Whether you have been a Marvel fan for 40 days or 40 years you recognize this conundrum of a character. Is she friend or foe? Hero or villain? OK, she's mostly villain--but the recent use of her in the X-Men movie franchise has bestowed on her far more sympathy and fans than she usually had during her appearances in the comic books. Her origins, while still shrouded in mystery in the comic world, have been very simply laid out in the movies. She's a mutant. Period.
But there's far more to her than that. Without giving too much away, she could even be seen as a foundational character in the X-Men world created by Marvel. Her presence is dynamic in the backstories of several beloved heroes of Marveldom. And she is important to the development of several others.
If you've only seen the movies or read more recent comics, there are tons of things you could miss about this deep and sensational character. Presented here are 15 of the lesser known facts concerning Mystique.
15 She's Nightcrawler's Mommy
14 Jennifer Lawrence Wasn't Familiar With X-Men
She's not much of an X-Men fan, apparently, because J-Law never saw any of the other movies before auditioning for Mystique.
Lawrence wasn’t familiar with the other X-Men films when she first auditioned for the part. "I am ashamed to say I auditioned three times before I even watched any of the movies," she says. "And then after I watched the movies, I was like, 'Oh my God, I’ve been doing it all wrong, why are they calling me back?' I was doing her all sweet and naive. I saw Rebecca Romijn (who played Raven/Mystique in the X-Men trilogy) and she’s sultry and mean. I know this is an origin story, but I was definitely doing it all wrong.’
13 She's Naked
12 Her Age Is Unknown
11 She Wasn't Originally The X-Men's Nemesis
10 Mystique Was Rogue's Surrogate Mother
9 She Was Supposed To Be Featured More In Days of Future Past
One very important aspect which was a little overlooked in the first three X-Men films was the role the Sentinels had always played in making mutant lives miserable. Only in Final Stand was a nod given to the gigantic and dangerous robots which hunted down mutants -both good and evil - throughout the comics. And that was a fleeting glimpse of a huge, detached head falling to the ground in the Danger Room. So it wasn't even a real Sentinel. Therefore, it was with great anticipation that X-Geeks waited for DoFP and its reported use of the Sentinels in recurring harassment of Xavier's mutants.
8 The Makeup And Costume Are Dangerous
7 She's Blind
6 Amber Heard Almost Got The Part
5 She Might Be A Man
4 Mystique & Professor X
3 She's More Powerful Than She Used To Be
2 Yet Another Child
1 She Used To Work For The Government
As we alluded to earlier, Mystique isn't the typical comic villain. She has alternately fought and befriended the X-Men numerous times over the decades as well as being a somewhat sympathetic character in several aspects. She even changed her Brotherhood of Evil Mutants into a group of Super Heroes known as the Freedom Force. It seems Uncle Sam offered some legal benefits to the team in exchange for their services and the outlaws leaped into the agreement with relish. Why not? If you're trying to regenerate your reputation from a group seen as evil, crooked, thieving scum, what else would you do but go to work for the most corrupt institution in the history of earthen civilization? It didn't last long, of course. Once they heard about the disturbing arrangement Mystique and her buddies had made with the U.S. government, all the reputable villains and criminals would no longer speak to them.
Sources: Wikipedia, Telegraph UK , Reddit, Cinemablend, IMDB, Marvel.com
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