"The stories about us written by Chris Claremont in the late 1970s and early 1980s were some of the first mainstream comics that had more than one female character at a time, with lines and powers and motives and everything. The movie, on the other hand, doesnâ€™t even try to pass the Bechdel test. Its 1973 plot has one woman, Mystique, the third in a classic bromantic triangle with Xavier and Magneto. The 1973 plotâ€”thatâ€™s most of the movieâ€”also has one non-white speaking role, a Vietnamese officer whom Mystique kills and impersonates. The future looks terrible (and grey and cloudyâ€”why do all dystopias look grey and cloudy?) but at least itâ€™s diverse: Storm and Bishop, Blink and Warpath, tear up the screen."
They made a point to show Mystique didn't kill the Vietnamese soldier. She put him in a sleeper hold and he was breathing on the floor afterwards.