Dark Phoenix (also known as X-Men: Dark Phoenix) is an upcoming American superhero movie based on the X-Men characters from Marvel Comics, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It aims to be the twelfth installment of the X-movie series. Men and the sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
The film is written and directed by Simon Kinberg, and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters and Jessica Chastain.
In Dark Phoenix, the X-Men must face all the power of Phoenix (Turner) after a mission to space goes wrong.
After X-Men: Days of Future Past deleted the events of X-Men: The Last Stand from the series timeline, Kinberg expressed interest in a new adaptation of Chris Claremont and John’s “The Dark Phoenix Saga” Byrne in a future film that would be more faithful than his previous attempt with The Last Stand, which was not well received.
The new adaptation was confirmed as a follow-up to X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016. Kinberg signed his directorial debut in June 2017, when the majority of the cast was scheduled to return from Apocalypse. The filming began that same month in Montreal, and was completed in October 2017, with the re-releases at the end of 2018.
Dark Phoenix is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 7, 2019.
Dark Phoenix (Film)
- Directed By: Simon Kinberg
- Produced By: Simon Kinberg, Hutch Parker, Lauren Shuler Donner, Todd Hallowell
- Written By: Simon Kinberg
- Music By: Hans Zimmer
- Cinematography: Mauro Fiore
- Production Company: Marvel Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, The Donner’s Company
Summary (Dark Phoenix)
In 1992, almost a decade after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse, the X-Men are national heroes who perform increasingly risky missions. When a solar flare hits them during a rescue mission in space, Jean Gray loses control of his abilities and unleashes the Phoenix.
Cast (Dark Phoenix)
James McAvoy as Charles Xavier (Professor X):
A mutant pacifist and the most powerful telepath in the world, he founded Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. Many of the characters in the film turn against Xavier when some of his decisions regarding Jean Gray’s abilities are revealed. Director Simon Kinberg felt that the character always acts out of concern for the “greater good”, although sometimes he can make some “wrong” decisions. Kinberg hoped that each character had “a valid point of view” in the film.
Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto):
A powerful mutant who can control magnetic fields and manipulate metal, is Xavier’s best friend and often rival. Magneto has formed a community of mutant refugees on the island of Genosha, which Kinberg compared to Israel because it is a homeland where mutants can be safe.
Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme (Mystique):
A mutant who changes shape and Xavier’s adopted sister. Lawrence described her role in the film as more motherly than before, while leading the younger X-Men. The film continues to escalate the schism between Mystique and Xavier, and Mystique does not approve of some of Xavier’s methods, although Kinberg hoped that this would be more subtle in Dark Phoenix than in previous X-Men films. The film also sees the character change between appearing as Raven and Mystique more than before, and each change has a specific meaning for the character and the story.
Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy / Beast: a mutant with a beastly appearance and superhuman physical abilities. He is a teacher at Xavier’s school.
Sophie Turner as Jean Gray (Dark Phoenix):
An extremely powerful mutant with telepathic and telekinetic powers who is one of Xavier’s most prized students. The Phoenix entity is unleashed in the film, leading to a fight between the two personalities for control. Turner studied dissociative identity disorder and schizophrenia for the role, particularly for scenes in which he has to switch from the vulnerable Jean to the confident Phoenix. Kinberg said Turner has the lead role in the film, the first for the actress, with Jessica Chastain as Turner’s mentor on the set of the film.
Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers (Cyclops):
A mutant that shoots optical concussion beams. The film develops its relation with Jean Gray, that the director Simon Kinberg called “a great part of the emotional nucleus of the film”. This forces the character to become a leader in the film, as he becomes the most prominent character that holds hope as Jean becomes more unstable.
- Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munroe (Storm): an African mutant who can control the weather.
- Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler): a German mutant who can teleport.
Evan Peters as Peter Maximoff (Quicksilver):
The mutant son of Magneto, who can move at a superhuman speed. Peters described the character as more mature and tenuous in the film, concentrating on using his skills for good as a member of the X-Men.
Jessica Chastain as an alien shapeshifter who manipulates the Phoenix. The character is a combination of different comic characters, including the villain Mastermind. Kinberg described her as “the devil on Jean’s shoulder,” while Chastain said his character was “clinical.”
- In addition, Olivia Munn returns to interpret its paper of Psylocke, whereas Kota Eberhardt and Andrew Stehlin interpret the mutants Selene and Red Lotus, respectively. Daniel Cudmore, who previously played Colossus in the franchise, and Lamar Johnson appear in undisclosed roles.
Production (Dark Phoenix)
After joining the 2003 movie X2, writer Zak Penn convinced director Bryan Singer not to adapt the Marvel Comics story “The Dark Phoenix Saga” for the film, believing it was “too early to enter Phoenix history. and that it was too early for Cosmic”.
The character of Jean Gray / Dark Phoenix was explored “subtly”, with the intention of adapting the full story in the next film. Singer did not return to direct the sequel, X-Men: The Last Stand, which was written by Penn and Simon Kinberg.
They chose to adapt the “Dark Phoenix Saga” as just one of the “parallel stories” of the film, with a 20th Century Fox executive suggesting that the story of “Gifted” would also be in that movie. This version of the story was not well received by fans and critics. Kinberg said he and Penn were not happy with the final outcome of the adaptation.
