Published: Sun, June 09, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

After all, this era of X-Men might be drawing to a close, but that doesn't mean there won't be another one-and, given the current state of the Disney/Fox merger, it's pretty likely that the next time we see Marvel's favorite mutants, they'll be members of the MCU proper and the references game will be kicked up a difficulty level or two. Long story short: While "The Avengers" ended its initial storytelling cycle with a bang earlier this summer, it's looking like the "X-Men" franchise is about to end with a whimper.

However, I don't think that could have been the reason the film was reshot. "Or Apocalypse, or New Mutants". That's when Dark Phoenix is the strongest, when it's dealing with complex human emotions, not when it's trying to save the planet from aliens who want to take advantage of Jean and destroy the galaxy. Director and screenwriter Simon Kinberg recently spoke to Gizmodo about how he had to make changes to the ending of Dark Phoenix. There is even an element of "Shazam!" in the opening scene, which gives Jean Grey a backstory similar to that of the "Shazam!" antagonist.

But Kinberg said that going into the film that would wrap up the two-decade-old X-Men franchise, he had another Marvel movie in mind. This includes the original trilogy, the Wolverine movies, the recent X-Men films, and also the Deadpool movies. Speaking to io9, Kinberg explained how the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie helped the X-Men movie. Let us know in the comment section below.

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"Dark Phoenix" is as far from "new" as a movie can be. While we'd like to see Sophie, Nicholas, James, Michael, and the others in their roles again, it's probably not going to happen since the disappointing Dark Phoenix could have been so much more than what it turned out to be.

The X-Men film Dark Phoenix (PG-13) opens this weekend, starring Sophie Turner as Jean Grey/Phoenix, James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique, and Jessica Chastain as the evil Vuk. The writing was already on the wall that Marvel Studios, after Twentieth Century Fox's deal with Disney, had a better X-Men story - even if it hadn't come up with one yet.

Not only is Sophie happy that she was able to fully commit to playing Jean Grey, but producer Hutch Parker and her co-stars were extremely impressed by the actress' work. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the X-Men.

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