X-Men: Dark Phoenix is coming out in 3 months and people are actually the least excited about this film. It is a story that has been rewritten after Brett Ratner totally butchered the infamous comic event. But this remake doesn’t look to be a great idea after all. X-Men: Apocalypse totally pushed fans away and now that people know that the Disney-Fox deal is on the verge of completion, no one cares about this upcoming X-Men movie whatsoever.
But still we are getting it, so let’s look into it and allow Fox to end their X-Men franchise properly. While Fox has been successful at keeping their X-Men franchise separate from that of the MCU, they still managed to sneak in some funny Easter Eggs and shout outs to them in the Deadpool movies. But now we may be getting another similarity between the MCU and Fox’s mutant movies.
From the new trailer for X-Men: Dark Phoenix, a Reddit user named GodofConquerors points out a subtle similar aspect that was earlier used back in Captain America: Civil War. It isn’t a hint at the fact that these Universes are connected in any way, but it sure is a nice catch. Have a look:
Looking at this image, all I can say is “Like Father like Daughter.” Well Scarlet Witch is not Magneto’s daughter in the MCU and neither is she a mutant, but still, the power inhibiting collar was actually seen first in the MCU, and then it became a regularity in the X-Men continuity. It showed up in X-Men: Apocalypse, The Gifted, Deadpool 2 and now X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
This isn’t the only similarity between the X-Men franchise and the MCU as the first Deadpool movie also brought in the use of a Helicarrier which was first introduced in The Avengers. Now the MCU will bring in the concept of Time Travel which has already been shown twice in the X-Men franchise. So, these two separate Universes do share some similarities and the biggest example of that are the speedsters, Peter and Pietro.
Fox’s X-Men franchise has managed to pull off some great things even though half of their movies have been clumsy and bad. X-Men: Dark Phoenix looks to be moving towards the “Bad X-Men movies” list but let’s just stay optimistic for now.
And now, the big deal that Dark Phoenix is going to pull off is killing Mystique. While talking to EW, Director Simon Kinberg has given us the answer to why it was a logical move to this “spoiler” in the trailers itself:
“Well, the thought process behind that was to primarily show that this is a movie that is unlike other X-Men movies. It’s a movie where shocking things happen, where intense, dramatic things happen. People don’t just fall off buildings and dust themselves off and walk away. There’s a reality to this movie and a consequence to this movie. Even more than that, it was to show that Jean/Dark Phoenix is genuinely a threat to everyone, including the X-Men.”
He continued to talk about the fact that the death of her character actually gives her more meaning:
“I had a lot of emotions about it. I was obviously sad about it, as Jen’s friend, and also as a fan of Jen as an actress. But I felt it was the strongest, most dramatic thing for the movie, and sometimes you have to make those kinds of hard decisions to service the larger story. And the larger story really is Jean cracking up, losing control because she’s more powerful than anyone else in the world. To dramatize that properly, you have to show real loss, you have to show real pain and show real threat and menace. I didn’t want to do that by her blowing up a building with anonymous people in it. It had to feel really personal for the X-Men, and I wanted it to be something that would fracture the X-Men as well. Mystique is someone who in our universe has been part of the X-Men and has been part of Magneto’s world. Her death impacts literally everybody.”
Dark Phoenix hits theaters on June 7th.