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X-Men: Days of Future Past involves a lot of men talking to other men about each other and about a woman, Mystique. The movie does technically pass (a scene where Mystique has a discussion with a female nurse about being a mutant), but it may also pass on another scene where Mystique has shape-shifted into a male character and talks to his female personal assistant about a number of different things. Does it count if one of the female characters is temporarily presenting as male and is played by a male actor?



There are three female characters among the future X-Men (Storm, Shadowcat and Blink), but none of them speak to each other and Blink doesn't speak at all, which is a waste of the excellent Fan Bingbing, though at least her power is smartly used and visually spectacular.

In the past, the only female character who is not a walk-on is Mystique. Her role is a major one and the centre of the movie's climax, but the other main characters in this part - the bulk of the movie - are all white men.

In the revised future, Kitty speaks to a classroom of boys and girls, but they are not speaking back. Ororo speaks to a young male student, and Jean speaks to Logan and Scott.

There's certainly a lot of women around, but apart from the excellent scenes with Mystique they don't get a lot to do in this movie - more like XMFC, less like the excellent X2! I enjoyed it a great deal and I'm sure the fic writers will have lots to fill in with the female characters and the glimpses at their stories shown here.
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