‘X-Men’ Producers Want a Mystique Spin-Off Starring Jennifer Lawrence

By April 10, 2014
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Jennifer Lawrence has been shoved through the pop culture grinder for more than a year now, and she’s still managed to retain her title as America’s next sweetheart. That’s an impressive feat in and of itself, not to mention the fact that she’s a huge part of two blockbuster franchises and still doing Oscar quality work on the side. But one of those franchises (The Hunger Games) is coming to an end next year, so the producers of the other (X-Men) are wondering what they can do to keep riding the Lawrence train to Cashville. One option? A Mystique spin-off film.

Entertainment Weekly’s cover story highlights next month’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, and producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg have their sights set on ways to keep the X-Men franchise under the 20th Century Fox banner so the rights don’t revert back to Marvel Studios. Says Shuler Donner:

There was a regime [at the studio] that didn’t see the worth in [spin-offs], and the current people who run Fox understand, embrace it, and we’re going to do right by it. I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There’s a lot of really great characters.

We saw Gambit and Deadpool show up in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the disastrous spin-off attempt from a few years ago, but the ship seems to have been righted with last year’s The Wolverine from director James Mangold. The director is supposedly filming a sequel to The Wolverine after the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, and the studio believes that to be the case since they’ve scheduled it for a March 3rd, 2017 release date (with or without Hugh Jackman). But Gambit and the long-gestating Deadpool aren’t the only spin-offs the producers are interested in. Writer/producer Simon Kinberg has Mystique on the brain:

I love what Jen Lawrence has done with her, and I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo.

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Granted, there is certainly more opportunity to get in-depth with Mystique if she were to have her own film. But as great as Lawrence is, is a Mystique spin-off what fans really want? I’ll speak for myself here, but I’m a huge fan of seeing how Lawrence interacts with that aforementioned ensemble, and I think giving that character her own film would probably be disappointing. In a way, it reminds me of Get Him to the Greek: Russell Brand’s Aldous Snow character is great in small doses in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but to put the entire focus of a film on him wasn’t nearly as entertaining as we initially thought it’d be. Someone like Deadpool – a character that hasn’t ever been handled correctly on the big screen – is a much better fit for a spin-off. Mystique was the emotional core of X-Men: First Class, and I haven’t read the comics in years, but I’m just not sure there’s enough there to justify an entire film dedicated to her.

But what do you think? Are you interested in a Mystique spin-off film? Is there enough history with that character to make a great solo film?

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