One of the most beloved story arcs in the comic book lore is The Dark Phoenix Saga. This was the story in which Jean Grey garnered all power beyond comprehension and evolves into the villainous Dark Phoenix. We have seen this arc adapted in X-Men: The Animated Series, and was even hinted at in Bryan Singer’s X2: X-Men United – only to leave many fans disappointed with how the story was handled in Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, producer Simon Kinberg teases what they may be alluding to in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse that may lend to yet another re-do in the big screen mutant-saga:
I definitely would love to take another stab at the ‘Dark Phoenix’ story.
Sophie Turner, who portrays Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse expressed how she feels Jean’s story will progress in the future:
The seeds of Phoenix definitely are planted in there. She can’t control her powers unless she either fully stops them or lets them all loose, and that’s kind of Phoenix. I think in future movies to come we’ll definitely see a bit more of that.
We had exclusively reported that this would be the next X-Men film post-Apocalypse last month. The prospect of them doing over The Dark Phoenix Saga can easily be done now thanks to the reset timeline in X-Men: Days of Future Past. It’ll be exciting to see where Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer may take this iconic story and hopefully give justice to Chris Claremont’s story while still giving it their own cinematic flavor.
Worshiped as a god since the dawn of civilization, the immortal Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) becomes the first and most powerful mutant. Awakening after thousands of years, he recruits the disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants to create a new world order. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) lead a team of young X-Men to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind.
You can see Jean Grey when X-Men: Apocalypse opens in theaters in the U.S. on May 27.