This one is kind of a no-brainer. Jennifer Lawerence is an amazing (and A-list) actress, but she (and Rebecca Romijn) always falls flat for me in the X-Men movies. Mystique is a mutant unlike anyone else. Her ability to travel anywhere and go unnoticed by anyone should grant her a sense of being isolated and untouchable. Instead, she is always surrounded by teammates, playing their games.
I want to see a Mystique who lives on the edge, takes name and plays by her own rules. If she wants to be good for a while, that’s fine, but it should only happen when it suits her needs. She shouldn’t be the leader of the X-Men, that honestly just doesn’t make any sense. Mystique should be the James Bond of the mutant world. A stealthy, spy-like character who knows how to get things done. Whether she is infiltrating a base for her own good or because a team asked her to, I usually have total confidence Mystique will get out of a situation unharmed.
What does always pretending to be someone else do to one’s psyche? Make it happen Fox!