X-Men: Dark Phoenix arrives at a very interesting time for Marvel superheroes. Disney has acquired 20th Century Fox and with it, the rights to these mutant characters. At the film’s CinemaCon 2019 presentation, it was suggested that this will be the final entry in this particular continuity. So get ready for a reboot.
But for now, /Film’s Peter Sciretta and Ben Pearson were present for the new footage and it certainly sounds like the franchise is going out with a bang before it reboots.
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At this weekend’s WonderCon in Anaheim, California, the cast of X-Men: Dark Phoenix took the stage to promote what may be the last installment of the X-Men cinematic world as we’ve known it now that Disney has officially acquired 20th Century Fox. Despite it being the end of an era, first-time director Simon Kinberg (though long-time screenwriter, including X-Men: Apocalypse and Fantastic Four) promises Dark Phoenix will be something new, even though we’ve seen a version of the Dark Phoenix story in the 2006 film, X3: The Last Stand. “This is the first X-Men movie that goes out into outer space,” Kinberg said to the WonderCon crowd. “It’s the first X-Men that has an alien in it, that does a lot of things that we weren’t able to do with X3.”
The audience got to see some of film firsthand during the panel, with Kinberg and producer Hutch Parker screening a 10-minute clip from the movie. Below is a brief recap of what was shown, so this is your spoiler warning if you want to go into Dark Phoenix completely fresh.
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This post contains spoilers, all of which are seen in the new X-Men: Dark Phoenix trailer.
The latest Dark Phoenix trailer teased the new crisis the X-Men have to contend with: Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), who starts to lose control of her telekinetic abilities. In fact, it did much more than tease. It confirmed the death of a major character. Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) will meet her end in this movie, and it’s not one of those superhero deaths that’s only temporary. In fact, it will really shake things up for all the mutants, whether they’re on Xavier’s team or in Magneto’s brotherhood. But apparently it’s not the only death we’ll see in the movie.
Director Simon Kinberg recently had an extensive chat about what’s shown in the trailer, and he revealed that there will be more casualties among this roster of mutants. He also discussed that massive train sequence and Jessica Chastain‘s mysterious character’s motivations. But perhaps most importantly, he discussed whether or not this is the end of the X-Men franchise as we know it. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 by Ben Pearson
This piece has been updated with the full trailer.
After nineteen years, eleven films, and one heck of a twisty timeline, 20th Century Fox is still releasing X-Men movies…at least until the Disney deal officially goes through and the Mouse House takes over.
But before Professor X, Magneto, Mystique, and the rest of the mutants inevitably enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they have at least one more non-MCU adventure ahead of them. And it’s an adventure we’ve already seen before – sort of. The newest Dark Phoenix trailer has arrived, and in this riff on the classic comics storyline (which was partially explored in the third X-Men movie back in 2006), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) steps into the spotlight as a mutant who loses control and unleashes unthinkable power. Watch the new trailer below.
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The first trailer for Dark Phoenix, the next installment of the X-Men franchise, arrived earlier this week. Considering all the rumblings about trouble behind the scenes, the trailer gave us a promising look at the second attempt to bring one of the most beloved and iconic comic book story arcs to the big screen after it was flubbed quite spectacularly in X-Men: The Last Stand. Now director and producer Simon Kinberg has provided some details worth noting in this first glimpse of the sequel. Read More »
Update #2: We’ve added some speculation in our original post below as to how these conflicting reports took place.
Update: A new report has debunked the previous reports that X-Men: Dark Phoenix was set to undergo three months of reshoots. Collider reports that the X-Men sequel will go back to Montreal for additional photography for no longer than two and a half weeks. Our original story follows.
Dark times may be ahead for the production of X-Men: Dark Phoenix. After initial photography was completed last year, it was expected that Simon Kinberg‘s upcoming X-Men sequel would undergo reshoots, but new reports of a lengthy reshoot schedule suggest quite a literal rebirth for X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
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What do you want from an X-Men movie? Do you want a Christopher Nolan-esque story grounded in reality? Or do you want something with, um…aliens? How about both?! Dark Phoenix director Simon Kinberg says you can expect the best of both worlds for his upcoming X-Men film.
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Update: The Hollywood Reporter has more details on the Dark Phoenix reshoots. It seems that the third act of the movie needs some work and the reshoots are expected to cost under $10 million.
Earlier today, news dropped that Fox was moving X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants all the way to 2019. We now have a clearer picture about why this happened, and what the future holds for these films. More on the Dark Phoenix and New Mutants delays below.
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While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is showing no signs of slowing down, the X-Men franchise has been running out of steam. Even though Logan was a huge success, that movie went against the grain of the primary X-Men franchise. Meanwhile, X-Men: Apocalypse was a massive disappointment, and fans have been wondering if producer Simon Kinberg has any tricks left up his sleeve as he steps behind the camera for the first time with the next sequel.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix will adapt an iconic storyline from legendary X-Men comics writer Chris Claremont. And no pressure: it’s only one of the most revered arcs in the long history of the mutant series. This will be the second time the film franchise has attempted to bring it to life on the big screen after X-Men: The Last Stand poorly adapted the storyline, but Claremont doesn’t see that as a problem. In fact, he hopes that this will be the X-Men movie that gives the Avengers a run for their money. Read More »