Mystique from the X-MEN comic books | © Marvel Comics

Mystique from the X-MEN comic books | © Marvel Comics

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is now in theatres! Many of you might read this series of editorials before you see the movie, and some after, but be warned there are some spoilerish elements in play. Basically, our idea was to create a series of character guides to the main players of FIRST CLASS, to give people a bit of a working knowledge of where the characters in the movie have their comic book origins, and how those origins compare to their big screen counterparts. This is a taste of the comics for those who haven’t spent their lives reading and archiving these books for decades, and who just want a quick who’s who and what’s what guide. So read on true believers and find out more about Marvel’s merry band of mutants!

Mystique from THE UNCANNY X-MEN | ©2011 Marvel Comics

Mystique from THE UNCANNY X-MEN | ©2011 Marvel Comics

IN THE COMICS:

REAL NAME: Raven Darkhölme

FIRST APPEARANCE: Ms. Marvel #16- 1978

Mystique is a unique character. Her moods and her alliances are as fluid as her sexuality. Again, she was never a first class member of Xavier’s school, in fact she never was ‘educated’ by Xavier in any way. When she first appeared on the scene in the late 70’s, she was pretty much just a shape shifting bad guy who was looking for help for her mutant ‘daughter’ Rogue (who later became a core member of the X-Men). Since that time readers have learned that Mystique is actually over 100 years old, and is the mother of mutant hater Graydon Creed, and the X-Men’s Nightcrawler. Mystique herself has been a member of various X-teams from time to time, but she almost always betrays them for her own gains. Currently she is listed as deceased.

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Jennifer Lawrence in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS | ©2011 20th Century Fox

Jennifer Lawrence in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS | ©2011 20th Century Fox

IN THE MOVIE:

Mystique (as played by Jennifer Lawrence) is a sister-like character to Charles Xavier. They grow up together, and she spends most of the movie as a softer and more gentle version of the character than we’ve ever seen. Mystique is vulnerable and extremely aware of her outward appearance and is contemplating using a cure being created by Beast. She is not the self-assured killer of the comic books, but they do mention her lack of aging being part of her mutation. 

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