Simon Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix, an X-Men movie that focuses on a young Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), is a wrong being righted more than a decade after the fact. Kinberg has always wanted to bring the “Dark Phoenix” storyline to the big screen, but couldn’t seem to maneuver through all the red tape during the production of 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, and the subplot was cut down to its bare minimum. Now that the franchise is in the hands of some like-minded creators, Kinberg’s directorial debut is a story he’s been trying to tell for most of his career.
The new film, a sequel to Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse from last year, stars Turner alongside Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) and Evan Peters (Quicksilver).
In this new image, Magneto is a beaten and battered mess. Surrounded by a group of what we can presume are armed soldiers. Fassbender’s character lays unconscious on the ground as the men around him seem to be attaching some kind of collar, like the ones we see the Animal Control guys use. Fassbender has been with the franchise since 2011’s X-Men: First Class, which was directed by Matthew Vaughn and rebooted the franchise after previous entries like The Last Stand and X-Men: Origins – Wolverine failed to connect with audiences or generate decent box office figures.
Since then, the X-Men franchise has been back on top, rivaling the MCU and DCEU as the most popular superhero movie franchise of all time. That said, we may see the Avengers and X-Men fighting side by side soon now that Disney has acquired 21st Century Fox.
According to Empire:
This film is set in 1992, roughly a decade after Apocalypse and finds the X-Men dealing with being heroes. An unfortunate side effect is how that fuels Charles Xavier’s ego. He starts sending the team on more dangerous missions, including one to space that ends with Grey going to some very dark places. “It’s about duality,” Turner tells us, “darkness and light, this sense of her being a completely other person and struggling with that…”
As of right now, the X-Men spin-offs – Logan, Deadpool, The New Mutants – are getting more attention than the main series of films, which underwhelmed audiences when Singer’s Apocalypse grossed just $155 million domestically on a budget of nearly $180 million dollars. The production was supposedly chaotic in the worst ways possible, and Singer was recently fired from Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic about Freddie Mercury starring Mr. Robot‘s Rami Malek. Hopefully, Dark Phoenix is much better.
You can see a gallery of new images from X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which hits theaters on November 2nd, 2018!
Images: Fox, Empire