The movie, Dark Phoenix will not just be the last X-Men film from Fox, but this movie will be the very first one without the epic appearance by the character, Wolverine. Directed and written by Simon Kinberg, which is a second attempt to adapt The Dark Phoenix Saga comics story stars the actress, Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and also, Jennifer Lawrence.
An X-Men movie without Wolverine is surely something that the franchise has refused to have. While playing the role of the rough but noble mutant had turned Hugh Jackman into a huge star, many of the fans had felt that the focus on Logan as the major character had been a detriment to the X-Men film trilogy. By centring every movie around Wolverine, the comic books fans had griped that it had diminished the team ensemble they had loved about the X-Men.
Wolverine has made an appearance in all the X-Men films since Bryan Singer had launched this franchise in the year, 2000. The clawed mutant had been the major character of the very first 3 X-Men movies from the year, 2000 till the year, 2006 and Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past in the year, 2014. Other than that, Hugh Jackman had starred in three of the spinoff movies: X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Wolverine and also, Logan. Although this franchise had rebooted in the movie, X-Men: First Class and had also recast the major mutant characters with a few younger actors, Jackman’s Logan had popped up in a cameo, and told the younger Charles Xavier and Magneto to “go f*ck yourself” when they wanted to recruit him in the year, 1962. X-Men: Apocalypse had seen Logan make an appearance where the character had encountered the young Jean Grey, Cyclops, and also, a few other X-Men.
Although he had died in the movie, Logan, this movie had been set in an alternate timeline and also in the current X-Men film timeline – Dark Phoenix has been set in the year, 1993. There may be a cameo or even an easter egg with Logan in Dark Phoenix-a few previous X-Men films have gone out of their way to actually get Wolverine in. With Hugh Jackson saying that he is now done with this role of Wolverine, this is unlikely.
A Dark Phoenix movie devoid of Wolverine will surely be a very interesting test to actually see if X-Men can manage to exist in a crowd-pleasing manner without the aid of the most popular character. Whether this works or not, the impact might actually be minimal-the X-Men will also be part of the MCU, which will include the character, Wolverine.