Everything We Know About ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ So Far
BY Candice Wagner
Published 4 years ago
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set to premiere this June, marking the end of an era in the long-running X-Men franchise. Based on the fictional superhero team of the same name, the X-Men comic books were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and is published by Marvel Comics. The First X-Men film premiered in 2000, directed by Brian Singer, and it soon became one of the most popular superhero team-ups in comic book movie history. With eleven films released—X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Logan, and Deadpool 2—the X-Men film series is the seventh highest-grossing film series.
The X-Men Film Origins
The X-Men saga on FOX will wrap up with Dark Phoenix, where it follows Jean Grey (Original actress Famke Janssen but later Sophie Turner) as she evolves into a powerful entity, the iconic Dark Phoenix. It all takes place during a rescue mission in space, where Jean is hit by a cosmic force that transforms her into the most powerful mutant of all. Wrestling with all her demons and her increasingly unstable power, Jean spirals out of control, hurting the X-Men and threatening to destroy the planet. This film is the most intense and emotional X-Men movies yet as the X-Men devastatingly try and stop one of their own without hurting or killing her.
Back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline
With the premiere date of X-Men: Dark Phoenix a few weeks away, Disney has marked the occasion with a slew of TV spots and short teasers. If the movie breaks big, Dark Phoenix will be the first FOX movie under Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. Soon to follow after the Dark Phoenix will be The New Mutants, which are spin-offs of the X-Men franchise, is a movie about a group of five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while being held captive in a secret facility, they need to fight to escape and save themselves. It is currently slated for an April 3, 2020 release.
Disney’s upcoming films, Aladdin (which is now playing in theaters), Simba on July 19, 2019, and Dark Phoenix, The House of Mouse might just pull off another massive win following their success with Avengers: Endgame.
‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ in the Comics
Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter’s original plan for the Dark Phoenix Saga storyline was to introduce her as a cosmic nemesis for the X-Men. But upon further consideration, Shooter and mastermind writer Chris Claremont were not sure whether Jean Grey was possessed or her actions as the Dark Phoenix were her own. During a conversation, Claremont suggested that they would kill off Jean completely or that she would commit suicide. Jean Grey finally dies in the comics, but after five years, a new series of comics came out with the shocking truth that the Phoenix had replaced Jean from the start, meaning the Phoenix that sacrificed herself was never her.
Under the direction of Simon Kinberg, accompanied by the cast members Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor Charles Xavier), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Jessica Chastain (Smith), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Olivia Munn (Psylocke) and Alexandra Shipp (Storm), X-Men: Dark Phoenix might be the highest grossing film in X-Men history.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits theaters June 7th. Watch the final official trailer below: