In 2011, 20th Century Fox softly rebooted its aging X-Men franchise with Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, starring Jennifer Lawrence as the anti-hero mutant Mystique. It was an entire year before Lawrence’s fame rocketed into the stratosphere in The Hunger Games, but Lawrence has stuck around Fox’s Marvel universe, and the Oscar-winner will return in the next movie X-Men: Dark Phoenix. However, in an amusing new interview, Lawrence confesses she has no idea what’s going on while shooting those movies.
It’s all due to the special effects, apparently. In a new profile in Vogue, Lawrence reveals how, due to the intense special effects required to create mutant powers, shooting X-Men can be difficult. “When I do an X-Men movie, I have no idea what is going on,” Lawrence says. “Then I see it and I’m like, ‘Whoa! Cool!’”
It’s probably especially interesting for Lawrence, whose character Mystique is a shapeshifter that can take on the form of virtually anybody.
Although last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse garnered mediocre reviews from critics, Fox is showing no signs of slowing down its use of the Marvel license. Both Logan and Deadpool were mega hits despite being R-rated affairs, and FX’s semi-connected spin-off series Legion was also a big hit. This fall, another series, The Gifted, will premiere on Fox, while work is underway on New Mutants from director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars). Deadpool 2 is also filming now.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be released on November 2, 2018.