“X-Men: Apocalypse” marks the shape-shifting mutant Mystique’s sixth feature film appearance — and her third in a row played by Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence. And even though Lawrence’s contract is up and she may or may not return for future ensemble X-films, “Apocalypse” director Bryan Singer believes her character is ready to go solo.
During an appearance on the Empire Film Podcast, Singer said that Mystique could hold down a standalone film. “I think [Mystique’s] right for [a standalone], whether it’s Jennifer [Lawrence] or not,” said Singer, as transcribed by Screen Rant. “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.”
As a shape-shifter, it would be relatively easy to explain why a different actor is playing Mystique should Lawrence decide to not reprise her role. Lawrence is already the second actor to play the character; Rebecca Romijn played Mystique in the original X-Men trilogy, which spanned from 2000 to 2006. Mystique’s also gone solo in the comics before; she had her own ongoing series that lasted from 2003 to 2005.
You can hear the rest of Bryan Singer’s appearance on the Empire podcast below. “X-Men: Apocalypse” is in theaters now.
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