The X-Men fans are excited as the franchise is adapting one of the most iconic X-Men storylines ever conceived by Marvel comics, the Dark Phoenix. The movie will be directed by Simon Kinberg. He will make his debut in the X-Men universe working on his own script adapted from Dark Phoenix comics by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. The movie is set in the 1990’s following prequel trilogy format of setting each movie a decade apart.
In 1976, an acclaimed X-Men writer Chris Claremont who enjoys strong female characters wrote ‘Phoenix saga’ centred around Jean Grey. 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.”
The idea is to create a first female cosmic superhero who could be integrated into the mutant universe. In the plot, Jean Grey almost killed by solar energy, transformed 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. 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.
Now recently, along with the first look at various characters of the movie is revealed, key plot details about the movie had hit the internet revealing various aspects about the movie and its characters leading to a definite path.
The plot of the movie told about the characters that are already there in the X-Men Universe which are going to appear in this upcoming movie, and new characters coming in. Jessica Chastain had a mysterious character coming in which was hinted to be the Skrull Queen.
It would be great to see how these shape-shifting Skrulls will be handled in this Universe considering they are also going to be featured in Captain Marvel.
Along with Chastain’s character, details about Scott Summers aka Cyclops also came into light while talking to the director of the movie. Cyclops was killed off in the previous attempt of this storyline, but this time around, Kinberg is finally going to give Scott his time to shine in the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Here is what he said in the recent interview.
“that relationship, his being willing to kill or die for [Jean Grey], is a huge part of the emotional core of the movie. It also makes Scott start to have to become a leader.”
Cyclops is often seen as the leader of the team in the comics but he’s yet to really be given that chance on the big screen as Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine was a show stealer and kept on stealing the spotlight. But, now it looks like Scott Summers finally moving to his destiny, and become the leader of this young X-Men Team.
This is great news for the fans who have wanted to see Cyclops finally getting his true place in the X-Men ever since the franchise began. The director later added more about Scott saying that he is – “the one mutant who never wavers from Team Jean” in the movie. X-Men Apocalypse hinted on their upcoming romantic future, and this movie will take it to another level as their relationship is going to be a big part of the emotional core of the movie as revealed by the director himself.
The film stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier (Professor X), Sophie Turner as Jean Grey (Dark Phoenix), Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto), Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers (Cyclops), Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff (Quicksilver), Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkholme (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy (Beast), Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler), and Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe (Storm). Jessica Chastain will also appear in the movie in an unspecified role.
Here is the synopsis of the movie.
Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.
This is Fox’s second shot at the iconic Phoenix saga from the comics. Previously, they had failed remarkably, all thanks to director Brett Ratner. Now with all these details coming to light about the movie, it looks like Simon Kinberg is going to do justice to this storyline. X-Men Dark Phoenix is going to hit the theatres on November 2, 2018.