20th Century Fox has released a trailer teaser for DARK PHOENIX (it looks like that’s the official title, as opposed to X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX). This will be the X-MEN saga’s second stab at the famous comic book story where Jean Grey went evil and became merged with a cosmic entity known as the Phoenix that gave her immense power. The storyline was previously attempted in X-MEN: THE LAST STAND, but they totally botched it because it didn’t really get to take center stage as it was meshed with a storyline about a cure for mutation.
This time out, with longtime writer/producer Simon Kinberg making his feature directing debut, it looks like they’re taking the story cosmic rather than just a repressed personality that they used for the Phoenix in THE LAST STAND. However, with DARK PHOENIX, this could be the last hurrah for the X-MEN franchise as we know it. Yes, there’s THE NEW MUTANTS and X-FORCE on the way, but for the main X-MEN franchise, this could be the end because of the Disney/Fox merger. Once the deal closes, the X-Men are a huge marquee franchise that can be added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s also a prime opportunity to reboot everything, including finding a new actor to play Wolverine.
So will DARK PHOENIX serve as a conclusion of sorts for the X-MEN franchise? And will it land the emotional punch it’s looking for? Keep in mind that in the comics, DARK PHOENIX was a big deal because people had spent years and years with Jean Grey as a good person. In the film universe, we’ve only had this Jean Grey for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, and that’s a movie we’d all prefer to forget.
DARK PHOENIX opens Febraury 14, 2019, and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence, Tye Sheridan, and Sophie Turner.