X-Men: Days of Future Past has probably given the Internet a gift with the latest sneak-peak-tweet from director, Bryan Singer. This time, we get a our first look (quite a look, actually,) at Jennifer Lawrence reprising her role as Raven Darkhölme, aka Mystique. -- And she's naked...technically.
When Lawrence played the role in 2011's X-Men: First Class, her character was a youthful, capricious shapeshifter, who made the effort to appear human and blend in with the norms; something she felt necessary to be accepted by not only humanity, but perhaps by her childhood friend, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy.) Well, by the end of that film, she embraced her inner-angst, making the not-too-subtle satirical declaration, "mutant and proud" and displayed her natural blue-scale-strewn form. Now, she's seen sans clothing, similar to the ass-kicking, acrobatic version played by Rebecca Romijn in the later-set original X-Men Trilogy.
While it's difficult to tell what role she'll have in this time-bending bonanza, Singer's tweet describes Lawrence's Mystique as "vengeful." It's a rather curious description since First Class only ended with her defection to the group of militant mutants led by Michael Fassbender's Magneto and didn't seem to leave her character in a particularly bitter place. However, as some may recall in 2006' X-Men: The Last Stand, Romijn's version of the character was certainly left with plenty to be vengeful about when it came to Ian McKellen's Magneto, who pretty much tossed her under the proverbial bus after she was accidentally "cured" of her mutantism. -- A few aspects which begs a question: Since there are no reports of Romijn returning, is Lawrence seen here playing the Mystique of 1973 OR the contemporary clothe-less counterpart? Perhaps, she's playing both?
X-Men: Days of Future Past takes the "girl on fire" and douses her flames with cooling blue body paint when it hits theaters on July 18, 2014. Check out the full photo of Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique below...which also happens to show her "below." -- Don't worry, it's work-safe, but it's an image that will probably stick around in your head for at least the rest of the day.