Producer Says X-Men: Dark Phoenix Could Go Cosmic

We could go into outer space with the next X-Men movie!


X-Men: Dark Phoenix Might Take Mutants Into Space

X-Men: Dark Phoenix Might Take Mutants Into Space

X-Men movies Producer Hutch Parker spoke with recently about the next X-Men movie, confirmed to be Dark Phoenix, and was asked how they're planning on differentiating this version from X-Men: The Last Stand, which poorly adapted the Phoenix storyline from the comics. He said, "Quite a bit. Again, I can’t really speak to anything specifically but I think the challenge as offered by all the films we’ve mentioned is very – we’re very aware of the challenge that those movies pose and what it sort of demands of us as storytellers mining, again, one of the great comic runs in The Dark Phoenix Saga. Our hope and expectation is to try and do something that feels different, that takes the audience into a different tone and a different sense of cinematic style that is appropriately suited to the story we’re telling. So I’m trying to answer your question without giving anything away. But we are committed to that and know that it’s not as simple as picking up where we left off in anyway. We actually have to be more bold [sic] and more inventive than that. [Laughs] That is certainly a possibility. That is certainly a possibility. Yes." 

No director has officially signed on for the sequel to last year's X-Men: Apocalypse, however the movie is set to feature James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender returning as Professor X and Magneto. Also, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan and Kodi Smit-McPhee are all also expected to come back in the roles of young Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Nightcrawler, while Evan peters will also likely complete his story arc as Quicksilver. Jean's transformation into the Phoenix was teased brilliantly at the end of Apocalypse, clearly setting up this next adventure. In the comics, the Phoenix is an extra-terrestrial entity of immense dark power who inhabits the body of Jean Grey to wreck havoc across the universe. She must be stopped by her fellow X-Men, including Scott Summers who is torn between his heart and his head in an epic battle to save the world and the woman he loves. These comics marked a turning point in Marvel Comics history, especially the X-Men series as it brought the team into outer space and introduced alien species including the Shi'ar Empire which caused even more trouble for the mutants. The film is currently being written by writer/producer Simon Kinberg who is also in talks to direct the film as his directorial debut and is set for release on November 2, 2018.