8/30/2017

'X-Men: Dark Phoenix' Will Be Less Intergalactic Than The Original


It's interesting to watch the contrast in styles between Marvel Studios' Avengers movies and Fox's X-Men franchise. Whereas the MCU has expanded outward with more intergalactic films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War, Fox has kept the X-Men earthbound facing personal threats. And it looks like that will continue with X-Men: Dark Phoenix, even though that's the one storyline where going cosmic would've made the most sense.

In the upcoming issue of Total Film [via X-Men Films, writer/director Simon Kinberg stresses that “[We must] find a way to ground it so it’s not too intergalactic”, while keeping the X-Men "human" and "emotional." In the comics, the Phoenix Force is a cosmic force of nature that possesses the body and mind of Jean Grey, ultimately turning her into the Dark Phoenix, a destructive force that kills billions throughout the universe. The Dark Phoenix is hunted by the alien race known as the Shi'ar, which leads to the X-Men being abducted to their planet. It doesn't sound like that is going to happen.

What's interesting about this to me is that Kinberg would once again stray from core elements of the story, since that is what people hated about his previous stab at the Dark Phoenix storyline in X-Men: The Last Stand.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix opens November 2nd 2018.