X-Men: Dark Phoenix will continue the franchise’s decade-hopping tendencies as the story looks to be set in the Nineties. But that doesn’t mean that earlier characters are going to be left out, as characters from X-Men: First Class (which was set in the Sixties) might get back into the fray, along with a previously-introduced character that has yet to be seen in the new timeline.
In an interview with CinemaBlend, producer Hutch Parker suggested that we’ll be getting more of the First Class characters that have appeared throughout the trilogy alongside the team of Mutants that were introduced in X-Men: Apocalypse.
“I’d rather not confirm any of those officially, but yes, the current story that we’re working on has that group involved as well as some of the younger characters that we introduced last time.”
The X-Men: First Class comprises that movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse – and the characters that appeared prominently throughout that trilogy include Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Professor X (James McAvoy), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), and Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne). Mystique and Magneto were especially likely to appear, according to the interviewer.
Other characters that are likely to return include Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Jubilee (Lana Condor), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters), although Parker did not say anything about who would return aside from suggesting that the First Class trio would all be coming back. But what’s also of interest are the rumors that Rogue, who first appeared in the original 2000 X-Men movie (which took place around the year it came out). The interviewer pressed Parker for details on whether or not she’d be appearing, but Parker kept his lips sealed.
“We’re all sorting out exactly which mutants will be part of it, and which ones won’t. It is a bit more expansive than… obviously Logan was a bit more intimate of a story. This one’s a bit more expansive, and you know the comics, so you know how and why. We’re still kind of sorting that through.”
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will rise on November 2, 2018. Other X-Men movies that are in development include New Mutants (April 13, 2018), Deadpool 2 (June 1, 2018), X-Force (TBD), and Deadpool 3 (TBD).
‘X-Men’: How Fox Can Get A ‘Dark Phoenix’ Film Right This Time
Nowadays, you can’t blink without news of a superhero film hitting the web. As we are in the age of the superhero film, we must remember that not that long ago a film based on a comic book property was almost laughed at. Now, superhero films are the billion dollar mega-blockbusters we all know and love. Sure, superhero movies have existed before the ones that are now dominating the box office, but the entire genre almost got a big adrenaline shot with 2000’s X-Men coming out and giving us an earnest adaptation of our favorite mutant superheroes. Since then, there have been 10 movies within Fox’s X-Men universe alone, with 3 new films coming in 2018 and at least 3 more in development.
While not all the X-Men film has been sure hits, they have done some great course-correcting in the newer movies, starting with First Class. The prequel/reboot films gave Fox the opportunity to reset some of their faults from some of the early films (looking at you X-Men: The Last Stand). And Days of Future Past helped correct some of their timeline snappoos and gave us some much-needed closure on the earlier X-Men films. With X-Men: Apocalypse, we were introduced to a young Scott Summers and a young Jean Grey. With the reintroduction of Jean Grey and the great final act of X-Men: Apocalypse, it looks like we might possibly be getting a proper Dark Phoenix storyline on the horizon. Last year, we here at Heroic Hollywood broke the news that a Dark Phoenix movie was in development.
Lucky for us, Fox is moving forward with the movie and X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to hit theaters November 2, 2018. This gives them the rare opportunity to “get it right.” Because let’s face it, X-Men: The Last Stand did not do the story of the Dark Phoenix justice. The third film of the original X-Men movies as a whole was not well put together. The film tried to juggle too many storylines and did not really give each of the separate stories their justice. By giving the Dark Phoenix angle another look, Fox has the chance to do some course correcting. Here are some ways X-Men: Dark Phoenix can succeed. Click Next to take a look…