‘X-Men’ Dark Phoenix Arc Redo May Happen Onscreen

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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.

Source: EW

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  • RCJ

    I really wish this had been a fresh reboot. First Class and DOFP have been great. But trying to force the reboot continuity creates some headaches, not to mention the just weirdness that is jumping a decade every movie when a 40 something Beast still looks 25. If the next movie is in the 90s . . . even the early 90s … its just going to come off odd since technically a film like X 1 “happened” even though it got wiped out.

    I trust them to tell these stories . . . mostly . . . but fitting everything together has been difficult.

    Dark Phoenix makes perfect sense now that Jean and Cyclops are back in. But I wonder if Apocalypse gives them enough weight to care as much about them to do the story next.

    My main hope is that Cyclops doesn’t continue to get massively railroaded on screen as he did with Marsden. Scott should be a heavy part of the films and really should be in the position that Beast is in.

    • RNG

      It basically did get rebooted. The original trilogy is an alternate timeline. Same excuse they gave for Star Trek which allowed them to use Nimoy.

      As for the aging it will be a little odd but I assume the actors are playing older than theyre characters movie age plus theyll get older in between shooting. In the end I dont think anyone will care.

      • RCJ

        I know the intent. That’s why I said a fresh reboot. The soft reboots that X Men and Star Trek did were clunky.

        It would have been better to just move along from the original trilogy and go with the perfectly all new cast with perfectly all new takes on the characters. Forget the design for Mystique. Move on from Jackman as Wolverine.

        When they did First Class it tied in to the original trilogy. Its at DOFP that they decided to play with time and establish the soft reboot.

        I’d have rather seen McAvoy play a modern Xavier with the original 5 in First Class with films that used familiar plots (ala DOFP) and hued closer to the comics in style and conception.

        A First Class film with the starting 5. Maybe a take on Giant Size #1 where they introduce the next wave of Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Storm etc. A DOFP film. An Apocalypse film. Dark Phoenix.

        And those characters could have all spun out to a larger branching franchise. DOFP could have been with the newer mutants while the original 5 put together an X Factor film.

        Again, what they’ve done is clunky and choppy. Allowing Singer back in was a mistake. Not moving on completely from those films was a mistake. The only positive was the ability to use the original actors as the older takes in DOFP.

        • RNG

          I dont have the same issues you have with the reboot but the alternative you described would have been nice to see as a fan.

          I do agree they need to move on from Singer. The franchise could use a fresh perspective.

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