X-Men: Days of Future Past is still more than a month away, and 20th Century Fox and director Bryan Singer have also already penciled in X-Men: Apocalypse for 2016, yet that does not mean in our post multi-franchise universe world that a studio cannot be planning further ahead.
While speaking to Entertainment Weekly, both producers Laura Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg discussed the prospect of building the X-universe in a way not seen under previous 20th Century Fox management. Also, one name caught the attention of both producers moer than any other.
“I love what Jen Lawrence has done with her,” Kinberg said of Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal of the blue shape-shifting mutant in X-Men: First Class (2011) and this summer’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. “And I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo.”
Indeed, Mystique was amongst the names that Donner spoke about exploring in this new phase of the X-universe on screen.
“There was a regime [at the studio] that didn’t see the worth in [spin-offs], and the current people who run Fox understand, embrace it, and we’re going to do right by it,” Donner said. “I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There’s a lot of really great characters.”
Yet, the name they both mentioned was Mystique, who has certainly risen in prominence over the last several years alongside Lawrence’s movie star career. Indeed, if you check out the latest cover for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Mystique is finally overshadowing the Wolverine himself…