Seems like there’s Dark Phoenix fever everywhere you look, if you’re watching Fox-related properties, anyway. While the official trailer for Fox’s next X-Men installment, Dark Phoenix, premiered early in the morning on The Late Late Show With James Corden, coupled with an announcement earlier in that day that we would indeed be getting a trailer, it turns out that there was another tease of the cosmic entity in an entirely different world- that of the American Horror Story variety.
Ryan Murphy’s anthology series on FX, now in its eighth season with Apocalypse, had a direct nod to the upcoming Dark Phoenix film. Well, technically two when you consider the fact that Quicksilver himself, Evan Peters, is a part of this cast, but he’s been a staple of the American Horror Story series since the first season, Murder House, so that’s more of a technicality. And no, this isn’t about the series using Jim Croce’s “Time In a Bottle,” previously heard in Days of Future Past, either.
In last night’s episode, Mallory, played by Billie Lourd, gets in a heated discussion with Langdon and is furious to the point that her outburst leads to flames shooting from the fireplace. Later on, she speaks with Mr. Galant- Evan Peters’ character, and when describing the experience, wonders if the radiation from the nuclear blasts changed- but not mutated- her and gave her powers and the ability to move fire, thus making her akin to the Dark Phoenix.
Well, given how Evan Peters’ X-Men counterpart is a teammate of Jean Grey in both X-Men Apocalypse and the upcoming Dark Phoenix film, he knows all about a Dark Phoenix outside of the name drop on American Horror Story. Given that this episode premiered the same day that fans finally got to see the trailer for Dark Phoenix, that couldn’t have been an accident, given that both the American Horror Story and the X-Men films fall under the 20th Century Fox umbrella.
And hey, perhaps that power surge from Mallory could’ve been a tease of what we’ll get from Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey in Dark Phoenix. Any American Horror Story fans out there? If so, what did you think of the Dark Phoenix name drop? And what were your thoughts on the trailer for Dark Phoenix itself? Let us know in the comments below.
American Horror Story: Apocalypse airs on Wednesday nights at 10 P.M. on FX. Dark Phoenix will be released in theaters on February 14, 2019.