Joss Wedon in an interview with TIME about writing Astonoshing X-Men: "Kitty was a huge proto-Buffy. I mean, there was no other you could point to as strongly. And they weren’t really doing anything with her, which, you know, made me happy to no end. And when they asked me to bring Colossus back, there I had Kitty and her first love. It was actually terribly romantic, to me anyway. I think I care way too much about these characters."
Kitty and Peter’s reunion was one of my favourite comic moments of the noughties.
Neil Gaiman was also part of the same interview and he chimed in at this point with:
"That’s also the trouble with comics characters. If you read them at a certain age, they worm their way into your psyche. They live in your head. They are as real as anybody else in there, and you care about them."