There’s a difference between fans and people who post in message boards like this one. I’ve said that before; we are not the mainstream.
Certainly the mainstream has embraced geekness over my lifetime and it’s good to be around to see it, but we, those of us in places like this, are still different from most of the millions who see an ‘X-Men’ film.
For the record, I never thought she was phoning it in. I thought she used her position as one of the best known people in the series to make sure that Mystique had more to do and that it mattered and that she wasn’t blue all the time. Which I think are the things that mattered to her.