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Bryan Singer thinks Mystique would make for an interesting X-Men standalone

06.02.2016

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Not every mutant from the X-Men Universe is primed and ready for their own standalone movie. To this point, only two - Wolverine and Deadpool - have gotten the solo treatment. The former had a long history that could be explored in individual films, and the latter, after suffering a disastrous introduction in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, could only be salvaged with a return to the form that made the character popular among fans to begin with.

There had once been discussions about doing a Magneto ORIGINS film, but those talks quickly went silent after that first Wolverine flick was received so poorly. Gambit is in the works currently, and it would appear 20th Century Fox is open to the idea of doing X-Men standalone films where they might make sense and open up the window to expand the brand (and make a considerable amount of money for the studio). However, it can't just be any character... And Bryan Singer already thinks there is a good fit for such an opportunity in the mix. 

Appearing on the Empire Podcast, Singer threw his support behind Mystique landing a standalone spot, with or without Jennifer Lawrence in the role. 

I think [Mystique’s] right for [a standalone], whether it’s Jennifer [Lawrence] or not. 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.

Are you sure about that, Bryan Singer? Mystique feels as if she's been taken as far as she can go over the last three FIRST CLASS films... and even that was probably farther than the character deserved (no doubt Jennifer Lawrence being in the role made that happen). In the first three X-MEN films, Mystique is a part of an ensemble. She serves her purpose and fits her role well... but she is just one of many who do what is necessary to advance the stories being told. I'm not sure there is anything above and beyond that which would make for a compelling solo film. 

The internal conflict Mystique or Raven deals with regarding her outward appearance was done to death over FIRST CLASS and DAYS OF FUTURE PAST... and that's most likely as interesting as it's going to get. The rest is a lot of shape-shifting and... well, how much of that do you need for a two-hour feature film before it gets repetitive? 

She has gotten some interesting story arcs across the comics, but with the way the character has been built in the X-Men movies, I'm not quite sure they fit this version. Plus, with Jennifer Lawrence not appearing long for the X-MEN franchise, I would expect to see much less Mystique in our future, not more.

 

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6:58PM on 06/05/2016

No. No she wouldn't.

Jennifer Lawrence brings absolutely nothing interesting to the role of Mystique. She has been the weakest element in the last three films... And sorely over-used.
Jennifer Lawrence brings absolutely nothing interesting to the role of Mystique. She has been the weakest element in the last three films... And sorely over-used.
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10:26AM on 06/05/2016
I'm actually rather bored with her character and wish they would move on. I've actually had only a lukewarm relationship with the X-Men films in general(short of First Class and The Wolverine) so the thought of a standalone Mystique film does not sound very appealing at all
I'm actually rather bored with her character and wish they would move on. I've actually had only a lukewarm relationship with the X-Men films in general(short of First Class and The Wolverine) so the thought of a standalone Mystique film does not sound very appealing at all
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2:25PM on 06/03/2016

She just had 3

She was too heavily focused on (and the character bastardized) for the last 3 films, we do not in any way need a solo film, and especially not with Lawrence in the role
She was too heavily focused on (and the character bastardized) for the last 3 films, we do not in any way need a solo film, and especially not with Lawrence in the role
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9:48AM on 06/03/2016

The only way I'd like it...

