Looks like Magneto and Mystique are finally making it official! Their "will they/won't they" relationship will be under the spotlight in [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267), the last movie of the First Class trilogy.
The events of X-Men: Apocalypse will take place in 1983, only ten years after Magneto and Mystique go head-to-helmet head in [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942). There's apparently little time for grudges in the X-Men universe (considering Magneto shoots Mystique in the leg in the latest movie), or maybe that's what keeps things interesting for these two baddies.
The Hollywood Reporter claims the decision stems from the combined star power of Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender and not necessarily from the needs of the story. So how will this decision affect the plot of X-Men: Apocalypse?
Short answer: probably quite a bit. Bryan Singer has stated that he will be drawing some of his inspiration from the comic book's Age of Apocalypse storyline. Now the real question is, how much?
The basic premise of the extremely popular and critically acclaimed Age of Apocalypse follows the future son of Charles Xavier, Legion, who travels back in time to kill his father's longtime rival, Magneto, to prevent him from becoming the villain we know and love. Legion's plan backfires when Xavier sacrifices himself to save his friend, an event that triggers a twisted alternate universe. In this reality, Magneto is so moved by Xavier's selflessness that he assumes the role of peacekeeper with the human race and forms the X-Men. Apocalypse, an ancient and formidable villain, uses this opportunity to take over the world.
Obviously, this is quite a lot of backstory to cram into the last movie of a trilogy, so it's safe to assume that the romance between Magneto and Mystique will mean shifts away from the source material.
Mystique will most likely be front and center
Since most reports claim that X-Men: Apocalypse will feature Mystique as its main protagonist, it's possible (if not likely) that Singer will alter the central story to ensure that Mystique is the driving force behind the battle with Apocalypse's ancient evil. In the comics, Mystique is not a particularly prominent player This could be great news for fans of Mystique's extended "family," especially with the mass retcon of X-Men: Days of Future Past. If Mystique is in charge of amassing a crew, we could see the long-anticipated return of Nightcrawler and an actual task for Rogue.
Will we see a completely different retconned version?
Second, Age of Apocalypse involves alternate universes and time travel. Considering [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942) put so much effort into establishing a corrected universe that essentially reset the narrative as we knew it, Singer would risk losing not only momentum, but all of the romantic tension he spent two movies developing between Mystique and Magneto. Luckily, back in December he told HitFix that he is "not necessarily" heading in that direction, which will allow more screen time to develop the romance.
Beast might have a completely different storyline
This is interesting, too: the character of Beast may now have a totally different subplot. In the alternate dimension in Age of Apocalypse, he is a mad scientist working to breed more powerful mutants for Apocalypse's army. If Singer chooses to abandon time travel, Mystique's relationship with Magneto could be what pushes Hank McCoy into his terrifying Dark Beast persona. Since the movies never closed that door between Beast and Mystique, this could be the perfect opportunity to milk some real consequences out of the love triangle.
How do you think the Magneto/Mystique pairing will affect the course of the movie?