Originally Posted by Mrs Vimes
Well, the whole approach to the character was different in the two films. In the original series, Mystique is an exotic, sexy femme fatale, so the design of the character would do everything possible to accentuate that. In FC, she is a young insecure girl who has trouble accepting her natural shape, so the "sexy and deadly" was not really a priority there.
And I have absolutely no problems with that. Mystique was part of the heart of the X-Men:First Class and the scene of her stepping out in her true form was remarkable.
My problem is that they messed with a very successful design in the character, that ended up being a detriment to her appearance--something that her character is built up to be all about. The character design lost a bit of its appeal in my eyes.