... Would be if they do the porn version of how she got pregnant with Azazel to birth Nightcrawler...
WHAT ??
WHO DOESN'T LOVE A GOOD DEMONIC PORN, nowadays ?
Hehehe...
... Would be if they do the porn version of how she got pregnant with Azazel to birth Nightcrawler...
WHAT ??
WHO DOESN'T LOVE A GOOD DEMONIC PORN, nowadays ?
Hehehe...
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7:45AM on 06/03/2016
Nope... you tried with a very interesting character in my opinion, and were very close with a stand alone Magneto movie. That script inevitably got into First Class, so I just don't see this happening, nor does anyone want it.
Nope... you tried with a very interesting character in my opinion, and were very close with a stand alone Magneto movie. That script inevitably got into First Class, so I just don't see this happening, nor does anyone want it.
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11:03PM on 06/02/2016
no more mystique, yeah?
no more mystique, yeah?
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11:02PM on 06/02/2016
What's with Singer's boner for Mystique? There's a lot more interesting mutants he can focus on, jeez there's more than 30 years of comic history to choose from. Even before she looks just ridiculous with that obviously caked on makeup and silly red wig, she doesn't really look believable to me as a mutant. As a cosplayer, yeah.
What's with Singer's boner for Mystique? There's a lot more interesting mutants he can focus on, jeez there's more than 30 years of comic history to choose from. Even before she looks just ridiculous with that obviously caked on makeup and silly red wig, she doesn't really look believable to me as a mutant. As a cosplayer, yeah.
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10:00PM on 06/02/2016

I call shenanigans

X-Men Apocalypse proved that Bryan Singer doesn't think, much like I did while watching it. As a result, the experience was all the more entertaining than it had ANY business being. But still, there be few teeth on whatever gears are turning behind his bespectacled face nowadays.
X-Men Apocalypse proved that Bryan Singer doesn't think, much like I did while watching it. As a result, the experience was all the more entertaining than it had ANY business being. But still, there be few teeth on whatever gears are turning behind his bespectacled face nowadays.
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10:00PM on 06/02/2016

👎🏼👎🏼

Nope!
Nope!
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9:12PM on 06/02/2016
No she doesn't. Bet he wouldn't say that if she's still played by Rebecca Romijn.
No she doesn't. Bet he wouldn't say that if she's still played by Rebecca Romijn.
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8:06PM on 06/02/2016

Aww c'mon

You know what would be interesting Singer? A fucking film that focus on the actuall X-MEN - not the Villians and Wolverine.
You know what would be interesting Singer? A fucking film that focus on the actuall X-MEN - not the Villians and Wolverine.
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8:01PM on 06/02/2016
Fire Bryan singer, Fox.
Fire Bryan singer, Fox.
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7:15PM on 06/02/2016
No. I'm getting sick of Mystique getting all the spotlight in X-Men universe.
No. I'm getting sick of Mystique getting all the spotlight in X-Men universe.
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7:04PM on 06/02/2016

Please

Make her go away
Make her go away
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7:00PM on 06/02/2016
Nope! Zero interest
Nope! Zero interest
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6:59PM on 06/02/2016
There are really only five X-Men characters that could star in a spinoff film without it feeling forced.
1. Wolverine
2. Deadpool
3. Cable
4. Gambit
5. and maybe Cyclops

That's not to say that the other characters don't have good stories to tell, but they're just designed to work as part of an ensemble and don't have the name recognition to carry a franchise (and I totally get that Iron Man wasn't a name brand back in 2009 either, but he was at least a solo superhero who had carried his
There are really only five X-Men characters that could star in a spinoff film without it feeling forced.
1. Wolverine
2. Deadpool
3. Cable
4. Gambit
5. and maybe Cyclops

That's not to say that the other characters don't have good stories to tell, but they're just designed to work as part of an ensemble and don't have the name recognition to carry a franchise (and I totally get that Iron Man wasn't a name brand back in 2009 either, but he was at least a solo superhero who had carried his own monthly title for nearly 50 years). I mean could something like Longshot or Domino work if they had a really knockout script? Sure, but I feel like would definitely be the exception and not the rule. Otherwise, I feel like they'd need some serious stunt casting that'd just come off as gimicky, like the Taylor Swift as Dazzler rumor or something.
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6:33PM on 06/02/2016

Stop.

