With its release date pushed back twice, fans have had plenty of time to speculate about Dark Phoenix. Fans thought about which theories they did or didn't want to happen, and later on which theories were confirmed by trailers and other promotional material. Some of these theories focused purely on the plot and characters of Dark Phoenix. Other theories considered the movie's position as the end of this iteration of X-Men and the impending incorporation of mutants into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the movie finally released, audiences can now dissect which theories didn't pan out and which ones did.
Take a ride in the X-Jet as we discuss Dark Phoenix: 5 X-Men Theories That Turned Out To Be True (And 5 That Were Wrong).
Warning: SPOILERS for Dark Phoenix
10 True: Halston Sage As Dazzler
Rumors abounded that mutant pop star Dazzler would make her first live-action appearance in Dark Phoenix, portrayed by Halston Sage. She only appears briefly in the film, surrounded by light out in the woods, performing one of her songs before a crowd of students from Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.
The scene is less focused on Dazzler and more so on Jean Grey and Scott Summers, but it's still fun to see Dazzler make her live-action debut with the fitting casting choice of Halston Sage now confirmed.
9 Wrong: Magneto Learns He's Quicksilver's Father
In X-Men: Apocalypse, Quicksilver revealed to Mystique that Magneto was his father. He did not break the news to Magneto but seemed to be saving the reveal for another time. With Quicksilver and Magneto both playing roles in Dark Phoenix, it seemed like the right opportunity to drop that bombshell. Not only did this theory turn out to be wrong, but Quicksilver also played a disappointingly small role in Dark Phoenix.
He was sidelined for much of the movie after sustaining serious injuries at the hands of Jean Grey, giving the audience too little of his character and with no follow-up of the teased storyline from Apocalypse.
8 True: Jean Is Responsible For Magneto's Capture
Empire Magazine released exclusive photos of Dark Phoenix in December 2017, including this one featuring Magneto captured by humans. Fans were correct that Jean would be responsible for Magneto's capture as her actions forced him away from Genosha and once again into the heart of destruction and devastation.
Little did fans know that Jean's actions would also lead to the capture of many other characters, including those who refused to give up on her like Charles Xavier and Scott Summers.
7 Wrong: Jessica Chastain's Character Is A Skrull
Long before Dark Phoenix was released, it was confirmed that Jessica Chastain's villainous character was an alien shapeshifter. Many fans theorized that she would be a Skrull, the same species of shapeshifting aliens who played a prominent role in Captain Marvel.
While there's strong evidence that Chastain's character was a Skrull at one point, instead her character was an alien named Vuk from the D'Bari Empire. If the theory about the Skrulls is true, the change was likely made to the D'Bari Empire in order to avoid such an overt similarity to Captain Marvel.
6 True: No Wolverine Cameo
Wolverine has always played a role in the films focused on younger versions of Charles Xavier, Magneto, Mystique, and Beast. He was arguably the most important characters in Days of Future Past, and had cameos in First Class and Apocalypse.
Especially considering Dark Phoenix is essentially the end of Fox's X-Men franchise, some fans hoped for one last cameo from Hugh Jackman in his most iconic role, while others were adamant that Logan should remain his swan song. The latter group of fans got their wish as Dark Phoenix didn't feature a Wolverine cameo, largely to avoid a problematic undertone with the younger version of Jean Grey.
5 Wrong: Return Of Psylocke
Having survived the events of X-Men: Apocalypse and with her whereabouts unknown, the return of Psylocke seemed like a promising opportunity for Dark Phoenix. It would've been intriguing to examine Psylocke's motivations and how she fit into Dark Phoenix, especially considering that unlike Magneto and Storm she had stayed loyal to Apocalypse and didn't fight him in the end.
Instead, Olivia Munn didn't reprise her role as Psylocke for this movie, leaving her character's arc as a thread that will likely never be resolved with Fox's X-Men franchise now ending.
4 True: Jean Kills A Major Character
This theory was already confirmed in a trailer, but it was still emotional to see it unfold on the big screen. While consumed by the Phoenix, Jean ended up killing Raven/Mystique.
Played by Jennifer Lawrence, she is one of the characters the X-Men films have most closely followed since the release of First Class. As intended, Raven's death demonstrates permanent consequences and the high stakes of the film. It also acts as the catalyst for much of the ensuing plot and character development that occurs.
3 Wrong: Jean Kills Everyone
Fans were right about Jean Grey killing a major character, but they were wrong that she would kill everyone. There was a theory that Jean would ultimately kill all the X-Men and other characters in the film. Beyond the emotional devastation, this plot twist would wipe the slate clean as Fox's X-Men franchise ends and audiences await their integration into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Rather than going with such a nihilistic ending that would create a smoother transition into the MCU, Dark Phoenix opted for a more hopeful ending that enabled Jean to be heroic and focused on her history with the rest of the core characters.
2 True: Ending With A Familiar Game
Set photos from Dark Phoenix's reshoots showed Charles Xavier and Magneto playing chess, a game their characters had often played together in the past. Some predicted this is how the movie would end, with the X-Men's central "frenemies" playing the classic game that represents their ever-evolving relationship.
This theory came true, though what many fans didn't foresee is it would feature Charles retired from his position as headmaster at his school, with Magneto now returning the favor by offering Charles a home.
1 Wrong: Nightcrawler's Mother
Fans were intrigued by the fact that Raven chose to save Nightcrawler over Angel when working to help exploited mutants in X-Men: Apocalypse. Considering their history in the comics, some wondered if Raven made that choice because Nightcrawler was her son.
Revealing this would've been fascinating on its own, but would also become even more meaningful with Raven dying soon after Nightcrawler learns the truth about their relationship. Dark Phoenix didn't pursue this potential storyline at all, leaving Nightcrawler mourning Raven's demise in much the same way as the other X-Men.