Most of us try to block out our memories of the first attempt at telling the popular X-Men: Dark Phoenix saga on film. That of course, was the spectacularly awful X-Men: The Last Stand. Jean Grey’s battle with her inner demons was set up at the end of the game-changing X2 and reduced to a forced subplot in the Brett Ratner film. Simon Kinberg, who wrote that film, is back this time as director with a new cast of mutants and, according to Entertainment Weekly, plans on delivering the Phoenix tale that audiences have been waiting for.
In the magazine’s “First Look” issue, EW states that Dark Phoenix will feature some of the biggest set pieces to date, including a cosmic adventure for the mutants. It’s also said to be emotionally provoking, giving us possibly the most malevolent and bleak X-Men to date. The article mentions a eye-opening twist that will change where the franchise goes from here.
Kinberg, making his directorial debut, shared with EW what pushed him to remake the story, based partially on the Chris Claremont comic, in less than ten years.
“[The film] was so clear in my head, emotionally and visually, that it would have killed me to hand this to somebody else to direct.”
Set in 1992, about 10 years after the events of last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix begins with the X-Men as national heroes. Charles (James McAvoy) has even nabbed the cover of Time magazine. But according to EW, his growing ego puts the team at risk.
“Pride is starting to get the better of him, and he is pushing the X-Men to more extreme missions.”
When a solar flare hits the X-Jet, cosmic energy releases a new and evil force within Jean (Sophie Turner) — The Phoenix. James McAvoy weighed in on the film’s plot:
“This is probably the most emotional X-Men we’ve done and the most pathos-driven… There’s a lot of sacrifice and a lot of suffering. The movie becomes a fight for Jean’s soul as Phoenix threatens to overtake her mind and divide the X-Men, particularly Jean and her mentor, Charles.”
Turner, who studied schizophrenia and multiple personality disorders to prepare, added:
“It’s about the butterfly effect of this thing happening. What happens when the person you love the most falls into darkness?”
Finally, Jessica Chastain, who plays an otherworldly shapeshifter who comes into contact with Phoenix, spoke about the overall production in Montreal.
” … working with Simon and Hutch and Sophie was the most loving, strong, happy set.”
Do these plot points get you excited for the X-Men’s first cosmic adventure? Or does the possibility of the mutants joining the MCU have you already looking past this film? Post your thoughts below.
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 Summers/Cyclops, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Monroe/Storm, Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff/Quicksilver and Jessica Chastain in a currently unspecified role.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is currently slated to hit theaters on November 2nd, 2018. Stay up-to-date with all X-news with Heroic Hollywood.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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!