“Part of what’s really interesting about Mystique’s character is that she is, in some ways, the child of both Erik and Charles,” [screenwriter and producer Simon Kinberg] told the site. “She grew up with Charles and then she sort of became a woman with Erik, so her being the cross-pollination, if you will, of those two philosophies and those two men is something we can explore in the movie, too.”
I… I just… wow.
“The child of both Erik and Charles.” “Sort of became a woman with Erik.” “The cross-pollination… of those two men.”
Are you fucking kidding me? I mean, seriously, are you kidding?
Look, I get that people are to a certain degree the product of their collective experiences and influences, but could we maybe treat the primary female protagonist of the X-Men movie series as if she were a human being capable of MAKING HER OWN FUCKING DECISIONS ABOUT THINGS WITHOUT SIMPLY FUNCTIONING AS A MIRROR OF HER MALE COUNTERPARTS’ BULLSHIT? (And could we also maybe not talk about her in infantilizing, objectifying, and dehumanizing terms while we’re at it? I mean, a “cross-pollination” of the male characters? A cross-pollination? REALLY?)
To be honest, I’m not sure why I feel any sense of astonishment at this description. Clearly the pathetically sexist and overly-clichéd reinvention of Mystique that began in First Class and built in Days of Future Past was inevitably bound to continue (and crescendo?) in Apocalypse. But, Hell’s teeth, I was hoping against hope that the next film was going to be something that I could stand to watch.