As you’ve probably seen in the news, “X-Men: Apocalypse is not faring too well at the box office, state side at least. Critics hated the movie and fans seem divided too.
But as I said in my review: there was a lot of good in “X-Men Apocalypse.” But like most people, there were also things I could not overlook like the way they used (or didn’t use) Psylocke. One problem in “X-Men: Apocalypse” I forgot to mention was Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique.
If you follow my movie reviews then you know I love me some Jennifer Lawrence. But in “X-Men: Apocalypse” it was clear to me she didn’t want to be there. Not only was she barely in her blue form, but Lawrence just looked bored most of the time.
My thinking is I know you want to move on from the X-Men series, but you’re still getting paid to do a job, be a professional, have some respect for the source material, and put on the blue paint.
Anywho, last week director Bryan Singer suggested Mystique as a potential X-Men Spinoff, in other words, a movie featuring the shape-changing anti-hero could be in the works. There’s definitely potential there, and I have a couple of ideas on how Fox can pull it off:
Back in the 1990’s, Forge, a former weapons contractor whose mutant powers were his brilliant engineering skills, was added to the X-Factor team that at the time was working for the government.
When Forge became team leader, he was joined by Polaris, Valerie Cooper, and several new recruits including: Sabretooth, Shard, Wild Child, and of course… Mystique.
My movie version of X-Factor would ignore Forge and some of the other members, and would instead make Mystique the team leader. She would be joined by Quicksilver, Nightcrawler, and X-23. This X-Factor would still work for the government, and the team’s liaison would be Valerie Copper played by Diane Kruger.
2. Mystique the secret agent
In 2003 the creative team of Brian K. Vaughan and Jorge Lucas gave Mystique her first ever solo book, and it had an intriguing premise: Professor X turns Mystique into his own secret agent.
The book went something like this: Mystique has used her powers to go against the X-Men in their battle for mutant-human coexistence for years, but in this complicated world, Mystique begins to find the battle lines are no longer so clear. In exchange for protection, Mystique reluctantly agrees to work for Charles Xavier. But instead of being invited to join the X-Men, Mystique is asked to participate in politically sensitive operations as a secret agent. Can this former mutant-rights terrorist be trusted?
The series only lasted 24 issues, but seeing Mystique as 007 somehow worked. This would be the perfect way to give the character a solo movie, and it leaves the door open for other mutants to make cameos. Show of hands:
Who wants a Deadpool cameo?
1. Recast the role
As I mentioned earlier in this post, I love Jennifer Lawrence, and I’m okay if she wants to come back to the role of Mystique. However, she has to commit to the blue paint, the shape shifting, and the fact she may not be onscreen much as herself.
But in case the actress does move on from he role, then the search for a new Mystique must begin soon. Here are a few options to keep in mind:
Arguably the sexiest woman on television today,Priyanka Chopra could give Mystique a brand new type of sexy. And if you’ve seen miss Chopra on “Quantico,” then you know she handles action extremely well.
A badass, and a slightly more mature Mystique, why the hell not?
Watc her her in “300” or even “Dredd,” and you know she can play deadly or sexy. And what can be said of her on “Game of Thrones that hasn’t been said already?
And finally, Why not go back to the original?
Rebecca Romijn hasn’t aged a day, and she brought so much to the role. She played Mystique like a sexy lizard, proud of her blueness.