There are so many Jews in the movies, TV shows, books and other media that we love, but let’s be honest: superheroes really take the (kosher for Passover) cake. With that in mind, our current favorite fictional Jew is one of the most celebrated X-Men (well, X-Women): Kitty Pryde.
First off, this is not the Kitty Pryde played by Ellen Page in “X-Men:The Last Stand,” which pop culture has thankfully decided to pretend never existed. That Kitty was nothing more than an other-woman obstacle for Rogue (Anna Paquin) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore). The Kitty Jews should look up to is the one with a rich comic book history, especially in Joss Whedon’s 2004 “Astonishing X-Men” run.
Whedon has long been vocal about his love for Pryde, even citing her as one of the influences for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” In his story, Kitty returns to Xavier’s Academy for Gifted Youngsters at the bequest of Emma Frost to join the staff and the mutant crime-fighting team (and, it’s later learned, to keep an eye out for Frost’s villainous behavior).
Kitty’s powers seem passive, but they really come in handy. The Jewish mutant has the ability to phase through any object by altering the molecules/photons/whatever in her body. She is also an extremely competent martial artist and has a pet alien dragon named Lockheed…who later turns out to be what amounts to an intergalactic spy. Ah, comic books.
In “Astonishing X-Men,” Kitty resumes her love affair with Colossus and journeys to a distant planet with the X-Men. It is eventually revealed that a giant bullet (GIANT, basically the width of the planet) is being targeted at Earth. In a last-ditch effort to save the planet, Kitty attaches herself to the bullet and uses her powers to phase it so it passes right through Earth…and becomes fused to the bullet and is thought to be lost in space in the process. But X-Men never stay down for long.
That is one badass mutant Jew.
J-Connection: Kitty Pryde is a fictional Jewish mutant whose grandfather was a Holocaust survivor.