special will feature Gold writer Marc Guggenheim team with fan-favorite scribe Kelly Thompson to tell the story of what happens when Kitty Pryde finally ties the knot with longterm love interest Colossus.
"X-Men weddings are always a big deal, if only because they're so rare,” Thompson said in a statement. “I think you probably have to go all the way back to X-Men No. 30 in 1994 — the wedding of Jean Grey and Cyclops — to get a wedding as potentially big as the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus: Two X-Men who've been around (and on again/off again) for literal decades.”
Making the issue particularly special is the return of Chris Claremont, who co-created Kitty Pryde back in 1980’s Uncanny X-Men No. 129 with artist John Byrne. He’ll write an additional story focusing on the character. Art for the special will come from Greg Land, Marika Cresta and others, according to the publisher.
As for the wedding itself, Thompson is correct in saying that the X-Men doesn’t get the chance to celebrate many nuptials, but that doesn’t mean they don’t happen — the most recent example being in 2012, when Northstar married his boyfriend in Astonishing X-Men No. 51, the first gay wedding in a Marvel comic book. (DC had broken that barrier a decade earlier, in The Authority No. 29.)
The X-Men Wedding Special will be available digitally and in comic book stores May 16.