One of the rather least exciting Comic Book movies of this year is none other than Fox’s last film of the franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The writing has been on the wall ever since the Disney Fox merger was announced to be happening, and by now everyone knows what to expect when it is done possibly in the next 10 days.
By now everyone knows that all the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties will be up there for the taking by Marvel Cinematic Universe. So, there won’t be a continuation of the core X-Men franchise that Fox has been developing for 2 decades.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is indeed going to be the final film in the franchise, and we don’t know the fate of any more Deadpool movies, New Mutants or even X-Force for that matter. The two Deadpool movies did well and X-Force was set up by the end of Deadpool 2, so we can expect Disney to bring us a culmination to this franchise by 1 or 2 more films until they develop the core X-Men franchise in the MCU. But the focus is currently going to be on X-Men: Dark Phoenix which gave us a second trailer very recently. Check it out if you haven’t:
Spoilers are Inbound, so continue at your own Risk
Right from the beginning of this trailer, we get to know who is going to die and what the rest of the story is going to be based upon. From what we have seen in the two trailers, the larger part of the film has a similar story arc to X-Men – The Last Stand.
Director Simon Kinberg, who also wrote The Last Stand got a chance to rewrite his mistakes, but instead, he seems to have altered the story a bit, and will probably be giving us the same thing again with a new cast and no Wolverine.
This trailer sets up the death of Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique who will be killed off by the immense power that lies beneath Jean, i.e. Dark Phoenix. We see Jean talking to the Phoenix Force inside her for making her kill Raven, and she is pretty heartbroken about that. Now, this kill surely sets up the rest of the movie splitting the main characters into two groups debating about whether or not Jean Grey should be killed.
But fans have also been asking why does Mystique have to die so soon in the story. Her death was figured by most fans when we got the first trailer, and the second trailer began with her death itself. So, 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.”
Well, now you know. Dark Phoenix hits theaters on June 7th.