After three years, the X-Men are finally back! But of course, we’re not in the present. We’re in the past? Because apparently sticking to timelines is really confusing after X-Men: Days of Future Past (2016) which made all previous films basically mean nothing. So now we’re resetting part of the X-Men universe, which thankfully gets rid of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). For those of you who missed that horrible movie, let’s dig into some backstory of the Dark Phoenix.
Jean Grey’s body gets taken over by the Phoenix Force which first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #101 but definitely wasn’t the last because as we know, storylines tend to get recycled. This is often referred to as “The Dark Phoenix Saga” and is widely considered one of the greatest comic book storylines of all time. Anyway, to make a long story short, Jean Grey becomes corrupted. Bad stuff happens. The X-Men play Gods and reset the universe for the fate of humanity.
But let’s explain things a bit more in detail. The Phoenix Force is one of the most powerful entities in the Marvel Universe. It’s an incredible energy that takes over the hosts body and causes mass destruction, attempting to remove or recreate sections of the universe with zero thought of possible outcomes. It specifically searches for hosts that have transcended in telepathic and telekinetic powers. The energy of the Phoenix Force slowly corrupts the more this untapped power is used and eventually the power becomes too much and the Dark Phoenix rises. In the end, Jean Grey is fully consumed.
Now that you’re up to speed, let’s discuss the new Dark Phoenix movie.
The New Movie
From what we can tell, Wolverine isn’t in this film which will take make the storyline significantly different from The Last Stand, where Logan because of his regeneration ability is able to get close enough to a consumed Jean. There won’t be a heart-to-heart moment between the two where Jean begs Logan to help her. We won’t see Wolverine’s claws stab Jean through her heart. There won’t be any of that. Instead, we can only assume that Scott Summers (Cyclops) and Jean will become love interests and he’ll somehow “save her” because you know, love conquers all right? This could look a lot like the three-episode arc from 1994’s X-Men: The Animated Series (see the ending to part III down below).
Jean Grey has a history of known to regenerating, reincarnating, and come back to life thanks to time travel. It will be interesting to see if FOX decides to kill her off or keep her around, but of course, nothing’s permanent as you can tell from NerdSync‘s video on just how many times she’s actually died.
Written and directed by Simon Kinberg, Dark Phoenix hits theaters June 7, 2019. It stars ames McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Evan Peters, and Jessica Chastain.
What are your thoughts about the trailer? Are you excited to see Dark Phoenix return? Let’s us know in the comments.