‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’: Jennifer Lawrence Says Mystique Is Mutant & Proud

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 5th, 2013 at 8:26 am,

Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme X Men: Days of Future Past: Jennifer Lawrence Says Mystique Is Mutant & Proud

The X-Men comics and movies have always had a certain amount of subtext related to the treatment and persecution of minority and the pressure for mutants to remain “closeted” in human society, and this will almost certainly be a strong theme running through the upcoming sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. Based on a comic arc wherein the mutants are rounded up and either killed or sent to internment camps, the movie will also show the early days of Magneto’s Brotherhood of Mutants, which includes Mystique.

Raven was seen struggling with her identity a great deal in X-Men: First Class, since she spent her youth actively disguising her true appearance in order to blend in better with society. After a reprimand from Eric about the division of her concentration making her weaker, she started to come around to the idea of using her natural form, and even considering it beautiful rather than freakish.

Speaking to SciFiNow, Jennifer Lawrence spoke a little about her wardrobe (or lack thereof) in X-Men: Days of Future Past and how it reflects the changes she’s undergone as a character, in particular her newfound acceptance of the way she looks:

“I’m naked. But when I do get to wear clothes, I love the ’70s outfits. Some of the Mystique look is a little different, but we’re still using the same paint. But she’s different in this film, too. She was struggling – like a lot of normal humans – with the way she looked, and she was covered up a lot in the first movie, but this time she is Mutant and proud.”

Though Mystique is wandering around naked, X-Men: Days of Future Past will manage to dodge an R rating thanks to some skillful application of blue scales. Even so, the first time she appears adult and nude in front of Charles in X-Men: First Class felt a lot more intimate and risqué than, for example, Rebecca Romijn’s many nude scenes in the original X-Men movie – perhaps because it’s such a major step in the character’s coming-of-age.

Mystique as a child teen and adult X Men: Days of Future Past: Jennifer Lawrence Says Mystique Is Mutant & Proud

Mystique as a child, teen and adult

Director Bryan Singer has already hinted at a more confident, dangerous and even feral Mystique in X-Men: Days of Future Past, tweeting a teaser image of her bare leg as she chokes an unfortunate victim with her foot. An earlier behind-the-scenes image of Lawrence in full make-up also showed that her blue skin will be slightly darker in the sequel than it was in X-Men: First Class, becoming a lot closer to the make-up that Romijn wore. Perhaps, with all the exposure to direct sunlight, this is Mystique’s version of a tan.

As interesting as Raven’s character arc was in X-Men: First Class, it’s something of a relief to learn that her struggle to come to terms with her mutant identity isn’t something that will be dragged out into the sequel as well. Now that the character is “Mutant and proud,” we’ll hopefully see a little more focus on how she develops from someone who is still essentially good at heart into a deadly and ruthless ally for Magneto.


X-Men: Days of Future Past will be in theaters on May 23rd, 2014

Source: SciFiNow [via CBM]

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  1. Oh, yeah, naked, right. Prove it! At my house. With the lights low….! Over cocktails.

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  3. Bring back the sibilant voice! I much preferred her slithery snake like fluid voice in the original X-Men series! It made her character seem much more volatile and multifaceted. I’m hoping they just left about a first class because they were on a deadline ran out of budget but please bring it back!

    • I’ve kinda always been bummed out she has pupils in the films. I liked the (pun intended) mystery of Mystique having just blank yellow eyes, meaning you don’t even know for sure what she’s looking at. It made it extra anti-social in that she’s really isolated within her appearance. I do like however that imo she’s scarier with pupils and somewhat more intimidating.

      • Blank yellow eyes? Uh-oh, renal failure of the bladder and kidneys…!

  4. NO- you can’t and they WON’T. Having the rug replaced just isn’t a feasible concept for masking a plot that no one will listen to. Especially when you’re stuck in a bind using one alarm clock vs another. Perhaps if the authorities intervene at the right moment, the baking will be done quick and no one will get wet. I just can’t understand why a simple shipment has to be concurrently scheduled as if grape jelly wasn’t the only medium to use. In essence, the sofa king wins again.

    • Are you stoned or what WTF are you talking about?.

    • That rug really tied the room together.

  5. I really enjoyed X-Men: First Class, and I have complete faith in Bryan Singer to pull together all of these lose storylines. As a fan of the 90′s comics, I can’t wait to someday see The Age Of Apocalypse on film. That would be cool.

    • next sequel.

      mark my words :D

    • Ah, now Apocalypse…there is a villain I would like to see…and he could bring along Mr. Sinister for the ride as well!

  6. Fix the release date typo mate. It’s May 23rd, 2014.

    • How? I don’t understand your thinking dude.

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  7. ‘Mutant and proud’? facepalm.

    • “Mutant and Proud”. Its very sad that the X-Men franchise has been reduced to an allegory for the LGBT movement. Why does Hollywood trash our favorite superheroes to deliver preachy messages and metaphors? As Marvel’s Avengers showed, you can have a great superhero film without coming off as preachy.

      • How? I don’t understand your thinking dude. Where did she say “gay”?

        • “Openly mutant and proud”. Swap out one word and you have the LGBT movement. As I said, “Mutants” have been turned into an allegory to the LGBT movement.

          • So…..Magneto spending decades in the comics being a proud mutant with the X-Men being created in response to the civil rights movement went right over your head then?

            • This.

      • Yeah I don’t like preachyness in a movie. You can do it in a way that’s works, but more often than not the message ends up being overbearing/annoying. Good example: Wall-E, Bad example: Happy Feet.

