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Now, when it comes to the X-Men movies - and, particularly, X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past - a whole lot of attention has been paid to the importance of the central relationship between Professor X and Magneto. There is, though, a pairing that's arguably just as important: Magneto and Mystique.

The pair's relationship shifts throughout the films, going from friends, to implied lovers, to enemies, and then eventually settling into a sort-of frenemy-like middle ground - but it's always been based on mutual respect, and Magneto encouraging Mystique to embrace her identity as a mutant.

What, though, if that was all a lie?

After all, there's one key piece of evidence that suggests...

Magneto and Mystique Have a Seriously Messed Up Relationship

And when I say messed up, I mean really messed up. As in, Raven Darkholme, a.k.a. Mystique, has had the very foundation of her identity completely broken and Magneto is totally cool with it, kind of messed up...

And why is that?

The Key Lies in THAT Transformation Scene

Specifically, the one back in X-Men: First Class, where Jennifer Lawrence Mystique...

...transforms into Rebecca Romijn Mystique.

Before Magneto tells her (as you can see in the video below)...

"I prefer the real Raven."

Meaning, of course, her blue-skinned mutant form.

So far, so emotionally healthy and supportive, right?

So What's the Problem?

Well, sometime between when the pair were hanging around in bed, being all friendly, supportive and flirtatious...

...and the time of the original X-Men movie trilogy (Where the duo are, if anything, closer than ever)...

...Something pretty darned messed up happened.

Specifically, Mystique has gone from looking like Jennifer Lawrence when she shape-shifts... looking like Rebecca Romijn...

Which, in and of itself, is absolutely fine. They're both entirely striking examples of feminine beauty, and are clearly both portrayed as being a mutant bad-ass underneath the surface.

This, Though, is Where That Transformation Scene Comes In

Somewhere between X-Men: First Class, and the original movies - which, X-Men: Days of Future Past tells us, are definitely the future version of the same reality we're watching in First Class - Magneto and Mystique's relationship seems to completely change.

Not only does Mystique become a whole lot more villainous, and distinctly cold to the X-Men she once called friends, but she also begins to use the Rebecca Romijn version of herself not just as a way of looking older, but as her primary 'human' disguise.

Which, notably, Magneto has no problem sending her to seduce people with.

This? Not OK.
This? Not OK.

Combine that with the fact that she seems to get a whole lot less of a say in all of his dastardly plans than you'd expect from the capable, confident character in the newer, prequel movies, and you have a pretty fundamentally problematic relationship.

In fact, it seems as though...

Between X-Men: First Class and the Original Trilogy, Mystique Has Lost a Lot of Her Identity

Specifically, she's no longer got much of a say in things, she's very much a junior partner in Magneto's operation, she's been conditioned to be distant from the people she was closest to, and, most of all...

She Uses a Disguise Associated with Trying to Seduce Magneto to Act as His Sexual Secret Agent

Which, if it were completely her choice, would, I guess, be pretty reasonable within the terms of her job/career as a mutant terrorist.

As it is, though, it feels very much as though she's been pressured into a life of acting as Magneto's henchwoman, and to use a visual symbol of her connection to him to do it.

Which suggests that Ian McKellen-era Magneto is waaaay more of an asshole than he previously seemed.

The Good News?

The events of X-Men: Days of Future Past totally wiped away the future in which the original trilogy happened - which means the Mystique and Magneto we're going to see in X-Men: Apocalypse? They don't have any of that future set in stone before them...

The big question, though? What do you guys think?


Do Mystique and Magneto have a seriously messed up relationship?


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