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A Day in the Life of X-Men's Mystique
Imagine if the grass was bluer on your side.
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  1. Imagine having the power to transform into a totally different person whenever you want. Didn’t get tickets to the Taylor Swift concert? No prob—you can just transform into her and give your friends a private concert in the comfort of your own home. Parents won’t let you camp out at the One Direction ticket-selling event tomorrow? No prob—you can just switch looks from Harry to Zayn to Niall to Liam to Louis, and stare at the mirror all day. Problem super solved.

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  2. Imagine being (almost) forever young. You only live once, but it's one looong life. 

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  3. But the thing is, you can't just rely on your shape-shifting abilities. You have to learn how to defend yourself if, or let's be realistic, when your powers get you into a sticky sitch. 

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  4. On top of the whole self-defense thing, imagine how sad it would be to look in the mirror and not be happy with what you see, like Mystique.

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  5. Imagine if your boyfriend thought society would never accept your natural form as beautiful. Granted, he felt the same way about his mutant feet. (Though Hank/Beast seems to have gotten over this, thank goodness.)

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  6. Imagine if people wanted to experiment on you for their own benefit. In X-Men: Days of Future Past, a brilliant scientist wants to capture Mystique and use her genes to enhance his mutant annihilators, the Sentinels.

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  7. Imagine if even your friends wanted you dead for their own benefit, i.e., self-preservation. Magneto, super villain that he is, doesn’t hesitate to come after her even though they’re on the same team and, well, more than friends.

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  8. Imagine getting over all of it and becoming a strong, empowered mutant.

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  9. But somewhere along the way, that empowerment turns into something else, something dark and twisty. Mystique has logged some serious villain hours throughout the X-Men series, and the fact that she grew up with Charles/Professor X makes her actions even more devastating.

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  10. Now imagine being back in your own body—no super powers (and no 1D and T-Swift tickets), with the same insecurities and problems but with a whole new appreciation for yourself and life in general. Now doesn’t the grass look so much greener on your side?

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X-Men Days of Future Past is now showing. 

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Dyan Zarzuela
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Stalks celebrities, watches TV, marathons movies, curls up with books, and flails at concerts for a living. Also: semi-hardcore Whovian.
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