Mystique had nothing to do with ‘The Dark Phoenix Saga, ‘ but now we know why Jennifer Lawrence (‘The Hunger Games,”Winter’s Bone’) is returning for ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix‘. Having been part of the X-Men reboot that kicked off with ‘First Class’ and likely being the most bankable actor in the franchise means we know why Fox would want her back, but previously it seemed the actor was unsure of returning. Just like Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, Mystique had nothing to do with this story arc, so it was interesting to see her being brought back. Especially after she had made such a big deal about not being interested in returning after working on Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ which wasn’t released to rave reviews by critics or fans.
So why did she return?
“My contract was up, I didn’t have to do another one, but if I didn’t do another one, what would her story be?
I felt like I owed it to the fans, and I owed it to the character to follow her journey, to be fair to the movies, and not be like, ‘I don’t want to do another X-Men!’ And then I just never show up and everyone’s very confused about the Mystique they’ve been following for the last three films.”
We have seen this version of the character turning into an inspirational hero akin to Lawrence’s character from ‘The Hunger Games’ instead of the villain she has historically been portrayed as both onscreen and in the comics. It wouldn’t seem right to have her story come to a close without a conclusion, so you almost have to wonder if we’ll be seeing her suffer a noble death on screen or if the actress has plans to revise her role another time going forward.
If the franchise wants to keep up the progress made by the last two R-Rated installments of ‘Deadpool’ and ‘Logan.’ they would almost have to find a way to raise the stakes and killing off one of the most beloved characters could do just that. Of course, Mystique is also the easiest of all mutants for the ‘X-Men’ to swap actors with as she can just have a new look at any point she would want to.
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Source: Digital Spy