Please, just... just stop.
Please, just... just stop.
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6:52PM on 06/02/2016
Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop... Dave. Will you stop Dave? Stop... Dave.... Stop
Dave, stop. Stop, will you? Stop... Dave. Will you stop Dave? Stop... Dave.... Stop
6:22PM on 06/02/2016
FUCK NO she wouldn't. Mystique can be an interesting character when used in small, specialized doses. What they've turned Mystique into in these latest series of Xmen movies, due to Jlaw's star power, is moronic. She is not the leader or even pseudo leader of the Xmen nor should she be on par with either Magneto or Charles. She is a mostly boring as shit character as far as mutants go. Not to mention, not a single time have they actually respected the character enough to get her look right. For
FUCK NO she wouldn't. Mystique can be an interesting character when used in small, specialized doses. What they've turned Mystique into in these latest series of Xmen movies, due to Jlaw's star power, is moronic. She is not the leader or even pseudo leader of the Xmen nor should she be on par with either Magneto or Charles. She is a mostly boring as shit character as far as mutants go. Not to mention, not a single time have they actually respected the character enough to get her look right. For the love of god when Jlaw is done, please let Mystique die like you let Wolverine die. The public needs a break from these characters for awhile.
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5:54PM on 06/02/2016

Nope.

Seems like it would be just as interesting as a Black Widow movie. That is to say it won't be.

If it's a female character thing, pick Jean Grey or Domino or even Jubilee.

There's very little mystique left to Mystique (ZING!) to warrant a standalone movie for her.
Seems like it would be just as interesting as a Black Widow movie. That is to say it won't be.

If it's a female character thing, pick Jean Grey or Domino or even Jubilee.

There's very little mystique left to Mystique (ZING!) to warrant a standalone movie for her.
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6:23PM on 06/02/2016
At least black widow has an interesting backstory. And Black widow could be setup as a spy thriller similar to Bourne or even a buddy spy movie with Hawkeye explaining some of their past. The possibilities with Widow as far more interesting than anything Mystique can offer.
At least black widow has an interesting backstory. And Black widow could be setup as a spy thriller similar to Bourne or even a buddy spy movie with Hawkeye explaining some of their past. The possibilities with Widow as far more interesting than anything Mystique can offer.
6:47PM on 06/02/2016
Yeah, I think the Mystique idea sucks, mainly because we've already seen her whole freaking back story what's left to explore? However, that's not the case with Black Widow and, as such, I'd be totally down for that one.
Yeah, I think the Mystique idea sucks, mainly because we've already seen her whole freaking back story what's left to explore? However, that's not the case with Black Widow and, as such, I'd be totally down for that one.
8:57PM on 06/02/2016
I'm not sold on a Black Widow back story. Maybe there's something in the comics I'm not privy to but I think her character does just fine as it is in the movies.

If you think a Black Widow movie could work, I'd be interested in hearing what you think that movie would be.
I'm not sold on a Black Widow back story. Maybe there's something in the comics I'm not privy to but I think her character does just fine as it is in the movies.

If you think a Black Widow movie could work, I'd be interested in hearing what you think that movie would be.
8:59PM on 06/02/2016
Actually I don't hate the spy movie idea with her and Hawkeye.
Actually I don't hate the spy movie idea with her and Hawkeye.
5:44PM on 06/02/2016
I like her in the role, but in no way is the character vital enough to have her own solo film/franchise at this point; even with Lawrence playing the titular character. It would be overkill at this point. Let her stay as a supporting character and just focus on the new core team of Cyclops, Jean, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Quicksilver with Professor X, Mystique, and Beast aiding them.
I like her in the role, but in no way is the character vital enough to have her own solo film/franchise at this point; even with Lawrence playing the titular character. It would be overkill at this point. Let her stay as a supporting character and just focus on the new core team of Cyclops, Jean, Nightcrawler, Storm, and Quicksilver with Professor X, Mystique, and Beast aiding them.
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5:40PM on 06/02/2016
I loved X-Men Apocalypse but we REALLY don't need a Mystique stand alone film.
I loved X-Men Apocalypse but we REALLY don't need a Mystique stand alone film.
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5:36PM on 06/02/2016

Meh

I'd rather see them focus on other characters, I'm a little bored of Mystique at this point.
I'd rather see them focus on other characters, I'm a little bored of Mystique at this point.
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