The next X-Men movie lined up is X-Men: Dark Phoenix which revolves around Jean Grey’s transformation into a powerful, cosmic creature. She is played by Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones). Fans are rejoicing as its one of the most iconic X-Men storylines ever conceived by Marvel comics. The movie will be directed by Simon Kinberg.
In 1976, an acclaimed X-Men writer Chris Claremont who enjoys strong female characters wrote ‘Phoenix Saga’ centered around Jean Grey. The idea was to create a first female cosmic superhero who could be integrated into the mutant universe. He said at the time:
“Our intent was to create an X-Men analog, if you will, to Thor – someone who was essentially the first female cosmic hero. We thought at the time we could integrate her into the book as well as Thor had been integrated into the Avengers.”
In the plot, Jean Grey almost killed by solar energy, emerged into something else, she donned the mantle of fire and defeated the ruthless alien emperor.
She merged with Phoenix force, could hold entire timelines in her hands and destroyed Apocalypse. She became so powerful that she could even defeat Galactus (Devourer of Worlds) in the end. In a shocking turn of events, she turned on X-Men and then consumed an entire star, committing atrocities by the millions and thus the name Dark Phoenix.
Many other powerful mutants such as Mystique, Prof. Xavier, Magneto, Beast etc. are returning to reprise their roles.
In addition to them, Evan Peters who plays Quick Silver is confirmed to join the cast. There is strong speculation that actress Jessica Chastain may play the evil alien Empress Lilandra in the movie, but it’s not official yet. The movie has gone into production and it is slated to release on Nov 2, 2018.
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