After the X-Men franchise timeline was re-established with the 2014 film X-Men: Days of the Future Past, it was noted that a new adaptation of “Dark Phoenix Saga” could be made that ignores the events of The Last Stand. Kinberg and Singer expressed interest in this, and insinuated that X-Men: Apocalypse of 2016 would establish elements for such a recount. Apocalypse introduces Sophie Turner as a young Jean Gray, and begins to explore “how powerful she is”.
By April 2016, it was believed that the sequel to Apocalypse was re-adapting “The Dark Phoenix Saga”. In May 2016, Kinberg said that the next X-Men movie after Apocalypse would be established in the 1990s, advancing a decade as it had done in previous X-Men movies.
He also noted that Apocalypse had introduced younger versions of several characters from the original X-Men movies to give them a new origin story, such as Storm, Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Jean Gray, with the intention of then exploring them in their own line of movies.
He added that he also expected to see the return of the cast of the previous film trilogy, namely James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto and Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme / Mystique.
In July, Kinberg said he would start writing the next main X-Men movie “very soon.” That November, it was said that Fox was pushing “the reset button” in the franchise due to the low financial and critical performance of Apocalypse, with the franchise reconfigured and Singer said he would not return to direct the next film.
The contracts of McAvoy, Fassbender, Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult of the previous trilogy had ended, but Kinberg was optimistic writing the new script with them in mind.
Kinberg said in early March of 2017 that he and producer Hutch Parker had begun the early preparation of the film, and that Supernova was just the code name they had been using for the sequel.
He said that they had begun to discuss the film’s history during the Apocalypse post-production, and that they wanted to do “something bold and radical and expand the universe in the same way that Logan feels bold and radical, and certainly Deadpool does too”.
By presenting the film in the studio, Kinberg used real-world images, such as images of disasters or lightning, and focused on an organic and relevant approach in response to criticism of the enhanced reality of Revelation, Fox officially titled Dark Phoenix in April and gave it a release date on November 2, 2018.
Fassbender indicated in May that he would return for the film, and Parker soon hinted that a younger version of the Rogue character might appear and that the movie could possibly explore the elements cosmic of the story of “Dark Phoenix”.
In June of 2017, it was rumored that the alien Shi’ar race was featured in the film, and Angelina Jolie was being considered for a role, although she was not expected to accept the role.
Jessica Chastain was also potentially observed by the same character. Fox confirmed that Kinberg would direct the film and that Lawrence, Fassbender, McAvoy and Hoult had signed to return for one more movie.
In addition to Turner, the actors of Apocalypse Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan and Kodi Smit-McPhee were also confirmed to return, while the producers of the film were revealed as Kinberg, Parker and Lauren Shuler Donner. At that time, Chastain was in talks to join the cast as Shi’ar Empress Lilandra, the villain of the film.
It was said that the script of the film was “closer” to the original “Dark Phoenix Saga” by Chris Claremont and John Byrne than The Last Stand did.
It was later revealed that the character Dazzler would appear in the film, after being hinted at in a scene that was eventually removed from Apocalypse.
Singer was originally announced as the producer of the film, but after accusations of sexual abuse against Singer, Kinberg declared that he was not involved in the film and that his name would not appear in the credits of the film.
In December of 2017, Kinberg revealed that the film would be in post-production for almost a year, longer than usual for the series, because he wanted to take the time to get the visual effects correctly by focusing on the “nuance” of the effects. . instead of the scale.
He also explained that “he felt in his gut” that this was the story he needed to tell once Singer left the franchise, and that his vision of the film was “so clear in my head, emotionally and visually, that it would have killed me to give it this to someone else to lead”.
The film was described as the darkest and most sinister of the franchise, and McAvoy discovered that it was the most emotional of the X-Men films in which he had worked. It becomes a “fight for the soul of Jean” and presents a turn that was intended to have significant repercussions throughout the franchise.
Lawrence revealed that she had worked to convince Kinberg to direct the film, and had promised to return for her if she did, despite her distaste for the makeup required to portray her character.
It was also revealed that the film would present a version of Genosha Island, adapted to the film as a mutant refuge led by Magneto, and that it would focus more on female characters than on previous films in the series, particularly Jean Gray as a hero and villain of the movie, and the character of Chastain with whom Gray has a complex relationship.
Fox delayed the release of the film in March 2018, and delayed it until February 14, 2019. This was because Fox and Kinberg wanted to schedule some routine reporting for the film after receiving comments from the audience during a test trial, but could not get all of the necessary cast members together until August or September 2018, which would not leave enough time to complete the post-production work, such as visual effects, for additional recording before the release date November 2018.
Specifically, Kinberg was trying to redo the third act of the film and rewrite part of the script before re-filming. With post-production already underway, it was believed that the film had an insufficient budget, while planned re-releases would cost less than $ 10 million.
In addition, Kinberg and the studio had been looking to change the release date of the film for “some time” to avoid competing with the Christmas-oriented film The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
It was pointed out that the new February release date had the release of the film away from any other major studio film, while placing it on the weekend of President’s Day, which turned out to be successful for Deadpool and Marvel’s Black Panther.
In addressing the re-links, Kinberg confirmed the delays in programming and described the photograph as a “normal” part of creating the film that would allow “enough time to have it ready and look perfect”.
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