As if to confirm the finality of his demise, the next time we see Nightcrawler, he's in heaven, getting yelled at by his d******d father, Azazel, who is equally dead.
This is the weirdest family reunion Nightcrawler's had since that time he fucked his sister.
It turns out Azazel is leading a demon invasion of heaven, and every eternally resting soul apart from Nightcrawler is terrible at fighting. Nightcrawler decides to enlist the help of his living comrades, the X-Men, by sending miniature versions of himself to create a portal to Earth, which is apparently a thing he can do now.
"Make sure one of you brings back my cowboy hat. It looks good on me, and I miss it."