        Another more recent example is Elysium.


        It was marketed as this deep sci-fi thriller but ended up being an allegory about latinos crossing the border and the poors access to healthcare. Regardless of how I feel about those issues the way they jam the message down your throat reeeeally f***ed up the movie for me. Totally took me out of the experience.

        • Preachy messages in movies aren’t inherently bad. However, Hollywood disguises the messages in our favorite franchises. Or, replaces the classic storyline with a preachy message (see Iron Man 3). If they want to add a preachy message, I would rather they create a new IP.

          • Exactly. I didn’t say they’re always bad, I just implied that they are USUALLY bad.

            Some good examples: I really liked Wall-E’s green message, they were classy about it. Sometimes Hayao Miyazaki will have messages in his movies. I dont know if you’re familiar with his stuff but I really like how he incorporates those themes into his films without being overbearing. I mentioned Elysium, District 9 (made by the same film-maker) had a great message with it that added to the film rather than took away from it.

            So yeah all my examples are original properties so I guess you’re right with the whole “if you’re gonna have a message make a new IP” thing :)

      • @ Slicer51b

        But the X-Men has always been an allegory regarding the treatment of the dis-enfranchised.

        The simple Black / White racism of the 60′s & 70′s to Gay and Lesbian bigotry of the 80′s & 90′s (it’s sort of getting better now because we’ve got a new target…) and Muslim / Islamic extremism of the 21st Century.

        It’s always been about those that are different, those that are feared and how they’re treated by society at large and the ignorance of said society.

        You do not conform, i.e. White Caucasian, so we will destroy you.

        If you think “Mutant and Proud” is preachy you could do with getting out a bit more.

        An post like this…. that’s preachy.

        • “But the X-Men has always been an allegory regarding the treatment of the dis-enfranchised.”

          That is actually untrue. Originally, the X-Men franchise didn’t have the blatant “dis-enfranchised” angle. It devolved into preachy allegories. After a while, the writers started to run out of ideas. Soon enough, they turned to evil government plots that hunted the mutants. Wolverine’s origin for example, was originally to be a never-explained mystery. However, the writers eventually decided to create an origin for him (probably had a deadline for next week’s edition to meet).

          Unfortunately, Hollywood likes preachy messages for the masses. They picked up on the opportunity for preachy LGBT messages. Which are fine in of themselves, mind you. However, they like to cram them into b-grade popcorn movies.

          In my opinion, 20th Century Fox are wasting the financial opportunity with their superhero franchises. Marvel Studios for instance, understands their comic book superhero franchises. Avengers and their leadup films, were not focused on preachy messages. Instead, they focused on telling an enjoyable superhero story. I think 20th Century Fox could learn from that.

          • Wrong.

            Stan Lee himself has said he created the X-Men as his response to the civil rights movement.

            • I call that statement into question. Authors and filmmakers alike have changed their “interpretations” of their material. Such as Ridley Scott with Rick Deckard in Blade Runner. Originally, he and Harrison Ford decided Rick Deckard was human. In interviews years later, Ridley Scott backtracked and said they decided Rick Deckard was an Android. Harrison Ford still insisted that Ridley Scott and himself imagined Deckard as human.

              Essentially, filmmakers and other author/artists are willing to lie about their story’s inspiration/meaning when convenient.

          • I’ve never found any of the subtext in the X-Men movies to be preachy. It works naturally as an allegory for LGBT or civil rights because it’s about a minority group who are feared by society at large – it’s not like they’ve crammed this commentary into a story where it doesn’t fit.

            Really, the movies are relatable for just about anyone who has ever struggled to fit in with “normal” people. Talking about them like they’re LGBT rights propaganda honestly just sounds a little paranoid.

      • i am proud lesbian and proud marvel fan.

    • Why “facepalm”? Is what she saying wrong? I don’t think you know what “facepalm” means.

      • No, what “Mystique” says is perfectly valid; for LGBT movement promotions. However, this is an X-Men film. Which has been reduced to an LGBT allegory. That is what “Mr Elusive” facepalms.

        • Facepalm to you.

          • How quickly people jump on the self-righteousness track.

            @Dazz. I am NOT protesting the LGBT movement. I am stating my opinion that X-Men franchise has become LGBT preachy. I support LGBT inclusion and equality, however I don’t go to see it in my B-Grade movie excursions.

            • You used the word “reduced”. That might not have been your best word choice, sir.
              If you think the X-Men are more important than a sociopolitical fight for basic human rights, then you might need to reexamine some things.

    • Worst line in the entire film. Cringe worthy. Not because of it’s relation to LGBT movement but because it was just bad and forced.

  8. And this is news why? That was already established at the end of First Class.

    • I think it’s just highlighting that Jen’s gonna be BLUE a fair bit more this time around.

      Hey, Brian likes to have attractive naked blue chicks on set…. who wouldn’t.

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  9. from all the characters of the 70′s, I think Im most interested in Quicksilver. Would have been awesome to have Wanda too, or a full brotherhood including Avalanche too, but anyway, I hope the action in the 70′s gets really badass this time, now that the two teams are formed.

  10. I didn’t like her as mystique or Anna Paquin as rogue

  11. anytime my bestfriend and I think someone is being corny or preachy we just look at each other and say “Mutant and proud.” every time i see that part of the film i groan a little because that line is just so eww!

  12. It would have taken a lot of courage to be nudelike that for so many scenes. This movie was really good tbough