The “X-Men” sequel “Dark Phoenix” is out on June 7.
The movie will focus on Jean Grey’s origin and her iconic Dark Phoenix storyline.
“Dark Phoenix” is set in both 1992 and the ’70s.
This may be the last of the current generation of “X-Men” movies.
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The latest in the “X-Men” saga is out soon and it’s a big one. “Dark Phoenix” is the second film adaptation of the Dark Phoenix saga, which focuses on Jean Grey and how her dangerous power splits the X-Men.
Here is everything we know so far about the production and story of “Dark Phoenix.”
Long-time ‘X-Men’ writer Simon Kinberg is directing
Simon Kinberg may not be a familiar name, but he’s had a hand in every main “X-Men” movie dating back to “X-Men: The Last Stand” in 2006. He has helped write and produce every movie (with the exception of the R-rated “Logan” and “Deadpool” movies) since 2011’s “First Class.” Kinberg wrote and directed “Dark Phoenix” and it’s hard to imagine an “X-Men” writer more qualified.
Kinberg also served as an executive producer and writer on Jordan Peele’s “Twilight Zone” reboot as well as an executive producer on FX mutant drama “Legion.”
The source material is the same as ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’
Based on the arc of “X-Men” comics from 1980, “Dark Phoenix” follows Jean Grey, her discovery of her power and transformation into Phoenix, and how this eventually tore the mutant group apart. This is the same source material that “X-Men: The Last Stand,” the third “X-Men” movie, was based on.
Kinberg helped write “The Last Stand” and is well aware of its reception. In the comics, Jean starts to discover these powers after a space mission, and the movie seems to be leaning into the cosmic elements of the story.
“One of the mistakes we made was that we didn’t go cosmic with it, like the comics,” Kinberg told Digital Spy, “now we live in a time with ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Thor: Ragnarok,’ and so many comic book movies are interstellar and cosmic that we felt like this was an opportunity to do our version of that.”
‘Dark Phoenix’ is set in 1992
The movie takes place a decade after “X-Men: Apocalypse” in 1992. The X-Men are becoming national heroes and are winning over public favor. However, when a space rescue mission goes wrong, this is when Jean Grey gets her Phoenix powers.
… but some of it will be a flashback
However, in the trailers, we also see shots of young Jean and, more noticeably, a young Charles Xavier. The first trailer teased Jean’s tragic origin story and why she found her way to Xavier’s school so young.
Given Jean’s age, this puts these flashbacks somewhere in the 1970s. And that checks out, as it has to take place between 1973 and 1983, given that Jean was introduced in “Apocalypse” to the modern X-Men canon.
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Source:: Business Insider