Dark Phoenix is set to be the last X-Men film from Fox, and its recently released trailer has caused quite a buzz online. The film helmed by Simon Kinberg has Bryan Singer and Hutch Parker as producers. The film is based on one of the most legendary comic book narratives written by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.
The story is about Jean Grey whose mind has been manipulated by an extremely powerful dark force that has made her so strong that she has now posed a threat for the humanity. The X-Men need to take her out before she destroys the world that we are familiar with. The details of the movie are still under wraps, but, it is becoming clearer that the actual bad guy of the X-Men franchise is Professor X. It might sound crazy, but, it is true.
While we don’t have any doubt about the noble intentions of Professor Charles Xavier, but, his strategy of achieving his objectives is highly debatable. He created a school for mutants to discover their powers and control them. However, he is not a social person by any stretch of imagination. In fact, he has used the children to accomplish his goal.
In the trailer, he manipulated a young Jean Grey and deleted her memories where she had caused her family’s death, and according to him, he did it to save her. This is not the first occasion when he played with Jean’s mind. Earlier, in X-Men: The Last Stand, he had placed telepathic mental blocks inside her mind to confine the darkness he spotted in her. That has resulted in the Phoenix Force coming out with greater force and ferocity.
The comic-book writer Claremont had claimed that the concept of ‘Dark Phoenix’ plot is to create a strong female cosmic character that could be a part of the expansive mutant universe. He had said back then:
“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 biggest hurdle for Dark Phoenix is to eliminate the mistakes that we saw in X-Men: Apocalypse. This is what Simon Kinberg had to say:
“I think we took our eye off what has always been the bedrock of the franchise which is these characters. It became about global destruction and visual effects over emotion and character.”
The director added:
“It’s always dangerous if your script is evolving while you’re shooting, Certainly, in hindsight, we all feel like the genre has been evolving aesthetically and tonally and that the film didn’t. There’s a lot that I think is very good in the film but, as a whole, it was struggling to find ways to coalesce, narratively emotionally and in terms of plot. Aesthetically, it felt sort of dated relative to an evolution you were seeing play out everywhere else. We learned a lot from that.”
The whole squad of X-Men characters will be back including Mystique, Prof. Xavier, Magneto, Beast, Quicksilver, Psylocke etc. We will also see the younger versions of Jean Grey and Cyclops in the movie. As per a new report, Kinberg plans to feature a wide range of dark powers wielded by Jean after she is taken over by the “Phoenix Force.”
You can check the movie’s official description below:
“Our source told us that Kinberg 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.”
Also, the special ‘Dark Phoenix’ issue of EW confirmed the famous location ‘Genosha’ which is Magneto’s operational base. It is likely that Magneto first joins hands with the Dark Phoenix and later realizes the risk. It mentioned:
“A confused Jean turns to Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), the rogue mutant who parted ways with the X-Men at the end of Apocalypse and now lives on an island named Genosha (small rocky island that served as Magneto and the Brotherhood’s base of operations), a destination comic-book fans will recognize. He’s set up this place for mutants that don’t have a home to go to, they have to work as a community, but it’s a safe place for them, and they’ll be accepted.”