X-Men: Dark Phoenix Stuck In Production Swamp? The Movie That Still Hope To See One Day

Fans of the X-Men franchise are impatiently waiting for Simon Kinberg’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which is set ten years after X-Men: Apocalypse. The role of Jean Grey will be played by Sophie Turner, better known for Game of Thrones, and Tye Sheridan will be Cyclops. The movie is based on the Dark Phoenix Saga. Let’s talk about everything we know so far.

The stellar cast

X-Men: Apocalypse introduced a whole new team of mutants with James McAvoy as Professor Xavier, Nicholas Hoult as Beast and Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique. The plot of Dark Phoenix will center around Cyclops and Jean Grey along with Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Evan Peters as Quicksilver and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler.

Michael Fassbender is also coming back as Magneto, the sometimes ally-mostly villain of many X-Men stories, but this time, he has become the leader of a country of mutants named Genosha. Meanwhile, Olivia Munn is reprising the role of Psylocke once again. Fans have been waiting a long time to see a decent X-Men film, and this just might be it.

Jessica Chastain has signed on as a new villain

While Magneto has his part to play in the story, there is a new main villain played by the lovely Jessica Chastain, but there has been no confirmation on her character. There was some speculation about her possibly portraying Lilandra, the Empress of Shi’ar, but the actress herself denied it online. Fox has been very secretive about this character, but she is an alien who takes “elements of a few different characters from the comics".

An appearance from the Skrulls

There are many rumors surrounding this new film, and one of them states that the team of mutants will be fighting against the alien race. If this speculation is correct, it means that the Skrulls will be introduced in both X-Men and the MCU in 2019, as they are confirmed for Captain Marvel. Fox and Disney share the rights to those characters.

The plot of the new movie

It will be an adaptation of Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s Dark Phoenix Saga with certain liberties taken by the director. It is set in 1992, ten years after X-Men: Apocalypse when the mutants have accepted their superhero status. Professor X has even been featured in TIME Magazine and has forced his protégées in dangerous situations. The official summary states:

“In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.”

In one of these reckless tasks, the X-Jet has an encounter with a solar flare, which transforms Jean Grey into the Phoenix. This comic book is mostly centered in the cosmos, where Dark Phoenix destroyed a whole star system, but director Simon Kinberg has said that it will not be that intergalactic. An essential part of the plot is Jean Grey’s relationship with Cyclops, and there is a huge twist that will change the saga forever.

The connection between this one and the others

This new film is aligned with X-Men: Days of Future Past and will connect to X-Men: Apocalypse, which showed the power of the Phoenix that resides inside Jean Grey. She used this power to stop Apocalypse from his evil wrongdoings and destroyed him completely with her huge bouts of energy.

They had to reshoot some scenes

Its original release date was November 2, 2018, but it was later postponed to February 14, 2019. According to new reports, the film is now slated for June 2019 because Fox decided to change some parts after test screenings. Could they be delaying to cover something up? It was also said that Sophie Turner was tied with her work for Game of Thrones and couldn’t schedule the reshoots, which are centered on the third act of the movie.

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The cast thinks the film will do well

Sophie Turner is excited about her new movie, which she insists will change the superhero genre with its “dark, gritty drama”. “We wanted to create a whole new genre of superhero movie.” Tye Sheridan agrees with the actress saying that this film is unlike others that focus on action; this one will be all about human emotions. Despite these comments, the delays in production suggest otherwise. 


There has not been a lot of advertising for the film yet. The trailer was released, while it does not reveal much about the plot, it gives fans of the original saga enough teasing to be excited about it. It also seems to reveal that there are many parallels between Dark Phoenix and X-Men: The Last Stand. Additionally, the first poster features Sophie Turner with a colorful, cosmic background.

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The writer and director

X-Men fans probably know about Simon Kinberg, who has been writing for the saga for many years. He will be making his directorial debut with Dark Phoenix, and the cast has given him all kinds of praises regarding his work. Sophie Turner said that he was “one of the best directors I've ever worked with." Jennifer Lawrence also revealed that the experience was fantastic.

"[Kinberg's] been writing these characters for so long and he knows them so deeply. I suddenly felt more connected to my character than I ever have been before."

Are you excited for Dark Phoenix? There is not a lot of hype about it yet, and the fact that there have been so many delays is really discouraging, but we hope to have more news soon. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who have loved all the X-Men movies. See you next time!

Source: Screen Rant

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