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The Visual Evolution of Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique

It's no secret that Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique has been a pivotal figure in the X-Men prequel movies. As the erstwhile disciple of Charles Xavier, the mutant shapeshifter has spent much of her time oscillating between the master telepath's team of righteous X-Men and Magneto's burgeoning Brotherhood of Mutants. If you've seen more than one of these films then you'll know that Mystique's look changes almost as frequently as her allegiances.

While it would be a simple matter to surmise that the prequel films continue to change Mystique's appearance to keep her in line with her comic book counterpart, that's not the case. Instead, the prequel films, much like the trilogy that preceded them, are largely marching to their own beat, picking the pieces of X-Men canon that suit them and tossing out the rest.

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The film series looks to continue this trend with the upcoming Dark Phoenix, the first official trailer for which dropped mere days ago. The trailer doled out an ample amount of screen time for Lawrence's Mystique, revealing that the mutant has gone through yet another visual transformation.

So, how many times has Mystique's look changed -- barring all the times she actually transforms as part of her mutant powers? As it turns out, each movie introduces a slightly different look for the shapeshifter. While we've yet to get a skull belt-toting Mystique, the changes have been noticeable. Let's look at them now.

X-Men: First Class

X-Men: First Class was the first time fans got to see Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique in action. It's worth noting that the film's realization of the character was largely adapted from the original trilogy of films in which the shapeshifter was played by Rebecca Romijn. X-Men: First Class is a prequel designed to recount how Charles Xavier first got into the X-Manning business. As such, it was still beholden to the prior films.

Knowing this makes the film's Mystique make a whole lot more sense. The design of Lawrence's blue makeup is like that worn by Romijn, right down to the pattern of markings on her head and body. There are two major differences between how the actors portrayed the character, the first being hair. While the red hair of Romijn's Mystique was slicked back flat against her head, Lawrence's version had more volume. The second major difference is height, which isn't surprising given there's a three-inch difference between the actors.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

If there are two word that can summarize Lawrence's appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past, they are "electric blue." While Mystique has always been blue in the X-Men films, this time around Fox decided to ditch the dark blue makeup aesthetic and go with something that popped. This change also resulted in some alterations to the character's skin markings, which have traditionally been portrayed as slightly raised bumps.

In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mystique's skin markings have become more akin to small, reflective discs. The best way to describe them is that they look like very big pieces of glittery confetti that have been applied to Lawrence's skin. The character's head markings have also been similarly altered. While it might sound like this is a major change, the effect isn't terribly noticeable in action. The black, reflective bits blend in very well with Mystique's new blue skin tone.

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