So, X-Men: Days of Future Past?
It’s sexist crap. I mean, sexist even by your ordinary Hollywood blockbuster standard, which is pretty sexist already. There are some female characters in the brave band of heroes at the end of the world (and why couldn’t we have the film about the band of heroes at the end of the world?)…
…and then there’s Mystique. Who is a fucking awesome, active, badass character –
– that the film treats as a combination of Macguffin/prize for the boys with their sad manpain.
C.C. Finlay says it best:
So the world is a better place because Mystique grows and changes as a person. And when we snap back to the future, we’ll get to see a glimpse of her and how she’s changed.
Just like Mystique only functions earlier in the story as a foil for Charles’ man-pain vs. Magneto’s man-pain, she’s completely absent from the denouement. Because her growth as a character is irrelevant to the rewards that the men-folks get for a job well done.
To make up for that, here’s Trudi Canavan talking about women and epic fantasy in Australia and New Zealand.