Is Mystique the new Wolverine?
Remember how Hugh Jackman became a star overnight after playing Wolverine in the first X-Men movie, and how he and his portrayal of the clawed mutant were so popular that they basically became the central focus of every X-Men movie since (except for X-Men: First Class -- coincidentally the lowest-grossing of the series)?
It seems like Mystique, as currently played by Jennifer Lawrence, is headed into the same vaunted realms. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg, who co-wrote X-Men: Days of Future Past and is writing X-Men: Apocalypse, told Collider that Mystique could be a central character of the upcoming film:
"I think that the friendship between Erik and Charles, which has always been so integral to the franchise, is something we’re continuing to explore and hopefully deepen with Apocalypse. And the relationship between Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Mystique is a really interesting one that we didn’t have a lot of time to explore in Days of Future Past, so we’ll have an opportunity to do more of that in Apocalypse."
"Part of what’s really interesting about Mystique’s character is that she is, in some ways, the child of both Erik and Charles. She grew up with Charles and then she sort of became a woman with Erik, so her being the cross-pollination, if you will, of those two philosophies and those two men is something we can explore in the movie too."
While First Class and Days of Future Past were primarily about the relationship between Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender), Mystique played a considerably larger role in Days of Future Past -- probably fourth in importance after those two and Wolverine.
Let's not mince words: While Jennifer Lawrence was still relatively unknown when she did First Class, she has since become not only an Oscar-winning actress but the record-breaking star of her own massive franchise with The Hunger Games. Having a tremendously popular A-list star like that in your superhero movie makes it almost required that you use her as much as possible -- especially since it's very likely that X-Men: Apocalypse will be her final film in the series.
X-Men: Apocalypse is out in theaters May 27, 2016.
Are you okay with seeing more of Mystique in X-Men: Apocalypse? Or could Jennifer Lawrence's fame tilt the balance of the characters too much toward her?