Director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse won’t open in theaters until May 2016, but San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has cast a huge spotlight on the next X-Men movie. Not only did the big convention draw fans’ attention with a brief teaser trailer – even though the film was only five weeks into shooting at that point – but now images offering detailed looks at Apocalypse, Psylocke, young Storm, and several other characters’ designs have been released.
Seeing as X-Men: Apocalypse will be the conclusion of the trilogy that started back in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, the cast’s future with the franchise remains uncertain. Jennifer Lawrence, who plays the shape-shifting mutant Mystique, previously said Apocalypse should be her last appearance in the X-Men Cinematic Universe, but more recently indicated that’s not set in stone.
During an interview with EW, Lawrence said the possibility of her continuing to play Mystique does exist. When asked about potentially returning to the X-Men’s cinematic world, Lawrence said there’s a chance and even implied that she would like to continue portraying the character:
“There is hope. I don’t want to not be asked.”
While Gambit and Deadpool are receiving spinoffs, and Wolverine is getting another solo movie – which Hugh Jackman claims will be his last time playing Wolverine – there’s no official word on whether moviegoers will see Lawrence as the Mystique in the years to come. However, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner has already mentioned a Mystique spinoff as a possibility. Given the character’s shifting morals (pun fully intended), interesting dynamic with other several mutants, and – most importantly – Lawrence’s rising star power, it’s tough to imagine 20th Century Fox isn’t at least considering a potential future for Mystique.
Apocalypse writer/producer Simon Kinberg has said, right now, he and the other minds behind the X-Men are focused on finishing the First Class trilogy, before they start delving into the future of the cinematic universe (see his quote below). That doesn’t mean the road ahead doesn’t pop into his head from time to time, though:
“I just wanna finish this movie and then figure out the next one. But I do think about the next chapters of these stories. My hope is we can bring these guys back. And if we didn’t then I would adjust.”
With Fox focusing on developing more mutants solo movies, it’s clear the studio is invested in giving the X-Men franchise life after the First Class story arc “ends” in Apocalypse. Whether or not Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique and the other cast members will be a continued part of the evergrowing universe is still unknown, but the potential for her character to stick around is certainly there.
Fantastic Four opens in theaters on August 7, 2015; Deadpool on February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018.