Throughout the X-Men series, Mystique is what we call a "nifty shapeshifty." What I mean is that her mutant ability is shapeshifting. When she isn't body-morphing, she has bumpy blue skin, lizard eyes and David Bowie "Life on Mars" hair.
She usually shows off her powers by morphing into people she has seen. In X-Men: Days of Future Past, she morphs into Bolivar Trask and a prominent Vietnamese general. Her go-to disguise, though, is this:
Basically, she morphs into what she would look like if she didn't resemble a female Panthro with Lion-O's hair.
For this to be possible, she must have seen this woman (AKA Jennifer Lawrence) somewhere. That means she was walking down the street one day and she passed a girl who looked identical to her EXCEPT this person was a normal human and also incredibly attractive and glamorous. This is both improbable and nightmarish. Imagine walking down the street and spotting a person who looked exactly like you without any of your physical deformities or imperfections! That would be horrible! It would be a 1,000 times worse than that time it was Celebrity Doppelganger month on Facebook!
Maybe this is why Mystique is so angsty.
Remember this moment?
Okay, Peter, you're a mutant who doesn't know who your father is, but your non-mutant mother told you about this one specific mutant she knew and his specific mutant ability. Aaaand you're not gonna investigate that at all? Really?
Petey, you ain't quick.
Look, you seem like a good kid. Sure, you steal compulsively, and you gleefully broke a dangerous criminal out of a maximum security cell UNDER THE FUCKING PENTAGON. But that's because you're misunderstood and bored!
When Logan meets younger Charles Xavier and Hank McCoy, Charles explains that he can walk again, thanks to a serum Hank concocted.
What else can this serum that MIRACULOUSLY HEALS A SPINAL CORD INJURY do? It can simultaneously control the unsavory aspects of Beast's mutant abilities and destroy Charles's psychic powers, of course!
This serum is amazing! They should get the FDA to approve it ASAP so they can release it under the name "Convenient Plot Device!"
The entire plot of X-Men: Days of Future Past hinges on the fact that Mystique's DNA can't get into the wrong hands because anti-mutant advocates will use it to design advanced Sentinels with the power to adapt mutant abilities.
But Mystique's mutant ability is to shapeshift. Not to absorb or mimic other mutants' powers.
This movie is set in early 1973, but features a Gulfstream IIB private jet, a taser and a Dark Side of the Moon t-shirt before any of these things existed.
But he always rocks those sweet cheekbeards, even when they're not in style. Which is any time in history beside the 1970's.
President Nixon wants to invest in Bolivar Trask's mutant protection project because Trask convinces him that mutants are violent and aggressive. By the end of the movie, our heroes manage to change his mind. How do they do this?
First, Magneto lifts an entire football stadium and dumps it on the White House lawn. Before he can murder the president, though, Mystique shoots him in the neck. She wants to kill Trask but Professor X convinces her at the last minute not to. Then, Nixon concludes that these stadium-lifting and gun-firing mutants mean no harm.
Uh, okay. Sure.
That's like if a robber kicked in your front door and just as he was about to slaughter your family in front of you, another robber entered through the hole where your door used to be and shot the first robber. And then you shrugged and said, "Why get an alarm system or even replace the front door? Robbers are cool!" It's like that. Except the robbers have uncontrollable magical powers instead of firearms.
With this event and the mention of John F. Kennedy being a mutant (What was his nickname? JFKinesis?), X-Men: Days of Future Past takes alternate history to the next level. I was hoping the movie would end with Nixon's resignation speech: "I resign today because of Watergate. Oh and because I was cool with mutants after they promised certain destruction. But also because of the crimes I committed." And then he would fly away in Professor X's private jet.
But instead the movie had to end with just a post-credits scene showing Apocalypse, the first mutant ever, as a teen. Lame.