The X-Men fans were rejoicing as the franchise is adapting one of the most iconic X-Men storylines ever conceived by Marvel comics. 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.
The first look at the X-Men: Dark Phoenix is revealed and it teases the death of a major X-Men character.
Earlier, a report suggesting director Simon Kinberg planning to show an entire range of Phoenix powers in the movie was released. Well, this will result in a catastrophe as Jean’s powers are uncontrollable once she merges with Phoenix force. Here’s the description:
“Our source told us that Kindberg is going to show us exactly how powerful Jean is and is willing to do it at the expense of one of the actors who has been with the franchise since the beginning. Currently, that’s the younger versions of Magneto, Professor X, Mystique and Beast from the X-Men: First Class reboot. We are told that Kindberg is holding nothing back in that, in the moment when Jean’s powers are on full display, they will become too much for her to handle. At that point, with her powers out of control, Jean will impale one of the returning mutants, leaving them dead. At least for now.”
We don’t know who will die but Beast seems the most disposable, but a case could be made that all four could die at the hands of Jean going rogue. X-Men movies have shown that they are not afraid to kill off big characters.
Here are the other images that were revealed:
For months a rumor was circulating that Jessica Chastain is going to play the villain in the movie. The reports first came in June that she will play Shi’ar Empress Lilandra but Jessica didn’t clarify anything on her social media.
X-Men fans thought that she is, in fact, playing the evil Empress and has a big part in the upcoming X-Men movie. But guess what, Jessica Chastain revealed the truth and then deleted the comment. It said:
“Hey folks, want a scoop? Im not playing Lilandra…”
This outraged X-Men fans as they felt betrayed and taken for granted. The speculation now is that she may be playing an older version of Jean Grey/Dark Phoenix instead of evil Empress. But she is not clarifying anything now nor is studio making any announcement in this regard.
In comics, Lilandra made her first appearance in Uncanny X-Men #97 in 1976. She is the sister of D’ken and Deathbird and an heir to Shi’ar Empire amidst intense family strife. She turned against her brother, fled to Earth, realized she had a powerful bond with Xavier but she wants to imprison Dark Phoenix.
According to latest reports from Universo X-Men, they claimed to have witnessed a scene where Prof. Charles and Magneto are meeting at UN discussing mutant rights, all of a sudden they are attacked by an alien force which they believe are “Skrulls”. We can’t rule this out as Universo X-Men is a credible source and their claims do seem to match with the set photos taken by Journal De Montreal.
In the comic-book plot, X-Men were pitted against Shi’ar instead of Skrulls but it’s worth noting that Fox has the shared rights with Marvel to use Skrulls. Well, if they do go in this direction, it will give rise to two Quicksilvers situation as Captain Marvel solo movie has already decided to have Skrulls in the movie.
The Jen Law Films twitter account posted an image from the sets, which may have confirmed that the franchise is bringing back the danger room. The Danger room was last featured in X-Men: Apocalypse final scene where Mystique and Beast were training young mutants including Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey, Nightcrawler, Quicksilver. Then we saw a host of sentinels emerging through the walls. In 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, the danger room was featured although it was very different than it is now. The details are unknown as to how it will be used in Dark Phoenix but it would be great to watch it again. So much to look forward to.
The movie is slated to release on Nov 2, 2018.