Bryan Singer Wants a ‘Mystique’ Spin-Off Film, Even Without Jennifer Lawrence

By June 2, 2016

Jennifer Lawrence’s name has been one of the biggest selling points for the new X-Men franchise ever since her exponential rise to stardom a few years ago, and it hasn’t necessarily been difficult to chart her rise in popularity, in conjunction with the character’s increased involvement in the films, especially Days of Future Past and Apocalypse, where she is relegated to a leadership role that I don’t think any comic book fans would have ever seen happening.

There’s been talk of a possible spin-off film for the character for years now, but also, Fox’s X-Men schedule is slightly packed right now, with the mysterious follow-up to Apocalypse already confirmed to be happening and taking place in the 90s, the Channing Tatum-led Gambit film, the Deadpool sequel, and a New Mutants movie, so seeing where her film might fit in is a little difficult.

While recently speaking with Empire though, director Bryan Signer said that he still thinks the character deserves her own film, even if Jennifer Lawrence might not be playing her in it:

“I think [Mystique’s] right for [a standalone], whether it’s Jennifer [Lawrence] or not. She has this different view of the world. Xavier can get into Cerebro and look at the world but he’d rather just teach classes and see the beauty of mutants and humans co-existing in his mansion in Westchester. Along comes Raven with a reality check on the state of the world. It opens up a lot of avenues.”

I’ll be honest, while Mystique can work as a solid supporting player in films (see X2 or First Class), I don’t think she has what it takes to lead her own film, mainly because of the way that the character has been changed and shown throughout all of the previously films. Her arc hasn’t been all that interesting onscreen, and while a couple of storylines from the comic books involving the character could work onscreen, they wouldn’t fit in with the current onscreen continuity or story. Especially considering she’s now basically the leader of the team by the end of Apocalypse.

X-Men: Apocalypse is in theatres everywhere now.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • Mike James

    I’ve never understood why the films are so focused on her character…aside from Wolverine, Mystique is a huge focus, an obsession which is part of the problem with the movies.