The X-Men films are getting ready to revisit the Dark Phoenix Saga arc from the comics in next year’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix. It will be the fourth film in the part-prequel/part-reboot X-Men series featuring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender as younger versions of Professor X and Magneto respectively. The X-Men movies previously adapted elements of the Phoenix arc in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, which failed to impress most fans, possibly causing some trepidation about seeing the films retread this particular stretch of old ground. However, new Storm actress, Alexandra Shipp, has been reassuring fans that they can expect much more this time around.
Speaking recently to Syfy Wire, Shipp talked a little about the direction Dark Phoenix is taking:
“It’s definitely a darker world. A lot more is going on at this point. I can’t say too much but what I can say is that, as a fan of the X-Men franchise, I know a lot of people are going to be happy with how accurate this one is.”
Claiming this film “stays true” to the X-Men mythos, Shipp revealed that she felt having long-time X-Men producer, Simon Kinberg, directing has been the key to getting Dark Phoenix right:
“Now that [Kinberg] has a little more control, he is able to really allow this X-Men world to flourish.”
And it sounds like Kinberg isn’t the only one who knows his X-Men stuff! Shipp spoke about her love for Storm growing up:
“[As a kid] I liked dressing up as her. I liked pretending I had powers. I like pretending I have powers now!”
It’s easy to see how the mutant’s weather-controlling powers might come in useful – as Shipp notes:
“I would really love to control the elements. Are you hot right now? [Waves hand.] Now you’re not, because I just gave you a cool breeze.”
Directed by Simon Kinberg, X-Men: Dark Phoenix stars James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy/Beast, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summer/Cyclops, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Monroe/Storm, Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver, Olivia Munn as Psylocke and Jessica Chastain in a currently unspecified role.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is currently slated to hit theaters on November 2nd, 2018.
8 X-Men Characters Who Deserve Their Own Movie
So it’s probably safe to assume everyone here has seen Logan? Well, based on how well it did in the box-office I think 20th Century Fox is taking notes. Now that they have both Deadpool and Logan under their belts, I’m sure they will be bringing more X-Men characters to the big screen as soon as possible.
There are so many great X-Men arcs to choose from, but I think focusing on personal stories and fewer characters is a way to ensure the movie connects with an audience. Mutants were originally composed as a metaphor for the Civil Rights movement, and that issue is still very much so alive in our society. I’m not saying every movie needs to be political, but they all have the potential to be about so much more than destruction and boss battles. Fox focuses on smaller, personal stories that show mutants in a different light. Sure they can kick ass, but let’s make sure they always feel like real people, as Logan did.
Hit Next to see the eight mutants I think Fox should bring to the big screen next!